Marjorie seeks effective and efficient solutions that align with the current state of the law, without unduly interfering with business needs. She understands theoretical risks and benefits, but has the judgment and experience to provide timely, practical real-world advice. She is also skilled at forging positive working relationships with regulators, co-counsel, adverse counsel, and client personnel, leading to better results.
WalterKipling isn’t a conventional firm—and as the conventional big firm approach isn’t the only (or always best) way to serve clients, neither is law school the only (or necessarily best) way to become an attorney.
Marjorie started working as a paralegal at a large San Francisco firm to put herself through graduate school. Many years later, with significant client contact and substantive work on complex antitrust and consumer protection matters on her resume, Marjorie was an ideal candidate for the Washington State Bar Association’s Law Clerk Program. Mike served as her mentor, and after four years of uninterrupted study, exams, and on-the-job training, Marjorie was approved by the WSBA to sit for the bar.
Education & Admissions:
- Carleton College, BA (History of Art), magna cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
- University of California, Berkeley, MA, PhD (History of Art)
- WSBA, Admission to Practice Rule 6 Law Clerk
- Washington State Courts
- USDC Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
- Ninth Circuit US Court of Appeals
Outside of work, Marjorie spends as much time as possible exploring the beautiful Pacific Northwest by trail, road and ferry. She is passionate about Bernese Mountain Dogs and with her current dog, Willow, she participates in a variety of dog sports, including draft and tracking. Willow is also a rock star in the breed ring, finishing 2018 as one of the top-ranked Bernese in the country and traveling to New York for the Westminster Kennel Club dog show in February 2019, where she earned an Award of Merit.
Marjorie serves on the board of Washington’s National Park Fund, and volunteers with the Washington Trails Association. Her creative pursuits include cooking, writing, playing the banjo and guitar, and fiber arts.
Mount Rainier photo © M.A. Walter; draft dog and Kalaloch photos © T.M. Moran