Advice to the TRC: “Stick to the Facts!”

Dmitri IglitzinThe TRC board is happy to announce that Dmitri Iglitzin, a partner attorney with Schwerin Campbell Barnard Iglitzin & Lavitt, LLP will be assisting us specifically in the area of libel/slander in our fight to stop the “Cedar Hills Recreational Facility” from happening.

The TRC Board was concerned that Security Services Northwest’s full-time, in-house legal counsel has been sending letters to individuals in the community, intimating that they may have “defamed” Joe D’Amico. It is important that we on the TRC Board are fully informed about libel/slander, and are grateful to Mr. Iglitzin for his advice and counsel at a recent workshop designed specifically for TRC board members. His advice includes such gems as:

“No matter how many threats a bully might want to make, if you just stick to the facts as you know them, there can’t be any legal pushback. And in a case like this, the facts alone, without any editorializing on your part, will be more than sufficient to lead the reader and/or audience to understand what is wrong with the proposal to plop seven gun ranges, a shooting house, cabins, a clubhouse and two helicopter landing zones into the middle of a forty-acre forest next to Tarboo Lake.”

Mr. Iglitzin’s practice is centered on campaign finance, union representation and defamation law advice and litigation. He received his B.A. from Yale University, 1983, magna cum laude, and his J.D. from the University of Michigan School of Law, 1986, magna cum laude. He was formerly a law clerk for Chief Judge Barbara Rothstein, United States District Court, Western District of Washington, and was an assistant professor of law at the University of Washington School of Law where he has taught labor law in recent years as an adjunct professor.

Meet TRC’s legal counsel, Alex A. Sidles, J.D.

After interviewing numerous attorneys, TRC has chosen Alex Sidles as the best person to represent us in our work to save our rural environment. His history in the military and knowledge of weaponry combined with his love of the outdoors makes him a compelling choice.

Alex is an Associate at Bricklin and Newman, a highly regarded firm in Seattle specializing in environmental and land use law. His work there focuses on preserving high-quality, beautiful spaces for people as well as wildlife. In his private life Alex is an avid open-water kayaker who has paddled from Washington to Alaska.

“People like the Tarboo Ridge Coalition are the reason I got into the law, says Alex. “I’m a big user of our state’s public lands, so I know how important it is to prevent a small number of bad actors from ruining the environment for the rest of us.”

Before joining Bricklin and Newman, Alex was a staff sergeant in the US Marines. He is a veteran of five combat deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan. Previously, he taught high school and elementary English for several years in the outer islands of Chuuk and Yap, Federated States of Micronesia. Alex earned his Juris Doctorate at the University of Washington School of Law. During law school he has clerked at the King County Public Defenders, Earthjustice, and the Washington Forest Law Center.

TRC looks forward to working with Alex for as long as it takes to secure our environment.