Updated: Nov. 7, 2018

Senior Lawyers Section

Welcome to the rank of Senior Lawyer! The Senior Lawyers Section is geared toward lawyers aged 55 years and counting or who have been in practice in any jurisdiction for 25 years. The section hosts an annual meeting and CLE program, social activities, and a newsletter. CLE programs focus on issues such as ethics, computer use, retirement strategies, and appellate procedures.

Pursuant to the section's bylaws, anyone may join the section, although section leadership and voting privileges are limited to active member of the Washington State Bar Association 55 years of age or older or who has been in practice in any jurisdiction for 25 years may be enrolled as a member of the section upon request and payment of annual section dues. Additionally, in accordance with the bylaws of the WSBA, law students may join the section as non-voting subscriber members. 

For those of you who are not already members of the Senior Lawyers Section, consider joining this enthusiastic group by signing up now. In the words of past Chairman Fred Frederickson, "We have the best time of any section in the Association. Our longtime friends and compatriots at the Bar have much to offer each other.

The section's quarterly publication, Life Begins, is geared toward active senior lawyers. Section members are encouraged to submit articles of general interest and on legal issues.

Annual Report



Section Info Sheet

Year in Review*

(Oct. 1, 2015-Sept. 30, 2016)
*Sources: Year-End Section Financial Reports, Section Annual Report & WSBA Demographics Report

Members: 305
New/Young Lawyers: 1%


King County: 59%

Peninsula & Southern Washington: 16%

Central & Eastern Washington: 9%

Northern Washington: 11%


Public Sector/Government: 4%

In-House: 2%

Solo: 41%

Small Firm (2-10): 21%

Medium Firm (11-50): 9%

Large Firm (51+): 3%


Newsletters (2)

The section produced two newsletters, which included recaps of prior section CLEs and other articles written by section members.


The executive committee met nine times during the year. The committee spent considerable time discussing the present and future of the section, in light of the changing demographics of the profession, and how to make the section attract more legal professionals of all ages and practice experience.


The section co-sponsored another successful Annual Meeting in May at the SeaTac Marriott, with more than a 100 lawyers in attendance. The conference theme, "The Changing Landscape," featured relevant presentations by noted speakers who appealed to the broad base that distinguishes the makeup of section membership.

Financial Review

Dues: $25

Total Revenue (actual): $7,729.51

Total Expenses (actual): $8,279.68

Total Fund balance (actual): $9,357.04

Expenses (actual)

Per-member-charge: $5,531.25 / 66.80%

Member benefits: $2,195.51 / 26.52%

Executive Committee: $552.92 / 6.68%

Section List Serve

General instructions

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WSBA Member Benefits

Did you know there are several important member benefits and tools that come with WSBA membership including professional liability insurance and Casemaker? You can also find group medical insurance plans can be found through a broker and individual plans can be found through a broker or on the Exchange.

Visit the Practice Management Discount Network for a more comprehensive list. For more information about WSBA benefits, please contact lomap@wsba.org

Executive Committee

ChairBrian Comstock

SecretaryAlbert Armstrong III

TreasurerRonald E. Thompson

Immediate Past ChairCarole Grayson

Newsletter Editor, "Life Begins"Ronald Mattson

Young Lawyer LiaisonVacant*

Board of Governors Liaison: Chris Meserve*

Committee Members
Stephen DeForest
Eleanor Doermann
Carole Grayson
Donald Haley
Ronald Mattson
Scott Osborne
Dudley B. Panchot
Jim Riehl
Morris Shore

Philip H. De Turk*
Roy Moceri*
Frederick Frederickson*

*Non-voting member

Please contact subcommittee member for details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.

For general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact the section Chair Brian Comstock.