By Steve Guntli
The Law Offices of Roger Ellingson has a new face in its legal team.
Attorney Jennifer Slattery has joined the small law firm at 289 H Street in Blaine. Slattery, a Puyallup native, had been living and working in New York City until she and her husband moved back to Washington in 2015. The two decided to settle in Bellingham.
“We were having trouble deciding between Bellingham and Tacoma,” she said. “Ultimately I think Bellingham is a better living situation, and it allowed me to take this job in Blaine.”
Prior to taking the job with Ellingson, Slattery worked in copyright law for a large firm in Manhattan. She also has experience working in business law, nonprofit law and as a public defender.
“I don’t really have one specialty, which is why I was drawn to this firm,” she said. “Roger and his team are more generalized and can help clients with multiple legal problems. That’s what I love about it. We can help with anything.”
She was also drawn to the small-town atmosphere Blaine provided.
“I really didn’t like the corporate culture in New York,” she said. “I’ve always preferred to work with clients face to face, and I didn’t get as many opportunities for that working for such a large company.”
Slattery is not replacing any outgoing lawyers, but rather is part of an expanded team that includes Ellingson and Blaine public defender Rajeev Majumdar.
“I’m very excited to be joining the team and I look forward to meeting more people in the community,” Slattery said.