Sometimes you can form a legal partnership with just a handshake. But a true partnership not only must be formed, it must be maintained. That requires constant work. So we begin this work by listening: making certain we understand your values, goals, management style, concerns and risk tolerance. The more we know about you, the more we can help. We continue with action: adapting our legal knowledge, insights and proven practices to match your particular needs and expectations. From early case assessment, to deadline scheduling, to alternate billing arrangements, you will find us working with you, rather than just for you. We do this over the long haul, with the dedication a loyal partner brings to a true partnership.
Count on This: As You Change, We Adapt
In today’s business environment, you must balance stability with rapid change and increased regulation. Striking the right balance raises new business and legal challenges. As a true partner, we keep pace with your industry and your evolving needs and objectives. Whether you want to launch a new business, expand or contract an existing one, or capture a greater share of the global market, fipli will be at your side, adapting our services to ensure you take full advantage of new business opportunities and challenges.
Your Legal Bottom Line
We strategically align our services with your needs. The economy may swing widely, the marketplace may be in flux. But no matter what happens, we will be at your side, working with you as efficiently and cost-effectively as possible. We are in this together. Long-term. Your team and ours.
Representative Client List
We partner with innovative and exciting companies, locally, nationally and internationally. Below is a representative list of clients and the work we do for them.
China Ocean Shipping (Group) Company and U.S. Subsidiaries
We serve as general U.S. counsel to China Ocean Shipping Company (COSCO) and its U.S. subsidiaries. We represented COSCO in connection with the establishment of operations in the United States and currently advise COSCO concerning the regulations applicable to shipping companies providing international service to ports in the United States. We also represent COSCO in connection with U.S. immigration matters, including applications for business visas for personnel temporarily assigned to the United States.
HCA/Alaska Regional Hospital
Alaska Regional Hospital is a member hospital of the Hospital Corporation of America, one of the nation's leading providers of healthcare services. Alaska Regional Hospital serves the state of Alaska with what have been recognized as the top cardiovascular, neuroscience and cancer care centers in the state. Serving as special outside counsel, we have assisted Alaska Regional for over 20 years on matters as diverse as Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement, certificates of need, joint ventures with physicians including Stark Law compliance analysis, and construction litigation.
InFocus Corporation, which pioneered the digital projection industry, has been a client since its formation in 1986. In 1990, we acted as counsel to InFocus in connection with its IPO and listing on NASDAQ, and since that date we have acted as counsel to InFocus and its Board of Directors in connection with corporate and securities matters, including SEC disclosure and filing requirements. In addition, we have acted as counsel to InFocus in connection with acquisitions, joint ventures, investments in development stage companies and other strategic matters. In May 2009, InFocus announced the completion of a transaction in which all of the outstanding shares of InFocus were acquired by a private purchaser through a two-step tender offer and merger process that significantly reduced the time required to complete the transaction. We acted as counsel to InFocus and its Board of Directors in connection with this transaction.
IQT, Inc. is a contact center solutions company with international call center operations in multiple countries. We assisted with the formation of IQT in 2008 and have since served as outside counsel. We represented IQT in its initial private placement and in the acquisition of a Canadian contact center, as well as in other corporate matters.
LaCrosse Footwear, Inc.
LaCrosse Footwear, Inc. and its wholly-owned subsidiary Danner Boot manufacture and sell premium footwear for work and outdoor uses. We have served as outside general counsel since 2003. We have represented LaCrosse in a wide variety of transactions, including selling a U.S. manufacturing facility in 2005, establishing offices in China in 2005 and Denmark in 2008, and negotiating and drafting a “build-to-suit” lease in 2008 for its new corporate headquarters and distribution facility in Portland, Oregon. We have also assisted LaCrosse with a range of corporate and securities matters, including compliance with SEC and NASDAQ filing and disclosure requirements.
The Nautilus Group
Nautilus, Inc. manufactures and sells fitness equipment under the well-known Nautilus, Bowflex, Schwinn Fitness and Stairmaster brands. We have served as outside general counsel to Nautilus since 1992. We represented Nautilus in its initial public offering and its acquisition of the assets of Nautilus International, Schwinn Fitness and Stairmaster. In 2005 we represented Nautilus in its acquisition of Pearl iZumi USA, and in 2008 we represented Nautilus in its sale of Pearl iZumi to Shimano Corp.
A healthcare system with hospitals and other facilities in multiple cities in Washington, Oregon and Alaska, PeaceHealth has been a client of the firm since 1983. Serving as general outside counsel, we assist PeaceHealth on matters as diverse as the acquisition of hospitals, issuance of tax-exempt bonds, labor negotiations, joint ventures and construction litigation. We typically staff larger transactions and cases with lawyers from both our Seattle and Portland offices. Not only does this approach take advantage of the full range of the firm's healthcare experience, it also is convenient for PeaceHealth, which has its home office near Seattle but major facilities near Portland.
Pelion Financial Group
Pelion Financial Group is a wealth management company with three operating subsidiaries: Pelion Investment Advisors, an SEC registered investment advisor; Pelion Benefits Administrators, a retirement and pension plan administrator; and Pelion Securities Corp., a member of FINRA/SIPC. We have served as outside counsel to Pelion since 2006. We represented Pelion in several private placements and the acquisition of J. D. Benefits, Inc., as well as in other corporate matters.
Saltchuk Resources, Inc.
fipli has served as Saltchuk's general counsel since its formation in 1982. Saltchuk is one of the largest private companies headquartered in the Pacific Northwest. Its holdings include more than 20 independent operating companies in the marine transportation, air cargo, petroleum distribution and real estate sectors. Among Saltchuk's largest holdings are Totem Ocean Trailer Express, Foss Maritime, Hawaiian Tug & Barge/Young Brothers, Sea Star Line, Interocean American Shipping Corp., Delta Western, Aloha Air Cargo, Northern Air Cargo, and Ilahie. Over the years, we have helped the company and its subsidiaries navigate the challenges of growth, regulation and changing industry dynamics. We have handled the full range of legal matters, including acquisitions, financing, regulatory compliance, tax, labor and employment, and litigation.
Spiration focuses on the development of medical devices that improve the quality of life for patients with acute and chronic conditions of the lung. Founded in 1999 in Redmond, Washington, Spiration is a pioneer in its field, with 26 issued U.S. patents addressing various conditions of the lung. fipli has performed nearly all of the legal work on the over $97 million Spiration has raised in venture capital financings. Most recently, we represented Spiration in connection with a $10 million convertible debt financing that the company is using to fund the ongoing pivotal clinical trial of its IBV Valve System for the treatment of severe emphysema.
Tax Appeals for Fortune 500 and Middle-Market Companies
Our state and local tax lawyers focus primarily on the litigation of state income and sales tax issues as well as matters involving the ad valorem taxation of commercial and industrial properties, multistate utilities and airlines. This litigation has resulted in multimillion dollar tax refunds. Our clients include Fortune 500 as well as middle-market companies.
V2Green, Inc. and GridPoint, Inc.
V2Green, Inc. is a smart-grid solutions provider whose technology establishes intelligent, two-way power flow between plug-in electric vehicles and the power grid, enabling charging to be controlled to meet the needs of drivers and utilities. We began representing V2Green at the time of its formation. We served as general corporate counsel as the company grew, and negotiated and documented various financing and technology transactions during the course of our representation. In 2008 we represented V2Green in its merger with a subsidiary of GridPoint, Inc., a larger smart-grid solutions provider. We currently represent GridPoint in connection with various commercial and technology matters.
Venus and Serena Williams
fipli has represented these tennis stars since they were eight and nine years old. Over the years, we have assisted them with all legal matters, including litigation, real estate, general business, trademarks and intellectual property, and negotiation of tournament agreements and endorsement contracts. We also represent Venus Williams and Serena Williams in their individual business investments, which have included the Miami Dolphins and Jamba Juice. Our work has included advising them on the development and launch of their personal clothing and accessory brands, Aneres and EleVen. We represented Serena Williams in an arbitration that upheld her position on the 2000 U.S. Olympic tennis team against a challenge by a tennis player who was not selected for the team.