Creative Presenters

Honorable Justice
Steven C. González
Washington State
Supreme Court

Steve González was appointed to the Washington State Supreme Court effective January 1, 2012, and subsequently won a contested race for a six-year term. Before joining the Supreme Court, Justice González served for ten years as a trial judge on the King County Superior Court hearing criminal, civil, juvenile, and family law cases. Before his election to the King County Superior Court, Justice González practiced both criminal and civil law. He was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Western District of Washington, a Domestic Violence Prosecutor for the City of Seattle and in private practice at a Seattle law firm. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Justice González was part of the team that successfully prosecuted the international terrorism case U.S. v. Ressam, for which he received two Department of Justice awards: the U.S. Attorney General’s Award for Distinguished Service and the Director’s Award for Superior Performance. Justice González earned his B.A. with Honors in East Asian Studies from Pitzer College and his J.D. from U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall) where he was the Technical Editor of the La Raza Law Journal. As a part of his undergraduate degree, Justice González studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan and at Nanjing University in China. Before law school, he did graduate work in Economics at Hokkaido University on a scholarship from Rotary International. Justice González speaks Japanese, Spanish and some Mandarin Chinese. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Michelle, who teaches at the University of Washington’s Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, and their two sons

Professor
Hugh Spitzer
University of Washington
School of Law

Professor Spitzer is a professor of law at University of Washington’s School of Law. He teaches courses in Comparative Law, Constitutional Law, Legal Ethics & Professional Responsibility, Legal Philosophy; Theory, and Legislative Process, among others. Professor Spitzer publishes widely on various topics of import, including constitutional law, legal theory, tax law, and ethics. In 2016, Professor Spitzer received the Ernest H. Campbell Award for Excellence in the Practice of Municipal Law, Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys. Professor Spitzer earned in bachelor of arts degree from Yale University, Cum Laude with Special Honors, and his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Washington. He proceeded to obtain an L.L.M. from the U.C. Berkeley School of Law (Boalt Hall).

Allison N. Peryea
Leahy Fjelstad Peryea

Allison’s practice focuses on resolving covenant enforcement disputes and providing general counsel services to clients. She also provides litigation services for clients, in the covenant enforcement and assessment collections context. She practiced at a boutique law firm in downtown Seattle practicing commercial, consumer protection and real estate litigation before joining Leahy Fjelstad Peryea, where she became a shareholder in 2015. She writes constantly and is a frequent contributor to the legal website, Above The Law and other legal publications. Allison graduated magna cum laude from University in Washington (dual major: Editorial Journalism and Political Science), and received her Juris Doctor from University of Washington School of Law. While serving as its editor-in-chief, the publication De Novo won a first place American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ABA YLD) Award of Achievement in the Newsletter.

Isham Reavis
Aoki Law PLLC

Isham is an associate attorney at Aoki Law PLLC. He earned a J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law in 2012, and before that an art degree from the University of California, Davis. While at the UW, he interned with the Federal Public Defender and externed for the Federal Trade Commission and the Honorable Marsha J. Pechman of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington. He also served as a Managing Editor of the Washington Law Review. Isham has represented clients facing charges of white-collar crimes, reckless endangerment, and assault. In his previous life, Isham ran a restaurant and bar on Capitol Hill and can still recommend a decent food–wine pairing if called.

Greg Wolk
Rekhi & Wolk, P.S.

Greg has practiced as a trial attorney protecting employee rights since 2002. Before becoming an attorney, he attended the London School of Economics and Political Science and the University of Washington School of Law. Greg is a partner at Rekhi & Wolk, P.S., where he represents plaintiff employees, both individually and on a class-wide basis, with his friend and law partner, Mr. Hardeep Rekhi. Greg has litigated numerous trials and hearings as well as appeals. He has been a meditation instructor for nearly ten years. Greg’s training includes fifteen years of meditation practice, the completion of two seminaries, as well as helping lead many extended meditation retreats and classes. He spent approximately three years on sabbatical traveling the globe as an attendant to Sakyong Mipham Rinpoche, internationally renowned Tibetan Buddhist teacher and best-selling author.

Jeff Liang
Ling & Liang, PLLC

At Ling & Liang, PLLC, Jeff provides legal services to individuals, families, non-profits, and closely held businesses regarding business law, tax law, estate planning, and probate. He graduated Cum Laude from the Seattle University School of Law and obtained an LLM degree from New York University’s School of Law in Taxation. He publishes widely and currently serves as an Adjunct Professor at Seattle University’s School of Law.

Dan Crystal, Psy.D.

In 2007, Dr. Crystal received his Psy.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Denver, an American Psychological Association accredited doctoral program. In 2008, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in addictions at the Seattle VA Medical Center. He has been providing clinical services since 2002. Dr. Crystal is licensed in the State of Washington (PY3906). Licensure requirements include a doctorate in psychology, a one year predoctoral internship, and passage of both a nationwide competence exam and the state jurisprudence exam. Dr. Crystal also works part-time at the Washington State Bar Association’s Lawyers Assistance Program. At WSBA, Dr. Crystal provides individual and group counseling, and conduct evaluations. In addition, he writes for legal publications and lecture statewide at conferences and law schools on addictions, mental health, and work/life balance. During his postdoctoral fellowship at the Seattle Veterans Affairs Hospital (VA), Dr. Crystal worked with Iraq, Afghanistan, and Vietnam veterans who were “dual diagnosed."

Craig Cahoon
The Cahoon Law Office

Craig has been practicing law since 1995. He graduated from the University of Puget Sound in 1989 with a BS in Computer Science and earned his law degree from Willamette University College of Law in 1994. In addition, he also earned an MBA from Atkinson Graduate School of Management in 1994. He was a prosecutor for King County in 1996, prosecuting district court cases. In 1997, he went into private practice focusing exclusively on criminal cases and has been doing that ever since. He has tried well over a hundred cases, held countless motion hearings and successfully defended hundreds of DUI cases.

Vincent Humphrey
Founder
Humphrey & Associates

Vincent is a family law attorney and the founder/managing attorney at Humphrey & Associates. His practice focuses on family law, including divorce and child custody, as well as personal injury cases. Vincent’s extensive background in law, mediation-negotiation training, and business allows him to provide high-quality, personalized, and comprehensive legal services across his primary practice areas. Vincent graduated with his Juris Doctor from University of Idaho College of Law. He graduated with his Bachelor's Degree in Political Science from the University of Washington. In 2015, Vincent received the Outstanding Young Attorney for the State of Washington presented by the Washington State Bar Association for his contributions to the legal community. For fun, Vincent enjoys playing golf, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Linda S. Fang
Partner
Banyan Legal Counsel LLP

For the first eight years of her legal career, Linda represented workers and labor unions in individual, complex, and class action cases in state, federal, and appellate courts, administrative proceedings, and arbitration, recovering more than $20 million in back-pay for thousands of workers throughout the state of California. Linda has seen a multitude of ways people and organizations can find themselves involved in costly and time-consuming business and employment disputes. Linda now helps employers and businesses comply with employment laws, design employment policies and contracts that reflect company culture and minimize the risk of legal exposure, and avoid or manage business and employment disputes when they occur. Linda received her bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley in 2000 and her law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2005.