Partner Kellen Hade has been sworn in as the 2021 President of QLaw Association of Washington and will serve a one-year term. Established in 2005, QLaw serves as a voice of LGBTQ+ lawyers and other legal professionals in Washington State on issues relating to diversity and equality in the legal profession, in the courts, and under the law.
“For more than 15 years, the QLaw Association has worked to support LGBTQ+ legal professionals, advocate for our community, and educate the profession about the issues we face. It is humbling to be trusted as a steward of that mission. I look forward to partnering with my fellow board members—and everyone who loves Qlaw—to continue its important work."
Hade has served on the Association’s board of directors since 2018. He is actively involved on several local boards and committees, including the Legal Foundation of Washington’s Campaign for Equal Justice, King County Bar Association’s Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee, and Washington Initiative for Diversity’s Legal Executive Diversity Summit Planning Committee. Hade also serves as co-chair of Miller Nash’s Pro Bono committee.
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About Kellen Hade
Hade partners with technology companies and financial institutions to resolve disputes with customers, employees, and other businesses. He works with his client and the opposing side to solve the problem swiftly and efficiently. If litigation cannot be avoided, Kellen is a zealous advocate, representing clients in state and federal courts and arbitration. He experience extends to first-chair representation and appeals
Kellen counsels clients through many types of business problems, including contract, partnership, consumer, internet, trademark, and trade secret matters. He also advises clients in discrimination and other employment matters. Kellen has extensive experience with non-competition, non-solicitation, and non-disclosure agreements, having resolved hundreds of these disputes for one of the world’s largest companies.
Similarly, Kellen’s experience working with financial institutions is expansive. He has defended claims under the UCC, RESPA, TILA, ADA, and consumer protection statutes, among others, and has significant experience defending class action claims. He helps clients in loan workout situations, including loan modifications, refinancing and, if necessary, litigation. He also advises on operational and regulatory matters.
Before private practice, Kellen served as a law clerk to Justice Mary Yu of the Washington State Supreme Court and Judge Robert Whaley of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington.