Why CH&?
The reason is simple: to better communicate the unique relationship we’ve enjoyed with our clients since 1987.

CH& represents our ideals of client service—listening to your needs, offering deep understanding across a broad range of industries, leading the way in developing innovative solutions, and always providing you with the best possible legal services in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest.

It’s a way of working that’s been working for more than two decades. And it’s one thing that will never change.


2016 Northwest Energy & Clean Tech Legislative Roundup
04/12/2016 - Revolution in Oregon, Modest Changes in Other States
  • Oregon passes sweeping legislation to phase out coal power, increase renewables, and encourage transportation electrification.
  • In Washington, major change proves elusive, with only a few modest measures passing.


Ninth Circuit Validates USDOL Tip Pool Rules
02/23/2016 - In a surprising decision, on Tuesday, February 23, 2016, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit validated the 2011 Rule by the United States Department of Labor (DOL) prohibiting tip pooling programs that include “back of the house” employees and other workers who are not customarily and regularly tipped (e.g., cooks, dishwashers). The Ninth Circuit decision confirms the DOL’s position that the 2011 Rule applies even to restaurants that do not take a tip credit. This decision is binding in the following jurisdictions that previously relied on a different ruling: Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, California, Arizona, Hawai’i, Guam, and Northern Mariana Islands.

Read the complete blog post here.
Why Coding Pizza Parties are a Bad Idea
02/23/2016 -





  • If you are employed by a company which develops similar products and services to your new startup, the code or technology you develop for your startup while working there (even in your off hours) likely belongs to that employer.
  • Absent a proper contractor agreement, independent contractors who worked on the code or technology for your startup may own what they created.
  • Friends who help you develop code or technology for your startup may be implicated under either or both of the scenarios mentioned above.

You’ve toiled away for years on your startup and you’ve worked really hard to land a big investor or to strategically position your technology startup for acquisition.

Read the full blog post on JumpSTART.