ED MCFERRAN | JEAN M. BOUFFARD | JEANNE BOWIE | RICHARD WELT | MATTHEW LINK
Edward McFerran founded the law firm, and he practices as an attorney primarily in the areas of real estate, business and tax matters.
Mr. McFerran is also President of Attorney’s Title of Washington, Inc., providing a full range of title and escrow services in Pierce and Thurston Counties in the State of Washington.
He has served as President and managing Shareholder of Tax Deferred Exchange Services, Inc., a national Qualified Intermediary company. In that capacity, Mr. McFerran’s professional practice has focused on tax planning for clients throughout the United States in the tax deferred exchange arena, advising taxpayers, exchangors, accountants, trustees, Qualified Intermediaries and escrow agents. In addition, Mr. McFerran has himself served as Qualified Intermediary in literally thousands of transactions throughout the United States.
Mr. McFerran is a frequent speaker on tax and law matters sponsored by bar associations, accounting groups and other various private industry groups. Mr. McFerran is a graduate of Seattle University Alber’s School of Business. He received his law degree with honors in 1987 from the University of Puget Sound School of Law. Email Me
Jean Meschke Bouffard attended Northwestern School of Law at Lewis and Clark College, in Portland, Oregon and earned her Juris Doctorate with a Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law in 1985. She received Honors in Legal Writing, Research & Reasoning, the Outstanding Oral Advocacy Award and the American Jurisprudence Award for Administrative Law. She was chosen to serve as a summer extern with Judge Otto Skopil, Ninth Circuit Federal Court of Appeals in 1984.
After graduation from law school, Ms. Bouffard served as law clerk to Chief Judge George Joseph, Oregon Court of Appeals, 1985-1987. Ms. Bouffard is dedicated to providing thorough and effective legal services. Understanding how courts interpret contracts gives Ms. Bouffard the knowledge to effectively negotiate and draft contracts for her clients. Ms. Bouffard has extensive experience advising individuals, start-up companies and established businesses on a broad range of subjects, including contracts, vendor matters, entity form, employment matters, tenancy, regulatory compliance, acquisitions and business partner issues. Ms. Bouffard began her trial attorney experience involved in class action securities litigation.
In 1991, she opened her own practice focusing on business and real estate disputes, including trials, appeals, arbitrations and mediations. As a trial attorney, Ms. Bouffard has represented clients in cases involving contract disputes, contract enforcement, business partner disputes, shareholder disputes, fraud, mechanics liens/contractor liens, Homeowners Association’s disputes and CC&R violations, trade name protection, real estate disputes, eminent domain proceedings, property line disputes, land use disputes, estate planning, will contests and probates. Understanding how courts interpret contracts gives Ms. Bouffard the knowledge to effectively draft and negotiate contracts for her clients. Ms. Bouffard has extensive experience advising individuals, start-up companies and established businesses on a broad range of subjects, including contracts, vendor matters, entity form, employment matters, tenancy, regulatory compliance, acquisitions and business partner issues. Email Me | Website
Jeanne Bowie joined the firm as part of the Complex Escrow Group in 2005 bringing fifteen years of escrow experience with a national title insurance company. Ms. Bowie previously was in private practice, and later served as house counsel for a multi-family real estate investor. She presently focuses her practice in real estate law from both a transaction and litigation standpoint, and also emphasizes Wills, probate and estate administration. Ms. Bowie received her Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, cum laude, from Seattle University. She received her law degree from the University of Washington School of Law. Email Me
Richard Welt joined our firm with over 30 years of experience focusing on bankruptcy. Mr. Welt has represented individual consumers, businesses, bankruptcy trustees and creditors. His expertise includes Chapter 7 and Chapter 13 filings, and he has extensive experience litigating non-dischargeable debts. Mr. Welt is licensed in the federal bankruptcy courts of the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington and the Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. His multi-state practice and unique background representing people from every side of the bankruptcy experience have given him a deep and nuanced understanding of the bankruptcy process and how it affects people needing relief. He brings a rare breadth of strategies, and is committed to helping clients get their lives back on track.
Mr. Welt is a member of the Washington and Ohio state bars, and The William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court. He is also a member of the American Bankruptcy Institute, an associate member of the National Association of Chapter 13 Trustees, the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and the National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys. He is the co-author of the bankruptcy chapter of the Washington Real Property Deskbook. He graduated from Ohio University, cum laude, and obtained his Juris Doctor (Order of the Coif) from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio. Email Me
Matthew Link attended Seattle University School of Law. He graduated cum laude in 2013 and received the CALI award in Property. At Seattle University, Mr. Link’s studies focused on real estate issues and oral advocacy. Additionally, Mr. Link worked with numerous law offices including Northwest Justice Project, King County Prosecutor’s Office, and plaintiff’s personal injury firm Graham, Lundeberg & Peschel.
After graduating from law school, Mr. Link worked for Stafne Trumbull, PLLC in Arlington where his practice focused on complex foreclosure litigation. Mr. Link represented homeowners seeking to prevent or reverse foreclosure against loan servicers, banks, and trustee corporations. In doing so, Mr. Link wrote and argued numerous dispositive motions in superior courts in King, Pierce, Snohomish, and Skagit counties. Mr. Link also represented clients in Foreclosure Fairness Act mediations, land use proceedings, and personal injury claims. Email Me