Our Team

Erik Halverson

Managing Attorney

Admitted in Colorado and Washington

Seattle University School of Law

Greater Seattle Area

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

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

Attorney & Counselor at Law

Admitted in Texas

Texas Tech University School of Law

Greater Seattle Area

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.  After a civil general practice in Midland, Texas, Claudia now focuses on Personal Injury, Probate, Employment Law, and matters of Small Business.  “Paperless & Virtual” was her goal long before it was a thing. A lifetime as a legal secretary and administrative assistant before going to law school gives her patience and intensity with an ability to translate between all levels of clients and the legal system.

Claudia currently serves as legal 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

Attorney at Law

Admitted in Washington

Seattle University School of Law

Greater Seattle Area

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

Office Manager

Western Governors University

Greater Seattle Area

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.

Tamar Singleton

Senior Paralegal

Georgia State University

Greater Seattle Area

Tamar began her career as a paralegal in 1999 in the creditor’s rights field of law in Atlanta, Georgia.  Since that time, Tamar has used her skills to transfer from the field of creditor’s rights to personal injury.  Over the years, Tamar has assisted attorneys in their practice of personal injury plaintiff matters in Georgia as well as insurance defense, product liability, and wrongful death matters in Virginia.  After returning to her home town of Albany, Georgia, she continued her career as a paralegal by joining a law firm which defended the doctors and nurses of the main local hospital system against claims of tortious acts filed by hospital patients and/or family members of deceased hospital patients.  Due to a shift in the operations of that law firm, Tamar had to move on; continuing her career working as an independent contractor for a local criminal defense attorney who couldn’t afford office staff while searching for a more permanent opportunity.  This opportunity came in the form of a legal assistant/ paralegal position within the Dougherty County Office of the District Attorney where she was able to join a team assigned to the Chief Superior Court Judge for the prosecution of felonious criminal matters ranging from theft to murder.  Throughout her career, Tamar has worked to complete an Associate’s in Paralegal Studies and is currently completing her criminal justice degree at Washington State University’s Global Campus.

Seeking a more lucrative opportunity, Tamar relocated in 2014 to Washington where she continued her career until July 2016 as a paralegal for the Torts Division at the Office of the Attorney General.  Through the years she has become proficient in all aspects of the legal office environment.  She understands the sensitive nature of the job and the integrity any person must possess to hold such a position.  As a result, she offers diversity, experience and professionalism in assisting with tasks such as but not limited to researching, creating and editing documents, propounding and responding to discovery, requesting medical, financial, and educational records and professionally and courteously corresponding with attorneys, clients, and court personnel.  She has also been responsible for assisting other members of the legal department in maintaining compliance with local court rules and procedures and training them in different areas of the legal process.

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