Nate Close assists clients with all aspects of their businesses, from formation to litigation. His practice includes drafting and reviewing formation documents, employment agreements, distribution and sales contracts, and loans and leases. Nate listens to his clients and thoughtfully drafts their legal documents to address their needs and protect their interests. He also advises his clients in buying and selling real estate, boundary and title issues, title insurance, and regulatory compliance. Nate provides outside general counsel services, fielding legal questions as they arise and acting as a trusted advisor. When disputes arise, Nate gives his clients an honest analysis of their position.
When did you start practicing law as a licensed attorney?
I began my practice in September 2021, after graduating with honors from the University of Washington School of Law.
What drew you to the idea of practicing law?
Prior to becoming a lawyer, I worked as a paralegal and office administrator at a criminal law firm. The passion those lawyers had in their work was inspiring, and I found the study and application of law to be thoroughly enjoyable. I wanted to bring that passion to working with clients who are passionate and prideful in what we are building together. I didn't just want to protect people from mistakes they may have made, although I do love a good fight, I also wanted to work with people in building their success.
What do you like about your work?
I like helping people grow and maintain their success. My practice allows me to do this every day, with a wide variety of people, businesses, and transactions. I get to have an active hand in the creation of our clients' businesses and watch as they flourish. Their success is also my success, and it drives me to passionately advocate for them.
Is it more important to maximize revenue or minimize risk?
When it doesn’t sacrifice revenue, I will always minimize my client’s risk. However, when minimizing risk does sacrifice revenue, my job isn’t to minimize the risk, it’s to make sure my client understands exactly what the risks are so they can decide if the risks are acceptable to them and their business in light of the revenue. While I will always offer my opinion about what I believe is the best course of action, it is ultimately the client’s choice, and I respect their judgment.