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 user name

John Tirpak
Executive Director/Attorney
User name: jtirpak

Juliana Repp
Spokane Managing Attorney
User name: jrepp

Anne Paxton
Policy Attorney
User name: anne

Hyun-Ji Lee
Senior Staff Attorney
User name: hlee

Meg Bridewell
Staff Attorney
User name: megb

George Leach
Staff Attorney
User name: gleach

Lavena Staten
Staff Attorney
User name: lavena

Ahmed Abdi
Outreach Coordinator

Jason Arends
Office Manager/Paralegal
User name: jason

Siem Hok
Legal Assistant, Seattle Office
User name: shok

Stephan Elmer
Legal Assistant, Seattle Office
User name: stephan

Shi Ya Ni
Legal Assistant, Seattle Office
User name: shiya

Nick Taylor
Legal Assistant, Seattle Office
User name: nick

Erica Nunez
Legal Assistant, Spokane Office
User name: ericanunez

Wesley Groot
Lead Legal Intern, Spokane Office
User name: wgroot

Mikayla Goodwin
Legal Intern, Spokane Office
User name: mgoodwin

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


Amanda Ballantyne — AFL-CIO

Lillian Kaide — Jefferson County Public Defense

Andres Munoz — Columbia Legal Services

Erin Pettigrew — Attorney

Jennifer Yogi — Northwest Justice Project