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Date: January 7, 2008
GSB Press Release

SEATTLE, January 7, 2008 – Garvey Schubert Barer is pleased to announce Seth J. Berntsen and Akane R. Suzuki of the firm's Seattle office have been promoted to Owner effective January 1.
 
"We are thrilled to have Seth and Akane join our ownership ranks," said Anne Preston, managing director of the Seattle office and chair of the firm's Labor and Employment Practice Group. "Garvey Schubert Barer has a tradition of recruiting exceptional associates.  Seth and Akane are two very talented attorneys with impressive track records of success. It is rewarding that our associate program continues to produce outstanding lawyers who are passionate about providing exceptional service to our clients and serving our community."
 
Seth J. Berntsen joined the firm as an associate in 2000.  He focuses his practice on commercial litigation matters, including labor and employment litigation. He represents employers in litigation concerning wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, wage and hour and other employment matters. In particular, Mr. Berntsen has considerable experience litigating and advising clients on wage and hour and business protection issues.  He also represents commercial clients in contract, tort, product liability, real estate, and personal injury litigation. Mr. Berntsen obtained his J.D. from the University of California, Davis (2000) and his B.A., magna cum laude, from the University of Washington (1997).  He is a volunteer member of the Downtown Seattle YMCA board of managers and membership committee. Among his contributions in these roles are helping to raise funds to sustain the organization's various programs which benefit the community.
 
Akane R. Suzuki joined the firm as an associate in 2000. Her practice focuses on all facets of the estate planning process, from basic planning for young families to complex trusts, family LLCs, family business succession planning and charitable giving.  In addition, she handles probate and trust administration and advises tax exempt organizations regarding tax issues. She is fluent in Japanese and has worked with a number of Japanese-speaking and other clients on international estate planning and related legal matters.  She earned her LL.M. in Taxation from New York University School of Law (2000), her J.D., with honors, from the University of Washington School of Law (1999), and her B.A in East Asian Studies, with honors, from Lewis and Clark College (1995). She has helped create and obtain tax exemption for a number of nonprofit entities on a pro bono basis. Also, she has done and continues to do pro bono estate plans for persons of limited means, often terminally ill people.

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