ABOUT US

LINDA S. FANG

PRINCIPAL/FOUNDER

BIO

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. Banyan 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 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 Ava, 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.

EDUCATION

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

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

 

BAR ADMISSIONS

  • California, 2005

  • Washington, 2014

 

AWARDS AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Selected for Washington Rising Stars 2020

  • Volunteer Attorney, Communities Rise (formerly Wayfind)

  • Member, Asian Bar Association of Washington

  • Past Member and Past Chair, Washington State Bar Association's Editorial Advisory Committee

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

  • Former Adjunct Professor, Seattle University School of Law

MIRANDA HAMMER

PARALEGAL

BIO
Miranda has been with the firm since 2018 and handles general office administration, client communications, litigation support, business registrations, and corporate and entity filings for our clients. She uses her customer service background and experience in the retail industry and retail management to keep our clients happy. Miranda especially enjoys the excitement of helping clients start new businesses, expand their operations to new states, and stay up to date with federal, state, and local regulations.

Miranda received her Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies from Tacoma Community College in 2019. Through her business and employment law coursework, she deepened her knowledge on how to best support the firm's clients and their legal needs. Miranda's Mohawk Indian ancestry drives her to work to empower and uplift women of color and other minorities in the community. She aspires to go to law school in the future to become a business and employment lawyer.

 

Miranda lives in Tacoma with her son Levi, along with a corgi and a kitten. In her spare time, she stays active in the community by volunteering with environmental and human rights nonprofits. She loves getting flowers from the local farmer's market, visiting New York, drinking coffee, and thinking about starting her own small business one day. 

IVY SAGER-ROSENTHAL

POLICY ANALYST

BIO
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.

EDUCATION

  • B.A., International Relations, University of Wisconsin, Madison

  • J.D., The American University, Washington College of Law

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

  • Cancer Lifeline, Vice President and Development Committee Chair

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.