Cashmere law firm is homegrown

Attorneys Lindsey Weidenbach, Clay Gatens and Michelle Green. COURTESY PHOTO

CASHMERE – The Wenatchee Business Journal heard about a new law firm headquartered here, but the best part is that the lawyers are “homegrown” residents or recently transplanted to this idyllic town on the Wenatchee River.
Clay Gatens, Michelle Green, and Lindsey Weidenbach have formed Gatens Green Weidenbach, PLLC here. The trio agreed to an exclusive interview with the WBJ about opening and running a legal enterprise amidst the coronavirus pandemic.

According to the firm, Michelle Green was born and raised in Cashmere. She is part of the fourth generation in her family that has chosen to make Cashmere their home. Her great-grandparents farmed orchards in Cashmere in the early 1900s, and Michelle is proud to now serve the agricultural industry as part of her law practice.

Lindsey Weidenbach was also born and raised in Cashmere and is excited to be opening a business here, following in the footsteps of her great-grandparents and her father who owned and operated Wehmeyer’s TV and Appliance in downtown Cash-mere for decades.

Clay Gatens moved to Cashmere shortly after relocating from Seattle with his wife, Jessaca, who is originally from East Wenatchee. The Gatens’ two children attend Cashmere schools.

Here is the Q&A from mid-May, shortly after the firm was established:

Wenatchee Business Journal: What made the three of you decide to join forces to start a law firm?

Gatens Green Weidenbach: Clay, Michelle and Lindsey were partners at Jeffers, Danielson, Sonn & Aylward, PS, another firm in Wenatchee. We left JDSA to focus on our respective practice areas.

WBJ: Are you all equal partners or is there a managing partner?

GGW: We are equal partners WBJ: Are there members involved with community or charitable service?

GGW: Clay Gatens and Lindsey Weidenbach are both deeply involved with the Pybus Public Market from the planning phases to the present. Lindsey serves on the Pybus board of directors as president-elect.

WBJ: What caused the firm to specialize in: Cannabis Law/Highly Regulated Industries, Civil Litigation, Class Actions, Real Estate/Water Rights, Tax Law/1031 Exchanges, Agricul-ture, Business Law, Estate/Suc-cession Planning, Land Use?

GGW: Gatens Green Weidenbach, PLLC officially opened May 1 (though we are currently closed to the public, except by appointment only, due to COVID-‐19). Collectively, we have over three decades of legal experience. We formed GGW to focus on land use, real estate, and business practices. Specifically, we do not rep-resent municipalities, counties, or agencies that regulate development, which will enable us to grow and further develop our existing land use and highly-‐regulated industry practice areas.
We are located in Cashmere, at 305 Aplets Way; however, our existing client base spans throughout Washington and Oregon, primarily in the North Central Washington region. We serve a large number of clients in the agricultural industry, real estate developers, contractors, highly regulated industries (those holding cannabis, winery, brewery or liquor licenses), and business clients. We have significant experience in complex commercial litigation and consumer class actions.

We also own a 1031 exchange facilitator entity and can assist with 1031 exchanges and complex tax planning (A 1031 exchange is a mechanism in the Internal Revenue Code that allows you to swap real property used in a trade or business or held for investment purposes for real property that is similarly used, without paying tax).

Our highest honor is the trust and confidence that hundreds of our long-‐term clients put in our attorneys by continuing to make us a part of their team and choosing Gatens Green Weidenbach for their legal needs. We pride ourselves in offering high quality, efficient, and practical legal services. Our attorneys are recognized throughout the state in their respective fields of practice.
Our attorneys have been on the forefront of numerous largescale class action cases, including the landmark Jordan v. Nationstar Mortgage, LLC case, in which the Washington State Supreme Court held that lenders are prohibited from changing locks on a borrower’s property prior to completion of a foreclosure. Ultimately, Clay Gatens was able to achieve a settlement of $17 million for the benefit of the certified class members.

The COVID-19 situation has certainly impacted our clients in dramatic ways. We are assisting a large number of essential business clients in navigating the new governmental regulations and orders pertaining to the crisis, as well as providing legal services and assistance in securing Paycheck Protection Program loans and other small business loans.

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