It is with great pleasure and excitement that Kenyon Disend announces the recent hiring of Francesca Yahyavi and Joshua Oh, who have joined the KD team to serve our growing client base. Francesca joins Kenyon Disend after most recently practicing 16 years as a deputy prosecuting attorney in the Criminal Division of the Snohomish County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. She brings an impressive array of litigation and appellate court experience to the firm. As a deputy prosecuting attorney, she worked closely with law enforcement and handled countless cases from investigation to final disposition. As a trial attorney, she handled charges ranging from DUI to murder. In 2017, she was awarded the Annette Tupper Advocacy Award for Selfless Service to Victims of Violence, by the Washington Women Lawyers Snohomish County Chapter. Francesca now litigates on behalf of numerous Kenyon Disend municipal clients.
Joshua also joined the Kenyon Disend team in 2022 after working more than two years as a bill drafting attorney for the Washington State Office of the Code Reviser. At the Office of the Code Reviser, Joshua provided bill drafting services to the Senate, House of Representatives, and state agencies. There, he drafted bills and amendments on a wide range of areas of Washington law, including criminal law and procedure; juvenile courts and juvenile offenders; business regulations; administrative law; excise taxes; and property taxes. Prior to graduating from the University of Washington School of Law, Joshua served as a legal extern for the Bellevue Office of the City Attorney, and as a Rule 9 licensed legal intern and legal extern for the King County office of the Prosecuting Attorney. Joshua also has experience as a Consumer Complaint Analyst for the Consumer Protection Division of the Washington State Office of the Attorney General where he worked for more than two years prior to attending law school. He now supports the Kenyon Disend team on a wide range of municipal law projects.