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Client of the Month: BrandAwaken

BrandAwaken™ is passionate about helping businesses energize their brands.

They started in 2009 as graphic design firm Zuli Creative®, but soon realized they were much more than that. Through strategic design, that combined creativity with an understanding of the client’s business, they were able to strengthen the client’s brand and truly support the marketing message.

Over the years, they found that the real value came when a business understood the essence of their brand. This “brand discovery” became a key part of the process, and in Spring 2016, they changed the name to BrandAwaken. Now they have a proprietary branding process that starts with interactive sessions designed to help the client gain a deep understanding of their strengths and unique place in the market. This helps their clients have more effective marketing that truly connects with their ideal customer.

We at Romero Park have enjoyed working with Susan and the team at BrandAwaken, as they build their own brand around the new name. We look forward to working with them on this journey, and wish them much success.

For more information about BrandAwaken, please visit their website at http://BrandAwaken.com/

BrandAwaken is proud to be a certified Women Owned Business.


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Client of the Month: Buckley Recycle Center, Inc.

Buckley Recycle Center, Inc. (BRC, Inc.) opened in 1996 with the primary goal of effectively recycling land clearing debris; they were “green” before it was cool. BRC, Inc. knew there was a better use for these leftovers than just burning them like most other contractors. They started grinding the old wood down into Hog Fuel – a product which allows the refuse to be utilized as fuel.  Now companies all over the state are using this fuel to replace their typical fossil fuels. In addition to creating a greener fuel source, BRC, Inc. offers a wide range of other services. They can help with everything from excavating and clearing land to providing new top soil once you’re done. BRC, Inc. is proud to say they are a licensed and bonded contractor that is WBE and DBE certified.

BRC is a wonderful client and we at Romero Park look forward to continuing this relationship.  We wish them many more years of success!

For more information about Buckley Recycling Center, please visit their website at http://brcrecyclers.com/default.html.

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Exciting New Services at Romero Park!

As you may know, Romero Park P.S. has now been in business for over 21 years.  We have dedicated ourselves to helping individuals and businesses with their legal needs; and have not expanded our services outside of this space – until now.  We are very pleased to announce that one of our attorneys, Craig Simmons, is now available to help our clients, and future clients, with their personal injury needs!

On a number of occasions our clients/contacts have asked us to represent them in their personal injury cases, and we have historically declined because we are a “boutique business law firm.”  We estimate that over the years we have referred out over 100 personal injury cases to attorneys in the state of Washington.  We decided that when our clients are injured, we want to be willing and able to help them out with more than a referral.  With that in mind, last year Craig started taking on some smaller personal injury matters.  Both he and our firm are now confident in our firm’s ability to handle large personal injury matters (but will still refer out the more complex matters).  Accordingly, if you or someone you know is ever injured, please contact Craig Simmons of our firm and he will help you out!

Thank you for thinking of us now for not just your business matters, but also your personal injury matters. Please feel free to call us today at (425) 450-5000 if you have any questions or to set up a meeting.

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Estate Planning – Who needs it?

The answer is everyone. Many people feel they are too young or they do not have enough assets for a Last Will and Testament. Others may feel they are too healthy for a Health Care Directive or a Power of Attorney. Yet is it really ever too early to start planning for your loved ones’ peace of mind?

It is easy to think of estate planning as simply having a Last Will and Testament in place, but it is so much more than that. Having a properly planned estate ensures that not only will your needs and wishes will be met, but that your loved ones will continue to be cared long after you have passed.  A properly set up Trust can provide money to your young child for their education once they reach a certain age. A Health Care Directive can take the burden of hard decisions off of your family during trying times.

While it can seem overwhelming, an estate plan is something that should be established sooner rather than later. Although there are “do-it-yourself” estate planning forms, they only cover the minimum requirements and cannot be customized. Based on the complexity of your estate, you may find that the DIY forms will not meet your needs.  Establishing a personalized estate plan from the start will help avoid many headaches later on.

If you are not sure about whether or not an estate plan is right for you, your best option is to speak with an attorney. Take our quick quiz below to see if it might be a good option for you!

  1. Are you 18 years of age or older?
  2. Are you married?
  3. If yes to #2, do you own any separate property?
  4. Do you own any personal property?
  5. Do you have any children?
  6. If yes to #5, do you wish to choose a guardian for them?
  7. Do you own a home?
  8. Do you have specific wishes regarding the use of life support?
  9. Would you prefer to be buried or cremated?
  10. Do you wish to control the disposition of your assets?
  11. Do you wish to decide who will act as Personal Representative for your estate?
  12. Do you have any of the following: stocks, bonds, IRA accounts, bank accounts, or life insurance?
  13. Do you have any loved ones that require special needs?

If you answered yes to at least two of the above questions, you should consider beginning your estate planning process.

Please feel free to contact us today at (425) 450-5000 for help with all your estate planning needs.

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Client of the Month: Better Buzz Coffee

In the early 2000s, Better Buzz Coffee started selling premium coffee out of a single kiosk. In the following years, Better Buzz played an integral role in helping establish San Diego’s craft coffee revolution, which in turn contributed to the company’s growth and emergence as a market leader. Currently, Better Buzz serves nearly all of San Diego’s coastal communities, with six full-service coffee shops ranging from Point Loma to Encinitas. It also operates its own roasting facility in San Marcos where it roasts all of its beans to ensure freshness—this uniquely sets it apart from its competitors.

Romero Park is proud to be a part of the Better Buzz team, and we were honored to recently help them celebrate the opening of their two newest locations in Point Loma and Encinitas in 2015. We would also like to congratulate Better Buzz on recently becoming a CCOF and USDA certified organic roaster. We wish them continued success in the years to come!

For more information about Better Buzz, visit their website at www.betterbuzzcoffee.com or visit one of their six locations: Point Loma, Mission Beach, Mission Valley, Pacific Beach, Encinitas, or San Marcos.

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Client of the Month: Coffey Chiropractic

Coffey Chiropractic has been helping people in and around Auburn live better lives through chiropractic for over 30 years!  Dr. John Coffey and his wife Pauline started the practice back in the early 1980s and have built a reputation in the community for providing expert, caring treatment that sets people and families on the path towards total health.  There is little doubt that the key to their great success over the years is their love for their patients and the impact their work has on the lives of their friends and family in the community.  We are proud to work with Coffey Chiropractic and wish them continued success in the coming years.

For more information on Coffey Chiropractic visit their website at http://www.coffeychiropractic.com/.


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Martindale-Hubbell Rating

Troy has just earned the “AV Preeminent” rating from his peer reviewers on Martindale-Hubbell. Below are the descriptions of the three ratings from the Martindale-Hubbell website:

What are the different ratings?*

Ratings are based on an average of the scores provided by peer reviewers, as follows:

  • AV Preeminent®: The highest peer rating standard. This rating signifies that the lawyer’s reviewed peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence for their legal knowledge, communication skills and ethical standards.
  • Martindale-Hubbell DistinguishedSM: An excellent rating for a lawyer with some experience. This rating indicates the attorney is widely respected by their reviewed peers for high professional achievement and ethical standards.
  • Martindale-Hubbell NotableSM:This rating indicates that the lawyer has been recognized by a large number of their reviewed peers for strong ethical standards.
Congratulations Troy!


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Client of the Month: Amento Group

Just over 20 years ago Steve Amento and Mike Corke started their own construction consulting company.  We were privileged to assist them in creating their company and putting together the organizational documents to get them started.  Over the past 20 years we have had the privilege of serving as their outside business counsel and have watched them grow and develop into a very strong and established consulting company in the Pacific Northwest.  In addition to providing construction consulting they have become recognized experts in construction management, architectural services, and claim analysis.  We have used the Amento Group as our expert witnesses in many complex construction disputes and they have, without fail, delivered superior work product and excellent analysis.  Even more important than their work though is their integrity.  They are, simply put, good people — the salt of the earth!  We congratulate Amento Group on 20 years of business and wish then continued success in the years to come!

For more information on Amento Group visit their website at http://amentogroup.com.


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Romero Park P.S. Open House and Crayola Crayon Drive

Come join us on Wednesday, November 13th for our very special Ribbon Cutting with the Bellevue Chamber of Commerce! Also, for the month of November, please drop by to donate a new box of Crayola Crayons for the Seattle Children’s Hospital. For more details, check out our Facebook or Twitter!!!



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Please Welcome Jessica Barcz, our new Legal Assistant!

Romero Park is pleased to announce that Jessica Barcz has joined our Bellevue, Washington office as a Legal Assistant. Jessica was born and raised in Colorado just outside of Denver and come to us after graduating from the University of Hawaii with a Bachelors of Science in Marine Biology. She also recently graduated from the Paralegal program at University of Washington last June. In her free time, she enjoys hiking, playing with her dogs, and hanging out with her family. Jessica is also a Dive Master. She has been diving since she was 15; diving in the Carribean, Tahiti, Tonga, Hawaii and of course her home state, Colorado. One of her greatest experiences, she says, was free diving to check a system of caves to see how often they were being used and by which shark. How awesome!!

We are ecstatic to have Jessica on our team and Justin is very excited to have her as his assistant and looks forward to working with her.

Next time you call the firm’s Pacific Northwest office, be sure to say hello.

welcome Jessica!!

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