Joseph E. Shickich, Jr.,

Principal

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BIO

Joe is the President and CEO of the firm. Joe has been practicing law since 1978. He concentrates his practice in the areas of creditors’ rights, business bankruptcy and receiverships. Joe has represented creditors, creditors’ committees, trustees, receivers, debtors-in-possession, guarantors, licensors and licensees, lessors and lessees, and buyers in connection with software, telecommunication and technology companies, vessels, heavy equipment, office buildings, real estate developments, ranches and farms, retailers, hotels, parking garages, and health care entities.

Prior to entering private practice, Joe served as the law clerk to the late Justice Robert F. Brachtenbach of the Washington State Supreme Court.

Representative Matters

Lead counsel for Microsoft Corporation in bankruptcy cases nationally, especially re licensing matters for Microsoft Licensing G.P.

Counsel for Union Bank, N.A., for troubled loans and REO properties in Washington state acquired from the Federal Deposit Insurance Company as receiver of Frontier Bank.

Counsel for several lenders in complicated foreclosures of commercial real and personal property.

Counsel for general and custodial receivers appointed under Washington Receivership Act.

In re Skagit Gardens, Inc. (Bankr. W.D. WA): Represent Skagit Horticulture LLC as successful competing bidder for purchase of substantially all of the assets of the debtor.

In re Pine Street Garage LLC (Bankr. W.D. WA): Represent Capmark Bank in connection with foreclosure, receivership and Chapter 11 case involving significant property in downtown Seattle.

In re Coast Crane Company (Bankr. W.D. WA): Represent Essex Rental Corp as successful competing bidder for purchase of substantially all of the assets of the debtor.

In re Stayton SW Assisted Living, L.L.C. (the Consolidated Sunwest Related Entities) (Bankr. OR): Represent Emeritus Corporation as member of successful stalking horse bidder for purchase of substantially all of the assets of the debtor.

In re Trident Waterworks, Inc. (Bankr. WD WA): Represent Consolidated Supply as successful stocking horse bidder for purchase of substantially all of the assets of the debtor.

In re Fairfield Residential LLC (Bankr. DEL): Represent Allstate Life Insurance Company for claims on guarantees.

In re The Catholic Bishop of Spokane (Bankr. ED WA): Represent Tort Claimants’ Committee, and instrumental in concept and drafting of Plan of Reorganization.
Reported Decisions

Union Bank, N.A. v. Blanchard, No. 72805-9-I, 194 Wn. App. 340, 2016 WL 3190504 (2016).

Frontier Bank v. Bingo Investments, LLC, No. 72529-7-I, 191 Wn. App. 43, 361 P.3d 230, 2015 WL 6680234 (2015).

Williams v. Athletic Field, Inc., 172 Wn. 2d 683 (2011).

Triad Intern. Maintenance Corp. V. AIM Aviation, Inc., 473 F. Supp. 2d 666 (M.D.N.C. 2006).

Harbor Steps Ltd. Partnership v. Seattle Technical Finishing, Inc., 93 Wn. App. 792 (1999).

In re Virtual Vision, Inc., 124 F.3d 1140 (9th Cir. 1997).

McIntyre v. State, Dept. Of Health, Medical Disciplinary Board, 133 Wn. 2d 859 (1997)

In re Parker Refrigerated Service, Inc., 173 B.R. 704 (Bankr. W.D. Wash. 1994).

Stoumbos v. Kilimnik, 988 F.2d 949 (9th Cir. 1993).

In re Kemp Pacific Fisheries, Inc., 136 B.R. 268 (W.D. Wash. 1990).

There Can Be No Serious Dispute” That An Absolute Guaranty Is Strictly Enforceable, June 12, 2016

 

Guarantor’s Defense: It Needs to be Written and Signed, November 09, 2015

 

Deeds of Trust and Real Estate Contracts (Washington State Bar CLE 2013)

 

Advanced Bankruptcy: Navigating Complex Bankruptcy Cases (Washington State Bar Association CLE 2012)

 

Receiverships in Washington State (Presentation for Union Bank, N.A. 2011)

 

Incomplete Construction Projects: Secured Lender Strategies (Presentation for Union Bank, N.A. 2010)

Joe has been listed as one of the best bankruptcy lawyers in America in Corporate Counsel magazine and as one of the “Best Lawyers in America®”.

 

He has also been named as one of Seattle’s “Top Business Lawyers” by Seattle Business Monthly magazine, a Washington Super Lawyer®, and has achieved the peer reviewed rating of AV Preeminent® by LexisNexis® Martindale-Hubbell®.

 

Joe has been listed in Chambers & Partners USA America’s Leading Lawyers for Business for Bankruptcy/Restructuring since 2010. In its 2016 edition it said he “impresses with ‘his ability to think about legal strategy from a business viewpoint.'” In its 2015 edition it said he “is praised by his clients for his technical skills, business acumen and cerebral approach, with one saying: ‘Intellectually he surpasses anyone I have ever worked with.'” In its 2014 edition it said that “Clients report that Joseph Shickich ‘has a great business mind. He resolves things in months which could otherwise be in litigation for years.'”

 

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Joe is a Past President of the Board of Directors of Northwest Seaport, a not-for-profit maritime heritage organization, and was a member of the Seattle King County Maritime Heritage Task Force. He is also a past Vice President of the Rotary Club of Lake Union.

Joe received his B.A. in 1975 from the University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude, and his J.D. from New York University in 1978, where he was a Root Tilden Scholar. He studied at the University of Innsbruck, Austria.

Joseph E. Shickich, Jr.'s NEWS, EVENTS, AND PUBLICATIONS

Riddell Williams Listed Among Leading Pacific Northwest Companies in Puget Sound Business Journal, Including Top Named Executives in 2016

See the entire list and the Puget Sound Business Journal article here.      

Riddell Williams Selects New Executive Committee

Riddell Williams is pleased to announce that Joe Shickich has been elected as President and CEO.  The law firm has also elected Pat McVey and Bob Howie to … read more

Chambers USA Recognizes Four Practice Areas and Eight Attorneys from Riddell Williams

The 2016 Chambers and Partners rankings were recently published online for the USA rankings and HNW rankings. Riddell Williams has achieved rankings in both the USA Guide and … read more

Riddell Williams Attorneys Named Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys, and Top 100

Riddell Williams congratulates the following individuals who have been designated 2016 Super Lawyers, Rising Stars, Top Women Attorneys and Top 100 Super Lawyers: 2016 Super Lawyers Bruce J. … read more

“There Can Be No Serious Dispute” That An Absolute Guaranty Is Strictly Enforceable

Another important opinion about the enforceability of guaranties was published on June 6, 2016, by Division I of the Washington Court of Appeals, and we again represented the … read more

Guarantor’s Defense: It Needs to be Written and Signed

An important opinion about the enforceability of guaranties was published on November 2, 2015, by Division I of the Washington Court of Appeals, and we represented the prevailing … read more

Best Lawyers at Riddell Williams

Of course we think our attorneys at Riddell Williams are the best, now it’s official.  Several Riddell Williams attorneys have been recognized by Best Lawyers for outstanding work. … read more

Chambers USA Recognizes Four Practice Areas and Six Attorneys from Riddell Williams

The highly regarded Chambers USA recently released its rankings of practice areas and attorneys.  Riddell Williams is pleased to announce that the following practice areas and attorneys were … read more