Lisa Vargo – Attorney at Law – Of Counsel
I was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania (Go Steelers!). While in grade school, I moved to Idaho Falls, Idaho, a small town in southeastern Idaho located near Yellowstone National Park and Jackson Hole, Wyoming. After graduating from high school, I went north to Moscow, Idaho, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Political Science from the University of Idaho in 1984. I believed in the quality of the education I was receiving from the University of Idaho, so I stayed on to graduate from the University of Idaho College of Law in 1987.
Stacey and I met and became friends during law school. Who knew that we would both not only find ourselves living in Seattle, but also have the opportunity to practice together?!
After law school, I moved to Boise and clerked for two judges of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Judge Blaine Anderson and Judge Stephen Trott. I relished the opportunity of a federal clerkship, and used this time to further hone my research, writing and analytical skills. After my clerkship, I moved to Seattle where I have lived and worked in private practice. I practiced law at a variety of Seattle area law firms, including the former Bogle & Gates PLLC and the Law Offices of Bruce W. Hilyer, PS., and have been working with Stacey on an Of Counsel basis since 2009. The time has flown by, and it’s hard to imagine that I’ve now practiced law for over 25 years!
Sherry Bosse Lueders – Attorney at Law – Of Counsel
I’m a proud native of Green Bay, Wisconsin. I earned my B.A. in English in 1999 from Northwestern University, concentrating on fiction writing. I’ve always enjoyed writing, and was thrilled to win the Edward L. Shuman Senior Award in Writing & Shuman Fiction Award! In college, I had a job as a work-study student at the Northwestern University Office of General Counsel. I admired the work of the attorneys in the office, and developed a long-term goal to attend law school. After spending my junior year of college studying at the University of Sussex in England, I developed a penchant for exploring new places. In pursuit of my interest of discovering the world beyond the Great Lakes, I moved to Seattle and worked as a Production Manager for Grist.org, managing web production and writing book reviews and article summaries. After working in web production for five years, I returned to my goal of becoming an attorney. I graduated from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon in 2007 in the top 15% of my class.
Volunteering and giving back to the community has always been a strong value for me. While at Lewis & Clark, I represented many public interest organizations on a pro bono basis, and received the school’s Pro Bono Honors Award. After law school, I returned to Seattle and served as a law clerk and bailiff to the Honorable King County Superior Court Judge Catherine Shaffer. Working for the court, I had a lower-bench view of all stages of litigation, and I reviewed pleadings for motions in hundreds of cases. In learning to research, analyze and write about the breadth and volume of issues that arose before the court, I became a better attorney. I’ve always been interested in business, and I have a bit of an entrepreneurial bug. So, I decided to take the plunge, starting a solo law practice in Ballard focusing on estate planning work for families with young children. I enjoyed my solo practice, and am excited to continue this work, as well as representing the firm’s probate and business clients, in my current position as an Of Counsel attorney with Stacey’s firm.
I’ve also enjoyed engaging with my colleagues, as a way to both enhance my skills and give back. I joined the King County Bar Association, and am a member of the Business Law and Solo and Small Practice Sections. I am a member of the Washington State Bar Association’s (WSBA) Solo and Small Practice Section, and also the Real Property Probate and Trust Section (serving as a member of that section’s Technology & Communications Committee.). I volunteer with the Washington State Bar Association’s First Responder Will Clinic, and provide pro bono estate planning documents for police officers and firefighters; first responders who, unfortunately, all too often put their lives on the line in the name of our safety. I advised clients on a wide range of legal issues as a volunteer attorney at the KCBA Neighborhood Legal Clinics for five years and served as the 2012-13 chair of the Communications Subcommittee for the KCBA Pro Bono Services Committee. The parent of an adventurous toddler, I’ve also been a volunteer group leader for the Program for Early Parent Support (PEPS).
In my spare time, I enjoy reading and writing fiction, practicing yoga, inventing new soups, and attempting to grow vegetables in my yard. I love to spend time outdoors with my family, exploring Seattle’s parks, hiking in the mountains in the summer, and cross-country skiing in the winter. I enjoy my duties as a mom and am also an avid reader. I’m passionate about animals and have a dog, Emily, a rescue hound from the Moses Lake area, and two cats, Cascade (a calico) and Chinook (a Siamese), who started out as feral kittens in rural Spokane County. I love working on pet trusts, and helping my clients on all issues related to animals. In my home office, Cascade and Chinook provide supervision, and Emily, makes sure I never miss the mail!
Andrea Logan – Paralegal
I’ve worked with Stacey’s firm since 2004. I earned my Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Puget Sound in 1989, and my Paralegal Certificate from Edmonds Community College in 1996. In addition, I’m certified by the King County Bar Association to present routine matters in Court. I enjoy sharing my paralegal knowledge and experience with our business law, estate planning and probate clients.
In my spare time, I’m passionate about animal causes, and volunteer for a variety of organizations including Valley Animal Partners, Save Washington Pets and the Feral Cat Spay/Neuter Project. I also enjoy hiking with my dogs and practicing yoga.
My family includes my husband, Joe, our three dogs (including Huck, who is pictured!) and our two cats.
Kristen Larsen - Office Administrator
I bring over 15 years of administrative experience to keeping our office running smoothly. I am a California native. I studied French and Comparative Literature at the Santa Barbara campus of the University of California. My husband and I decided to move to the Pacific Northwest, and we have happily made it our home.
I like working with our clients, mastering technology, herding cats, and the variety of other tasks required to do my job! Outside of the office, I am passionate about literature, art and education. I love sharing that passion with elementary-age children by teaching art and its history. I enjoy cooking new dishes (and stand-bys) for my family and friends. Golf and sailing are hobbies I have recently taken up, and am still trying to master. Most of all, I love going on adventures or just simply spending time with my husband, our two beautiful children and our two dogs.
Roger - Office Morale Leader
Roger is named after tennis great Roger Federer, and considers his cat accomplishments to be at least equal to that of the 17-time Grand Slam Champion. His office hours tend to be minimal, due to the temptation of his food bowl and afternoon naps. When Roger “works”, his job description includes demonstrating office relaxation techniques, snacking on office plants, detaching the cord from the phone headset during conference calls, and occasionally sliding down the office printer. Although his helpfulness is questionable, Roger is much loved!