James Leavy, born in Newport, Washington, graduated from Washington State College in Pullman, Washington, and attended Georgetown University Law School in Washington D.C. At the time he attended law school, his father, also a lawyer, was a member of the U.S. Congress representing the 5th congressional district from eastern Washington.
After law school, James Leavy became a member of the Washington Bar, and was employed by the United States Department of Justice (Portland Office). During World War II, he was assigned by the Department of Justice to condemn Camp Hanford for use by the military to build the nuclear reservation.
With the population growth in the tri-cities after construction of Hanford nuclear reservation, and the completion of the first phase of the Columbia Basin Reclamation Project, James Leavy saw the need for legal servics. He founded our firm in 1947.
James Leavy passed away in 1987.
WSBA #776 | Martindale-Hubbull rating: AV
Throughout his career, he has spared no effort when obtaining the justice his clients deserve. Fervently working on their behalf, John has successfully achieved dozens of verdicts and settlements of more than several million dollars each. John’s commitment to the law has earned him the distinguished “AV” rating by Martindale Hubbell.
John has been a leader in the legal community for decades. He has served on the Washington State Bar Association Board of Examiners, Disciplinary Board, Resolutions Committee as Chair, as well as the State Board of Governors. John has authored several publications and taught numerous seminars regarding the impact of technology on the law. He has educated himself on the beneficial uses of technology and effectively utilizes this proficiency in and out of the courtroom.
John’s lifelong devotion to the profession and significant contributions to the pursuit of justice has earned him the reputation of a ‘leading litigator’ in Southeastern Washington, according to the Tri-City Herald. For more than 45 years, John’s cases have taken him to the air and to the farm – as he has extensive experience with both airplane and automobile crashes and widespread agricultural disasters. John is recognized for his exceptional litigation skills and passion for the cause of his clients.
John Schultz joined the firm in 1964 after he had spent one year as a law clerk for Justice Robert T. Hunter at the Washington State Supreme Court.
John enjoys teaching, traveling and the great outdoors.
WSBA #4635 | Martindale-Hubbull rating: AV
William E. Davis was admitted to the practice of law in 1972 and joined our firm in February of 1979. Since then, Bill has strived to help people and their families through the practice of law. As an estate planner, he takes great care in handling each individual client’s hopes, dreams, and desires as they plan for the future. He understands and appreciates the importance of every determination in this process. His attention to detail, and precise preparation give his clients added confidence that their plans are accurate.
Bill has an exceptional comprehension of the law within his chosen area of practice. His sincere dedication to this specialty has earned him the distinguished Martindale-Hubbell “AV” Rating. Bill’s chosen area of expertise is a natural fit as he possesses a remarkable gift for easing his client’s burdens by carefully and sensitively assisting them through one of life’s most difficult challenges, the passing of a loved one. He endeavors to continue helping people help their families’ through knowledge of the legal system by frequently speaking to local groups about importance of estate planning and asset preservation.
Bill’s practice takes on several forms of planning for asset preservation including, business transactions, real estate, guardianships, transferring of assets, and preservation of assets from generation to generation. He encourages his client’s to think ahead and devise a plan which encompasses their goals and desires. To further benefit and assist his clients, Bill is a Certified Public Accountant (inactive) which enables him to render specific tax and accounting advice, in connection with planning for the future.
Bill has been married to Barbara Davis for over 39 years. Together they raised five children that have each graduated from Pasco High School. Bill is a licensed private pilot and enjoys outdoor sports of water-skiing, snow skiing, hunting, fishing and hiking.
For 30 years, Bob has worked on cases involving serious motor vehicle accidents and catastrophic injuries. He has worked extensively for insurers and thoroughly understands how cases are evaluated and resolved. In those cases where a fair settlement cannot be achieved, he is honored to pursue justice through the courts at trial.
Bob has served as President of the Benton and Franklin County Bar Association. He also serves as a Judge Pro Tempore for the Benton and Franklin County Superior Courts.
In addition, Bob has served on the Benton-Franklin Legal Aid (BFLA) board since 1997 and as President 2006-2009. BFLA utilizes pro bono attorneys to assist the poor of our community who have nowhere else to turn. He has been honored by the Desert Bar Association for a program presentation relating to civil legal aid for the indigent.
Bob also taught a fifth-grade Junior Achievement course and volunteers each year as a judge for High School students competing in the "We the People" program. He also served on the Mid Columbia Library Board of Trustees for twenty years (1987-2007). Mid-Columbia Library is a system of 11 libraries serving Benton and Franklin counties. During his tenure as Board Chair, the libraries became automated, new branches were built in Kennewick and West Richland, and the existing Pasco and Kennewick branches were remodeled. In 2008, he was appointed as the first-ever honorary trustee.
Many people with legal problems first encounter financial difficulty. Bob served on the Board of Directors of Consumer Credit Counseling Service of the Tri-Cities and President of the Board 2008-2009.
Bob also served on the Board of Directors for Pasco Kiwanis, Pasco Downtown Development Association, and the Pasco Chamber of Commerce.
Bob enjoys snow skiing, golfing and scuba diving. He has three beautiful daughters.
Beau is a local to the Tri-City Area. He grew up working for his father at Ruff’s Giant Burgers. He graduated from Kamiakin High School and attended Gonzaga where he obtained both his bachelor’s degree and Juris Doctor degree. After graduating law school, Beau entered the U.S. Army as an attorney in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. He served for four years, including a year-long tour to Iraq for which he was awarded the Bronze Star. In addition to his service as a military prosecutor in the Army, Beau also focused his talents in providing estate planning for soldiers, retirees, and families.
After leaving the active duty military, Beau obtained a Master of Laws in Taxation from the University of Washington, allowing him to incorporate specific tax advice into his estate and business planning practice.
Beau continues to serve in the military as a Major in the Army Reserve. He enjoys assisting his clients with their personal and professional financial affairs. He is passionate in his practice of preserving wealth and offering creative solutions to estate and business planning problems.
Beau has also been a Continuing Legal Education instructor for the Washington State Bar Association on several occasions and is regularly a speaker for various professional organizations as well as the quarterly End of Life seminar sponsored by the Kadlec Foundation. His presentations focus on estate planning, probate, trusts, and business and family succession planning.
Beau Ruff is the President of the Benton Franklin Counties Bar Association and the President-Elect for the Tri-City Estate Planning Council.
Beau is married with two young children.
Beau is married and enjoys staying active by running, snow skiing, and playing basketball. Beau Ruff is also the Chairman of the Kennewick Planning Commission.
Brian was raised in Pasco and graduated from Pasco High School in 1993. He attended Washington State University and graduated with a B.A. in History/Education. Brian found a great deal of satisfaction serving the community as a public school teacher at Southridge High School. He enjoyed teaching US Government, US History, advising the National Honor Society and coaching Boys Basketball. After a ten year career in education and many fond memories, Brian left the area to attend Michigan State University College of Law where he excelled academically and served as President of his class. Brian was eventually hired by MSU Law as the Associate Director of Alumni Engagement.
While in law school, Brian excelled in trial advocacy, winning local trial competitions and placing in multiple regional and national competitions. He was selected for enrollment in the Geoffrey Fieger Trial Practice Institute, a two year long integrated academic program that focused on trial advocacy. In this capacity, he was awarded the Walter E. Oberer Trial Practice Institute Scholarship due to his trial advocacy skills.
Brian enjoys spending time with his wife April and many of his old teaching friends. He is an avid sports fan and enjoys spending time on the river with his family.
Mathew was raised in Wenatchee and graduated from Wenatchee high school in 2001. He attended Central Washington University and graduated Cum Laude with a B.A. in Law and Justice with a minor in Political Science. Mathew then moved to California to attend the Ventura College of Law where he graduated in December 2009 with a Family Law Certification and clerked for the Family Law department of the Ventura County Superior Court.
After passing the California Bar exam in February of 2010, and only practicing as an associate for 3 months, Mathew was asked to enter into a partnership with a long-standing Family Law practitioner. After 3 years of practicing Family Law in Ventura County, Mathew and his wife decided it was time to move home to be near the grandparents.
While in California, Mathew served as a Court Appointed Settlement Officer for the Family Law department and also served as Vice President of the Barristers section of the Ventura County Bar Association where he organized and oversaw Legal Self Help nights serving the Salvation Army Women’s Transitional Living Center and RAIN living center. Additionally, Mathew served as the Treasurer of the Family Law section of the Ventura County Bar Association.
Mathew is married and has one son.
Matt is married, is an avid soccer fan (Arsenal) and enjoys staying fit through running, working out, snowboarding and golfing.
Brian adopted the Tri-Cities as his hometown in 2008 when he married into a local family that has been running a small business here for nearly fifty years. After growing up in the Midwest, Brian moved to Washington in 2001 to attend Gonzaga University. He graduated Magna Cum Laude from Gonzaga with a degree in Economics and a minor in English. Brian went on to study law at the University of Washington School of Law. He graduated in the spring of 2014 and passed the bar exam in the fall of 2014.
Brian interned with Leavy, Schultz, Davis & Ruff, P.S. in the summer of 2013. In fact, he sought employ with the firm in 2010 as a paralegal, but Bill and Beau encouraged him to attend law school. Four years later, he completed school, and the firm hired him as an associate. Brian also had the honor of working as a judicial extern for the Honorable Edward F. Shea, United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington in the spring of 2014. Brian also worked as a summer intern for Mission Support Alliance, L.L.C., Legal Support on the Hanford Site.
While in law school, Brian enjoyed competitions in appellate advocacy, and he also served as an intern for the Washington State Bar Association’s Moderate Means Program. Brian focused his legal studies on estate planning and small business planning. Before turning to a career in law, Brian worked as a carpenter and cabinetmaker in both Chicago, Illinois and in the Tri-Cities area.
Brian and his wife Andrea stay busy chasing their young daughter around the house. Brian also plays golf, skis, hikes, camps, brews beer, and keeps up his carpentry skills in his spare time.
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