Seattle, Wash. October 21, 2021 – Foster Garvey, PC has welcomed five attorneys, continuing a growth streak across several practices with additions to the firm’s Public Finance & Municipal Government, Litigation and Commercial & IP Transactions teams. Joining as Of Counsel are Jennifer L. Gray and Kyle Richard, and as Associates Carrie A. Lofts, Maggie S. Sholian and Emily H. Hazen.
An experienced financial services litigator, Jennifer L. Gray represents banks, investors, originators, loan servicers and other institutions in federal and state court litigation. She routinely defends clients in consumer class actions, as well as individual actions asserting violations of state and federal consumer protections laws. She was most recently a partner at Hinshaw in Los Angeles.
Kyle Richard, formerly Associate Corporate Counsel for the University of Washington Division of the Attorney General’s Office, has joined the firm in its Seattle office. Richard, who served as in-house counsel to the university’s three campuses, brings well-rounded experience and in-depth knowledge of legal compliance, tax policy and corporate transactions to the firm’s Public Finance & Municipal Government and Tax teams.
“We are focused on strategic growth and reinforcing our dynamic team with a broad range of talent to best serve our clients’ now and into the future,” said Diana S. Shukis, firm co-chair. “Jennifer and Kyle are recognized for their proven track records of success, innovation and thought leadership.”
Carrie A. Lofts has joined the firm’s Spokane office as an associate, bringing a unique blend of diverse experience in real estate, business and corporate practice, and intellectual property. She joins from Witherspoon Kelly where she has been an active member of both the Washington State Bar Association and Spokane County Bar Association.
Maggie S. Sholian further bolsters Foster Garvey’s sophisticated Litigation team in Seattle. Formerly a trial attorney within the U.S. Department of Justice’s Tax Division, Margaret brings extensive litigation and dispute resolution experience to bear for clients. Prior to the Department of Justice, Margaret serviced as a law clerk to the Honorable Stanley A. Bastian in the U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington.
With her broad range of corporate and transactional experience, Associate Emily H. Hazen also adds to the firm’s dynamic and growing practice in Spokane. She most recently was an associate attorney at Witherspoon Kelly where she focused on structuring transactions and related complex analysis. Hazen graduated summa cum laude from Gonzaga University School of Law, and holds a master’s degree in business administration from the Gonzaga University School of Business.
“Carrie, Maggie and Emily share Foster Garvey’s commitment to excellence, evidenced in both their early achievements and leadership in the state and local legal community,” said V. Rafael Stone, firm Co-Chair. “We are pleased to welcome them to the firm.”
Foster Garvey PC, a Pacific Northwest-based law firm with offices on both coasts, offers an extended national and international reach to serve many influential and innovative companies, government entities, and individuals across a full spectrum of legal services. The firm’s attorneys are consistently recognized for their deep industry knowledge and superior client service by prominent legal industry publications including Best Lawyers in America©, Chambers USA and U.S. News-Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms.” In addition to providing efficient and effective counsel, Foster Garvey upholds a strong commitment to community service, pro bono representation, diversity and inclusion efforts, and a collegial and equitable work environment. Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C., New York and Spokane. www.foster.com