Chairman: John Hempelmann
Managing Partner: Matt Hanna
Number of principals: 20
Number of lawyers: 41
Cairncross & Hempelmann (CH&) is a Seattle-based law firm with offices located on the edge of the city’s historic Pioneer Square District. Founded in 1987, CH& advises companies and individuals in 16 practice areas, including: bankruptcy and creditors’ rights; corporate finance and business transactions; employment; land use, natural resources and environmental law; litigation; real estate; mergers and acquisitions; tax; intellectual property and technology; and trademark and copyright. The attorneys and staff at CH& are dedicated to providing highly efficient legal assistance and superior service to clients. The firm is a member of Mackrell International, a global network of member firms in 60 countries, providing clients access to 4,500 lawyers worldwide and seamless legal service wherever the client needs it.
Main Areas of Practice:
Bankruptcy & Creditors’ Rights:
2 principals, 5 fee earners, Seattle, WA
This group represents secured lenders, landlords, suppliers, service providers, asset purchasers, state court receivers, debtors, debtors in possession, Chapter 11 trustees, creditors’ committees and licensors of intellectual property in all aspects of insolvency and bankruptcy law, business planning and turnaround, and insolvency related litigation.
Corporate Finance & Business Transactions:
5 principals, 16 fee earners, Seattle, WA
The corporate finance attorneys in this practice have broad-based experience in private placements, debt financings, mergers and acquisitions, public offerings, joint ventures and other strategic transactions, licensing transactions, securities compliance, corporate counsel, and general business contracts. These attorneys represent private and public companies, both on the buy and sell side, as well as private equity firms, VCs and angel groups, and strategic and other investors.
1 principal, 1 fee earner, Seattle, WA
Whether an organization needs help with compliance, personnel policies, personnel issues, training, or representation in an administrative proceeding or lawsuit, CH& is well-equipped to assist. CH& understands that employers of all sizes need prompt, cost-effective employment law assistance to stay focused on their businesses and to avoid bigger problems in the future.
Intellectual Property & Technology:
1 principals, 3 fee earners, Seattle, WA
The CH& intellectual property and technology team’s considerably broad and deep experience allows its attorneys to provide effective counsel to start-up, emerging, growth, and public companies, including those in the Fortune 500, on a full range of matters involving intellectual property and technology. CH& representation includes the following matters: licenses and other dispositions; technology and patent and other IP monetization and business models; development, marketing, and distribution agreements; technology and intellectual property considerations in acquisitions and investments; research and development agreements; strategic alliances and other forms of joint collaborations; technology outsourcing arrangements; software system implementations and integrations; cloud computing and software as a service (‘Saas’) dealings; and Internet, mobile, and other e-commerce transactions.
Land Use, Natural Resources & Environmental Law:
5 principals, 8 fee earners, Seattle, WA
The land use group advises landowners, developers, and builders regarding some of this region’s most complex and high-profile real estate development projects. The group has successfully advised clients through all phases of the land use permitting, approval, and appeal process, including projects involving master planned development, rezones, conditional uses, design review, site plan review, master use permits, subdivisions, shoreline permits, variances, temporary uses and code interpretations, and analysis of state and federal environmental review requirements. The land use group also advises clients and lobbies for favorable planning policies and development regulations.
8 principals, 16 fee earners, Seattle, WA
The firm’s litigation group advises clients on the following matters: intellectual property, employment disputes, creditors’ rights, bankruptcy, receiverships and workouts, internal corporate, partnership and LLC disputes, commercial and residential real estate disputes, land use litigation, real estate, securities broker liability, natural resources litigation, construction disputes, condemnation/eminent domain, antitrust, product and premises liability, and will and trust disputes.
Mergers & Acquisitions:
5 principals, 8 fee earners, Seattle, WA
The M&A attorneys at CH& represent public and private entities on a range of transactions, including: mergers, asset and stock purchases or sales, reorganizations, joint ventures, strategic alliances, spin-offs, and buyouts. They provide diligent, cost-effective support through every stage of the deal.
6 principals, 14 fee earners, Seattle, WA
The real estate practice group remains at the cutting edge of real estate law, advising on complex transaction, tax and entity structuring, private equity fund formation, securities, joint venture and limited partnerships, public/private partnerships, commercial and seller financing, business and real property acquisition and disposition, land and building development, condominium formation and conversion, leasing (retail, office, industrial), construction and design contracts, taxation, title insurance, liens, easements, brokerage matters, escrow, and all other aspects of commercial real estate.
2 principals, 3 fee earners, Seattle, WA
This group offers clients a comprehensive array of tax services, including: selecting the optimal form and location for business enterprises, structuring compensation programs to attract and retain key personnel, minimizing the tax cost of international transfers of intellectual and tangible property, developing creative strategies for mergers and acquisitions, using tax benefits to improve deal economics, assisting business owners and other individuals with personal tax strategies and estate planning, including transfers of family wealth to younger generations, helping real estate developers find new sources of capital using innovative tax strategies, representing enterprises and individuals in disputes with the Internal Revenue Service, as well as state taxing authorities.
Trademark & Copyright:
1 principal, 3 fee earners, Seattle, WA
The firm’s trademark and copyright team advises clients at each stage of the trademark and copyright process, from identification and selection, to registration, protection and monetization, to enforcement of these critical assets. The team has counseled clients in almost all categories of trademarks, including single words, abbreviations, taglines, logos, even color schemes and cartoon characters, as well as advising on copyright issues and protection of trade secrets. The firm also provides specialized services involving traditional and emerging categories of intellectual property, including software, music, domain names, and other online creations and digital content.