SGF&S Named 9th Best Small Company to Work for in Washington

We here at SGF&S try to keep our bragging to a minimum and our practice as the focus, but last night we received some wonderful news. We are officially one of Seattle Business Magazine’s top 10 small businesses! This is a rank that we can only receive based on our employees and their love of the work that they do.  We are humbled to be on this list now for two years running and very excited to have broken into the top 10 this year (we were 13th last year).

So, last night we celebrated! Our wonderful team headed down to the Washington State Convention Center in the heart of downtown to attend the 100 best party thrown by Seattle Business Magazine and toasted to a great work family.




Congratulations to Our Newest Member, Mark Davis

Things at our firm just keep getting busier and busier – and that’s a good thing. To make sure we have the bandwidth necessary to meet all of our clients’ needs, we have expanded a bit and would like to recognize the hard work and achievement of our lawyers. In addition to the two attorneys who joined our ranks recently, one of our associates was invited to become a member of our firm this month.

 Mark Davis has been practicing law in Washington since 2007.  In building his practice, Mark has established a track record of representing individuals and businesses with passion and integrity, and in doing so has created a name for himself as a skilled trial attorney.  He has litigated a variety of employment and commercial disputes, such as workplace issues involving discrimination, hostile environments, retaliation, and wage violations (to name a few).   Mark’s tireless efforts on behalf of his clients have been highlighted by his recent selection as a Rising Star among attorneys in Washington State, a prestigious award named by Super Lawyers and only bestowed upon less than 2.5 percent of lawyers in the State.  Whatever the matter, Mark does his best to obtain justice for each client as swiftly as possible.  He sets a great standard of practice and it’s a high bar we strive to maintain.

Mark is a team player and a hard worker. When Mark’s not hard at work in his office or in meetings with clients, he can be found playing a game of ping pong in our office rec center or spending time with his wife and young family.

So with our sincerest gratitude and excitement we are proud to recognize this achievement.

Congratulations, Mark!

SGFS Welcomes Rick Birinyi to the Team

We are very excited to welcome Richard Birinyi to our growing firm! Rick is an established bankruptcy attorney focusing mainly on creditor and debtor issues with over 30 years of experience to bring to the team.  We here at Schlemlein Goetz Fick & Scruggs couldn’t be more excited to have him on board with us.

Rick is a leader in Washington State’s bankruptcy law, having lent his talents to firms such as Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt and Bullivant Houser Bailey. We feel lucky that he has decided to join us for this next chapter of his career. He is no stranger to creditor/debtor issues, corporate reorganizations, business transactions and complex commercial litigation. His expertise and dynamic personality will be a great asset to us as well as our clients.

Welcome to the team, Rick!

For more on Rick visit our website.

SGFS Named One of 100 Best Companies to Work For


This year, SGFS was named as one of 100 Best Companies to Work For in Washington by Seattle Business Magazine. Achieving this honor required a two-step process which involved being scrutinized by an external panel of judges selected by Seattle Business Magazine from the corporate community, as well as an extensive internal anonymous survey filled out by all employees. We were judged on ten broad categories varying from benefits to company culture.

It is an amazing honor. So what does it mean exactly? Considering you spend one-third of your life at work, for those of us who work here, it means enjoying our jobs. Perhaps not as obvious, it also reveals quite a bit to our clients and business associates. When you read we are innovative, forward thinking and strive to establish long lasting relationships, it’s more than fancy sounding words. This is a unique law firm. It’s not by accident that I have chosen to stay here for fifteen years.

By thinking outside the box, the partners have built a welcoming workplace. The office is pet friendly. Most days you can find a four-legged friend for a few minutes of belly rubbing time. A monthly food event in the kitchen, usually hosted by Chef Scruggs, gives us a chance to relax and connect. We like each other. Shocking, I know. This allows us to work well together and to build trust based relationships.

Health and wellbeing have always been a priority. When we moved to SODO, the partners built a full gym into our office space so we could enjoy the ability to get a workout in to the day. For those times when you just need ten minutes to blow off some steam, you can play ping pong. It’s in the firm’s DNA to work hard and to enjoy life.

The picture of four smiling people on our website’s about page is genuinely indicative of who the partners are and the culture of the company. They are authentic, real people who care about their employees and their clients. I enjoy coming to work each day. I have great respect for the lawyers and staff who I share my day with. I’m lucky to be part of such an incredible team and that is why this is one of the Best Companies to Work For in Washington.


Laurel Barton is a paralegal at Schlemlein Goetz Fick & Scruggs. She has been a vital part of our team for 15 years and counting.