WHITNY L. NORTON

associate

Whitny is an associate attorney at Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC, whose practice consists primarily of complex civil litigation with a focus on business, real estate, and employment related disputes. Whitny represents both employers and employees in employment related disputes giving her a unique outlook on employment litigation. And, she regularly speaks at employment related seminars. Ms. Norton has also successfully prosecuted numerous unlawful detainer actions on behalf of owners and property management companies and regularly consults with property owners and property management companies on a broad spectrum of issues ranging from Fair Housing to tenant bankruptcy filings.

Whitny is a member of the Chase Youth Foundation, the funding arm of Spokane's Chase Youth Commission that works to empower Spokane's youth and recognize their achievements. She is also the Secretary of the Spokane Young Lawyers Division of the Spokane County Bar Association.

An Olympia, Washington native, Whitny moved to eastern Washington to attend Washington State University where she earned her Bachelor of Arts, graduating with high honors. Whitny attended law school at Gonzaga University School of Law. While in law school, she worked as a clerk for Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC, and held a judicial externship with Judge Kathleen O'Connor at the Spokane County Superior Court. Whitny earned her Juris Doctor from Gonzaga, graduating with honors.

EDUCATION

Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D.  cum laude, 2013 • Washington State University, B.A. in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude, 2009

ACHIEVEMENTS

CALI Excellence for the Future Award: Legal Research and Writing IV

ASSOCIATIONS

Idaho State Bar Association Washington State Bar Association U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho Spokane County Bar Association Spokane Young Lawyers Division • Washington Women Lawyers Chase Youth Foundation Gonzaga University School of Law Alumni Mentor Program

REPRESENTATION EXPERIENCE

Ms. Norton successfully defended a commercial real estate brokerage in a lawsuit filed by a competitor over entitlement to a commission earned upon the sale of multi-family property resulting in a favorable settlement. 

Successfully negotiated with the Department of Revenue to reduce and nearly extinguish a quarter of a million dollar tax underpayment accessed against a property management company.
She assisted a burgeoning marijuana business judicially expel a member of the marijuana business, protecting the business and its license to produce marijuana. 

Successfully negotiated a complex commercial real estate workout involving a mobile home park resulting in a favorable buyout of her clients' interest. 
Represented a homeowner and successfully defended against a breach of covenants, conditions and restrictions lawsuit brought by neighbors after the homeowners built an additional garage on their property.

Successfully defended a general contractor against a catastrophic personal injury lawsuit claiming respiratory damage by an employee of the building owner. That case successfully resolved on summary judgment and resulted in a favorable settlement.
Successfully negotiated the resolution of a defective pool case for a homeowner against the prior owner after summary judgment at mediation.

Successfully negotiated a commercial real estate lease workout between a commercial tenant and landlord.

Ms. Norton has successfully resolved numerous claims and lawsuits on behalf of both contractors and owners over disputes involving defective work, incomplete work, liens, and nonpayment in both Washington and Idaho.

Successfully negotiated the resolution of a racial discrimination claim on behalf of an employee against a national company.

Successfully negotiated the resolution of a disability discrimination claim on behalf of an employee against a national company.