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Attorney Profiles


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Attorney Profiles


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The law firm of Adams & Duncan has a team of seasoned attorneys that represent clients across a wide range of practice areas and industries–from startups to FORTUNE 500 corporations. Our commitment to assisting our clients achieve their objectives has earned our firm an AV® rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which identifies Adams & Duncan as having the highest level of professional excellence and ethics.

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Thomas D. Adams


Thomas D. Adams


Thomas D. Adams | Attorney

Contact Information
P: (425) 339-8556
F: (425) 740-3321
E: tda@AdamsLawyers.com


Thomas D. Adams has practiced law in Snohomish County, Washington for over 36 years.  After receiving his BA from University of Pacific in 1970, he served three years as a commissioned officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing his service as a Captain.  In 1978, he was awarded his JD from McGeorge School of Law in Sacramento, California.  His practice focuses primarily on business and real estate litigation.  He has represented private individuals, banks, businesses, title companies, and school districts in the Superior Court, Courts of Appeal and State Supreme Court.  He has been appointed by the Snohomish County Superior Court as a Special Master assisting the Court in real estate matters as a Hearing Officer.  He also serves the legal community as an arbitrator and a mediator.

As a member of the Snohomish County community, Mr. Adams has served on the boards of the Snohomish County Boys and Girls Clubs, the Lake Stevens Education Foundation, and Sherwood Technical Services.  He has assisted Rotary and Kiwanis Clubs in the legal formation of their charitable foundations, and has drafted the organizational documents and charters for numerous nonprofit organizations including Community Kitchen of Snohomish and the Education Foundations for the Arlington, Lakewood and Lake Stevens public schools.

Mr. Adams has earned an AV® rating from Martindale & Hubble which identifies him as having the highest level of professional excellence and ethics.

His reported cases include:

  • In re Marriage of Washburn, 101 Wn.2d 168, 677 P.2d 152 (1984).
  • Smith v. Olympic Bank, 103 Wn.2d 418, 693 P.2d 92 (1985).
  • In re Estate of Burmeister, 124 Wn.2d 282, 877 P.2d 195 (1994).
  • Kirk v. Tomulty, 66 Wn.App. 231, 831 P.2d 792 (1992).
  • Evans v. Luster, 84 Wn.App.447 (1996).
  • Olsen v. Pesarik, 18 Wn.App. 688, 77 P.3rd 383 (2003).
  • Estate of Freitag v. Frontier Bank, 118 Wn.App. 222 (2003).
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Christopher D. Adams


Christopher D. Adams


Christopher D. Adams | Attorney

Contact Information
P: (425) 339-8556
F: (425) 740-3322
E: Chris.Adams@AdamsLawyers.com


Practice

Christopher D. Adams has dedicated his practice to the areas of corporate law, commercial real estate and tax matters.  His corporate experience includes working with a diverse range of transactional and litigation matters, including entity formation, corporate governance, acquisitions, partner disputes and succession planning.  His commercial real estate experience includes drafting leases, lease litigation, land use litigation, purchase and sales, and environmental contamination.  Mr. Adams’ clients range from individuals, families and small local businesses to large national businesses and S&P 500 companies with holdings in Western Washington.   In addition to his law degree (JD), Mr. Adams holds a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) and Masters in Tax Law (LLM). 

Community Service

As an active resident of the Snohomish County community, Mr. Adams currently serves on the governance board of Providence Hospital (Everett) and on the board of the Everett branch of the YMCA.  Mr. Adams also advises and represents several local nonprofit organizations, such as the Assistance League of Everett and Refugee and Immigrant Services Northwest.

Admissions

Washington State

Federal Court

United States Tax Court

United States Bankruptcy Court

Education

University of Washington, B.A.

Gonzaga University, J.D.

Gonzaga University, MBA

University of Washington School of Law, LL.M. (Tax)

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Sarah E. Duncan


Sarah E. Duncan


Sarah E. Duncan | Attorney

Contact Information
P: (425) 339-8556
F: (425) 740-3323
E: sdunc@AdamsLawyers.com


Sarah Duncan assists individuals and families with estate planning and elder law matters, including Wills and Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives, Wealth Transfer Strategies, Medicaid Planning and Disability Planning.  Ms. Duncan also assists beneficiaries and fiduciaries (i.e. trustees, personal representatives and executors) with Trust and Probate Administration.

Ms. Duncan is an active member of the Snohomish County Estate Planning Council and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA).  Currently, Ms. Duncan serves on the boards of the Community Foundation of Snohomish County, Imagine Children’s Museum and EverTrust Foundation.  She also is the co-founder and President of the Melissa Erickson Foundation, which is a non-profit organization focused on raising money to help cure Lou Gehrig's disease in honor of her dear friend and teammate, Melissa Erickson, who passed away in 2013. 

Ms. Duncan is a proud alum of the University of Washington.  She received her BA from the University of Washington in 2001 while playing basketball for the Huskies from 1997 – 2001.  She received her JD from the University of Washington in 2004.  Before she joined the firm, Ms. Duncan clerked for the Honorable Ronald L. Castleberry at the Snohomish County Superior Court.  She enjoys maintaining an active life with her family and friends by running, hiking and biking, and especially looks forward to attending spin classes at the local YMCA with her co-workers.  

Admissions

Washington State

Education

University of Washington, B.A.

University of Washington, J.D.

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Erica W. Temple


Erica W. Temple


Erica W. Temple | Attorney

Contact Information
P: (425) 339-8556
F: (425) 740-3328
E: Erica.Temple@AdamsLawyers.com


Erica W. Temple dedicates her practice to representing clients in the areas of lawyer discipline, administrative proceedings, and general civil litigation. She has extensive experience as a litigator.  Before joining Adams & Duncan, she served as a Disciplinary Counsel at the Washington State Bar Association, handling investigations and hearings related to ethical misconduct of lawyers, including appellate practice.  She is a frequent speaker on the topics of lawyer ethics and discipline.  

Ms. Temple has also served as a Judge Pro Tempore in Snohomish County Superior Court and municipal courts throughout Snohomish County, presiding over criminal and infraction cases.  She began her legal career as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney with the Snohomish County Prosecutor’s Office, Criminal Division, and was responsible for prosecuting cases ranging from Murder to DUI.

As an active resident of the Snohomish County community, Ms. Temple  currently serves on the Board of Directors of Sherwood Community Services .  Ms. Temple also holds a culinary degree and has worked as a professional chef.

Admissions

Washington State

Education

B.A., Occidental College.

J.D., The Ohio State University College of Law

 

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Tayah E. H. Smoot


Tayah E. H. Smoot


Tayah E. H. Smoot | Attorney

Contact Information
P: (425) 339-8556
F: (425) 740-3326
E: Tayah.Smoot@AdamsLawyers.com


Tayah Smoot has dedicated her practice to assisting individuals, families and small businesses in the areas of estate planning, business planning and development, and tax planning and controversies.

Ms. Smoot’s estate planning practice includes preparing Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney, Health Care Directives and Community Property Agreements.  In addition, Ms. Smoot assists with the trust and probate administration process.  Ms. Smoot’s tax background allows her to assist with sophisticated tax planning for individuals with taxable estates.

Ms. Smoot also assists small businesses throughout the life of the company.  She is able to assist with the formation, business planning and operations, audits, disputes and appeals.  Ms. Smoot has handled audits and appeals with the Department of Revenue and the Department of Labor and Industries.  In Determination No. 11-0281, Ms. Smoot’s tax background allowed her to successfully appeal a decision by the Department of Revenue for a controlling interest transfer.  Because the clients had paid the tax bill, Ms. Smoot was able to get a refund plus interest.  In addition, Ms. Smoot assists business owners with audits and appeals with the Department of Labor and Industries for matters related to Industrial Insurance Premiums, including premiums associated with the use of subcontractors and independent contractors.

In addition to her law degree, Ms. Smoot has a Legal Masters Degree (LL.M.) in tax law.  Ms. Smoot is also licensed to practice before the United States Tax Court and is able to provide audit guidance, represent taxpayers in appeals, and negotiate collection alternatives in federal tax matters.

Ms. Smoot currently serves as the Vice President of the Snohomish County Estate Planning Council.  She is also an active member at her church, where she regularly volunteers in the children’s department.  Ms. Smoot and her husband reside in Snohomish County, and enjoy spending time with their new son.

Admissions

Washington State

United States Tax Court

United States District Court, Western District of Washington

Education

University of Washington, B.A.

University of Idaho College of Law, J.D.

University of Washington School of Law, LL.M. (Tax)

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Dylan M. LeValley


Dylan M. LeValley


Dylan M. LeValley | Attorney

Contact Information
P: (425) 339-8556
F: (425) 339-2353
E: Dylan.LeValley@AdamsLawyers.com


Dylan LeValley is a real estate and business attorney focusing on agricultural issues for large and small farms, family farms, agricultural cooperatives, investors, and landlords. Dylan is passionate about the health of Washington’s farm community, and assists his clients in all matter of farm management issues, including lease drafting and negotiations, easements and other property use agreements, purchases and sales of real property, succession planning, business formation, planning and structure, and financing. Dylan also has an active litigation practice and is experienced in guiding farming clients through all stages of real property and business disputes.

In his spare time, Dylan serves on the North Sound Regional Leadership Committee for Forterra, Western Washington’s preeminent land conservation organization, advocating for protecting the northwest’s vibrant farm community from the increased pressures of our region’s growth. Dylan’s dedication to the agricultural industry can be traced to his roots in farming communities and the importance a strong agricultural community has on the health and vitality of our region.

Dylan received his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law in 2013, graduating summa cum laude, where he was a member of the Law Review, participated in many writing, trial, and appellate competitions, and was a competitor in the National Moot Court Competition in 2013. Dylan’s work during law school included advocating for an expanded right to counsel for indigent civil litigants, representing criminal defendants in court for the Snohomish County Public Defender Association, and authoring a published article about liability arising from self-driving vehicles.

Before law school, Dylan was deeply involved in the northwest marine industry, both working as a marine services technician and for the Northwest Marine Trade Association. Dylan’s love for the water inspired him to form an adventure racing team that, in 2006, rowed across the North Atlantic Ocean, setting several world records.

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Carl D. Schremp


Carl D. Schremp


Carl D. Schremp | Attorney

Contact Information
P: (425) 339-8556
F: (425) 740-3323
E: Carl.Schremp@AdamsLawyers.com


Carl focuses his practice at Adams & Duncan on business and real estate matters. Carl works on a variety issues facing small businesses, ranging from creating business entities to advising clients through the business’s ultimate sale or liquidation. Carl’s business practice includes assisting businesses with restructuring, succession planning, acquisitions, governance, and employee compensation. Carl also guides businesses through disputes among owners and governmental enforcement actions. Carl has successfully defended clients against enforcement actions by Snohomish County and the Department of Labor and Industries.

In addition to his business practice, Carl advises clients on matters related to both residential and commercial real estate. Carl supports clients with the purchase and sale of real property, disputes between landlords and tenants, zoning and development issues, and code enforcement.

Carl received his J.D. from Seattle University School of Law, where he graduated magna cum laude. During law school, Carl served as a member of the Law Review and as Treasurer of the Student Bar Association. While still in school, Carl worked as an extern for Justice Charles Johnson at the Washington State Supreme Court and as a Law Clerk in the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s Office. Before joining Adams & Duncan, Carl worked as an attorney for a local Fortune 500 company. 

Although Carl grew up abroad, his strong family ties to the Pacific Northwest caused him to move to the area after graduating from high school. Carl holds a B.A. in Public Affairs from Washington State University. 

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Maren Benedetti


Maren Benedetti


Maren Benedetti | Attorney

Contact Information
P: (425) 339-8556
F: (425) 740-3326
E: Maren.Benedetti@AdamsLawyers.com


Maren Benedetti focuses her practice on Estate Planning, Probate/Trust Administration, and Estate Litigation. Ms. Benedetti assists individuals through the estate planning process of setting up Wills, Trusts, Powers of Attorney and Health Care Directives as well as coordination of beneficiary designations. Benedetti also assists individuals and fiduciaries with estate litigation matters involving the Trust & Estate Dispute Resolution Act (TEDRA), will contests, accounting requests and the like.  

Ms. Benedetti is currently licensed in both Washington and Oregon, and is a member of the Snohomish County Estate Planning Council. Before moving to the Seattle area in 2011, Ms. Benedetti spent six years as a public defender in Bend, Oregon. She worked for the Washington United for Marriage campaign during 2012, helping to secure the right to marry for all Washingtonians.   

Ms. Benedetti was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest. She graduated from Portland State University with a B.A. in Music in 1996 and from Gonzaga University School of Law in 2004.

Ms. Benedetti is a CrossFit and yoga enthusiast and loves spectating at her children’s sporting events. She particularly enjoys camping and hiking with her family and their two dogs.

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Sydney Safley


Sydney Safley


Sydney Safley | Attorney

Contact Information
P: (425) 339-8556
F: (425) 740-3327
E: Sydney.Safley@AdamsLawyers.com


Sydney Safley’s practice focuses on business transactions and real estate and consumer litigation. She received her J.D. from the Willamette University College of Law in Salem, Oregon where she was extremely active in the study and practice of civil trial preparation and practice, which included serving as the Moot Court Board President during her final year. Sydney was also selected to write an opinion for the Oregon Appellate Court, which was written and published alongside Senior Judge Paul DeMuniz. At graduation, she received the National Association of Women Lawyers’ Outstanding Law Graduate award.

Before joining Adams & Duncan, Sydney worked for an Oregon firm, representing debtors in bankruptcy proceedings, and for the Oregon Department of Justice, representing the state in consumer advocacy issues. Sydney grew up in Renton, Washington and it was always in her plan to return to the Puget Sound area. Most recently, she has graduated from the Leadership Snohomish County program, where she worked with a local organization supporting students living in poverty. When not in the office, Sydney can often be found on the volleyball court, at a farmer’s market, or cheering on the Dawgs at her alma mater.

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Judge Ronald L. Castleberry (Ret.)


Judge Ronald L. Castleberry (Ret.)


Judge Ronald L. Castleberry (Ret.) | Of Counsel

Contact Information
P: (425) 339-8556
F: (425) 339-2353
E: RLC@AdamsLawyers.com


After retiring with over 20 years of experience on the Snohomish County Superior Court bench, Judge Castleberry has joined the law firm of Adams & Duncan of counsel and will be available for arbitrations and mediations.

His 20 years as a trial lawyer and 20 years on the bench provide Judge Castleberry tremendous back ground experience to serve in the role of a mediator or arbitrator.  He is able to work effectively with lawyers and their clients to bring their cases to settlement in mediation or efficiently heard and ruled upon via the arbitration process.

To schedule a mediation or arbitration please contact our office:  (425) 339-8556.

Work History:

·      Superior Court Judge for Snohomish County, Washington (1992 - 2012)

·      Newton, Kight, Adams & Castleberry (1986 – 1992) Partner/Attorney

·      Williams, Novack & Hansen (1975 – 1986) Partner/Attorney

·      Snohomish County Public Defender’s Office (1973 – 1975) Director/Attorney

·      Judge Advocate General Corps., Captain United States Army (1969 – 1973) Attorney

Experience:

·      In 1969, was admitted to the Washington State Bar.

·      Served four years as a JAGC Officer where he prosecuted and defended a variety of cases.

·      In 1973, joined the newly founded Snohomish County Public Defender’s Office.

·      After one year, was appointed Director, then joined Williams, Novak & Hansen.  He was the principle litigator for the firm handling a multi-million dollar construction suit for the Snohomish County PUD.  This included the re-licensing of the Sultan River Hydro-Project and related litigation concerning the bidding process, construction claims on the tunnel boring and claims relating to the road building and construction.

·      Represented the Frieman Fund in its insurance defense cases, both personal injury and commercial cases.

·      Represented various local banks, insurance companies, and real estate agencies in their commercial disputes.

·      At Newton, Kight, Adams & Castleberry continued to be the primary litigator of the firm.

·      Was an early participant in the Settement Now Project and was an Arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association.

As a Superior Court Judge, presided over a wide variety of commercial disputes ranging from stockholder directive lawsuits on publicly traded corporations to cross claims in limited partnerships.  Has handled all sorts of real estate litigation from simple purchase and sale defaults to cases involving multi-million dollar developments.  Has handled a number of employment disputes, form wrongful termination to violation of trade secrets.  Simply stated, have seen almost any type of civil claim brought in Superior Court.