Flaherty & Bernardi, PLLC

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GRIFFITH F. FLAHERTY, Partner

Griff Flaherty focuses on transactions, litigation and alternative dispute resolution in the following areas:

  • Business formation and dissolution
  • Commercial transactions
  • Commercial and residential real estate, including leases
  • Construction, including liens
  • Contract disputes

Griff has been with the firm (formerly Seligmann, Dreiling and Beckermann) since 1987. He started as an intern while still in law school, eventually becoming a partner. His practice is divided evenly between litigation and transactional work. He represents individuals and small businesses in drafting documents as well as avoiding and resolving disputes over commercial transactions, construction projects, real estate transactions, easements and business dissolutions. He has substantial experience litigating disputes through trial, as well as resolving disputes through alternative dispute resolution processes, such as mediation and arbitration. He served for ten years as an arbitrator for the King County Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration system.

Personal

Griff Flaherty grew up in Corvallis, Oregon where his father was a math professor at Oregon State University. As a child, Griff travelled extensively while his father was on sabbatical. He spent third grade attending school in Germany and later lived in Cambridge, England for a semester with his family. He returned to England during college to study abroad at the London School of Economics.
Griff moved to Seattle in 1985 to attend the University of Washington Law School where he and his wife Lovie Bernardi were in the same graduating class. Griff loves to travel and he and Lovie have been fortunate to travel together to places like Brazil, Guatemala and Turkey.

Education

Juris Doctor - University of Washington School of Law
Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude – Pomona College
Bar Memberships
Washington State Bar Association
    Construction Law Section

Education

Bachelor of Arts, Cum Laude, Pomona College, 1985
Juris Doctorate, University of Washington, 1988

Bar Memberships

Washington State Bar Association

               Construction Law Section

 

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LOVIE L. BERNARDI, Partner

Practice

Lovie Bernardi focuses her practice on estate planning and probate. In 2009, Lovie became office manager of the firm after taking a break from the practice of law to raise her son. In 2011, Gene Seligmann, one of the firm’s partners, began winding down his practice and asked Lovie assist him in his estate planning and probate practice. Lovie took over Gene’s practice as of January 1, 2016.
Early in her legal career, Lovie worked for several years as a public defender, representing criminal defendants in district and superior court. She also worked as an appellate attorney, and argued appeals before the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One, and the Washington State Supreme Court.

Personal

Lovie Bernardi grew up in the Pacific Northwest. She spent her early elementary school years in Juneau, Alaska before moving to the Seattle area in 1971.  She graduated from Monroe High School in Monroe, Washington.  Throughout college, she worked a local fashion retail store, Jay Jacobs, and eventually became a store manager. In law school, she met her future husband and law partner, Griff Flaherty.
Lovie has served in leadership positions in her community: School Commission President of St. Benedict Catholic School, Chair of St. Benedict Church Pastoral Council, Chair of St. Benedict School’s Five Year Strategic Plan and president of her neighborhood’s homeowner’s association.
Lovie shares a love for fitness with her husband Griff and their son, Finn. She also loves to cook and has taken numerous classes at a local cooking school. Travel is another passion; she and Griff most recently returned from a trip to Turkey. She managed to combine her love of cooking and travel by taking a cooking class while in Istanbul.

Education

Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration – University of Washington
Juris Doctor - University of Washington School of Law


Bar Memberships

Washington State Bar Association
    Real Property Probate and Trust Section
King County Bar Association
    Real Property Probate and Trust Sectio
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TEXANNA CASEY-THOMPSON, Paralegal

Practice

Texanna began her legal career working in the office of the late Thomas J. Chambers in the Maynard Building in Pioneer Square beginning in 1983.  Coming from a background in medicine, she was a good fit for a personal injury practitioner.  She moved from there to the Grand Central Building in 1990 and worked with Griff and the firm’s then partners, Gene Seligmann, Bob Beckerman and Tom Dreiling. At that time, the firm was involved in multi-district litigation in two large product liability cases: In re:  A.H. Robins Co., (Dalkon Shield) and Lindsey v. Merrill Dow/MDL 926/In Re Dow Corning Corporation (Silicone implants). Texanna became their chief medical paralegal.  In 1996, Tom Dreiling began a solo practice and Texanna worked with him until his retirement in 2014.  Griff and Lovie invited her to rejoin the firm in August 2014 and she is happy to be back in Pioneer Square.

Personal

Texanna has been a life-time Washingtonian and spent her first 18 years in the eastern part of the state. She moved to Seattle in 1972 to attend the University of Washington and was drawn to the west side with its milder temperatures, beautiful mountain scenery and access to major league sports and opera.  She is a Mariners season ticket holder, a Husky and a Seahawks fan.

Education

Graduated from Goldendale High School in Goldendale, Washington 1971
Exchange Student to Sweden (Eslöv Gymnasiet) 1972
Bachelor of Science - University of Washington School of Pharmacy 1977

Bar Memberships

King County Bar Association (paralegal affiliate)