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ATTORNEYS
Rachel R. Burkemper

PARTNER

BIO

Rachel Burkemper is an attorney with over eighteen years of experience in real estate litigation and transactional work. She represents community associations by providing general counsel and aiding in the collection of delinquent assessments. Rachel also advises clients on residential real estate matters. She has extensive experience with title issues, boundary line and easements disputes and real property contract review and negotiation.  Rachel is a trained mediator and regularly negotiates on behalf of clients. Through her experience, Rachel exercises a holistic approach to dispute resolution, including litigation, and brings to the table a strong foundational knowledge of Washington State statutes, policies, and procedures.

EDUCATION

Juris Doctor, Saint Louis University School of Law, 2002

Master of Arts in Communication Arts, Bangkok University, 1996

BA in Political Science, University of Washington, 1989


BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Washington State Bar Association

King County Bar Association

Snohomish County Bar Association

US District Court, Western District of Washington

US Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Missouri State Bar Association (inactive status)

PRACTICE AREAS

Community Association Collections

Community Associations General Legal

Real Estate Litigation

Real Estate Transactions


ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS
•  Community Association Institute, Washington Chapter, 2011- Present

•  Missouri Solid Waste Advisory Board, 2005-2008

Public Advisory Member and Chair

•  Global Leadership Study Program, Bangkok, Thailand, February 2005

Missouri delegate studying conflict resolution and community development

•  Mediation - 45th Judicial Circuit, Troy, Missouri, December 2002

Trained in meditation techniques and practice

•  Union Language School, Bangkok, Thailand, 1992-1993

Intensive Thai Language Instruction, achieved proficiency level U.6

STEPHEN M. SMITH

PARTNER

PRACTICE AREAS

Community Associations General Legal

Community Association Collections

Business & Corporate Law

Real Estate Transactions


ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

•  Community Association Institute, Washington Chapter

•  Certified Instructor – Washington State Real Estate Continuing Education (for real estate brokers) – Real Estate Law, Legal Aspects, and Advanced Real Estate Law

•  Commercial Brokers Association (CBA)

•  King County Bar Association – Volunteer Legal Services

BIO
Stephen Smith is a seasoned attorney and adviser with over a decade of practice in the greater Seattle area. In addition to representing a large number of condominium and homeowners associations, Stephen also assists individuals looking to buy/sell a home or who are facing a real estate transaction or dispute. Additionally, he helps small businesses form their corporate entity, settle shareholder disputes, and establish measures to minimize the risk of litigation. Should the need for court arise, Stephen has extensive experience in both state and federal court. He guides his clients by assessing not only the legal merits of the case, but also by discerning the personal and professional goals underlying each of his clients' decision to retain counsel. When it comes to problem solving and conflict resolution, Stephen at all times maintains control through rational analysis, consideration of the client’s values, and employment of a variety of strategies adapted to the unique characteristics of each case.


EDUCATION
Juris Doctor, University of Toledo College of Law, 2009
BA in Philosophy, University of Toledo, 2004


BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Washington State (all courts)

 Supreme Court of the United States of America 

 U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

American Bar Association

 King County Bar Association

STEPHEN M. SMITH

PARTNER

PRACTICE AREAS

Community Associations General Legal

Community Association Collections

Business & Corporate Law

Real Estate Transactions


ACTIVITIES AND MEMBERSHIPS

•  Community Association Institute, Washington Chapter

•  Certified Instructor – Washington State Real Estate Continuing Education (for real estate brokers) – Real Estate Law, Legal Aspects, and Advanced Real Estate Law

•  Commercial Brokers Association (CBA)

•  King County Bar Association – Volunteer Legal Services

BIO
Stephen Smith is a seasoned attorney and adviser with over a decade of practice in the greater Seattle area. In addition to representing a large number of condominium and homeowners associations, Stephen also assists individuals looking to buy/sell a home or who are facing a real estate transaction or dispute. Additionally, he helps small businesses form their corporate entity, settle shareholder disputes, and establish measures to minimize the risk of litigation. Should the need for court arise, Stephen has extensive experience in both state and federal court. He guides his clients by assessing not only the legal merits of the case, but also by discerning the personal and professional goals underlying each of his clients' decision to retain counsel. When it comes to problem solving and conflict resolution, Stephen at all times maintains control through rational analysis, consideration of the client’s values, and employment of a variety of strategies adapted to the unique characteristics of each case.


EDUCATION
Juris Doctor, University of Toledo College of Law, 2009
BA in Philosophy, University of Toledo, 2004


BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Washington State (all courts)

 Supreme Court of the United States of America 

 U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

American Bar Association

 King County Bar Association

Caelen K. Anacker

Associate Attorney

PRACTICE AREAS

Community Association Collections

BIO

Caelen Anacker joined Sound Legal Partners in 2020. He earned his J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law. While at UW Law, Cael served as Associate Editor-in-Chief on the Washington International Law Journal, and was also a member of Moot Court Honor Board. During law school, Cael worked as a Judicial Extern at the Washington State Court of Appeals. Prior to going to law school, Cael worked in construction management.


EDUCATION
Juris Doctor, University of Washington School of Law, 2020

Bachelor of Arts in History, Montana State University, 2011


BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

Washington State Bar Association

Sound Legal Partners, PLLC

 Phone (206) 823-1040

coordinator@soundlegalpartners.com