LINDA S. FANG

PRINCIPAL/FOUNDER

BIO

Linda strives to give business owners peace of mind. Having spent the first eight years of her legal career as an employment litigator in California, she understands how costly and time-consuming legal disputes can be for businesses. Linda has represented companies, business owners, employees, and labor unions in agency audits and investigations, administrative proceedings, arbitrations, and individual and class action cases in state, federal, and appellate courts, and she uses her experience to help business owners minimize their legal risk and stay out of trouble.

Linda helps entrepreneurs form business entities, design employment policies and handbooks, hire their first employees, draft and negotiate business contracts, and protect their confidential and proprietary information. She also helps seasoned business owners expand their operations, grow their workforce, clean up their contracts and policies to ensure compliance with ever-changing employment laws, obtain financing, and navigate changes in ownership. When disputes arise, Linda helps business owners enforce their rights, respond to city, state, and federal agency audits and investigations, negotiate owner disputes, and defend against unwanted litigation.

EDUCATION

  • B.A., Political Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2000

  • J.D., University of Illinois College of Law, 2005

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Volunteer Attorney, Communities Rise (formerly Wayfind), serving nonprofits and microenterprises

  • Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law

  • Member, Asian Bar Association of Washington

  • Past Board Member, Women's Business Exchange
  • Past Member and Past Chair, Washington State Bar Association's Editorial Advisory Committee

  • Past Member, Washington State Bar Association's Diversity Committee

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

  • California, 2005

  • Washington, 2014

  • U.S. District Court for the Central District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California

  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • U.S. Supreme Court

MIRANDA HAMMER

PARALEGAL

BIO
Miranda joined the firm in 2018 and handles general office administration, client communications, community outreach, litigation support, and corporate and entity filings for our clients. She uses her experience in the retail industry and retail management to keep our clients happy. She is a whiz at working with payroll and employment records and the processes that help employers maintain a successful workplace.

Miranda received her Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies from Tacoma Community College in 2019. Having studied business and employment law through this program, Miranda deepened her knowledge on how to best support the firm's clients with their legal needs. In her spare time, she stays active in the community by volunteering with several environmental and human rights nonprofits. Miranda's Mohawk Indian ancestry has driven her to work to empower and uplift women of color and other minorities in the community. Miranda aspires to go to law school to become a business and employment lawyer one day.

BEHNAZ MANSOURI

SENIOR COUNSEL

BIO

Behnaz joined the firm with more than 15 years of experience in employment law, labor and employment relations, litigation and dispute resolution, and nonprofit management. She enjoys helping small business owners navigate federal, state, and local laws to ensure they remain compliant and educated on relevant employment issues, thereby allowing her clients to focus on their business strategy and success.

With her distinguished background in the labor movement, Behnaz has a proven history of providing vigorous advocacy through various levels of representation, leading high-profile negotiations, and supervising and training staff. She parlays this experience to her current clients by drafting and negotiating business contracts, creating and defending employment agreements, and navigating all phases of the dispute resolution process.

Behnaz also volunteers her time and legal representation to various nonprofit entities serving underrepresented communities. Her philosophical approach to all aspects of life is to actively listen and understand all viewpoints and to always assume good intentions.

EDUCATION

  • B.A., Political Science, Hofstra University, New York, 1994

  • J.D., Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America, Washington, D.C., 1997

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Volunteer Attorney, Unemployment Law Project

  • Past Board Member, Equal Rights Washington

  • Past Member, Fundraising Cabinet, United Way of King County

  • Past Member, Mayor Jenny Durkan Transition Committee

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • New York, 1998

  • Washington, 2005

MICHAEL JOHN CHERRY

OF COUNSEL

BIO
Michael uses his more than 40 years of experience working in technology firms, from startups to successful companies including Microsoft, CH2M Hill, and the Alberta government, to help business owners navigate the often-confusing intersection between business and technology, cybersecurity, and privacy. Michael helps business owners understand evolving cyber and privacy laws, such as the E.U.'s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the California Consumer Privacy Act (CCPA), and manage their impact on changing business methods and new technologies such as facial recognition, workplace monitoring of employees, and personal data collected from employees and customers.

Michael assists business owners in crafting understandable and enforceable employee consent agreements, terms of service agreements, privacy policies, licensing agreements, and data processing impact statements. Michael's deep knowledge of business and technology allows him to get up to speed quickly, break down complex regulations in a concise manner, and help business owners address their legal issues and transform legal documents from obligations into assets.

EDUCATION

  • B.S., Microbiology, Pace University, 1975

  • M.B.A., Information Systems, Regis University, 1992

  • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2011

  • LL.M., Innovation and Technology Law, Seattle University School of Law, 2018

 

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Volunteer Attorney, King County Bar Association, Housing Justice Project

  • Pro Bono Attorney of the Year, King County Bar Association, 2016

  • Past Governor, Washington State Bar Association, Board of Governors

  • Member, Washington State Bar Association, Practice of Law Board

BAR AND COURT ADMISSIONS

  • Washington, 2014

OUR PHILOSOPHY

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.