Our Team

Legal partner and business ally to Seattle businesses seeking a collaborative legal strategy with maximum impact.

Erik Halverson

Role: Managing Attorney

Admitted: Washington State (Active) and Colorado (Inactive)

Education: Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctor; University of Washington, Bachelor in Economics

Practice Areas:
Cannabis Business Counsel
Small and Mid-size Business Counsel
Personal Injury

Erik is a serial entrepreneur. Clients value Erik for his sense of strategy, diplomacy and willingness to jump into the trenches with them to improve their businesses. 

He is heavily involved on the front lines of the cannabis industry, having been introduced to the industry during the legalization phase in Colorado and following this up with providing business counsel to the top retailers and producer/processors in Washington State.

Erik has a long track record of pro-bono public legal service, gaining him recognition in both Colorado and Washington states, including the 2014 Pro Bono Attorney of the year award for the Colorado legal aid project. Erik has also been a repeat speaker on the cannabis industry, presenting both in 2016 and 2017 for the National Business Institute continued legal education on Marijuana Law.

Successful representation has included the settlement of over a million dollars worth of injury cases through trial work and settlement, and dozens of bench trials.

In the marijuana law practice, Erik has assisted in rehabilitating numerous retail and producer operations, obtaining licenses for clients, and navigating the complex and often frustrating regulations that the industry is tied to. Erik has a particular interest in drafting creative contracts to serve client’s specialized needs.

Claudia Donaldson

Role: Attorney & Counselor at Law

Admitted: Texas

Education: Texas Tech University School of Law

Practice Areas:
Cannabis Business Counsel
Small and Mid-size Business Counsel
Estate Planning
Personal Injury

With Claudia, it’s personal. She gets to know her clients and their needs. Whether it’s a short-term document matter, long-term litigation needs or ongoing business and personal legal issues, Claudia’s clients always receive her detailed and personal attention.

She doesn’t work on many cases at a time, focusing on the areas where her passion lies and where her clients have seen the best results. She is currently licensed in Texas, and her application to the Washington State Bar is pending.

A Texas Trial Lawyer since 2003, Claudia served individuals and small businesses in West Texas until she moved to Seattle in 2015.  Claudia currently serves as litigation consultant to Erik Halverson’s law firm in Normandy Park. She assists his team with Personal Injury, Probate and Small Business matters. Stay tuned for Washington State practice areas when her licensing is complete. Her Texas practice is currently limited to Personal Injury.  

Chris Larsen

Role: Attorney at Law

Admitted: Washington

Education: Seattle University School of Law

Practice Areas:
Cannabis Business Counsel
Small and Mid-size Business Counsel

Chris’ practice primarily focuses on representing businesses in Washington’s marijuana industry with their transactional, regulatory, and compliance needs.

He has extensive experience negotiating transactions, drafting documents, and communicating the needs of his clients to the Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board and other administrative agencies. Chris has also worked closely with local county governments and advocated for clients on various land use issues. Along with being a resource for clients, he also educates other professionals on the marijuana industry. Chris was most recently a panelist at the Fisher Phillips 2nd Annual Workplace Law Seminar for Canna-businesses; chairperson and speaker at the 4th Annual Northwest Marijuana Law Conference; and speaker at the 3rd Annual Northwest Marijuana Law Conference.

Nicole Cruz

Role: Office Manager

Education: Western Governors University

Nicole is one of our newest members. She is the Office Manager of our firm, responsible for the organization and coordinating of our firm’s daily operations.

Prior to joining the firm, Nicole has gained multiple skills in the aviation industry. She is a four-year Navy veteran, having served successful missions for Operation Enduring Freedom. Nicole is a native of Guam and has lived in the Pacific Northwest for the past five years. She has completed her Associate in Business at South Seattle College and currently working on her Bachelors in Business Management through Western Governors University. Outside of work, she enjoys spending time outdoors with her dog, Milo.

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Phone: 206-489-2712

Fax: 206.212.4154

19655 First Ave South, Suite 106
Normandy Park, WA 98148