Alan J. Wertjes

Alan J. Wertjes

Attorney

Alan J. Wertjes has been an attorney for over 30 years, graduating from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri in 1987. Prior to law school, Alan graduated from St. Olaf College in Minnesota, and then spent three years studying and traveling, primarily in the Middle East. Following law school, he clerked for Chief Judge Charles Clark of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals in Jackson, Mississippi. He subsequently worked for the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins until 1994, when he and his family moved to Olympia. From 1994 to 2000, Alan started and operated several service businesses which grew to over $ 2.5 million in annual revenue and employed approximately 150 people. Alan sold the businesses and began practicing law in Olympia in the early 2000's, and has served a wide range of businesses, organizations and individuals. His practice focuses on building relationships with clients, assisting clients manage risks, solving legal problems and efficiently handling disputes. Family and life on a (very) small farm with an unsustainable number of projects consume any free time.
Aaron J. Atkission

Aaron J. Atkission

Attorney

Aaron J. Atkission is a Washington State native and a graduate of Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA as well as the Washington State Bar Association’s Law Clerk Program (also known as APR 6). He was admitted to practice in Washington in 2015 and has been working in the legal field since 2008. Prior to being admitted to practice, Aaron worked for Goff & DeWalt, LLP in Gig Harbor, WA, a boutique construction defect firm, where he assisted in the recovery of numerous multi-million dollar settlements. It was during his time at Goff & DeWalt that Aaron gained a passion for the law and achieving outstanding results for his clients. In 2018 he moved to Olympia, WA with his family to join Wertjes Law Group, P.S. Aaron takes great pride in developing strong relationships with his clients and enjoys the process of navigating complex legal matters. His practice areas include Business & Commercial Law, Real Estate, Contract Law, and Estate Planning & Probate. When he is not vigorously representing his clients, Aaron can be found spending time with family and friends enjoying the great Pacific Northwest outdoors.

Aaron is licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho and the Federal District Court in both states.
David D. Merritt

David D. Merritt

Attorney

David D. Merritt has over 30 years of experience as an attorney. He graduated with high distinction from the University of Iowa and the University of Iowa College of Law, where he also served as the Senior Articles Editor of the Iowa Law Review. Following law school, Dave clerked for Judge Roger Wollman of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. He then worked for the Chicago office of Latham & Watkins and the Chicago plaintiffs’ litigation firm Cherry & Flynn, before transitioning to an in-house corporate attorney position with Sears, Roebuck and Co. Dave then spent 17 years with CCC Information Services, Inc., an industry-leading software and information technology company, serving as its General Counsel for 11 years. Dave moved to Olympia in 2017, and he joined Wertjes Atkission Law in 2019, where his practice focuses on commercial law, including litigation, contracts, and general business counseling. Having spent over 20 years working on the inside of businesses, Dave brings a unique perspective to client service and the efficient resolution of legal matters. Dave’s free time is spent enjoying his family and their numerous pets.