Updated: May 20, 2024

Litigation Section

The Litigation Section strives to be the voice of civil litigators practicing in Washington state. The section is involved in a wide range of activities that interest those who handle civil matters in superior or federal courts.

The Section sponsors a mentorship program that matches law students and young attorneys with experienced litigators, an annual midyear trial skills seminar, scholarships, panel discussion, and social events for Washington law students interested in litigation, and an annual dinner meeting between the Supreme Court and the Section Executive Committee. The Section reviews and provides formal input on pending legislation, development of proposed statutory enactments, and court rules to improve and facilitate the administration of justice from the perspective of practicing litigators.

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The Litigation Section offers many resources and benefits for members. On this page you will find information about the section, their upcoming events and offerings, as well as information about the section's executive committee.

Upcoming Programs

Litigation Mentorship Program

Executive Committee

Executive Committee Meetings

Upcoming Programs

Executive Committee Elections

Election season is here and it's almost time to vote for your next executive committee. Head over to the Election page to see a timeline of when voting happens and instructions on how to make sure you will receive your ballot via email.

If you have any questions, please email sections@wsba.org.


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Litigation Section Mentorship Program

The WSBA Litigation Section Executive Committee is proud to announce the development of a mentorship program for current Litigation Section members. This new member benefit will help facilitate a connection between emerging and experienced professionals in their civil litigation practice.

Mentor and mentee applications are accepted throughout the year.

Complete the Mentee Application.

Complete the Mentor Application.

Please mail or email your completed application to the named attorney in the second paragraph of the application.

The Litigation Section Mentorship program will match mentors and mentees together using the criteria indicated in the application forms. Mentors and mentees are encouraged to use the resources and guides provided by the WSBA found here to select the desired structure for the ongoing dialogue between mentor and mentee.

If you have any questions about this, please contact sections@wsba.org.

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Executive Committee

ChairRob Wilke (2023-2024)

Chair-Elect: Tiffany Wilke (2023-2024)

Immediate Past Chair: Susan Nelson (2023-2024)

Secretary/TreasurerBil Childress (2023-2024)

Young Lawyer Liaison: Matthew Audish (2023-2025)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Tom Ahearne (2023-2024)

At-Large Members:

Lesley O'Neill (2021-2024)
Janelle Elysee (2021-2024)
Mike Brandenberg (2022-2025)
Ric Jacobs (2022-2025)
Cole Douglas (2023-2026)
Ian Leifer (2023-2026)



*Nonvoting member

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Please contact committee members for details on their upcoming meetings.

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For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact Section Chair Susan Nelson. To join our list serve and for general questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org.

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