Attorneys – Skagit Law Group

Attorneys Skagit, Mount Vernon WA, Burlington WA, Anacortes WA

Attorneys Skagit Law Group – Practice Areas:
Estate Planning, Trusts & Estates, Wills & Probate, Real Estate, Business Law, Corporate Law, Commercial Law, and Taxation.
Brian E. Clark, J.D.

Brian Clark is a principal  attorney with the Skagit Law Group, PLLC, in Mount Vernon, Washington. He was formerly a partner in the law firm of Bannister, Bruhn & Clark in Mount Vernon for 14 years, after which he was the principal in the Law Office of Brian E. Clark, Inc., P.S. During the period 1974 to 1978, Brian worked as a certified public accountant in the states of Hawaii and Washington for what was then the public accounting firm of Ernst & Ernst.

Brian received his Bachelor of Arts from Washington State University, where he graduated magna cum laude with a degree in accounting, and is also a cum laude graduate of the University of Puget Sound Law School (now Seattle University). He is currently admitted to the Washington State Bar, as well as the U.S. Federal and Tax Courts. He is a member and former President of the Northwest Estate Planning Council, a member and former President of the Skagit County Bar Association, and a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust, Elder Law, and Taxation Sections of the Washington State Bar Association.

Brian’s current law practice emphasizes estate planning, and trust and estate settlement. In addition, his practice includes business entity formation, commercial transactions, and real estate. He has been an active speaker in the estate planning field and has also taught courses at the local community college in both estate planning and real estate law.

Brian is a western Washington native, who grew up in Mount Vernon. He was a 20-year-plus member and past president of the Skagit-Mount Vernon Kiwanis Club. He served on the board for the Mount Vernon Library and was instrumental in the organization, planning and fund-raising for the McIntyre Hall Performing Art Center located on the campus of Skagit Valley College. He has served and advised numerous non-profit organizations over the years in connection with their planned giving. His hobbies and pastimes include snow skiing, golf, hiking and travel. He is married to Mary Hendrickson Clark, and they have three daughters, Sarah, Laura and Ellen.

Email for Brian Clark: brian@skagitlaw.com

 

Kate Szurek, J.D., LL.M.

Kate Szurek is a principal attorney with the Skagit Law Group, PLLC, having previously been an associate with the Law Office of Brian E. Clark, Inc., P.S. Her law practice focuses on estate planning and estate settlement, as well as tax law. Kate earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from the University of Washington. She is Thomas More scholar and cum laude graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law, and obtained her master of laws in taxation from the University of Washington, which she attended on a fellowship. Kate served as a teaching assistant while attending law school, was president of the prestigious William O. Douglas Committee and of the Martin Luther King Committee, was chosen Outstanding Woman Law School Graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law by the National Association of Women Lawyers, and continues to be a member of the Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity. She makes frequent presentations regarding estate planning and tax law.

Kate is a member of Skagit County Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. She is also a member of the Real Property, Probate and Trust and the Taxation Sections of both the Washington State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. She serves on a number of bar association committees, including the WSBA Tax Section CLE committee, the ABA committee on emotional and psychological issues in estate planning, and the WSBA Estate and Gift Tax Subcommittee.

Kate has an extensive volunteer service record, having worked with victims of domestic violence and having served on a number of boards, including two local school boards, the Washington State School Directors Board of Directors, and the Board of Trustees for the Skagit Hospice Foundation. She is currently serving on the Board of Directors of the Northwest Washington Estate Planning Council, where she previously served as vice president, president and immediate past president.

A Washington native, Kate was born in Seattle, raised in Yakima, and lived and worked in the legal field in a number of Washington counties, including for over 20 years in northeastern Washington, before moving back to the Skagit Valley in 2000. She currently lives in a cabin outside of LaConner which she has had since January of 1981. Her daughter April is married to a medic in the United States Air Force and makes her home with her husband and young son in North Carolina.

Email for Kate Szurek: kate@skagitlaw.com

 

Craig E. Cammock, J.D.

Craig Cammock is a principal attorney with the Skagit Law Group, PLLC, and was formerly the principal of the Law Office of Craig E. Cammock, Inc., P.S. He is a cum laude graduate of Pacific Lutheran University, with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics. He graduated from Willamette University College of Law, where he was an active member of both the Willamette Law Review and the Moot Court Board. After graduating from Willamette, he served as a clerk with the Pierce County Superior Court, in Tacoma, Washington. He has served as a clerk/prosecutor for the U.S. Attorney’s office in Oregon, as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Pierce County, Washington, and as prosecutor for several municipalities. Craig is admitted to the Washington State Bar as well as the United States Federal Courts. Craig is a member of the Corporate, Litigation and Real Property, Probate and Trust sections of the Washington State Bar Association. Craig’s practice emphasis is on transactions and litigation in the areas of real property, construction, commercial, corporate, and business law.

Craig is a lifelong resident of the Skagit Valley, with the exception of ten years spent living in Tacoma, Portland, Salem and Vienna Austria. He is an avid sailor and races dinghies and keelboats when he isn’t windsurfing. Craig and his wife Carrie make their home in Bow, Washington.

Email for Craig Cammock: craig@skagitlaw.com

 

Megan Otis Masonholder, J.D.

Megan became a member of Skagit Law Group, PLLC, as a principal attorney in 2013.

Megan’s practice significantly emphasizes employment law matters.  She represents employers of all sizes, both public and private, and assists employers with policy drafting and auditing, regulatory and statutory compliance, drafting and reviewing employment related contracts, internal investigations, and all areas of human resources.  Megan is a speaker for human resources groups and provides group training for employers. Megan also enjoys providing legal advice and services to many of her non-profit clients.

Since joining Skagit Law Group, PLLC, Megan has extensively developed her practice in the areas of estate planning, trust and estate settlement.

Megan graduated cum laude from Western Washington University and with honors from the University of Washington School of Law.  She is admitted to the Washington State Bar as well as the United States Federal Courts and belongs to both the Skagit County and Snohomish County bar associations.

Megan began her legal career in 1999 at Anderson Hunter law firm in Everett, where she became a senior shareholder in the litigation department and served on that firm’s management committee for several years before deciding to bring her legal practice home to the valley.  While at Anderson Hunter, Megan’s practice focused primarily on litigation, and she became an experienced trial attorney focusing on commercial, employment, and insurance defense matters.

A Skagit Valley native, Megan was raised in La Conner where she and her husband, Brian, a Mount Vernon High School graduate, are raising their two young children. You may see her family up and down the Skagit River along with their Labrador Retriever.

Contact Megan: megan@skagitlaw.com

 

John Burke, J.D.

John Burke is an associate attorney with the Skagit Law Group, PLLC, and was formerly an associate with the law office of Elliott W. Johnson Inc. P.S. John earned his Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in Political Science and Psychology from Pacific Lutheran University before attending Gonzaga University School of Law. While at Gonzaga, John was an active member of the Gonzaga Journal of International Law, studied abroad in Gonzaga’s Florence Summer Law Program, and volunteered with the Spokane County Prosecutors Office.

John is a member of the Skagit County Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, and the Washington State Real Property, Probate and Trust Section. John focuses in estate planning, probate, real property, trust, and business matters, and has conducted local jury focus groups.

John grew up in Skagit Valley, graduating from Burlington-Edison High School, and now resides with his wife Heidi in Mount Vernon.

Email for John Burke:  john@skagitlawgroup.com

 

Laura Minton Breckenridge, J.D.

Laura Minton Breckenridge was born and raised in Mount Vernon, Washington. She graduated cum laude from Washington State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She graduated from Willamette University College of Law where she was an editor and published author of the Willamette Law Review, the Outstanding Woman Law Graduate, and the recipient of the Dr. Martin Luther King Award.

Following graduation from law school, Laura practiced for four years in Seattle. In 1991 she returned to Skagit County to serve as in-house counsel at a local private investment company, focusing upon corporate work, entity formation, and the negotiation, documentation, financing, and closing of a number of complex real estate and other asset, loan, leasing, and business transactions. She also managed all litigation for the company, ranging from real estate matters to contract enforcement, collection, construction, employment, and insurance coverage.  In 2013 Laura joined Furlong Butler Attorneys and in the fall of 2016 moved her practice to Skagit Law Group, PLLC.

Laura is a business attorney, bringing her 30 years of experience to a wide range of complex business matter with an emphasis on real estate transactions, the purchase and sale of businesses, entity formations, contracts, commercial leases, and lending.

Laura is an involved member of the Skagit County community. She has been a regular classroom volunteer and parent group president in the Mount Vernon Schools. Laura has also co-chaired the Citizens for Mount Vernon Schools’ bond and levy campaigns and has served on the Mount Vernon School District Citizens’ Advisory Committee. Laura has served as legal counsel to the Skagit County Tulip Festival and adviser to its Board of Directors. She is a member of the Skagit Valley Family YMCA Building Campaign.

Email for Laura Minton Breckenridge: laura@skagitlaw.com