About Us

Our firm was founded in 2001 by Betsy Gillaspy and Joel Salmi. Over the years, we have grown from a two-attorney firm, to one with seven attorneys in two offices. Our attorneys are typically licensed in both WA and OR, allowing us to serve our clients in both states.

Martindale-Hubbell ranks us “AV”, its highest rating, reflecting our dedication to excellence in legal work, integrity and customer service. We are a member of the National Association of Women in Construction, the Kirkland Chamber of Commerce and are a certified woman-owned business by the WBENC.

We are routinely retained by contractors, businesses, and national insurers. We pride ourselves on having resolved countless disputes by combining aggressive and skilled litigation with innovative approaches for early and favorable resolution. Our attorneys also have proven trial experience, so when full-blown litigation is required, we have your back. We enjoy a reputation among both clients and the legal community at large for high quality work and proven results.

For insurance defense matters, we work closely with clients, claims professionals and experts and emphasize early and thorough evaluation of claims, including exploration of all possible legal and factual defenses. Through this teamwork approach, we tailor a solution to fit each client’s unique situation and circumstances. We value and respect the perspectives and ideas brought to the table by everyone on our team and work cooperatively to defend the client.

Our work in the litigation context allows us to spot potential problems before they happen. Careful contract drafting, review and discussion regarding key terms, including insurance, bonding and other requirements helps our clients avoid litigation where possible.