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Michael Johns | Michael Hemphill | Mark Roberts | Joan Roberts | Kristine Pyle
  • Mark R. Roberts


    Mark's practice focuses on the areas of corporate and business, real estate and municipal law. Mark has extensive experience in forming and advising business and professional entities, negotiating commercial transactions and the purchase and sale of medical and dental practices. He also represents owners and developers in real estate acquisition, planning and development, construction contracting, homeowner association formation and operation and environmental matters.

    Since 1991, Mark has been general counsel to the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma and since its incorporation in 2004, the Peninsula Metropolitan Park District (PenMet Parks). In that capacity, he provides advice relating to the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium, Northwest Trek, and numerous other public facilities, parks and recreation programs. He also provides advice on public works contracting on multimillion dollar projects.

    A Gig Harbor resident since his youth, Mark has been practicing in the Puget Sound area for more than 25 years. Mark is a graduate of Bellarmine Prep, Gonzaga University, and the Seattle University School of Law. Prior to beginning his private practice in Gig Harbor, Mark was a law clerk to the Honorable Edward P. Reed at the Division II Court of Appeals. He is a member of the Washington State Bar and the Pierce County Bar Association, and admitted to practice in all Washington State courts as well as the federal courts in Western and Eastern Districts of Washington.

    A member of the Gig Harbor morning Rotary since 1996 and he and his wife Joan have two children.

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  • Michael W. Johns


    Mike Johns handles commercial litigation in state and federal court, with a focus on commercial and contract disputes, construction, and real estate. He has a large litigation practice, representing a wide range of clients in lawsuits throughout Washington in both state and federal courts. He also represents owners, contractors and the Metropolitan Park District of Tacoma in all manner of construction and public works contracting, and represents a number of homeowner’s associations throughout Western Washington.

    Mike represents a broad range of businesses, lenders, contractors and individuals. He has successfully litigated cases throughout Washington and in Idaho, Colorado and Oregon.

    Mike is a member of the Washington State Bar, Construction and Environmental Law sections, as well as the Pierce County Bar Association.

    Mike and his wife Kim enjoy traveling, are Seahawk season ticket holders and get to as many Cougar games as they can.

    Primary Practice Areas:
    Commercial litigation, construction law, real property, creditor’s rights, probate.

    Admitted to Practice In:

    • All Washington Courts
    • US District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
    • United States Supreme Court
    • Education:

      • J.D., University of California at Berkeley, Boalt School of Law, 1992
      • B.A., Washington State University, 1989

      Publications and Presentations:
      Author and Speaker: Construction Contracting For Public Entities In Washington, Lorman Education Services (2003-2006)

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  • Michael M. K. Hemphill


    Michael’s practice emphasizes all aspects of general business, real estate, construction, and estate planning law. His business law practice includes serving as general business and corporate counsel, with extensive experience forming and advising business entities, and negotiating, drafting and reviewing all manner of commercial transactions. He also has extensive commercial litigation experience, representing businesses and individuals in major commercial and contract disputes at all levels of the state and federal courts in Washington. His real estate experience includes contract negotiation and drafting regarding the development, management, purchase and sale, and leasing of commercial and residential properties. Finally, Michael advises individuals and families on general estate planning matters, including drafting estate plan and business succession instruments, and handling the probating of estates.

    Michael was a partner at the commercial litigation firm Danielson Harrigan Leyh & Tollefson LLP (now Harrigan, Leyh, Farmer & Thomsen LLP) in Seattle, Washington, prior to co-founding Roberts, Johns & Hemphill, PLLC. In 2005, he was recognized as a “Rising Star” by Washington Law & Politics magazine. From 2006 through 2008, he served as chief operating officer and general counsel for a prominent real estate development consortium in Seattle, Washington.

    Michael received his BA degree from the University of Washington in 1994 and his JD, cum laude, from Seattle University School of Law in 1997. He is an active member of the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce and the Rotary Club of Gig Harbor. A Tacoma native, Michael now resides in Gig Harbor with his wife and three children. He rides his Triumph Bonneville any chance he gets, golfs more than he should (and less than he wants), loves (and once lived) baseball, and bleeds Purple and Gold.

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