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December 12th, 2017

On Friday, December 8, 2017, NBF attorneys Chris Nicoll and Noah Jaffe gave a one hour presentation as part of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (WDTL) Association’s Annual Tort Law Update. The presentation addressed and summarized the WDTL Amicus Committee’s contributions during 2017, which included drafting amicus curiae submissions in six cases that were deemed to present issues of statewide concern to Washington civil defense attorneys and their clients. Chris is an active member of the WDTL Amicus Committee, and he and Noah had first-hand involvement in three of those six cases. In one such case, Noll v. Special Electric Co., 188 Wn.2d 402 (2017), the Washington Supreme Court cited directly and favorably to the WDTL’s amicus submission, for its central argument about the impact of recent United States Supreme Court case law on the personal jurisdiction analysis, and a civil defendant’s due process rights thereunder.

December 9th, 2017

NBF attorney Nina Mitchell attended the Pacific Admiralty Seminar and also attended various related events in the Bay area on December 7 – 9, 2017.

December 1st, 2017

On November 30, 2017, NBF attorneys Larry Altenbrun and Pegeen Mulhern made a continuing education presentation to the Northwest Yacht Brokers Association. The presentation addressed two maritime issues of significance to the yacht broker community that are evolving in the courts: (1) the evolution of maritime case law involving punitive damages, and (2) the warranty or “as-is” clauses in yacht purchase agreements. Pegeen and Larry also provided some practical tips and best practices for yacht broker transactions.

November 14th, 2017

NBF attorney Jeremy Jones is a new member of the Alaska Bar. Congratulations Jeremy!!!

November 8th, 2017

NBF attorneys Rivers Black and Pegeen Mulhern attended activities associated with the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show from November 1 – 5, 2017. Rivers attended the Marine Seminar sponsored by the Ft. Lauderdale Mariners Club, which focused on yacht insurance, legal and regulatory issues, and participated in numerous activities during the week sponsored by the recreational marine insurance markets. Pegeen participated in the 4th Fort Lauderdale Yacht Mare Forum with representatives from the banking industry, flag and classification societies, vessel management and the legal profession. The focus of the Forum was new regulations, industry trends and planning for the future. Both Rivers and Pegeen were able to meet with many of our maritime clients during the week’s activities. 


November 8th, 2017

NBF attorneys Chris Nicoll and Rivers Black have been selected as members of Select Counsel, an elite, nationwide network of over 300 boutique firm attorneys – all with significant “Big Law” backgrounds and top credentials. Select Counsel provides a new model for accessing a broad spectrum of legal services by connecting clients with a curated network of independent boutique practices across all areas of legal focus. Using the Select Counsel platform, clients can find the same caliber attorneys, breadth of expertise and geographic reach of a big firm with the price point and personalized service of a smaller practice. Feel free to visit the Select Counsel website at

October 23rd, 2017

NBF attorney Pegeen Mulhern chaired the organizing committee for the September 23rd Kitsap Peninsula Out of the Darkness Walk to unite those who have been affected by suicide, and increase community awareness about  mental health issues and illnesses. Three hundred and forty-nine participants attended the Walk and raised $31,894.32. The funds will provide and support to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention for research, training and to provide suicide prevention educational programs throughout Kitsap County. To learn more about this important work contact Pegeen at

October 4th, 2017

NBF lawyers Chris Nicoll and Chris Reilly recently assisted a client in settling a significant subrogation claim involving damaged apples stored in Eastern Washington.

September 18th, 2017

NBF attorney and Salish Sea Expeditions Board Member Pegeen Mulhern is helping host Salish Sea’s breakfast “friend-raiser” on October 17, 2017. This year’s breakfast will feature keynote speakers Washington State Senator Christine Rolfes (23rd district) and Washington State Representative Gael Tarleton (36th district), who will be joined by Bob Donegan, President of Ivar’s. Also attending will be several alumni of the Salish program. 


Salish Sea’s mission is to inspire youth to connect with the marine environment through boat-based scientific inquiry and hands-on learning, instilling curiosity, confidence, and critical thinking. Salish Sea Expeditions does this by offering students in grades 5-12 a unique combination of powerful place-based learning and hands-on exploration. 


NBF is proud to support Salish Seas, and we hope that you may be able to join Pegeen at this breakfast fundraiser.  Event details and registration can be found at

September 15th, 2017

NBF attorney Larry Altenbrun is scheduled to address the Pacific Northwest-Seattle Section Meeting of SNAME on the topic of “Jones Act and its Implications in Ship Building” on Thursday, September 28, 2017.