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Paine Hamblen second-oldest area law firm behind Witherspoon Kelley

Today's local business section had a quick story on Jane E. Brown, newly named managing partner at Spokane law firm Paine Hamblen.

The story noted it's the second oldest law firm in Spokane, having been started in 1893.

It's also supposedly one of the first five law firms in Washington state.

The oldest law firm in town?  Witherspoon Kelley, which was started in 1887.

Our story said Spokane has four full-service law firms. The truth is that we have five large law firms; in additiong to Witherspoon Kelley, Paine Hamblen, Lukins & Annis and Winston & Cashatt, the top firm list now includes Lee & Hayes.

Since that firm is only a few years into diversifying it practice areas, it can't yet be lumped into the full-spectrum law firm category.

Former Mayor John Powers lands at top Kitsap economic development post

Former Spokane Mayor John Powers has landed a new West Side job.

Powers, who left Spokane and became CEO of Seattle’s Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County, will become executive director of the Kitsap Economic Development Alliance. He replaces Bill Stewart, who has announced his retirement after 3 1/2 years at the helm.

He was mayor from 2001 to 2003.

He stayed at the King County post for three years. Powers then joined Colliers International, an international commercial real estate brokerage.

A graduate of the University of Notre Dame, Powers is 59. Before being elected mayor, Powers worked for many years with Spokane law firm Paine Hamblen.

Photo here is from a 2003 city hall meeting with Powers (on right) and former Spokane Mayor Jim West.