The Board of Governors is the governing body of the WSBA which determines the general policies of the Bar and approves its budget each year. The Board of Governors consists of the President, President-elect, and Immediate Past President and members elected from each Congressional District and at-large.

The Board meets 7 times per year across the state. Meetings are open to the public, except for executive sessions. The Board has several committees, and Governors serve as liaisons to WSBA Committees.


Patrick Palace | President

wsba president elect patrick palace Patrick A. Palace opened Palace Law Offices in 1995, a firm that emphasizes workers’ compensation, civil rights, and personal injury matters. Palace is the President of the WSBA Board of Governors.

Palace served on the WSBA Board of Governors for the Sixth District from 2008–2011. He was also the WSBA treasurer from 2010–2011. Prior to serving as WSBA governor, he was president of the WSBA Young Lawyers Division (1999–2000) and served on the Public Legal Education Workgroup Task Force and the WSBA President’s Advisory Committee, which was created to promote judicial independence.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Washington in International Business and his law degree from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law.


Anthony Gipe | President-elect

Anthony Gipe Anthony Gipe is president-elect of the WSBA Board of Governors and will assume the WSBA presidency in September 2014. He is currently of counsel at Shatz Law Group, where he focuses on civil rights, injury claims, family law, and select business litigation.

Gipe has been active with the King County Bar Association, the Washington State Association for Justice, and the Washington Employment Lawyers Association. He was a long-time member of the Lesbian and Gay Law Society of Washington, and was a founding board member of QLaw. Gipe is a founding member of the WSBA Leadership Institute Advisory Board and has been an instructor for the program for many years. He has also served on the WSBA Amicus Brief Committee, the WSBA Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, and served as chair of the WSBA Civil Rights Committee. He was an at-large governor on the WSBA Board of Governors from 2008–11.

Gipe studied at the Monterey Institute of Foreign Languages/Defense Languages Institute, where he received his accreditation in Russian Languages and Culture. He served for seven years in the United States Navy as a Russian-language interpreter and intelligence analyst, serving in the Mediterranean, the Middle East, and in the Pacific. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Comparative History of Ideas from the University of Washington and received his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.


Michele G. Radosevich | Immediate Past President

wsba president michele radosevich Michele G. Radosevich was elected president of the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2012. Radosevich is a partner at Davis Wright Tremaine, where she has worked in the commercial litigation department since 1995. Her primary focus is on state and local tax litigation.

One of Radosevich’s areas of expertise is working with the Legislature and on legislative issues. A former Wisconsin state senator, she has continued to hone her skills and pursue her interest in this area. Radosevich spent 10 years on the WSBA Legislative Committee, where she served as chair and vice chair.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Marquette University and her law degree from the University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University School of Law). After law school, she served as clerk to Washington State Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Johnson.

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Kenneth W. Masters | Governor, District 1

Ken Masters Kenneth W. Masters was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2012. Over the last 20 years, Masters has assisted numerous trial lawyers, handling hundreds of civil appeals at Masters Law Group (formerly Wiggins & Masters).  He is president of the Washington Appellate Lawyers Association, and a fellow of both the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers and of the Litigation Counsel of America.

Masters previously chaired the WSBA’s Court Rules and Procedures Committee and the Amicus Curiae Brief Committee. He also serves on the Washington State Supreme Court’s Long-Range Strategic Planning Steering Committee.


Bradford E. Furlong | Governor, District 2

Bardley Furlong Bradford E. Furlong concentrates on healthcare, municipal, real estate and land use law. He was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2013. Furlong is a member of the Washington Supreme Court Judicial Ethics Committee and teaches professional ethics for the WSBA. He acts as Skagit County hearing examiner, pro tem, and has served as judge pro tem in both superior and district courts.

Furlong is general counsel to Skagit Valley Hospital and Skagit Regional Clinics, The Port of Skagit County, and the Skagit County Public Facilities District. He has been town attorney for the Town of La Conner since 1988, the city attorney for Anacortes since 2008, and is general counsel for the North Sound Regional Support Network and the Skagit Land Trust.

Furlong graduated from the University of Puget Sound Law School in 1982 after attending the University of California, Davis, and graduating with an undergraduate degree in broadcast journalism from The Evergreen State College.


Brian J. Kelly | Governor, District 3 and Treasurer

brian kelly Brian J. Kelly was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2011. Both a lawyer and a certified public accountant, Kelly is a principal in the law firm Hillier Scheibmeir Vey & Kelly P.S. His practice focus is business, tax, real property, probate, and municipal law, with an emphasis on business succession and estate planning. Kelly serves on WSBA’s Budget and Audit Committee, and previously served on the Client Security Fund Board, Judicial Recommendation Committee, and the Limited Practice Board.

He earned both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of South Dakota.


Jerry Moberg | Governor, District 4

jerry moberg Jerry Moberg was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2012. He represents cities, school districts, and counties in litigation for Canfield & Associates in Ephrata, a third-party administrator of several public risk pools. Prior to that, Moberg was a solo practitioner, served as a superior court judge in Grant County, and practiced at firms in Spokane and Moses Lake. He is currently on the board of the Samaritan Hospital Ethics Committee.

He received both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Gonzaga University


Paul A. Bastine | Governor, District 5

paul bastine Paul A. Bastine was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2012. Now retired, Bastine’s career spans years in private practice before joining the bench in 1995 as a Spokane County Superior Court Judge. In 1999 he became the first family law judge in Spokane County to dedicate his full judicial time to the administration of justice in family law. He continues to serve as a pro tem judge, including private trials, arbitrations and mediations.

Judge Bastine’s service to the WSBA began in 1974, when he served for two years on the Legal Aid Committee, including a term as chair. Since then, he has also served on the Special Task Force on Statewide Legal Services, the Pro Bono Services Task Force I and II, Family Law Task Force, and Equal Access to Justice Task Force, as well as the WSBA Resolutions Committee, Ethics Committee, Practice of Law Board, Access to Justice Board, and Disciplinary Board.

Judge Bastine received his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law.


Vernon W. Harkins | Governor, District 6

Vern Harkins Vernon W. Harkins was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2011. Harkins is a partner at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, LLP. He focuses his practice on plaintiff personal injury and medical malpractice cases. In addition to the WSBA and Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association, Harkins is a member of the Washington State Association for Justice, American Bar Association, American Association for Justice, and American Board of Trial Advocates. He has served as a volunteer hearing officer for WSBA disciplinary proceedings.

He received both his bachelor’s degree and law degree from Gonzaga University, and began his career in Spokane as a deputy prosecuting attorney.


Daniel G. Ford | Governor, District 7-North

Dan Ford Daniel G. Ford was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2011. He is statewide advocacy coordinator for Columbia Legal Services, a nonprofit law firm that protects and defends the legal and human rights of low-income people. Most of his career has been focused on litigation, legislation, and rulemaking to protect the rights of immigrants. Ford has served as chair of WSBA’s Access to Justice Technology Committee and as a member of the Civil Rights Committee.

He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque and is a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School.


Barbara Rhoads-Weaver | Governor, District 7-South

barb rhoads weaver Barbara Rhoads-Weaver was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2012. In 2009, she formed her own practice, Sustainable Law PLLC, which focuses on representing injured people in civil suits. Since 2008, she has served on the Board of Directors for QLaw, the GLBT bar association of Washington. She is an Eagle member of the Washington State Association of Justice, and a member of the Mother Attorneys Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS).

Rhoads-Weaver began her legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Tom Chambers, of the Washington State Supreme Court, then worked as an associate at law firm in Seattle for five years.
She earned her law degree from Seattle University School of Law.


Wilton S. “Bill” Viall III | Governor, District 8

bill vail Wilton S. “Bill” Viall III was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2011. Since 1997, he has served as chief operations officer and counsel at Williams Kastner in Seattle. His practice experience includes jury and bench trials in district and superior courts, practice in U.S. district and bankruptcy courts, and appeals to the Washington Court of Appeals and Washington State Supreme Court. For more than 20 years he served as the City Attorney for Normandy Park. Viall was also a Washington state Senate candidate in addition to serving as a King County District Court pro tem judge.

He received his bachelor’s degree and law degree from the University of Washington.


Elijah Forde | Governor, District 9

Elijah Forde Elijah Forde was elected by the WSBA Board of Governors to serve on the Board. He replaced James Andrus as District 9 governor in March 2014. Forde is managing attorney and owner of Atlas Law, PS, which focuses on providing timely, aggressive, and compassionate services to workers injured in Washington.  Formerly the Law Office of James Rolland, the Olympia-based firm was purchased and renamed by Forde in January 2014, after he had worked there as a litigation associate representing injured workers, their dependents, and survivors before the Board of Industrial Insurance Appeals and in Superior Court.

Forde’s experience also includes work at Lane Powell, where he was an associate, and at the Washington State Office of the Attorney General, where he represented the Dept. of Labor and Industries in workers’ compensation and building trades appeals as an assistant attorney general.

Forde is president of the Loren Miller Bar Association. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of California-Berkeley and law degree from Howard University School of Law.


Philip Brady | Governor, District 10

james armstrong Philip Brady was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2013. He is the regulatory projects coordinator for the Washington Department of Financial Institutions (DFI), and currently serves as both records officer and ombudsman for his agency. He practices primarily administrative, financial services, public records, and open government law. Brady previously worked as a division counsel and an enforcement attorney for DFI, and has worked for members of the Washington State Senate, the Oregon State Senate, and the U.S. Senate. He has served on the Washington State Board of Bar Examiners since 2011.

Brady received his law degree and a master’s degree in conflict and dispute resolution from the University of Oregon in 2008, and also holds a degree in physics from the College of Idaho.


James W. Armstrong Jr. | Governor, At-Large

james armstrong James W. Armstrong Jr. was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2011. He has his own firm, Armstrong Law Offices, where he focuses his practice on workers’ compensation and Social Security disability.

Armstrong has been active in the Loren Miller Bar Association (LMBA), the oldest minority bar association in Washington state. He served for six years on the LMBA Executive Board, including a term as president.

Armstrong served for four years in the United States Marine Corps, received his bachelor’s degree from Western Washington University, and earned his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.


Karen Denise Wilson | Governor, At-Large

Karen Denise Wilson Karen Denise Wilson Karen Denise Wilson was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2013. She has been a deputy public defender with the Skagit County Public Defender’s Office since 2006; previously, she was a civil rights analyst for the Seattle Office for Civil Rights.

Wilson is an alumna of the 2012 Washington Leadership Institute, a partnership between the WSBA and the University of Washington School of Law that recruits, trains, and develops minority and traditionally underrepresented attorneys for future leadership positions in the WSBA and legal community. She previously served on the WSBA Court Rules and Procedures Committee. She received her law degree from Tulane Law School, in New Orleans, Louisiana. Prior to her legal career, her first career was in banking management.


Robin Lynn Haynes | Governor, At-Large

robin haynes Robin Lynn Haynes was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in June 2012, representing new and young Lawyers. She recently joined the Litigation Team at Witherspoon Kelley as a Principal. She had previously worked with the firm of R&G, P.S where she became its first female partner in 2011.

Haynes’s involvement in the legal community began shortly after her graduation from law school, when she began serving regularly as a volunteer judge for moot court and student competitions at Gonzaga. Since 2009, she has served as a mentor for first-year law students and has spoken on panels at student events. Haynes received her undergraduate, master’s and law degrees from Gonzaga University.


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