“I was working with an attorney at another firm and switched to Impact Law. Taryn had to come up to speed very quickly. She brought others in as needed and it was very seamless.”

— Bankruptcy Client
Taryn Darling Hill

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Taryn began her career as a bankruptcy lawyer almost ten years ago. Her practice includes reorganization, insolvency, receivership, work-outs, and bankruptcy and all related litigation. Taryn has litigated at the trial level and appellate level on behalf of her clients in a number of adversary proceedings and in consumer protection litigation. Taryn’s clients include individuals, business owners, and closely held corporations and businesses. Her breadth of experience in the area of bankruptcy and insolvency enables her to take a preventive approach when clients come to her at the outset of a problem. Taryn develops creative solutions to mitigate the impact or consequences when it becomes clear that a bankruptcy or receivership is the best course of action.

Taryn works closely with each client to understand both their immediate pressure points and their long-term goals and needs. With a background as a social worker, she takes a hands-on and comprehensive approach to problem solving, allowing her to provide the highest level of support and advocacy for her clients. While financial distress can be overwhelming for her clients, Taryn’s service ethic and commitment enables her to develop deep and lasting relationships with her clients, many of whom return to her in the future for additional business needs and planning.

Taryn is actively involved in a number of professional organizations. She is both a participating member and a board member of the William H. Dwyer Inns of Court, an organization comprised of judges, attorneys and law professors. She is also an elected member of the King County Bar Association’s Creditor Debtor Section and a member of the American Bar Association’s Bankruptcy Subcommittee. A believer in giving back to the community, Taryn is a volunteer for the King County Bar Association’s Debt Clinic. She was named a Rising Star by Super Lawyers from 2011 to 2016 and a Super Lawyer in 2017.

When not practicing law, Taryn enjoys spending time with her family and friends. She is an avid skier and loves to take full advantage of all of the natural beauty and outdoor activities that the Pacific Northwest has to offer.

Representative Matters/Engagements:

  • Argued at the Ninth Circuit on the effect and misapplication of judicial estoppel as it applies to bankruptcy disclosures employed to defeat meritorious litigation.  Drafted Petition for  Re-Hearing En Banc, and awaiting the Court’s response.
  • Pursued and confirmed Chapter 13 bankruptcy and prevailed on adversary litigation against first position mortgage creditor to avoid lien on home.  Successfully defeated Creditor’s first appeal and prevailed on second level of appeal at the Ninth Circuit after oral argument and supplemental briefing.  The opinion was published and clarified several issues of first impression on behalf of the Debtor and remanded to the bankruptcy court for a determination of an award of fees.
  • Vigorously defended individuals in nondischargeability action claiming nearly two million dollars and damages, and prosecuted and defended appeal on behalf of clients.
  • Successfully pursued adversary litigation against mortgage lender prevailing on damages of approximately $70,000 to offset the mortgage lender’s proof of claim, and obtained an award of over $150,000 in attorney’s fees and costs.
  • Filed a Chapter 7 and obtained discharge on behalf of a client with business debt exceeding $500,000 including significant tax debt.
  • Prevented foreclosure of business owner’s primary residence, and then represented clients in business related receivership to obtain funds to cure mortgage default.
  • Pursued alternatives to bankruptcy for client and defended client in litigation resulting from breach of commercial lease.

Bar Admissions/Admitted to Practice:

Washington State Bar
United States District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit

Education:

J.D., Seattle University School of Law, cum laude, 2006
B.A., University of New Hampshire, cum laude, 1997

Professional Recognition & Honors:

Rising Star, 2011-2016 and a Super Lawyer in 2017

Professional & Community Activities:

William H. Dwyer, Inns of Court, participating member and Board member
King County Bar Association, Creditor Debtor Section
American Bar Association, Bankruptcy Subcommittee
King County Bar Association, Debt Clinic, pro bono
Journal of Social Justice, Board Member

Selected Publications & Speaking Engagements:

Advanced Bankruptcy: Navigating Complex Bankruptcy Cases – Presented on Case Law Developments. January, 2014. https://www.kcba.org/cle/pdf/194-Brochure.pdf
Steroidal Side Effects: Conundrums Inside the Individual Chapter 11 http://apps.americanbar.org/buslaw/newsletter/0093/materials/pp1a.pdf

Practice Emphasis/Service Areas:

Bankruptcy
Adversary Litigation
Consumer Rights Litigation

 

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