Adriena Clifton

Professional Experience Adriena Clifton joined Helsell Fetterman as a Richard S. White Fellow in 2022. She continued with the firm throughout her final year of law school as a Rule 9 intern and returned in 2023 as an associate in the firm’s litigation practice group. Adriena grew up in the beautiful San Juan Islands, just […]

Maria Rios Martinez

Professional Experience Maria is an associate in the firm’s Business and Real Estate and Land Use Practice Groups. In her corporate practice, Maria assists businesses through their entire lifecycle from entity formation, corporate governance, acquisitions, strategic partnerships, to reorganizations, asset and equity transfers, and partnership dissolutions. In her real estate and land use practice, she […]

Allen Sakai

Professional Experience With more than 40 years of experience, Allen is a leader in Helsell Fetterman’s Business and Real Estate Groups.  Allen represents numerous individuals and companies in all types of real estate transactions.   He has regularly worked on boundary line disputes and homeowner and condominium owner association matters.  He has considerable experience working on […]

Chris Xie

Professional Experience Chris focuses his practice in the areas of business and tax law.  Prior to joining Helsell Fetterman, Chris was an associate at another Seattle law firm, focusing on business transactions and tax controversies.  Chris delivers a broad range of transactional legal services to individuals, family-owned businesses, and closely held corporations.  He counsels businesses […]

Jenica Cassidy

Professional Experience Jenica focuses her practice on estate planning, guardianship, trust and estate litigation, and probate administration.  She helps individuals and their families plan for the future and resolve legal issues relating to aging.  She also works with health care facilities and their residents to secure benefits to pay for the cost of care. Prior […]

Nidal Dirini

Professional Experience Nidal’s practice focuses in the areas of personal injury defense, insurance defense, medical malpractice as well as general litigation. Prior to joining Helsell Fetterman, Nidal worked as a criminal defense attorney and was staff counsel for two Fortune 500 Companies. He’s defended companies, insurers, homeowners, and has advised claims adjusters on best practices […]

Sebastian Toth

Professional Experience Sebastian’s practice areas include business and personal transactions along with complex and general litigation, with a primary focus on commercial litigation (including contract and business disputes), real estate litigation, medical malpractice, construction defect, personal injury, premises liability, and products liability. Prior to joining the firm, Sebastian worked as corporate counsel for an international […]

Shea Fanelli

Professional Experience Shea is a litigator with the firm’s trust and estate litigation practice group and assists clients in matters involving will contests, trust disputes, fiduciary abuse, guardianships, vulnerable adult protection actions, and elder abuse issues.  Prior to joining Helsell Fetterman, Shea was a litigator at a firm in Grays Harbor where she advised individuals […]

Kristy Ball

Professional Experience Kristy practices in the firm’s litigation department, handling cases involving personal injury, employment, business disputes, health insurance and property disputes. Kristy also represents physicians and other health care providers in licensing and disciplinary disputes. Prior to joining Helsell Fetterman, Kristy worked at a boutique law firm for fourteen years. During her time at […]

Katherine Hekstra

Professional Experience: Katherine Hekstra’s practice focuses in the areas of health care law and medical malpractice, specifically defending physicians and hospitals against medical malpractice lawsuits and in professional licensing proceedings. Kate grew up in West Michigan and attended Grand Valley State University for her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Biomedical Science. She worked in a […]