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June 2013 Archives

2013 Kent Downtown Partnership Dinner & Auction

Hanis Irvine Prothero was represented at the Kent Downtown Partnership Dinner/Auction by Annette Bolster, Mike Hanis, Jorge Ramos, Dennis Shanlian, Greg Girard, Sean Prothero, and Mark Prothero.  A great time was had by all at the fundraising event at the Showare Center.  Mike and Jorge successfully bid on several items and everyone enjoyed an entertaining Master of Ceremonies, State Senator Joe Fain.  Annette did a fantastic job during the Dessert Dash, running over and grabbing a delicious cake for the HIP table.  A great event for a great organization!

Three HIP attorneys sworn in as SKCBA officers Friday June 21st, 2013

Three Hanis Irvine Prothero attorneys were officially sworn in as South King County Bar Association officers at the annual SKCBA event at Emerald Downs.  The Honorable Jay White, King County Superior Court Judge who serves at the Maleng Regional Justice Center in Kent, performed his somewhat unorthodox but famous and hilarious swearing-in, as he has done for over a decade, to the delight of all present.  HIP attorneys sworn in by Judge White were: Vanessa Vanderbrug (President), Erik Olsen (Vice-President), and Greg Girard (Secretary). Thanks to the SKCBA for a fun evening.

Brian Hanis named a 2013 Rising Star by Super Lawyers

HIP congratulates Attorney / Partner Brian Hanis on being selected to the 2013 Washington Rising Stars List by Super Lawyers. Brian is receiving this honor that is limited to only 2.5 percent of the attorneys in Washington because of his demonstrated excellence in the practice of law. Brian focuses his practice in the areas of Bankruptcy, Landlord / Tenant and Real Estate. This is Brian's third year in a row receiving this award.

Mark Prothero named 2013 Super Lawyer

Mark was named one of Washington State's Super Lawyers in the field of criminal defense by Law & Politics Magazine. The honor recognizes the top 25 lawyers in their field as selected by their peers. Mark has been honored as a Super Lawyer every year since 2006.

Evictions, What to Do?

Everyday landlords are dealing with evictions, otherwise known as unlawful detainer actions.  Whether it is from a tenant failing to pay rent, not disposing of garbage, or any other violations.  The question that I often face when dealing with such is, what to do next?


MOLD, that ever present problem that both Landlords and Tenants have to face.  First, it is important to understand that how the mold becomes present depends on who is liable.  For example, a tenant that does not properly vent the bathroom, such as during showers, when a landlord requires such, if mold develops, it is on the tenant to remove the mold. 

Restoring rights and expunging records

I know when I was a kid - okay, even as a young adult - I did some pretty stupid things. Maybe you didn't, but a lot of us did. Unfortunately, many of those stupid, immature acts come back to haunt us after we left those things way in the past. On job applications, school applications, license applications, presidential campaigns, the question inevitably comes up: “Have you ever been convicted of a crime?”