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Date: June 7, 2018
GSB Newsroom

Garvey Schubert Barer (GSB) has expanded the ranks of three offices of the firm with the addition of four dynamic legal professionals. Brittany Fayette joins GSB as Associate, and Tinny Faulkner joins as Law Clerk in the Seattle office; Ashley Sundar joins as Associate in the Portland office; and Kara M. Steger joins as Associate in the New York office. The new team members enhance not only many of the firm’s core practice areas, but also contribute to an already diverse workforce. GSB has embraced and promoted diversity of thought, gender, race, creed and religion since its founding more than 50 years ago. The firm promulgates diversity through actively recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce, providing encouragement and support to attorneys’ full participation and advancement in the legal profession and in the community, and through the programs and benefits it offers to its employees.

“It is wonderful to see the addition of these talented professionals,” said Akane Suzuki, member of GSB’s Executive Committee. “I have been with GSB my entire career. The firm’s entrepreneurial culture and the formal and informal mentoring I have received allowed me to develop a practice where I can do impactful legal work for amazing clients with interesting issues. I am proud of our culture that fosters self-determination and our commitment to diversity, and I am excited to ‘pay it forward’ with our new colleagues.”

Brittany L. Fayette advises clients on liquor licensing, contracts, and a variety of hospitality operations matters with a focus on the food and beverage industry as well as the hospitality, travel and tourism industries. She is experienced in providing guidance to Fortune 500 companies on complex regulatory and compliance issues. Fayette previously worked for one of the world’s largest drink manufacturers, where she advised on labeling, packaging and trade compliance issues. She earned her J.D. at the Seattle University School of Law.

Tinny Faulkner assists U.S. and international clients in financial and business transactions, which involve public and private securities offerings, and matters arising from their status as public companies such as periodic reporting and disclosure obligations, corporate governance, securities exchange listing matters, and other general corporate matters. Faulkner earned her J.D./MBA at the Seattle University School of Law.

Ashley Sundar’s practice is devoted to trust and estate litigation, and estate planning and administration. Having practiced in Florida and California before moving to Oregon in 2018, she brings more than 10 years of experience providing practical and effective counsel to her fiduciary clients regarding their duties, and her individual clients regarding their rights. In addition to representing clients including families and individuals both in the courtroom and alternative dispute resolution, Sundar also has significant experience helping institutional trustees administer ongoing trusts. She earned her J.D. at the University of Florida Fredric G. Levin College of Law.

Kara M. Steger brings a broad array of commercial litigation experience involving family-owned and closely held businesses, intellectual property, digital law, and media law. She has experience advising clients on a diverse array of matters including contracts, labor law, aviation law, employment law and media law. Steger earned her J.D. at the University of Florida Levin College of Law.

About Garvey Schubert Barer

Since its founding in 1966, Garvey Schubert Barer (GSB) has provided results-oriented legal counsel to help clients – from established market leaders to startup companies to governmental bodies – solve problems, create new opportunities and mitigate risk. The firm takes a holistic approach to managing clients’ needs, with attorneys who possess deep industry experience and have a thorough understanding of current and emerging issues. GSB has offices in Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C., New York and Beijing. More information is available on the web at

Media Contact: John Williams for Garvey Schubert Barer, (206) 625-0075 x1

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