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Skellenger Bender Welcomes Kristi L. Richards to Trust & Estates Group

Skellenger Bender is thrilled to announce that Kristi L. Richards has joined our Trust & Estates Practice Group as Of Counsel.

Kristi received her undergraduate degree summa cum laude from Buena Vista University, and received her J.D. and LL.M. in Taxation from the University of Washington. Prior to joining Skellenger Bender, Kristi practiced at various tax law and elder law firms in the greater Seattle area.

Kristi focuses her practice on estate planning, elder law, guardianship, probate and trust administration, including estate tax planning and Medicaid planning.

New Firm Leadership

Skellenger Bender, P.S. is pleased to announce the appointment of Caleb O. Bonm as President and Managing Partner, succeeding former President and criminal defense attorney Peter Offenbecher. We are also proud to announce the appointment of Elizabeth (“Betsy”) Hershman-Greven as Vice President, succeeding long-time firm leader and attorney, Raegen Rasnic. Caleb and Betsy are both members of the Family Law Practice Group. Their collaborative, innovative, and compassionate leadership will prove invaluable as the firm approaches its 100th year of providing excellent legal services to the community.

Skellenger Bender is pleased to announce that Sarah Jael Dion has become a
Principal of the firm!

Sarah’s practice focuses on estate planning and probate, with particular experience in the areas of post-divorce estate planning, LGBTQ issues and estate administration.

Ms. Dion is a former civil litigator and long-time law clerk with skills in identifying and eliminating the potential for conflict. She is on the Board of Directors of QLaw Association of Washington, and is co-chair of QLaw’s Judicial Evaluation Committee.

2020 Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

Skellenger Bender, P.S. is pleased to announce that eight of our attorneys were selected for inclusion in the 2020 Washington Super Lawyers and Rising Stars list. Charles Newton, Cynthia Buhr, Elizabeth Hershman-Greven, Raegen Rasnic, Rita Bender, and Peter Offenbecher were selected as Super Lawyers and Caleb Bonm and Joel Odimba were named Rising Stars. Each year, Super Lawyers are selected through an unbiased, multiphase process that includes peer nomination, evaluations, and independent research. No more than 5% of Washington attorneys are selected as Super Lawyers, and no more than 2.5% receive the honor of being named a Rising Star. Skellenger Bender is delighted to have eight of our attorneys attain such a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.

Community Spotlight

Congratulations to Joel C. Odimba, Jr., who was recently nominated to serve a three-year term on the Family Law CASA Board. Family Law CASA is a non-profit organization that recruits, trains, and supervises volunteer court appointed special advocates (“CASAs”) for family law proceedings. CASAs gather critical information about a child’s circumstances for the court so a Judge or Commissioner can order services, interventions, and/or schedules tailored for the child’s safety and overall best interests. Family Law CASA gives children a voice in court, and is guided by an involved, dedicated, and passionate Board; all of whom are responsible for financial oversight, goal setting, policy development, and fundraising.

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Skellenger Bender, P.S.
1301 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3401
Seattle, WA 98101

Email: info@skellengerbender.com

Main: (206) 623-6501
Fax: (206) 447-1973