The Board of Governors is the WSBA's governing body directed by the Washington Supreme Court to determine the general policies of the Bar and approve its budget annually. The Board consists of the president, president-elect, immediate past president, members elected from each of the state's congressional districts and three at-large members.
The Board meets six times each year at locations across the state. Except for executive sessions, Board meetings are open to the public. The Board has several committees, and governors serve as liaisons to WSBA committees.
William D. Pickett | President (March-September 2018)
William D. Pickett was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He assumed the office of president after former President Brad Furlong resigned on March 17, 2018.
Pickett is a solo practitioner in central Washington, where he focuses his practice on trial advocacy in personal-injury and wrongful-death matters, civil rights and police misconduct, and medical malpractice. He is a frequent guest speaker on trial advocacy, police misconduct, and medical negligence issues. He is licensed to practice law in Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.
Pickett serves as an adjunct faculty member in the LL.M. Trial Advocacy Degree Program for Temple University School of Law. He is a member of the National Police Accountability Project, which monitors law enforcement misconduct across the country.
Born and raised in Yakima, Pickett received his B.A. degree in society and justice from the University of Washington in 1994, and his law degree in 1997 from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon. He later earned an LL.M. degree in trial advocacy in 2007 from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law. In addition, he is a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyer’s College in Dubois, Wyoming.
Rajeev Majumdar was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016, replacing Brad Furlong, who now serves as the WSBA's president-elect. Majumdar focuses his practice on civil litigation and business-oriented law at the Law Offices of Roger Ellingson, PS in Blaine, Washington.
He serves as prosecutor in jurisdictions including Blaine, Bellingham’s Mental Health Diversion Court, and the Nooksack Nation. As an adjunct professor at Western Washington University, he teaches rights, liberties and justice in America. He previously worked for the National Nuclear Security Administration in Washington, D.C., helping to establish protocols of cooperation between the U.S. and other nations to ensure the containment of weapons of mass destruction technology.
In 2015, Majumdar received the WSBA Local Hero Award for his work in improving public access to civil legal aid and advocating for homeless youth. He received his undergraduate degree in biology and philosophy from the Albertson College of Idaho; master’s degrees in international affairs and public administration from the University of Washington; and his law degree from Seattle University School of Law.
William D. Hyslop | Immediate Past President (2016-2018)
William Hyslop is the immediate past president of the WSBA. He was elected president-elect in September 2014 and served as president September 2015–September 2016. He practices in civil litigation and dispute resolution for Lukins & Annis, P.S., in Spokane, where he is a principal. He has practiced for the firm since 1980, with the exception of 1991-1993, when he served as U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Washington. An active member of Washington’s legal community, Hyslop has been involved in many WSBA activities and served on the Board of Governors in 2000–2003.
In 2006, he was awarded the WSBA President’s Award in recognition of his work in the Spokane community and service to the legal profession. He is a past president of the Federal Bar Association of the Eastern District of Washington and a former co-chair of the WSBA Committee on Public Defense. He is a past president of the Spokane County Bar Association and of the Washington State University Alumni Association.
Hyslop earned his law degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, a master’s in public administration from the University of Washington, and his undergraduate degree from Washington State University.
G. Kim Risenmay | Governor, District 1, Treasurer (2015-2018)
G. Kim Risenmay was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He is licensed in Washington as both an attorney and a certified public accountant. For nearly 30 years, he has practiced in multistate tax services for major law firms. He served as the state tax consulting partner for PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP in Seattle. Prior to that, he was a partner in the Seattle law firm of Bogle & Gates. He served as senior of-counsel attorney in charge of state and local tax services for the Seattle office of the Stoel Rives law from 2008 until 2014, when he opened his own boutique law firm in Redmond.
He has testified before the state Legislature, served on state-agency stakeholder committees to draft regulations, and taught for four years at the University of Washington School of Law.
Risenmay is a military veteran who began practicing law at age 34. He earned his J.D. from Brigham Young University’s J. Reuben Law School, where he graduated magna cum laude. And he received an LL.M in taxation from the University of Washington School of Law.
Carla J. Higginson | Governor, District 2 (2018-2019)
Carla J. Higginson was elected by the Board of Governors in June 2018 to represent the 2nd District on the board. She replaced Rajeev Majumdar, who became president-elect in May 2018. Since her admission to the bar in 1980, Higginson has practiced in Friday Harbor, handling family law, real property and land use, estate planning and probate, elder law and guardianship, and civil litigation. She formerly handled criminal defense as well. After 30 years in solo practice, her law partner Garrett J. Beyer, who practices in the area of international tax and business, joined her firm in 2010. Between them they have maintained the firm’s commitment to 15% of their practice time to pro bono work.
Higginson is currently the treasurer of the San Juan County Bar Association for which she previously served as president for five terms. Early in her career, she served as a municipal court judge for the Town of Friday Harbor, and she once was the youngest judge in the state. She also served on the San Juan County Planning Commission, Bastyr University Board of Trustees, and as a long-time volunteer attorney for several nonprofit organizations. A native of Western Washington, Higginson earned her B.A. in communications at Western Washington University and her J.D. at University of Washington School of Law.
Kyle Sciuchetti | Governor, District 3 (2017-2020)
Kyle Sciuchetti was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2017. He is a shareholder with Bullivant Houser Bailey PC where he maintains an active practice serving as outside general counsel for businesses throughout Washington, Idaho, and Oregon. His clients include construction contractors, consultants, design professionals, firearm manufacturers, transportation-related companies, restaurants, component manufacturers and businesses large and small.
Sciuchetti is a former prosecutor with the City of Spokane and former session attorney with the Washington State Legislature, Code Reviser’s Office. For 14 years, he served on the WSBA Legislative Committee, most recently as its chair in 2016. He is the director/legal counsel for the board of the Metropolitan Business Association and serves on the Board of Directors for the Humane Society for Southwest Washington. He is past chair of the Board of Directors for the Clark County Food Bank. He is licensed and admitted to practice in all state and federal courts in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho and the United States Supreme Court.
Born and raised in Spokane, Sciuchetti received his undergraduate degrees in political science and psychology from the University of Washington and his law degree from Lewis & Clark Law School. He currently resides in Vancouver, serving the legal needs and communities of Southwest Washington.
Daniel D. Clark | Governor, District 4 (2017-2018)
Daniel Clark was elected to the Board of Governors in July 2017. Since 2002, he has served the taxpayers of Yakima County. Mr. Clark is currently employed as a senior deputy prosecuting attorney with the Yakima County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Corporate Counsel Division. His legal practice includes providing legal representation to various Yakima County department heads and elected officials in various civil and ad valorem taxation litigation matters. He also assists deputy prosecutors and law enforcement in various criminal prosecutions and civil real and personal property forfeiture matters. He is also the legal counsel for the Southeast Aging and Long Term Care Council of Governments, an entity comprised of eight counties (including three in the 4th District) that provides important services under the Older Americans Act for the elderly and those in need of long-term care. Previously, Mr. Clark worked for Yakima County Superior Court where he served as a judicial law clerk for the Honorable James Hutton, Michael E. Schwab, Robert N. Hackett, and C. James Lust.
Born and raised in Yakima, he received his undergraduate Bachelors of Art degree in political science from Central Washington University, graduating magna cum laude, and was honored as a Dean’s Scholar in the College of the Sciences. He earned his Juris Doctor law degree from Gonzaga School of Law where he graduated with cum laude academic honors. Mr. Clark is a proud Gonzaga law alumni, and an avid Zags Basketball and Seahawks sports fan.
Angela M. Hayes | Governor, District 5 (2015-2018)
Angela M. Hayes was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. She serves as in-house legal counsel for Associated Industries in Spokane, where, among other work, she provides training and advising on a variety of employment- and labor-related issues.
She previously was a managing partner of Randall & Danskin, P.S., where her practice areas included civil litigation, trust and estate dispute litigation, guardianship, and medical negligence defense. She has served on the WSBA Board of Bar Examiners since 2003 and was a trustee at the Spokane County Bar Association 2003–2005 and 2009–2011.
A Spokane native, Hayes earned her undergraduate degrees in English and communication at the University of Washington and a Bachelor of Science in nursing at Washington State University. She graduated summa cum laude in 1998 from Gonzaga University of School of Law.
Brian Tollefson | Governor, District 6 (2017-2020)
Brian Tollefson Hon. Brian Tollefson (ret.) is a principal at Black Robe Dispute Resolution Services, PLLC. He also serves as a pro-tem judge for Pierce County Superior Court. Previously, he served as a judge for Pierce County Superior Court for more than 27 years. During his time on Superior Court, he was on the Executive Committee, served as presiding judge, and participated on a number of local Superior Court committees. He served on several committees in the Washington State Superior Court Judges Association and as a trustee on the Association’s board of trustees for five years.
Before serving as a Superior Court judge, he was partner in a private practice law firm with a general civil practice. At the start of his legal career, he served as law clerk to Chief Justice Charles T. Wright on the Washington Supreme Court. Tollefson is a National Courts & Science Institute Fellow and an emeritus member of the Robert J. Bryan American Inns of Court. Tollefson earned his law degree from Willamette University College of Law, a master’s in judicial studies from the University of Nevada, Reno, and his accounting degree from the University of Washington.
Paul Swegle | Governor, District 7 North (2017-2020)
Paul Swegle was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2017. He is in-house general counsel to several tech companies and serves as of counsel to Kinsel Law Offices in Seattle, where he handles projects for clients involving all areas of business law, as well as finance, mergers and acquisitions, and litigation. Swegle speaks across the country on a variety of law and business topics.
From 2000 to 2012, Swegle was general counsel of ShareBuilder, a Seattle startup that he helped grow into a leading online brokerage before helping lead the company’s sale to ING Direct and later to Capital One. He began his law career in 1988 with the SEC’s Division of Enforcement, serving two appointments as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney. He transferred to the SEC's Division of Corporation Finance in 1994, where he handled IPOs, mergers and acquisitions, and other complex transactions. Swegle left the SEC to become director, Law of Plum Creek Timber.
Swegle served two terms as chair of the WSBA Corporate Counsel Section, currently serves on the Securities Law Committee of the WSBA Business Law Section, and is a member of the Technology and Innovation Law LL.M. Advisory Board at Seattle University School of Law. He is a past-president of the Bellevue College Foundation, serves on the Alliance for Pioneer Square Board and has co-chaired the Cystic Fibrosis StairClimb in Seattle for 22 years. Swegle received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Washington and his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.
James K. Doane | Governor, District 7-South (2015-2018)
James K. Doane was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2015. He serves as corporate counsel for Costco Wholesale. He was a partner for many years at Preston Gates Ellis (now K & L Gates) in Seattle, where he focused on U.S.-Japan business, representing U.S. and Japanese companies and individuals in the U.S. and Japan. Early in his legal career, he worked at other law firms in Philadelphia, Seattle, and Tokyo, and as a law clerk in Tacoma to Judges Vernon Pearson and John Petrich, Washington State Court of Appeals.
For several years after moving in-house, Doane shuttled among U.S. headquarters and subsidiaries in Asia, Mexico, Australia, and the UK. Doane currently focuses on international compliance, governance, and commercial transactions in the corporate office. Doane has served as chair of the WSBA Corporate Counsel Section, and of the Diversity/Pro Bono Committee for the Association of Corporate Counsel, Washington Chapter. He has also served as president of the Japan-America Society of the State of Washington and as a trustee of The Rainier Club. He is a contributor to local publications on legal and public interest topics, and speaker at law schools and CLE conferences. He is a trustee on the Washington State Bar Foundation, and active supporter of regional diversity and pro bono organizations and events.
Doane studied at Waseda University in Tokyo, and was awarded an AB cum laude in East Asian studies from Harvard College. Between college and law school, Doane worked in Tokyo at a Japanese magazine and a trading company, and studied in Tokyo on a Rockefeller Fund Fellowship. He received his JD from the University of Pennsylvania Law School. Doane attended public schools in and around Seattle.
Kim Hunter | Governor, District 8 (2017-2020)
Kim Hunter. was elected to the WSBA Board of Governors in September 2017. She is the owner of the Law Offices of Kim E. Hunter, PLLC, where she maintains an active criminal defense practice as a conflict public defender and also serving as a pro-tem Judge. She is a former prosecutor for the City of Spokane and former public defender for the cities of Kirkland, Bellevue and Redmond. Hunter is a member and past chair of the Criminal Law Section. A member of Phi Delta Phi, she was named a Rising Star in 2010-2014, and in 2015-2017 she was recognized as a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics. She was named one of the top two female DUI attorneys in the state. Hunter has been on the WSBA Supreme Court Pro Bono Publico Honor Roll since 2004. She is a member of the South King County Bar Association, King County Bar Association, National College of DUI Defense, National Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, and she served as co-chair of the Criminal Justice Institute for six years.
Born and raised in Spokane, Hunter received her undergraduate degree, cum laude, in biomedical history and ethics from the University of Washington and her MBA, magna cum laude, in marketing from City University. She earned her JD at Gonzaga University School of Law, where she was co-founded the Student Animal Legal Defense Fund. She resides in Auburn, serving the needs of communities in Seattle and South King County. She enjoys travel, reading, music, and her cat Nutmeg.
Dan W. Bridges | Governor, District 9 (2016-2019)
Dan W. Bridges was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016, when he replaced Elijah Forde as District-9 governor. Bridges is a partner with McGaughey Bridges Dunlap, PLLC. He has tried over 50 jury trials in state and U.S. District Court and argued more than 30 appeals in Washington Supreme Court, all three divisions of the Washington Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. And he serves as a superior court arbitrator in four Washington counties.
Bridges received his undergraduate degree in political science from the University of Washington and his law degree from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University School of Law).
Christina A. Meserve | Governor, District 10 (2016-2019)
Christina A. Meserve was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016. She is a family law attorney and has been with Connolly Tacon & Meserve for 36 years. Her practice focuses on arbitration, divorce, custody and support, mediation, and prenuptial agreements. A former president of the Thurston County Bar Association, Meserve also served on the board of trustees of The Evergreen State College.
Meserve has served on the WSBA's Judicial Recommendation, Character and Fitness, and Legislative committees. Early in her career, she was president of Washington Women Lawyers and served as its liaison to the WSBA Board of Governors.
She received her undergraduate degree from The Evergreen State College and her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.
Athan P. Papailiou | Governor, At-Large (2016-2019)
Athan P. Papailiou was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2016. He is a litigator at Pacifica Law Group in Seattle, where he focuses his practice on complex appellate and civil litigation, including constitutional, municipal, and commercial matters in state and federal courts. Before entering private practice, Papailiou served as a judicial law clerk for Washington Supreme Court Justice Debra Stephens.
Papailiou received his law degree from the University of Arizona and undergraduate degree from the University of Oregon. A Pacific Northwest native, Papailiou lives on Shilshole Bay in Ballard.
Jean Y. Kang | Governor, At-Large (2017-2018)
Jean Y. Kang is a litigator at Smith Freed & Eberhard. She handles a wide-range of complex litigation suits arising from personal injury negligence, errors & omission, premises liability, and various insurance claims.
Prior to civil work, Jean served as a criminal deputy prosecuting attorney in Cowlitz County and King County. She serves on the state board for Washington Women Lawyer as co-chair for Professional Development, and previously served on the board for the Korean-American Bar Association. She also was a member of the 2017 class of the Washington Leadership Institute.
She speaks Korean fluently and volunteers in the Korean-American community. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Washington and her law degree from the Seattle University School of Law.
Alec Stephens | Governor, At-Large (2017-2020)
Alec Stephens was elected to the Board of Governors in September 2017. Prior to serving on the BOG, Stephens served two terms as Chair of the WSBA Civil Rights Law Section, and was the small Sections representative on the BOG’s Sections Policy Workgroup. He has been a civil rights lawyer since his admission to the Bar in 1981, and was national co-director of the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council, and national co-chair of the National Lawyers Guild Affirmative Action/Anti-Discrimination Committee. He began his career as Northwestern Regional Attorney for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.
In late 2014 he retired as Diversity Technical Advisor in the Diversity Programs Office of Sound Transit (the Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority). Joining the agency in 1995, he was the initial manager and architect for contracting and employment programs to provide opportunities for People of Color and Women, and coordinated the Agency’s compliance with federal Disadvantaged Business Enterprise and Title VI non-discrimination requirements.
Active in civic affairs, he has served as a member of the City of Seattle Parks Levy Oversight Committee and he was the first Disproportionality Task Force Chair of Seattle Public Schools. In 2012, he was one of 12 Electors to cast Washington’s electoral votes in the Electoral College.
A native of Miami, Florida, he has a law degree from the University of Puget Sound (now Seattle University) law school, and a bachelor of business administration from the University of Miami.