Category Archives: General

WE’RE MOVING!

In 2010, we moved to office space located in the heart of where Seattle got its start as a city – on the northern edge of Pike’s Market. Now in 2020, we’re moving again – this time to the heart of today’s downtown Seattle business and retail district. Ten years ago 1700 7th Avenue was […]

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Business Interruption Insurance and COVID-19

COVID-19 has caused a complete economic shut down as social distancing, stay-at-home orders, and quarantines are now the norm. Many businesses had the foresight to purchase business interruption insurance to provide financial certainty during uncertain times. The question is whether business interruption insurance covers a pandemic such as COVID-19 and the answer depends on the […]

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Preparing for a Paycheck Protection Loan Application

The CARES Act allocates $349 billion for forgivable paycheck protection loans for small businesses, 501(c)(3) nonprofits, sole proprietors, self-employed (even gig economy) workers, and others. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has an excellent four-page summary here:  Generally limited to employers with less than 500 employees, the maximum loan amount is 2.5 times the borrower’s average monthly payroll cost up to a maximum of $10 million. The loan can be completely forgiven to […]

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Skip Li keynotes 2016 Governor’s Prayer Breakfast

ELM founder Skip Li was the keynote speaker at the 2016 Governor’s Prayer Breakfast, an annual bipartisan gathering of politicians, community leaders, and students. The event dates back to a 1935 gathering of business executives in Seattle that gathered to pray about the issues of the day. In 1941, new Washington Governor Arthur Langley invited […]

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Being a Courageous Citizen

Ellis, Li & McKinstry is proud to co-sponsor an important Town Hall event “Being a Courageous Citizen” on July 20 at 6:30 PM. The subject of the evening is Gordon Hirabayashi, who challenged the U.S. government’s race-based evacuation orders as a University of Washington student during World War II and was sentenced to jail. ELM partner […]

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When the Hawks were but a glimmer …

All lawyers have “war stories” to share. Amid the euphoria generated by the Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl win and celebration parade in downtown Seattle, a wonderful tidbit of forgotten history surfaced. We recently learned that our own Skip Li played a role – albeit a small one – in getting the Seahawks for Seattle. He’s shared […]

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Residential Construction Contracts

Construction is moving again.  From mega-projects like the SR99 Tunnel and the SR520 bridge to new housing projects down to the modest bathroom remodel, these improvements bring great benefits to our communities. They also carry endless possibilities for disputes through misunderstandings, mistakes or even overt misconduct.  Owners and contractors in large projects work closely with […]

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Steve O’Ban Appointed to State Senate

ELM Partner Steve O’Ban has been appointed by the Pierce County Council to the vacancy in the Washington State Senate created by the death of Senator Mike Carrell.  Steve served this last term in the Washington State House of Representatives after being elected in November 2012.  He will continue to practice law at ELM; in […]

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