In a 21st century economy, attorneys must evolve and streamline their offerings to meet the ever-changing needs of clients and industry. Joel provides cost-effective and results-oriented legal counsel and government affairs services to businesses of all sizes and industries. A combination of dynamic, efficient, knowledgeable, and resourceful legal counsel is utilized to advance client goals, overcome challenges, and maximize return on investment.
After spending seven years at a firm, and more recently, several years with his own solo practice, Joel brings to McKean Smith a broad range of experience that includes administrative law, appeals and rulemaking, business and corporate law, consumer protection, government affairs and legislation, education, election law, employment law, litigation, local government and municipal law, real property law, tax law, trademark law, tribal law, and transportation and logistics law. Joel is detail oriented and interested in new and emerging industries and areas of law.
“I seek to provide cost-effective, pragmatic and resourceful legal counsel to my clients that produces optimal results.”
Joel’s local government experience includes cities and counties as well as state agencies on Ecology, Employment Security (“ESD”), Financial Institutions (“DFI”), Human Rights (“HRC”), Labor and Industries (“L&I”), Legislature, Liquor and Cannabis (“LCB”), Revenue (“DoR”), Social and Health Services (“DSHS”), and Utilities and Transportation (“UTC”).
Joel’s federal agency experience includes Agriculture, EEOC, Maritime Commission (“FMC”), Congress, Customs and Border Protection (“CBP”), Trademark(s) (“PTO”), and Transportation.
Joel maintains relationships with current and former local, state and federal elected officials of all political affiliations. He has held positions on multiple statewide pro-education political campaigns, advocated for increased funding for higher education (chairing a 30,000 person+ member organization at the University of Washington, and lobbying Congress and the Washington State (“WA”) Legislature for education funding), completed a legal externship and fellowship in the United States (“US”) Senate, and chaired a national legal and political organization.
When Joel is not hard at work, he enjoys staying up to date on politics and public policy, golfing, traveling, and attending concerts and local sporting events.