Melanie Bailey has joined JGSM as an Associate Attorney. She is currently assigned to prosecute non-felony cases on behalf of the City of Wenatchee as an appointed Assistant City Attorney. She previously worked as a public defender at the Counsel for Defense of Chelan County where she was the District Court Supervisor, while also handling a full criminal defense caseload. Melanie is a member of the Chelan-Douglas County Bar Association and a member of the Washington State Bar Association.
Congratulations to Pybus Market for being awarded “Best Farmers Market” in the Best Northwest Escapes series produced by KING 5 for the station’s Evening Magazine program for 2015.
Steve Smith and Danielle Marchant, shareholders at JGSM, presented to Building NCW on March 17, 2015, regarding liens for construction professionals and payment on public jobs.
Steve Smith recently attended the Washington State Municipal Attorney's Conference at Suncadia Resort from October 9-10, 2014. Mr. Smith presented as part of a three member panel on the topic of marijuana regulation and the issue of whether the recreational marijuana initiative, I-502, which was approved by the voters in 2012, pre-empted the ability of a local jurisdiction to regulate marijuana businesses. In addition to giving this presentation, Mr. Smith attended sessions on the issues of, among other things, oil train regulation, employment law updates, and taxation of one municipality by another. The municipal taxation presentation was a discussion of a court of appeals ruling in which the court found that one municipality could tax another municipality's water system revenues when selling water in a proprietary capacity. Mr. Smith represented the prevailing party in that appeal.
One of the founders of JGSM has changed his role within the firm. Phil Johnson is now "Of Counsel" at JGSM. We are excited that Phil will remain an intergral part of our legal team in his new capacity and that his extensive knowlege regarding real estate issues, school law matters, and employment law will continue to serve the firm's clients in his new role as Of Counsel.