Averi Hallman – Legal Assistant

Averi was born and raised in Spokane, Washington where she attended and graduated from Mount Spokane High School. From there she made her way down to Tennessee where she was a member of the University of Memphis Women’s Soccer Team. Averi graduated with a Bachelor’s of Arts Degree in Communications.
After graduation, Averi made her back to Spokane where she got her start at a local restaurant in the service industry. As a manager in the service industry, Avery pivoted to the legal industry as a Legal Assistant at McNeice Wheeler.

Christopher Greene

Areas of Practice: *Licensed in Washington State
Business Law, Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Real Estate, Intellectual Property, Litigation
Background:
• Gonzaga Preparatory School (2000)
• University of Washington, Bachelor of Arts in Business and Marketing (2004)
• American University of Rome in Rome, Italy (2003)
• Seattle University, Albers School of Business – MBA (2009)
• Seattle University School of Law – Juris Doctorate (2009)
• Vice President, Seattle University School of Law Entertainment and Sports Law Association (2008-2009)
• Associate Attorney, The Mortgage Law Firm, PLLC (2018-2021)
• Co-founder of Cliff Cannon Foods, LLC (2012-present)
• Associate Corporate Counsel, Washington Trust Bank (2012-2017)
• Founder of Law Office of Christopher R. Greene, PLLC (2017-2021)
• Co-author of law review article, “Legal Issues of Online Social Networks and the Workplace,” published in the Winter 2012 volume of the Pacific Southwest Academy for Legal Studies in Business’ Journal of Law, Business & Ethics (2012).
Licensed in Washington.
• Member of the Washington Bar
• Member of the Spokane County Bar
Community involvement includes:
• Board Member, Spokane Film Project (2020-present)
• Membership Committee Member, Spokane Club (2012-present)
• Past secretary, treasurer and vice president of the Executive Committee, Business Law Section, Washington State Bar Association
• Past board member and vice president of the Community
Colleges of Spokane Foundation
• Past board member of the Spokane Club
• Past board member of the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant
• Volunteer judge for the Seattle University Appellate Oral
Arguments
• Two-Time Nominee, Best-At-Fest Volunteer, Sundance Film Festival

Brooke Merkel – Intern

Ms. Merkel is a 2L at Gonzaga University School of Law. Brooke is a Spokane native and attended Ferris High School. Brooke graduated from the University of Idaho in 2016 earning a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science. She then returned to Spokane and worked for two years before starting Gonzaga University School of Law in 2019. Brooke enjoys spending time outdoors and likes to go kayaking whenever she is able. Brooke is currently a member of the Gonzaga Law Review, mentors first-year law students as a Smitty Teaching Fellow and volunteers with the local Girl Scouts where she has attained the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, the Gold Award.

Caitlin Christie – Legal Assistant

Caitlin Christie joined the McNeice Wheeler team as a legal assistant. Caitlin was raised in Vancouver and Spokane, WA and attended Mead High School. Caitlin swam competitively for 9 years, racing mostly mid distance and backstroke.
Caitlin went to Seattle University, graduated in 2019 with a BA in Political Science, with a focus on international conflict, including a study abroad in Prague at Vysoká škola Ekonomická v Praze, VŠE, the University of Economics in Prague. Ms. Christie loves travel, climbing, backpacking and sailing.

Briana Gieri

Briana was born and raised in the heart of Silicon Valley California, where she attended undergrad at Santa Clara University studying political science and anthropology. After graduating in 2014 she ventured to Gonzaga University School of Law and graduated with her Juris Doctor (JD) in 2017. During law school she interned for a year and a half at the Washington State Attorney General’s Office in the social and health services division in Spokane, assisting in child dependency cases and mainly civil commitments for Eastern State Hospital. Her efforts in law school were focused on pro bono work, and she accumulated over 300 hours of such by graduation.

Briana devoted much attention in law school to research and writing, including earning awards for her high grades, participating on both the Gonzaga Law Review and the Gonzaga Journal of International Law, assisting deans and teachers in their research, while also working in the law school library assisting students. In her spare time, she has edited for the Criminal Law Bulletin published by Thomson Reuters since 2016.

After passing the bar exam she went on to teach undergraduate students in criminal law for a year at Washington State University in Pullman, WA while also attending school full time. She is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program at WSU in criminal justice in criminology, focusing on policing, courts, violence against women and children, and sexual offending. She is currently set to graduate in May 2020 and hopes to use this degree in the future to focus on legislative policy analysis for criminal justice and social policies.

Since graduating law school Briana has practiced mainly in family law and criminal law, with some experience in personal injury law as well. She has managed a litigation heavy caseload of divorce, paternity, de facto parentage, third party custody, and grandparents’ rights cases. Briana also has experience working in appeals of family and criminal cases, with oral argument to the Court of Appeals for Division III twice.

Briana is a practicing attorney in Washington and is a member of the State and Spokane Bar Associations. In her free time, she loves anything that gets her outdoors with her friends and family, and has come to enjoy the PNW for all its beauty and adventures!

Andy Wetzel

Primary Areas of Practice:  *Licensed in Washington & Idaho

  • Business & Corporate
  • Civil Litigation
  • Estate Planning and Probate
  • Trademarks
  • Real Estate
  • Personal Injury

Education:

  • J.D., Gonzaga University School of Law, 2019
  • B.A., Washington State University, 2015

Associations:

  • Licensed to practice in the State of Washington
  • Licensed to practice in the State of Idaho
  • Member of Spokane County Bar Association

Andy grew up in Spokane and attended Mead High School. After earning his Bachelor of Arts in Finance from Washington State University, he attended Gonzaga University’s School of Law. Andy earned in Juris Doctor in 2019.

Following his first year of law school, Andy joined McNeice Wheeler as a legal intern and has been with the firm ever since. During his time at Washington State, Andy served as the Washington State University Interfraternity Council’s Director of Finance and Administration.

An avid sports fan, Andy loves Washington State University football, Gonzaga basketball, and, the Seattle Seahawks. Andy also enjoys spending some of his free time correcting his colleagues when they mistakenly assert that Michael Jordan was a better basketball player than Lebron James.

 

Ryan McNeice

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Areas of Practice:  *Licensed in Washington State & Idaho

Business Law, Complex Litigation, Estate Planning, Wills & Trusts, Real Estate, Personal Injury, Wrongful Death

Background:

  • Washington State University (Finance), with international emphasis, from the Honors College in 1997.
  • London Guildhall University in London, England in 1996.
  • Co-founder of the commercial equipment finance and leasing company, Intermountain Leasing (1996-present).
  • Gonzaga University School of Business – MBA (2004)
  • Gonzaga University School of Law – Juris Doctorate (2005)
  • Founder of Law Office of Ryan McNeice, PLLC (2005), now McNeice Wheeler, PLLC.
  • Producer/Host/co-owner, Spokane Talks Media (2017-2019)
  • Producer/Host/Founder, Fifty7 Media, LLC (2019-present)
  • President – Gonzaga University School of Law Board of Advisors (2021-present)
  • Board of Regents – Gonzaga University (2021-present)

Licensed in Washington and Idaho.

  • Member of the Washington Bar
  • Member of the Idaho Bar
  • Member of the Spokane County Bar
  • Member of the Federal Bar – Washington State / State of Idaho

Community involvement includes:

  • President – Gonzaga University School of Law Board of Advisors (2021-present)
  • Board of Regents – Gonzaga University (2021-present)
  • Gonzaga University School of Law Board of Advisors (2011-present)
  • Washington State Bar Licensing Task Force (2021)
  • Past board member of ValleyFest
  • Past board member of HUB Sports complex
  • Member of the Priest Lake, Idaho Chamber of Commerce
  • Past member of the Spokane Valley, Washington Chamber of Commerce
  • 3 year appointment as General Counsel for the Spokane Valley Chamber
  • Supporter of the Angel Ball Foundation
  • Supporter of the Pink Shamrock Foundation
  • Central Valley School District Literacy Program
  • University High School Athletics – sponsor
  • The Washington Scholarship Foundation/Children’s Miracle Network
  • MS-Ride for the Cure
  • Priest Lake Lion’s Club
  • St. Luke’s Hospital Foundation
  • Jack Blair All Star Game (McNeice Wheeler Student-Athlete Scholarship Award)
  • GleasonFest (2018-present)
  • Lake City Playhouse – Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho:  show sponsor for Les Miserable (2014), Wild Party (2015) and Chicago (2016)
  • Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) – Eagle Member (2019)

In addition to his active roles in the community, Ryan also has given many speaking engagements, including:

  • Guest speaker, Gonzaga University School of Law, “MBA/JD Program” (2004-2005)
  • The Washington Cattlemen’s Association – “Estate Planning” (2007)
  • Country Financial – “Long Term Care – Estate Planning” (2009)
  • Northwest Film Institute – “Lecture Series, Acquisition of Film Rights” (2010)
  • Spokane Valley Entrepreneur/Next Level Program, “Business Law” (2009-2014)
  • Spokane Mortgage Lenders Association — “Estate Planning, Trusts & LLC’s” (2014)
  • Gonzaga University School of Law – Guest Speaker on the “Business of Law” (2015)
  • Spokane Talks Online segment of Business Talks – Business of Law (2015)
  • Chris Angell Podcast – “Sincerity in Business” (2015)
  • Gonzaga University School of Law – Guest Speaker on the “Business of Law” (2016)
  • Spokane Talks Live – Independent Contractor v. Employee (2016)
  • Spokane Talks Live – Business Law & Banking (2016)
  • Spokane Talks Live – Proprietary Information Protection (2016)
  • Spokane Talks Live – Estate Planning (2016)
  • Spokane Talks Live – Co-host of Episode with Abbey Crawford of Chicago the Musical (2016)
  • Host of the weekly broadcast, Business Talks, on Spokane Talks Media (2016-2019)
  • Host of The Scholar Series episodes on Spokane Talks Media (2018-2019)
  • Host of the weekly television broadcast, Spokane Talks, airing on Sundays at 6 pm on FOX 28 News & Entertainment (2018-2019)
  • Fifty7 Media – owner, host and producer of talk shows and additional media (2019-present)
  • Guest Speaker – University of California Hastings School of Law – Startup Legal Garage (2021)
  • Spokane Valley Police Department – Wills & Trusts (2021)
  • Category Acceleration Series – Attorneys/Marketing / Law Firms – Guest Speaker (2021)

Becki Wheeler

Becki Wheeler grew up in Spokane and attended Lewis & Clark High School. Becki played college basketball at North Idaho College, before attending Vanguard University in Costa Mesa, California where she continued to play varsity basketball and received degrees in both Biology and Chemistry in 2001. Becki returned to Spokane to attend Gonzaga Law School, where she was a member and associate editor of the Gonzaga Law Review. During law school, Becki practiced as a Rule 9 intern with the Spokane firm, Morris & Morris, P.S.

Becki joined the McNeice Law Office in 2008 and subsequently has become a partner at McNeice Wheeler, PLLC. Becki is licensed to practice in the state courts of Washington and is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the Spokane County Bar Association.

In addition to her work for the firm, Becki is also active in the community with several local organizations. She remains active with the Gonzaga Law Review, and has also been a member of the Board of Directors for the Angel Ball Foundation for Juvenile Diabetes, Spokane Police Foundation and is currently on the Board of Directors of The Big Table. Becki has also been a guest speaker at the Spokane Mother’s Club on the topic of estate planning as well as a guest speaker at Gonzaga University School of Law on the “Business of Law”.

McNeice Wheeler continues to be a supporter of the Angel Ball Foundation, Pink Shamrock Foundation, Central Valley School District Literacy, high school athletics, The Washington Scholarship Foundation/Children’s Miracle Network, Lake City Playhouse in Coeur d’ Alene, MS Ride for the Cure and The Big Table.

Joe Murphy

Joseph Murphy grew up in Spokane, graduating from Gonzaga Prep in 1993. He attended Gonzaga University earning a B.A. in Business Finance in 1997 and attended the Gonzaga in Florence Program.

In 1997, Joseph moved to Ireland for a treasury assistant position with CRH plc. Upon returning to the United States, Joseph became a licensed securities broker working with WAMU Financial Services. Subsequently, he attended the University of Denver School of Law from 2000 to 2003. During law school, he worked as a law clerk for M. David Johnson PC and as a legal intern for the Colorado Legal Initiatives Project. Joseph became a member of the Colorado State Bar in 2004 and took a position with AXA Financial.

After 10 years working with AXA Financial in both Denver and Seattle, Joseph joined Eltopia Communications in 2012. He sat and passed the Washington State bar exam in February of 2013.

Currently, Joseph works as general counsel for Eltopia Communications. Joseph has recently joined McNeice Wheeler as an associate attorney, opening a McNeice Wheeler office in Seattle, WA.

Joseph is experienced with investments, estate planning, wills, trusts and probate. Joseph is a member of the Washington and King County Bar Association.

In addition to legal work, Joseph has been on the board of the Providence Mt. St. Vincent foundation in West Seattle, board member for The Pink Shamrock Foundation, founder of the Roothaan Scholorship fund at Gonzaga University, founder of Seattle’s Third Tuesday group and an active member with HRC and Lambda Legal.

Terri Huddle

Position:Legal Assistant / Office Manager

Contact:509-928-4141 phone
(509) 928-9166 fax