Navigate Law Group was founded in December 2014 by Amber Rush, Eli Marchbanks, and Colin McHugh, originally named MRM Law Group, PLLC. All three attorneys worked together at a prior law firm in Spokane, Washington. They wanted to work on the west side of the state, and were planning on being based out of Portland, Oregon. They landed in Vancouver, Washington in the meantime because they were only licensed in Washington at the time and needed to take the Oregon bar exam still. They launched Navigate Law Group (formerly MRM Law Group) in Vancouver in the meantime (close to Portland, but still in Washington state), and started getting plugged in while studying for the Oregon bar exam. It turns out that they loved legal practice and life in Vancouver, and by the time they took and passed the Oregon bar exam they didn’t want to just abandon Vancouver. They had splashed into the Vancouver scene, were very technology savvy and efficient, and were providing high quality legal representation. Instead, they opened up a second office in Portland and practiced out of both.
In October 2015, Navigate Law Group hired their first attorney employee and added another attorney partner. Attorneys and staff were being drawn in because of the efficient business structure and firm culture that places a high value on wellness of the individual in order to do our best work. Four other attorneys joined in January 2016, including three additional partners, and we have been off to the races ever since.
Today, Navigate Law Group has eleven attorneys and five staff members. A perfect size to be an efficient and tight knit group. Our attorneys vary in practice area focus, backgrounds, and years of experience, which makes us a dynamic and well-equipped group to handle complex and simple legal issues. Navigate attorneys love their practice and work extremely hard protecting their clients’ best interests at all times.
Navigate Law Group prides itself on having a flexible, client-focused model. Attorneys are able to choose the fee structure that serves their clients the best. We focus on billing models that make sense for our clients, so our attorneys can focus on providing value and expert legal advice.
It’s About Our Community!
Navigate values giving back to our community in order to provide true access to the justice system. Our attorneys volunteer their time on average 88 hours total per month in a variety of settings around the community. For instance, on the 4th Thursday of every month (from 5:00 – 7:00 pm) we founded and sponsor a free general legal clinic at the Downtown Vancouver Public Library where several Navigate and non-Navigate attorneys volunteer to advise people in 20 minute sessions on a walk-in basis. We usually get about 10 attorneys from different practice backgrounds to volunteer their time each month for that. That clinic has been very popular (usually over 30 people attend). The local Clark County Volunteer Lawyers Program also volunteers and helps to do the intake and run the clinic.
On the first Tuesday of the month (5:30 pm – 7:30 pm), we co-founded a free family law legal clinic with the Clark County Superior Court. This is held at the Clark County Superior Courthouse. Much like the Vancouver Library clinic, people show up with family law related issues, and our volunteer attorneys (Navigate and non-Navigate attorneys) advise in 20 minute one-on-one sessions. The Volunteer Lawyers Program also volunteers to help with intakes and facilitation. It has been very successful for the community’s access to legal advice.
In addition to the two in-person monthly clinics mentioned above, founding attorneys Amber Rush and Eli Marchbanks, host a free legal advice table at the Firstenburg Community Center twice a month, and at the Camas Public Library once a month. At these tabling events they answer legal questions on a first-come first-serve basis for 2 hours each time.
Our attorneys also volunteer regularly every month at the Volunteer Lawyers Program (providing free legal help to low-income individuals), as well as the YWCA (providing free legal help to victims of domestic violence).
Navigate Law Group values social justice work and giving back to the community, in addition to our private legal practice. Our clinics and tabling efforts are well-attended and appreciated by the community. It directly provides people easy access to the justice system.
Combined Years Experience
5-star Google Reviews
Mission & Values
Protecting our clients is our mission. Period. Navigate attorneys are strong legal advocates and wise counselors. We have knowledgeable and skilled attorneys who practice in the areas of family law, estate planning, civil litigation, tax, employment, criminal, business, consumer, real estate, hospitality law, and more. We pride ourselves in clear and frequent communication to ensure our clients are right there with us through the process. At Navigate, attorneys and clients are a team, and work together to chart the best course for each unique situation. Our clients always come first, and we strive to protect what matters most.
Efficient communication is key to Navigate Law Group. We take pride in making sure everyone is on the same page, so you can make informed and educated decisions about your legal matters. After all, we’re not just your lawyers; we’re your teammates.
We have knowledgeable and skilled attorneys who practice in the areas of family law, estate planning, civil litigation, tax, employment law, criminal defense, business law, consumer protection, real estate, personal injury, hospitality law, and more. Whatever your needs are, we make sure you are protected.
We are zealous advocates for our clients’ position, in and out of the courtrooms. We make sure our clients understand their legal rights, obligations, and practical implications. Our attorneys are competent, prompt, diligent, and handle all legal matters with sensitivity and confidence.
Our team has a client-centered approach to advocacy. We really listen to what the client wants and what a desired outcome looks like. We look at the legal matter and all contingencies, evaluate sensitive issues in and around the legal problems, and proceed with advocating zealously for the best outcome in our client’s matter.
Navigate focuses on bringing value to our clients. We take a practical approach to the practice of law and solving legal issues. We work with our clients to provide the scope of legal help they actually need and want. We listen and come up with creative and cost-effective solutions.
Awards & Recognition
Best Family Lawyers in Vancouver, WA | 2020
Navigate Law Group has been identified by Expertise as one of the Best Family Lawyers in Vancouver, Washington.
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Green Business Spotlight: Navigate Law Group
“Navigate Law Group certified as a Green Business in 2016. Over the years they have continued to expand their green practices, and they are a nominee for a 2020 Green Awards in the small business category. Around the office, Navigate considers sustainability in every decision. ” – Clark County Green Business
Who is Clark County Green Business? The Clark County Green Business Program recognizes businesses for environmental excellence through onsite assistance and verification of green business practices. The program provides an environmental assessment, resources, and assistance to businesses seeking a structured approach to implementing green initiatives and measuring results.
Amber M. Rush
- Super Lawyer Rising Star for 2020
- Super Lawyers 2019 WA Rising Stars List
- Accomplished & Under 40 Award 2017 – Vancouver Business Journal
- CCBA Rising Star Award 2016
- WYLC Local Leader Award 2015
Chelsie M. Elliott
- Volunteer of the Month | March 2020 – Clark County Volunteer Lawyer Program
- WYLC Public Service and Leadership Award 2019
- Super Lawyers 2020 WA Rising Stars List
Anna K. Russo
- CCVLP August 2019 Volunteer of the Month
Eli T. Marchbanks
Of Counsel Attorney
Criminal Law | Traffic Matters | Consumer law
- Super Lawyers 2020 WA Rising Stars List
Colin F. McHugh
Employment Law | Personal Injury law | Business Law | Civil Litigation | Construction Law
- Super Lawyers 2020 WA Rising Stars List
Let’s Work Together
Monday – Friday
9 am – 5 pm
Except for Holidays
We can sometimes accommodate other times upon request.