LINDA S. FANG
In 2015, after 10 years of practicing law by other people's rules, Linda started Banyan Legal Counsel with a mission to do things her own way. Although she never thought she wanted to start her own firm, she saw that others like her - middle-class children of immigrants - were largely sidelined in the business world and left out of the legal marketplace. BLC was born from the belief that women and minority business owners can overcome systemic barriers and achieve their highest level of success through access to high-quality, affordable, client-focused legal services and support networks.
As a small business owner, Linda loves supporting and helping to provide peace of mind to other business owners. Having spent the first eight years of her legal career as an employment litigator in California, she understands how costly and detrimental legal disputes can be for businesses and uses her experience to help business owners minimize legal risk and stay out of trouble. Her favorite part of her work with business owners is creative problem-solving and using the law to help her clients accomplish their goals.
Linda is licensed to practice law in Washington and California. In her spare time, she provides pro bono legal services to small nonprofits and microenterprises and gives community-based legal trainings on issues affecting small businesses. Linda also enjoys cooking, eating, and traveling with her husband, snuggling with her coton de tulear, reading, knitting, jigsaw puzzling, and shooting pool.
In 2016, Linda wrote an article for NWLawyer Magazine about what it's like to be a woman in law and why she believes so strongly in mentoring other women attorneys and helping women redefine what success means to them.
B.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2000
J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 2005
AWARDS AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES
Selected for Washington Rising Stars 2020
Volunteer Attorney, Communities Rise (formerly Wayfind) (2015-present)
Member, Asian Bar Association of Washington
Ivy joined the firm in 2020. In her role as a policy analyst, Ivy helps clients keep up to date with ever-changing federal, state, and local employment and business laws. She keeps her eye on pending legislation and alerts our clients to new developments that may affect their business. A policy wonk at heart, Ivy loves helping business owners apply policies in the real world and uses her extensive communications background to provide the firm's clients with the clear and concise information they need.
Ivy has more than 17 years of policy and advocacy experience, most of which were spent working on state environmental health laws. She has worked for several environmental health nonprofits, drafting policies, lobbying the legislature, running advocacy campaigns, and writing reports. She also previously worked for the Wisconsin Legislature as a legislative attorney. Ivy lives in Issaquah with her husband, two kids, dog, and cat. She can be found most weekends hiking, baking cakes, or standing on the sidelines of her kids' soccer games.
B.A., International Relations, University of Wisconsin, Madison
J.D., The American University, Washington College of Law
Cancer Lifeline, Vice President and Development Committee Chair
Stephanie joined the firm in 2021 and handles general office administration, client intake, business registrations, and organization of electronic files, as well as scheduling, keeping track of deadlines, and providing support for all team members. She especially enjoys creating organizational strategies that streamline work and collaborating with others to help meet our clients' needs.
Stephanie will graduate from Pitzer College in 2023 with a major in Political Studies, a concentration in U.S. Politics, and a minor in English and World Literature. She hopes to go to law school and is passionate about using law as a tool to combat discrimination and create a more just world. She uses her past experience as an intern with the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office and a Washington-based nonprofit to provide high-quality support for both our clients and our team.
Stephanie currently lives in Seattle with her parents and two dogs. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, backpacking, skiing, and otherwise enjoying Washington's wilderness. She also loves playing lacrosse, reading, practicing piano, spoiling her dogs, and spending time with her sister.
At Banyan Legal Counsel, our philosophy begins with our name. The banyan tree grows and endures for centuries, providing shelter, healing remedies, and a space for gathering in many communities. People from all walks of life come together under its large and verdant canopy to share experiences and stories, and come away with greater knowledge of themselves and their community and the wisdom that comes with truly understanding the different perspectives of the world around them. This powerful symbol of strength and community is what we aspire to at Banyan Legal Counsel.