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Shaun Cross

General Counsel—Partner—Spokane


University of Oregon School of Law
J.D., 1979, summa cum laude

University of Washington
B.S., Physics, Phi Beta Kappa


Admitted to practice law in the State of Washington

Admitted to practice before the United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington

Washington State Bar Association

Spokane County Bar Association

Washington Policy Center, Eastern Washington Advisory Board

WSU Applied Sciences Laboratory, Advisory Committee

George Nethercutt Foundation, Board of Directors

Shaun, a fourth generation native of Eastern Washington, is a proven leader who has practiced corporate law and led various organizations over a 35 year career. He has served as Lee & Hayes’ Chief Executive Officer since February of 2008. Prior to joining Lee & Hayes, Shaun was the Managing Partner at Paine Hamblen, LLP in Spokane between 1997 and 2003. While at Paine Hamblen (1979 – 2008), Shaun’s practice emphasized complex corporate reorganizations. Between 1982 and 2007 Shaun served as lead debtor’s counsel for several large, complex Chapter 11s. Shaun was listed in the first ten editions of “Best Lawyers in America” between 1995 and 2005. Before entering the legal profession in 1979, Shaun was a research engineer for a company based in Southern California.

Shaun is well known in Eastern Washington and across the State of Washington. He has served on numerous boards and organizations, including the Board of Trustees of Whitworth University (2002 – 2008), the Board of Trustees of the Spokane Regional Chamber of Commerce (2000 – 2003 – now known as Greater Spokane, Inc.) where he served as Chair-Elect in 2002 and 2003; the Board of Directors of the Spokane Public Facilities District (1999 – 2004), where he served as Chairman of the Board in 2003 and 2004. Shaun also served as the Chairman of the Facilities 2000 Working Group, a 15 member leadership group which was instrumental in the $77 million expansion of the Spokane Convention Center in 2003. Shaun was a founding member of the Bankruptcy Section of the Federal Bar in the Eastern District of Washington and served on the Executive Committee of the Creditor-Debtor Section of the Washington State Bar Association (2000 – 2004). Shaun has also served on numerous community organizations, including the Boards of Trustees of the Spokane Symphony, the Spokane Jazz Society and the Spokane Art School, to name a few. Shaun also has a strong interest in politics, having run for Congress in 2004/2005. Shaun is a member of Lee & Hayes’ Governmental Relations Practice Group. Shaun was a founding member of his church, Christ the Redeemer in Spokane, and currently serves as the President of the Ridge at Hangman, a community of approximately 500 individuals, just south of Spokane. Shaun has been married to his wife Kathy for 40 years. They have four grown children: Kelly, Trevor, Emily and Natalie.

Shaun Cross