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Six Schwabe Attorneys Named Rising Stars by Washington Law & Politics

November 13, 2009


Stephanie Berntsen, Jennifer Campbell, David Ebel, Colin Folawn, Joaquin Hernandez and Aaron Laing, attorneys in the Seattle office of regional law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt were named "Rising Stars" in the winter issue of Washington Law & Politics.

To select the Rising Star attorneys each year, Washington Law & Politics polls Washington's "Super Lawyers" to identify up-and-coming attorneys who are 40 years old or younger or who have been practicing law for ten or fewer years. Only the top 2.5 percent of Washington lawyers receive this distinction.

"To have so many of our younger Seattle attorneys honored is great news," said Mark Long, managing partner at Schwabe. "The strong showing demonstrates the expertise and dedication we have in the firm's Puget Sound office."

Stephanie Berntsen specializes in employment and securities litigation, defense of injury claims and commercial litigation. She works with clients to resolve matters at trials and through arbitration.

Jennifer Campbell focuses her practice on complex litigation matters, including professional negligence, catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and toxic torts, including benzene and asbestos claims. She is also a member of the firm's appellate practice.

David Ebel's litigation practice is focused on securities, financial services and commercial disputes. He also represents clients in liability defense cases.

Colin Folawn's practice centers on tort litigation, appeals and maritime law. He works with a variety of clients, including legal professionals, property owners and developers, fishing companies, marine vessel owners, automobile dealerships, trucking lines and retail stores.

Joaquin Hernandez focuses his practice on matters concerning government contracts, procurement regulations, public and private development projects, and other business-related issues for clients in the Northwest and abroad.

Aaron Laing specializes in the areas of land use and litigation. He also has significant experience assisting property owners and developers facing a broad range of entitlement issues such as vesting, boundary disputes, State Environmental Policy Act mitigation, rezones and regulatory takings.