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Contact Aubrey

2801 Alaskan Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98121
T: 206.777.7482

Aubrey A. Seffernick

Partner

Aubrey Seffernick represents businesses in highly regulated industries with their transactional, licensing, regulatory, and public policy needs.

Aubrey assists breweries, distilleries, and wineries with federal and Washington State regulations and compliance issues. She enjoys working with emerging alcoholic beverage businesses as they navigate legal issues and challenges in our thriving region.

She is also a member of Miller Nash Graham & Dunn’s tribal practice team, working with Northwest Native American tribes and organizations on gaming, regulatory affairs, tax, licensing, and economic development issues.

Aubrey serves as the president of the Neighborhood House Board of Trustees, one of the oldest social service agencies in the Puget Sound region, founded in 1906 to assist immigrants settling in Seattle, and is also a board member of the National Intertribal Tax Alliance.

Before joining the firm, Aubrey served as an extern for the Honorable Thomas S. Zilly, U.S. District Court, Seattle, Washington.

Representative Experience

  • Assisted clients in obtaining Washington State and federal liquor licenses for breweries, wineries, distilleries, restaurants, and retail stores.
  • Assisted client in selling restaurant business assets and restructuring business liabilities. Successfully negotiated assignment of lease to facilitate transition to a new business operator.
  • Helped develop inaugural model memorandum of agreement with Washington State Liquor and Cannabis Board related to liquor licensing in Indian country and negotiated first such memorandum on tribe’s behalf.
  • Defended tribe in liquor licensing dispute with local jurisdiction through licensing application process, administrative hearing, and court proceedings.
  • Analyzed various state taxes, including sales, excise, property, and business and occupations taxes, and their application to tribes and nontribal enterprises doing business in Indian country in order to advise tribe on optimal structures for tribal and tribal/nontribal enterprises in Indian country.
  • Navigated the complex tax treatment of tribes to successfully resolve issues with the Department of Revenue regarding tax treatment and application of preemptions and exemptions for tribes operating businesses both on and off tribal trust lands.
  • Closed credit facility for tribe and tribal enterprise to expand tribal casino and build hotel and resort and handled ongoing issues between bank and tribe.
  • Handled negotiations with local government for utilities and other issues.
  • Negotiated agreements for businesses locating in casino resort, reviewed contracts with vendors, ensured compliance with gaming and liquor regulations, and advised on other tribal casino resort-related matters.