King County Business Law is the law practice of Attorney Thomas H. White.
Tom is admitted to practice in Seattle and New York. (Washington State and New York State).
Tom has worked on a wide variety of Business Law matters and can help keep your legal ducks in a row. When you are just starting a business you need Entity Formation and advice that helps you protect your personal assets from unhappy customers. If you have employees, you need to protect yourself from employee misclassification and other compliance problems that plague new businesses. You also need Independent Contractor and Employment Contracts drafted that fit the law of the state of Washington.
If you generate ideas in your business or you intend to have a meaningful marketing strategy, it’s important that you have Trade Secret, Trademark, and Copyright Protection. If you have independent sales agents working for you, you need to make sure your Sales Representative Contracts satisfy the Independent Sales Representative Acts of fifty states.
If you have a business web site, you need privacy policies, Terms of Service, User Agreements, and Copyrights.
And if you are putting together a Startup rather than a conventional business and anticipate raising money, you need to ensure that everything from corporate formation to IP Assignment to investment and board member decisions will pass due diligence review from sophisticated investors.
The unfortunate truth is that people who do not plan in advance for the possibility of their death often leave their family with less support than they would have done if they had planned for it, because default rules are not very good. Not only might the wrong person be named as a child’s guardian, but the wrong beneficiary designation can cost an estate nearly half of its retirement plan savings in federal taxes. The difference that intelligent estate planning makes is the difference between having your retirement plans take care of your children in their retirement and having the retirement plans near-vanish in five years.
Worse, a poorly designed trust can actively prevent a child from getting services they need. It can render a child unable to attend college due to the way financial aid counts trust assets. It can make children unable to get access to the programs they need if they become disabled. And children have a significant risk of becoming disabled at some point in their lifetime: not so big that it should be expected, but far too large to ignore.
I help people protect their families from these problems.
MARKleap is the Trademark division of King County Business Law.
MARKleap was started by attorney Thomas White to help businesses with their Trademark needs, because he enjoys helping them protect the brands they work so hard to build. He has seen well-regarded IP firms get marks approved that would never survive a court battle and he wants clients to be better served.
Even when he has to tell people they are better not to apply for a certain mark, Tom likes to be able to save them time they otherwise would have wasted applying for the wrong mark or building a brand that they cannot protect.
Tom has worked on numerous real estate and complex business litigation matters and can help take your dispute to court. Most business disputes begin as understandable disagreements. When the other side gets unreasonable, those disagreements turn into litigation. Litigation ultimately is about explaining to a judge (and sometimes a jury) why your client happens to be right. It is a long and expensive process involving a careful review of the facts, extensive analysis of paper evidence and of interviews (called “depositions”), carefully constructed legal arguments, and ultimately trust that your position is correct and that the Court will agree with you.
Tom has worked on litigation and threatened litigation concerning, for example,
- Multi-million dollars disputes with product buyer
- Hiring of a competitor’s executives
- Assignments of corporate assets, including covenants not to compete
- Mezzanine lender debt in major commercial bankruptcy
- Failed residential purchase and sale agreements
- Commercial foreclosure in Federal Court
- Condominium Sponsor’s contract litigation over ownership of five-million-dollar luxury unit
- Private financier/owner against developer and former owner
- Guarantor in complex commercial wraparound mortgage matter
- Owner in dispute over real property ownership of multiple Manhattan buildings
- Condo board of managers in action to invalidate $2M promissory note
Personal and Other Matters
If you are interested in making a large personal loan, Tom can help you with your legal documents and help counsel you as to your legal obligations. He can also assist with bringing or defending legal actions against a creditor or debtor.
If you are having trouble with a person who is harassing you, Tom can help you file for an anti-harassment protection order in Seattle.
Tom enjoys appeals and is happy to put them together or to assist. He has studied appeals and argument under numerous members of the Supreme Court Bar. While winning the National Telecommunications Moot Court Competition he briefed the telecommunications bar about important constitutional and national security issues around government-imposed communications blackouts. He has also helped to demonstrate and teach hundreds of law students at a top law school how to do oral arguments. If you want help narrowing issues for appeal, mooting a case, or you want different counsel for your matter on appeal, Tom can help.