Staff & Board



We have a staff of full-time lawyers, an office manager, legal assistants, and many volunteer attorneys, law students, paralegal students, and undergraduates who help us in our work.  Our volunteers donate generous amounts of time and their professional skills in helping workers receive their unemployment benefits.  In addition, we have an active board of directors who effectively provide direction to the organization.

Staff Members

You may email the following staff by sending an email addressed to their username

John Tirpak
Executive Director/Attorney
Username: jtirpak
Pronouns: He/Him

Juliana Repp
Spokane Managing Attorney
Username: jrepp
Pronouns: She/Her

Anne Paxton
Staff Attorney & Policy Director, Seattle Office
Username: apaxton
Pronouns: She/Her

Hyun-Ji Lee
Senior Staff Attorney, Seattle Office
Username: hlee
Pronouns: She/Her

Meg Bridewell
Staff Attorney, Seattle Office
Username: megb

Andy Paroff
Staff Attorney, Seattle Office
Username: andy
Pronouns: He/Him

Wesley Groot
Staff Attorney, Spokane Office
Username: wgroot
Pronouns: He/Him

Ahmed Abdi
Outreach Coordinator

Jason Arends
Office Manager/Paralegal, Seattle Office
Username: jason
Pronouns: He/Him

Siem Hok
Legal Assistant, Seattle Office
Username: shok
Pronouns: She/Her

Jasleen Maldonado
Legal Assistant, Seattle Office
Username: jasleenm
Pronouns: She/Her

Nikita Countryman
Legal Assistant, Spokane Office
Username: nikcountryman
Pronouns: She/Her

Caya Berndt
Legal Assistant, Spokane Office
Username: cberndt
Pronouns: She/They

Board of Directors

Our governing body consists of twelve members who have all accepted a leadership role in terms of directing the ULP. They meet six times a year and chart the direction of the organization.


Joseph Shaeffer — (Partner) MacDonald Hoague & Bayless

Vice President

Jennifer Murray — Terrell Marshall Daudt & Willie PLLC


Jeneé Jahn — Office of Labor Standards


Eric Gonzalez — American Civil Liberties Union


Lillian Kaide — Jefferson County Public Defense

Andres Munoz — Columbia Legal Services

Erin Pettigrew — Attorney

Jennifer Yogi — Northwest Justice Project