Attorneys

 

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Quentin Batjer, Partner

Quentin Batjer focuses on municipal law, education law, land use issues, Medicaid litigation and general civil litigation. Mr. Batjer graduated with distinction from Whitman College in Walla Walla, Washington, earning a Bachelor of Arts in History.  He then attended Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon where he was the Associate Editor of the Willamette Law Review.

Mr. Batjer was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 2006.  He practiced criminal defense in Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom Counties before moving to Wenatchee with his family. He is a member of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Washington State Bar Association.  He is licensed to practice before the United States District Court, Western and Eastern Districts. 

He formerly served as board member for the Wenatchee River Institute in Leavenworth, Washington and currently serves on the board of the Legal Foundation of Washington, a non-profit created by the Washington Supreme Court to build support for civil legal aid across the state.

Mr. Batjer enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife, Erica, and three sons.  


Jay Johnson, Partner

Jay Johnson graduated from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington in 1974 earning a Bachelor of Science Degree (Cum Laude). He then attended the University of Idaho School of Law, graduating in 1977. Mr. Johnson was admitted to the Washington State Bar Association in 1978. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Washington State Society of Healthcare Attorneys. Mr. Johnson is a past president of the Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association. Mr. Johnson is a recipient of the Chelan-Douglas County “Professionalism” Award and the “Local Hero” Award from the Washington State Bar Association. Mr. Johnson’s practice areas are: hospital and health care law; agricultural law; business and commercial law; financing; transactional work and real estate. 


Danielle R. Marchant, Partner

Danielle Marchant was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 1999 after receiving her B.A. from Washington State University and J.D. from the University of Idaho. She is a member of the Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association and the United States District Court – Eastern and Western Districts of Washington Bar.

Danielle was awarded the 2005 Volunteer Legal Services Award for Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association, and also served as the Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association President from 2011 - 2012.  In February 2014, she received the Reader's Choice Award from the Wenatchee Business Journal as "Best Legal Advisor." Danielle serves as the volunteer legal counsel for the Wellness Place.  She is a board member of the Chelan County Law Library, the Community Foundation of NCW, and the Wenatchee Valley YMCA.  She is also a member of the Washington Association of Municipal Attorneys, the Washington Association of Public Records Officers and the Washington Council of School Attorneys, where she also previously served on its Board of Directors. 

Danielle practices primarily in personal injury (plaintiff and defense), employment law, municipal law and education law. When she is not spending time with her husband watching their sons grow up, you can find Danielle running, reading, and working on home remodeling projects.


Bryan Maroney, Partner

Bryan Maroney attended Humboldt State University in Arcata, California, and received a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2001. He received an M.B.A. from Atkinson Graduate School of Management in May 2005. Mr. Maroney received a Juris Doctor Degree from Willamette University College of Law in 2005 and an LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington School of Law in 2006. 

His areas of practice include estate planning, corporate, commercial and tax law.


Thomas O'Connell, Partner

Raised in the Pacific Northwest, Tom O’Connell graduated in the top 10 percent of his graduating class from the University of Washington (1982), and subsequently graduated from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University) in 1986. Mr. O’Connell has a litigation practice primarily in the areas of commercial/business disputes, construction law, and insurance defense. Mr. O’Connell’s practice also includes matters involving real property and family law.

Mr. O’Connell is admitted to and has argued before the Washington Court of Appeals, Washington Supreme Court, and the Federal 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. He was lead counsel for the City of Wenatchee taxpayers in the case of Great Wenatchee Regional Events Center Public Facilities Dist., 175 Wn.2d 788 (2012). He’s a member of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers.


Steve D. Smith, Partner

Steve Smith has been practicing law in Wenatchee since 1986 after receiving his B.A. from Central Washington University and J.D. from Gonzaga University. He is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Eastern Washington Federal Bar. Steve's law practice has an emphasis in municipal law, real estate law, estate planning and construction law. In his leisure time, Steve enjoys skiing, biking, kayaking and rafting with his wife and two sons.


Michael G. Bradford, Associate

Michael Bradford was born and raised in Washington.  He received his Bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University in 2005 and graduated magna cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2010.  While in law school, Mike was a Rule 9 Intern for the Spokane City Prosecutor’s Office where he represented the City of Spokane in criminal and civil matters.

After law school, Mike began his legal career representing people accused of a wide variety of crimes in municipal, district and superior court. Mike later represented the City of Wenatchee as an Assistant City Attorney, prosecuting all misdemeanor and gross misdemeanor crimes filed by the Wenatchee Police Department. Mike has done dozens of jury trials. Mike has since entered into civil practice, and has represented people in domestic, immigration, criminal, real estate and personal injury matters. Mike also has experience with municipal law, probate and estate planning.

In his spare time, Mike enjoys spending time with his wife and young children. They enjoy getting outside and enjoying the beautiful scenery the Wenatchee Valley has to offer.

Mike is bilingual and speaks both English and Spanish.


Clayton G. Graef, Associate

Clayton G. Graef is an associate attorney. He is assigned to assist the City of Wenatchee with its non-felony criminal prosecutions and its infraction matters. Clayton received his B.A., cum laude, from Washington State University and his J.D. from the University of Iowa, College of Law. He is a member of the Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association.


Krystal Frost, Associate

Krystal Frost attended the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Political Science in 2012. While at the University of Arizona, Krystal was a member of Alpha Delta Pi Sorority and an apprentice writer for Tucson’s daily newspaper, the Arizona Daily Star.

After graduating from the University of Arizona, Krystal attended the University of Washington School of Law. In 2016, she graduated in the top 20% of her class with a Juris Doctorate degree.

During law school, she was a managing editor of the Washington Law Review and a volunteer intern for the Moderate Means Program. She was also a member of the UW Entrepreneurial Law Clinic, where she represented several clients with business matters. Krystal was admitted to the Washington State Bar in 2016.

In her spare time, Krystal enjoys kickboxing, running, hiking, and spending time with her family and dog.


David Law, Associate

David Law is a native of North-Central Washington. He grew up in Quincy, Washington and graduated from Quincy High School. David attended Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah. After his freshman year he spent two years as a missionary in the Czech Republic and Slovakia where he was involved in church leadership and humanitarian aid projects. David returned to BYU and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and a minor in Environmental Science.

David attended the University of Idaho College of Law and graduated Cum Laude in 2014. He was an editor of the Idaho Law Review. In law school David worked as a city prosecutor in Clarkston, Washington for a year under a limited law license. He handled hundreds of criminal cases and won his first jury trial. 

Outside the office David enjoys spending time with his wife and two children. He enjoys fishing, golf, and tennis. David maintains a general civil practice and has experience in family law, probate, contracts, and landlord-tenant law.


Lewis Card, Of Counsel

Lewis Card obtained a B.A. in English Literature from Montana State University in 1976, and a J.D. from University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University) in 1981. He is admitted to practice in Washington State, the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, and the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Card maintains a general practice that includes employment, commercial, and real estate, personal injury, family, business and commercial law.

In October 2016 he was appointed pro-tem Court Commissioner for Chelan County Superior Court. Previously he has served as a pro-tem Court Commissioner for Grant County Superior Court, and as Judge pro tem in both Chelan & Douglas County District Courts. Mr. Card taught real estate law & business law at Wenatchee Valley College, and a Law & Banking class in Wenatchee for the American Banking Institute.

Active in the WSBA, Mr. Card has been appointed by the Bar or Supreme Court to various panels including the Hearing Officer Panel, Hearing Officer Selection Panel, Bar Examination Panel. 


Robin R. Gaukroger, Of Counsel

Robin Gaukroger was an officer in the U.S. Army until he returned to the Wenatchee area in 1973 to practice law, where he has practiced primarily in the areas of family law and personal injury. He received his B.A. from the University of Washington and J.D. degree from the University of Oregon. Not only has Robin been the past Chelan-Douglas County Bar President, but continues to be an active member of the Chelan-Douglas County Bar and the Washington State Bar Association. He has also been the recipient of the Chelan-Douglas County Bar President's award in 2004 and 2006. In addition, he has previously served 3 terms as a member of the Family Law Executive Committee and has served as the Community Law School Coordinator. When Robin is not spending time with his three sons, you can find him out fishing, hunting, or boating in his free time.


Phillip R. Johnson, Of Counsel

Phil Johnson has been practicing law for the past 34 years after receiving his B.A. from Whitman College, M.A. from the University of Hawaii and his J.D. from the University of Oregon. He currently serves as "Of Counsel" within the firm and focuses primarily on real estate law, school law and general business & employment law. Phil is a past president of the Chelan-Douglas Bar Association and Wenatchee North Rotary. He is a retired commander in the U.S. Naval Reserve and currently sits on the Board of Directors of Central Washington Hospital. Phil has 3 grown children and a growing number of grandchildren. In his spare time you can find Phil backpacking, hiking, snowshoeing or biking depending on the season.


Robert White, Of Counsel

Robert White attended the University of Washington receiving a Bachelor of Arts in accounting in 1966 and Washington State University receiving an M.B.A. in 1968.

He served in the U. S. Army from 1968 to 1971. After military service he attended law school at the University of Montana receiving his Juris Doctor in 1974 and New York University receiving his L.L.M. in tax law in 1975. Mr. White was admitted to the Montana and Washington bars in 1974.

His principal areas of practice include corporate, commercial and tax law.