Hamilton Gardiner

Hamilton Gardiner Helps Unveil "Quail Park"

On July 27, 2016,  Holmquist & Gardiner partner and West Seattle Chamber of Commerce board member, Hamilton Gardiner, joined executives from Living Care Lifestyles to celebrate the groundbreaking for "Quail Park Memory Care Residences of West Seattle." Set to open in the fall of 2017, Quail Park will house and care for 66 residents who suffer from Dementia and Alzheimer's.

Hamilton H. Gardiner Joins the Board of Directors

Hamilton H. Gardiner has joined the South Seattle College Foundation’s Board of Directors. The goal of South Seattle College is to provide students with scholarship opportunities to pursue quality academic and vocational education. As a board member, Hamilton will contribute his time and resources to enrich the lives and build hope of the students enrolled at South Seattle College.

What Happens When a Tenant Doesn't Pay Rent?

As landlords in Washington State are well aware, the Landlord-Tenant Act (RCW 59.18 et seq.) and Seattle Just-Cause Eviction Ordinance (SMC 22.206 et seq.) are heavily weighted in favor of tenants’ rights. These laws have created a daunting and oft confusing legal process for landlords to navigate when an eviction becomes necessary. The first step in evicting a tenant is to place the tenant on notice that they are in default of their lease.  The type of default and issues surrounding the tenancy will dictate the type of notice a landlord is required to serve.

Hamilton H. Gardiner Elected Chair of Chamber

After serving on the board of directors for the West Seattle Chamber of Commerce for two years, Hamilton Gardiner was nominated and elected to serve as Chair of the Board for 2015. The Chamber supports a healthy economic climate in which the community and its businesses can grow and prosper. For more information about the Chamber please visit: www.wschamber.com.

Seattle's 61% Minimum Wage - Now What?

On June 2, 2014, after great debate and protracted negotiations among various business and labor representatives throughout the City, the Seattle City Council made history by voting unanimously to pass Mayor Ed Murray’s $15 per hour minimum wage plan. The goal of the plan, according to the Mayor, is to “grow the middle class.”  This new minimum wage will eventually be a sixty one percent (61%) increase over the current state minimum wage of $9.32 per hour (already the highest state minimum wage in the United States), and is a dramatic wage escalation for those affected businesses.

Seattle's Paid Sick and Safety Time Requirements

Starting on September 1, 2012, employees of businesses operating in Seattle began accruing paid sick and paid safe time (PSST), defined as the “same hourly wage that the employee would have earned during the time PSST was taken.”  The new requirements apply to employers with more than four (4) full-time equivalent employees and cover all full and part-time employees, as well as temporary and occasional employees who work more than 240 hours in a calendar year. 

Interpretation of Indemnity Clauses

A February 2012 Washington State Supreme Court decision, Snohomish County Public Transportation Benefit Area Corp. v. First Group America, Inc., clarified how Washington courts are to interpret indemnification clauses. The facts of the case are interesting and the ruling provides a tie in to our daily work since indemnification clauses often arise in lease and purchase and sale negotiations.