Stan Morse, Attorney at Law - P.O. Box 2128 - Chelan, WA 98816-2128. Phone: 509-682-7239; Facsimile: 509-682-7240. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Practice emphasizing: business issues; real estate; probate, trusts and wills
My Law Practice, and a bit of history
I was born in 1954 and grew up in rural central Washington State. In the 50's and early 60's my parents owned and operated a fishing resort at the head of Lake Chelan. My summers were spent barefoot and usually with a fishing pole, exploring the Stehekin country, attending the one-room log cabin schoolhouse, building rock dams in Boulder Creek with my brother Ken, learning how to whittle and catch a frog and what to do when you came across a rattlesnake. I cherish those memories.
I broke my back while snow skiing at Mission Ridge on New Year's Eve of 1971. I was 17. I spent the next four months at the University of Washington Hospital, healing and rehabilitating. I came home on April 30, apprehensive but still excited by life's possibilities. I graduated from Chelan High School in June of 1972. I had planned to attend WSU that fall, but the new wheelchair dictated that I take an easier course. The community of Chelan raised money to buy me a car which gave me the mobility to begin classes at nearby Wenatchee Valley College. I graduated from WVC two years later, and went on to attend Central Washington State College and earn a double-major bachelor's degree in political science and psychology in 1976.
I graduated from Southern Illinois University's law school in 1979, took and passed the Washington bar examination that summer, and opened a solo law practice in my home town of Chelan, Washington in the fall.
In the spring of 1983 I moved to the Seattle area, where I found a lawyer in Redmond who had an office-sharing arrangement and who offered to help me build a new law practice. It proved a good match. I practiced law in Redmond for the next thirteen years, watching it transform from a sleepy agricultural town into the home of Microsoft and a prime bedroom community for Bellevue and Seattle.
In 1997 I went on a sabbatical to write and travel. Many of the adventures I had, and the writing I accomplished, can be found elsewhere in this website. In February 2002 I returned to my former Redmond practice. But by September I realized that my heart was still in Chelan, where I was still doing much legal work. I decided to return to Chelan, open a law office, and close my Redmond practice. This occurred at the end of October 2002.
My practice is a general civil practice. My philosophy is that you do the work, keep your word, and always act with the highest personal integrity. Most of my clients are everyday people with problems that need to be solved as swiftly and economically as possible. I try to keep the focus upon solving the problem, not making it larger.
I have handled high profile cases. For instance, I won a five-day trial in a contract case in Federal District Court in Los Angeles, California, of which I am particularly proud. And I am equally proud of having established paternity (representing the mother) for the child of a major sports star. I'm not adverse to taking on a large law firm or a powerful or well known individual. But again, my practice is most often about the routine matters that affect all of our lives--dissolutions of marriage, leases, wills, probates, home sales, etc.
– 1983 General law practice in
Chelan, Washington included:
misdemeanors and felonies
(City attorney of Entiat for 3 years)
Judge for City of Chelan
– 1996 Moved to Redmond,
Washington and practiced in the areas of:
· Business Law
· Civil and Criminal Litigation
· Family Law
· Probate, Wills and Trusts
1997-2001 I went on sabbatical to write, photograph and travel, handling select legal problems on a limited basis.
Returned to full-time law practice.
I am admitted to practice before
the Washington State Bar, the United States District Court for the Western
District of Washington, and the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.