Bellingham law firm

Bound to instill trust and confidence, we vigorously represent every client at a level of proficiency and honesty that never wavers.


For three decades, and counting
Founded in 1984 by former Whatcom County Superior Court Judge Steve Mura, Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S. is a Northwest Washington law firm based in Bellingham.  In 1987, Frank Chmelik joined Mr. Mura after extensive trial experience as a U.S. Army JAG Corps officer and an associate position at a large Seattle law firm.  Together, Mr. Mura and Mr. Chmelik established the superior standards that became the firm’s foundation for the next 30 years.  In 1993, Richard Davis left one of Seattle’s largest law firms to join the firm and expand the range of legal services.  In 1998, Jon Sitkin, a well-established real estate and land use attorney, joined the firm, and the principals adopted the name Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S.  Katherine Deets became a principal of the firm in 2012 and she continues to expand the firm’s estate planning and probate practice. In 2014 Seth Woolson became a principal, further strengthening the firm’s construction, real estate and litigation practices.

Extensive range, highly focused
As individuals, our attorneys possess a wealth of experience, and an invaluable level of insight. Our practice areas span business law, municipal law, environmental law, community association law, land use and real estate, estate planning and probate, litigation, and insurance coverage and defense – these are the core areas of our practice. We primarily represent special purpose municipal governments, contractors, businesses, and community associations throughout the state of Washington. As a collaborative team, we leverage each other’s specific legal realm, assuring clients a focused approach to efficiently solve the variety of matters our clients encounter in their businesses or lives.

Large enough, yet nimble enough
We handle complex cases with acumen that stands up to the largest firms in Washington. Yet, the advantage of working with us is rooted in our agility – we provide comprehensive legal representation and work tirelessly for every client while at the same time quickly and efficiently addressing our clients’ needs.

A culture of being proactive
At Chmelik Sitkin & Davis P.S., we embrace the notion of the informed client. We believe complete transparency is what fosters successful relationships. To us it’s about respect, as every client deserves to not only understand our process, but understand what we’re doing for them every step of the way. We hold every one of our attorneys accountable, and that means consistently reaching out to clients, communicating the nuances, and delivering peace of mind.