Our Team

About Marcella Fleming Reed, J.D., M.Ed., GPHR, SPHR, SHRM-SCP

 

 

 

Marcella-Fleming-Reed

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

More than 25 years of legal experience, primarily in the area of employment law (e.g., discrimination, retaliation, harassment, workplace violence, disability issues), and providing advice and counsel on all aspects of employment.

  • Principal and founder of MFR Law Group PLLC
    • Investigator
    • Executive Coach
    • Mediator, arbitrator, and hearing officer
    • Human resource consulting and testifying expert
    • Trainer
  • Experience as an employment attorney with a large national law firm; in-house counsel (The Boeing Company); executive management (Director of Employee Relations for The Boeing Company).
    • Developed a company-wide diversity program for The Boeing Company
    • Negotiated and implemented a landmark agreement with the Office of Federal Contract Compliance
    • Provided legal advice for mid-term negotiations and strike operations
    • Managed grievances and National Labor Relations’ Board complaints

ADMISSIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed to practice law in Washington State and Virginia
  • Certified Global and Senior Professional in HR by the Human Resource Certification Institute
  • Senior Certified Professional by Society for Human Resource Management
  • Certified mediator by the Washington Mediation Association
  • Arbitrator and mediator for the American Arbitration Association
  • Private Investigator Principal Licensed by State of Washington

EDUCATION

  • J.D., University of Virginia School of Law in 1988
  • M.A. and B.A. in Educational Administration and Elementary Education from the University of Iowa in 1980 and 1979, respectively.

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Member of the Steering Committee for NAACP and Everett Community College Youth Development Program; trustee for the Everett Public Schools Foundation, and Fund Development Co-Chair Greater Seattle Chapter of the Links, Inc.
  • HR Committee Chair for the YMCA of Snohomish County

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About Laura E. Yamashita, Attorney, Investigator & Executive Coach

 

 

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

More than 20 years of legal experience including litigating, counseling, and advising clients on various labor and employment issues (e.g. discrimination, retaliation, harassment, workplace violence, disability issues).

  • Attorney and investigator with MFR Law Group since 2003.
  • Experience as an employment attorney with a large, national law firm; in-house counsel (The Boeing Company); and executive management (Director of Regulatory Compliance for The Boeing Company).
    • Managed corporate compliance with state and federal employment laws, including affirmative action, discrimination, leave laws, disability, and wage and hour. Provided leadership, guidance, and training to business units across all states on employment issues.
    • Managed labor relations grievances and arbitrations and lead attorney for midterm negotiations.
    • In-house employment counsel managing litigation and providing legal advice on employment law issues.

ADMISSIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed to practice law in Washington State
  • Private Investigator Principal Licensed by State of Washington

EDUCATION

  • J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (Cum Laude)
  • B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Washington

CIVIC AFFILIATIONS:

  • Sunny Hills Elementary PTA (2009 – 2013)
    • Golden Acorn Volunteer Award
    • Co-Vice President
    • VP Ways and Means
    • Art Docent
  • Cambodia Mission Team — teaching English language to children in Battambong village school
  • Cambodia Medical Mission Team
  • Medical Mission Team To Vietnam
  • Cornerstone Christian Church
  • Marriage Mentors
  • Community Mentor for Young Women

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About Bill Reed, Chief Financial Officer & Fraud Investigator, MBA, CPA, CGMA, CFE

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

More than 25 years’ experience in the business sector as an accounting and finance professional and 15 years as a business faculty member specializing in accounting.

  • MFR Law Group, PLLC (2002 – Present)
    • Chief Financial Officer
    • Investigator with specialized expertise in accounting, financial fraud, internal controls, and business transactions.
  • Senior Accounting faculty at Everett Community College (EVCC). Experience teaching all levels of accounting courses and introduction to business (2002 – Present)
    • Exceptional Faculty Award, EVCC
    • Diversity Award, EVCC
    • Advancing the Dream Award, Central Washington University (this award recognizes the outstanding contribution of business instructors in the twenty-nine (29) community colleges across Washington State)
  • Reed Consulting, Inc. Mill Creek, WA (1999 – 2015)
    • Principal and Founder
    • Founder, principal and operator of a financial and management consulting firm.
  • Experience at technology (Microsoft), telecommunications (Nortel Networks) and food products (Mars) companies in a variety of senior level positions, including corporate controller and treasurer. (1992 – 1999)
    • Expertise in strategic and annual planning, budgets and forecasts, cash flow analysis and management, business operations analysis, financial planning and analysis and accounting and internal controls.
    • Managed software and hardware products turnkey manufacturing operation for Microsoft-North America operations. Scope of work included business analysis, budgeting and forecasting, financial and operation measurement and reporting, contract review and negotiation, relationship management, team building, staff training and mentoring.
  • ISC Systems Corporation Spokane, WA
    • Controller and Treasurer (1985 – 1989)
    • Corporate Controller and Treasurer; Director, International Finance and Investor Relations; and Director, Financial Planning and Analysis.
  •  Northern Telecom Santa Monica, CA
    • Controller 1981-1985
    • Western Region Sales and Marketing Operations; Financial Reporting Manager, North America Headquarters.

ADMISSIONS AND CERTIFICATIONS

  • State Boards of Accountancy
    • Certified Public Accountant, WA
    • Certified Public Accountant, TN
  • Association of Certified Fraud Examiners
    • Certified Fraud Examiner
  • American Institute of Certified Public Accountants
    • Chartered Global Management Accountant
  • State of Washington
    • Licensed Private Investigator

EDUCATION

  • Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA
    • MBA Business Administration 1990
  • Union University, Jackson, TN
    • BSBA Accounting 1974
  • Dyersburg State Community College, Dyersburg, TN
      ASBA Accounting 1973
HONORS AND AWARDS

  • Snohomish County Chapter NAACP President’s Award 2014
  • Advancing the Dream Award, Central Washington University 2009
  • Exceptional Faculty Award, Everett Community College 2008

CIVIC AFFILIATIONS

  • Yes You Can Scholarship Fund 1998 – Present
    • Founder, principal fundraiser, and committee chair
  • Snohomish County Students of Color Career Conference 2002 – Present
    • Co-founder and co-chair
  • Workforce Development Council 2013
    • Board Member
  • NAACP – Snohomish County Branch 2007 – 2010
    • First Vice President and Political Action committee chair
  • Puget Sound Diversity Oversight Committee 2007
  • Co-Chair City of Everett Diversity Advisory Committee 2004 – 2006
  • Snohomish County Community Budget Council 2004 – 2006
  • Washington State Commission on African American Affairs 2000 – 2004
  • Western Washington University Multicultural Advisory Board 1999 – 2004

 

 

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About Bonnie M. Hanson, Investigator

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

More than 24 years’ experience in employment management and investigations.

  • Investigator for MFR Law Group (2004 – present)
  • Progressively higher levels of management experience with King County Metro
    • Developed and implemented communication plans and the handled all arbitrations and second step grievances for the 2,500+ employee division.
    • Took on supervisory assignments where she was responsible for 250 employees.

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Senior Professional HR Certification Institute (2005-2012)

EDUCATION

  • A., English Literature, from University of Washington, Seattle, Washington

 

ADDITIONAL RELEVANT TRAINING

  • University of Wisconsin
    • Transit Manager Course
  • Labor Arbitration Institute; 1998 – 2004
  • ADA
  • Conflict Resolution
  • Anti-harassment
  • Effective Communications
  • Drugs and Alcohol in the Workplace
  • Giving Effective Presentations
  • Benchmarking
  • Customer Relations


About Anne M. Preston, Paralegal

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Nearly 30 years’ experience as a paralegal and executive assistant.

  • Paralegal and Executive Assistant for MFR Law Group (2016 – Present)
  • Executive Assistant for Westshore Management (2013 – Present)
    • Document manager for more than 17 commercial properties/entities, including tracking of all insurance-related matters
  • Between 1988 and 2016, provided professional paralegal and executive assistant services to more than 10 attorneys at several general business law firms. Areas of law included, but were not limited to, civil litigation (for both plaintiffs and defendants), employment, transactions, corporate, securities, intellectual property, real property, land use, and estate planning.
    • Discovery; research and analysis; drafting, preparation, and filing of court documents.
    • Drafting and preparation of other non-court related documents.
    • Other administrative law firm functions, including document management, time and billing management, and in-office IT support.
  • Student trainer for 5 Star Horsemanship (2015 – Present)

EDUCATION

  • Associates of Technical Arts Degree from Edmonds Community College in 1987
  • Associates of Arts/Sciences from Everett Community College in 1986

CIVIC ACTIVITIES

  • Northwest Organization for Animal Help (2011 – 2015)
    • Matchmaker, assisting the public in selection and adoption of dogs and cats;
    • Dog walker; cat and dog socializer; general training of dogs
  • Marysville Music Boosters (2012 – 2015)

About Beth L. Bystedt, Legal Assistant

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PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

More than 20 years’ experience as legal and office assistance.

  • Legal assistant for MFR Law Group (2017 – present)
  • Office manager for organic farm & construction company (2007 – 2013)
  • Legal Assistant and executive assistant (1997 and 2012)
    • Services to legal department, senior corporate counsel, associate counsel and paralegals
      • Drafting contracts
      • Tracking over 150 entities within the company, and transcription
      • Develop employee manual
      • Created legal forms binder
    • Areas of law included, but not limited to
      • Commercial real estate
      • Estate planning
      • Workman’s compensation
    • Additional administrative law firm duties, including
      • Client communication
      • Document management
      • Time and billing administration

CERTIFICATIONS

  • Notary Public in State of Washington

EDUCATION

  • Associate of Applied Science degree in Office Administration/Legal Secretary – Lane Community College, Eugene, Oregon.
  • Certified Legal Secretary – Lane Community College, Eugene