Since 2016, Lana has served as ELM’s managing partner. Her primary area of practice is real estate transactions. She represents individuals and businesses in connection with purchase and sale and leasing transactions in both the residential and commercial context. Lana’s clients appreciate her willingness to think creatively when issues arise that threaten the success of a transaction. They appreciate her determination and willingness to drive a transaction to completion and worry about the details.
Lana advises homeowners associations in matters related to corporate governance and property management issues. After the mortgage meltdown in 2008, Lana’s practice naturally expanded to counseling homeowners threatened by foreclosure proceedings, advising them of their options and walking them through the mediation, short sale or foreclosure process. Lana’s greatest reward for representing clients is being honored with their trust. She never takes a client’s trust for granted and is determined to earn it every day.
Lana recently expanded her practice to a new area. Having a heart for immigrants seeking to gain legal status to live and work in the United States, Lana advises aliens regarding their immigrant and non-immigrant visa options. She’s proud of her early successes serving the firm’s existing clients’ immigration needs and taking on new challenging matters.
Washington State Bar Association
Lana served in the U.S. Army Reserve in Tactical Telecommunications. In college she participated in the Reserve Officer Training Corp. program. She completed Airborne School at Ft. Benning, GA in 1989 and was commissioned a Military Intelligence Officer in 1990. She received an Honorable Discharge from the USAR in 1998 having attained the rank of First Lieutenant.
As a lawyer, Lana served on the Legal Services to the Armed Forces Committee for the Washington State Bar Association from 2000-2003.
Since 2009, she has served as a Board member of the Limited Practice Board for the Washington State Bar Association. The Board is appointed by the Washington State Supreme Court and performs the task of implementing and enforcing the rules for certification of limited practice officers in the state of Washington.
In 2011, Lana was appointed to the Civil Legal Needs Work Group established by the Board of Governors of the Washington State Bar Association to explore solutions to the unmet civil legal needs of low and moderate income populations in the State of Washington. Her involvement aided in the Supreme Court’s decision to adopt a rule that will allow the establishment of a limited form of legal practitioner to help address the access to justice crisis for moderate income individuals with legal needs.
Lana is a frequent speaker at continuing education courses for Limited Practice Officers and escrow professionals, including, most recently, Escrow Association of Washington, Greater Seattle Regional Escrow Association and South Sound Escrow Association.
Past speaking engagements include:
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, B.S., cum laude, Public Policy and Administration, 1992
Seattle University School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1997