Updated: June 14, 2019

Solo and Small Practice Section

We serve as a clearinghouse for qualified law practice management and technology information solo and small practice attorneys to support them in ethically conducting a profitable, satisfying business.

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Congratulations New Executive Committee Members!

Two-year terms, Oct. 1, 2019–Sept. 30, 2021.

At-Large Members:

Bruce Gardiner

Jessica Jensen

Kari Petrasek

Shashi Vijay


WEBINAR – Register Now!

Lawyers as Employers: Employment Law Overview for Small Firms

This session will provide a 30,000-foot employment law primer to help you spot issues and avoid common pitfalls. We’ll look at whether your workers are employees or independent contractors, whether the employees qualify as exempt under WA’s minimum wage statute, employment benefits (both statutory and contractual), best practices for hiring, including statutory restrictions during the application process, immigration issues, and record keeping.

When: June 18, 2019, noon–1:15 p.m. PDT

Credits: 1 Law & Legal Procedure

Tuition: Free for members of the Solo & Small Practice Section (discount applied at checkout); $25 Standard/Non-Section Members

Faculty: Kevin Hansen - Livengood Alskog PLLC, Kirkland

Register here.

Mariners Game

Save the Date!


Friday–Sunday, Sept. 13–15

At the Clearwater Casino Resort in Suquamish, Washington

Mark Your Calendar!

Plans call for this year’s Conference to begin at noon on a Friday and conclude midday Sunday. We hope you will join us for an incomparable experience: informative sessions geared to the needs of solo/small firm attorneys, networking, a welcoming reception, lunch service on Saturday, access to the Exhibit Hall featuring providers of services and products, and nearby attractions of interest to you and your family.

Registration information will be announced at a future date.

The Clearwater offers dining and entertainment opportunities in addition to a beautiful waterfront location; other nearby attractions include: The Bloedel Reserve, the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art, the Suquamish Museum, Fay Bainbridge State Park, and several wineries and breweries.

Access Members-Only Area

To access the Members-Only Area, login with user name SSP@wsba.org (not an active email address), type in the password you received with your section sign up/renewal, and then click continue. Resources in the members-only area include:

  • CLE Chapters and Articles
  • Management Tools, Tips, and Forms
  • Online Resources
  • The Blogroll

Whom We Serve

Solo and small practice firms comprise more than 60% of practicing lawyers in Washington. Small firm practitioners must handle their finances, marketing, business decisions and growth without the help of law firm administrators, comptrollers, marketing personnel and executive directors.

The Solo and Small Practice Section of the Washington State Bar Association offers the resources to help manage these firms to maximum efficiency and profitability.

Who Serves You

The Section’s Executive Committee is made up of elected solo and small practice attorneys. They understand what you’re dealing with because they’re facing many of those same issues in their own practices. See the Executive Committee page for details of the current members.

In addition, the Executive Committee enjoys input from the liaison for the Association of Legal Administrators, as well as various consultants to the legal industry, providing added perspective on solutions to solo and small practice challenges.

Member Benefits

Did you know there are several important member benefits and tools that come with WSBA membership including Practice Management Assistanceprofessional liability insurance, Casemaker, and Fastcase? Membership in the Section can put you in touch with resources that you can't find anywhere else. It's the next best thing to having your own law practice management consultant!  When you join the Section, you will enjoy full access to:

  • List serve discussions where you can post questions for Section members and receive help with your most challenging issues. The list serve is a great tool for communicating with other Section members to pose questions, seek recommendations, and share information.
  • Links on our Member-Only pages to hundreds of helpful resources.
  • Practice tips to enhance your productivity, management and quality of life.
  • Section-sponsored CLEs a focused on solo and small practice issues.
  • Networking opportunities with solo and small firm practitioners in your own area, as well as from around the state.

Starting in fall 2018, the bar began offering members a new resource when shopping for health insurance. Members can compare and purchase products from leading insurance providers through a private online exchange. For more information, please visit Health Insurance Exchange or contact HealthExchange@wsba.org.

Learn more about WSBA Member Benefits.

Section Impact

"You all have been a great resource for me, and I'd like to say THANK YOU. I am eternally grateful for any nuggets of direction and advice... You all take the time to write out beautiful explanations that I read word for word and cherish. Your time is valuable and I appreciate it."

– Venu N. Sareen, Attorney at Law

From list serve post, May 7, 2015

Executive Committee

Chair: Kari Petrasek

Treasurer: Bruce Gardiner

Secretary: Jordan Couch

Immediate Past Chair: Nancy Pacharzina

Chair-Elect: Shashi Vijay

Vitaliy Kertchen (2018-2019)
Jordan Couch (2018-2020)
Kristina Larry (2018-2020)
Darcel Lobo (2018-2020)
Amber Rush

Adviser Members
Ann Guinn*
John Redenbaugh*
Pete Roberts*

ALA Liaison: Gil Price*

Board of Governors Liaison: Kyle Sciuchetti*

Young Lawyer Liaison: Jennifer Ching*

*Non-voting member

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

For general questions, or to switch your list serve settings to a daily digest, please email inquiries to sections@wsba.org. To get involved and learn more about the Solo and Small Practice Section, please contact the Section Chair Kari Petrasek.