The attorneys at Delay & Curran are devoted to their clients, their community and to justice. With partners who have served as Washington State Bar Association President, Spokane Bar Association President, Board of Governors, Commission on Judicial Conduct, Workers Compensation Chair, Workers Compensation Adjunct Professors and Rules of Professional Conduct Chair.
– 1952 Beginning
Joseph Paul Delay graduates from Gonzaga School of Law and begins practice in February of 1952. With a work ethic from a Sandpoint dairy farm, Joe continues to work at the Hillyard Liquor store to help grow his legal practice. As he builds his reputation for honesty, integrity, and real estate acumen he leaves the Hillyard Liquor Store and grows his firm.
Joe still practices fulltime, 63 years later, making Delay, Curran, Thompson, Pontarolo, and Walker the oldest law firm in Spokane County who has its founding partner as an active attorney and litigator.
– 1961 Partnering
Joe Delay and J. Donald Curran go into practice together focusing on complex litigation, personal injury, and real estate transactions. Don Curran, a Gonzaga School of Law Graduate, clerked for Joe while in law school prior to partnering.
– 1965 Boling Joins Team
Clare Boling becomes a partner at Delay and Curran. Clare Boling formally worked for the State Patrol and was a prosecuting attorney before joining Delay and Curran. Clare graduated from Gonzaga School of Law.
– 1975 Thompson Joins Team
Robert H. Thompson, a Gonzaga School of Law graduate, becomes a partner and the firm is renamed Delay, Curran, Boling, and Thompson. He begins a new practice area at the firm: worker’s compensation.
– 1977 Tragedy
Clare Boling is killed when his twin engine Cessna 310, which he was piloting, was forced to make an emergency landing in the Palouse countryside.
– 1979 Pontarolo Joins Team
Michael J. Pontarolo becomes partner and the firm name is changed to Delay, Curran, Thompson and Pontarolo. He is a graduate of Gonzaga University School of law and practices domestic relations before transferring his practice area to workers compensation.
– 1980’s Building & Volunteering
Delay, Curran, Thompson, and Pontarolo continue to practice together and build community ties. Between the partners they will volunteer there time to take on such roles as Spokane County Bar President, Washington State Bar Association President, Ethics Committee Chair, Board of Governors, Committee for Judicial Conduct, Adjust Professor, Gonzaga Trustee and much more.
– 1994 Idaho Expansion
Michael J. Walker becomes licensed in the State of Idaho and expands the firm’s practice in workers’compensation and Social Security Disability into neighboring Idaho. Clients from Coeur d’Alene/Sandpoint and south to Lewiston/Clarkston area call on the firm to provide assistance regarding work injury claims.
– 1996 Walker Joins Team
Michael J. Walker becomes partner to create Delay, Curran, Thompson, Pontarolo, and Walker. Mike is also a graduate of Gonzaga School of Law and was a clerk for the Court of Appeals before joining the firm.
– 2000’s Lean & Loyal
Delay and Curran continue to be a well-respected and professional law firm in the Spokane, Seattle and northern Idaho. Focusing on workers compensation, complex real estate transactions, contract law, and personal injury. Delay and Curran stays small creating unparalleled loyalty with its staff, most of which have been with Delay and Curran for over two decades.
– 2014 Pontarolo Joins Team
Nicholas J. Pontarolo becomes an associate attorney with Delay, Curran, Thompson, Pontarolo and Walker.
– Present Today
Our firm has continued to evolve and refine its legal practice to best serve clients. We take great pride in providing sound legal advice and forceful advocacy/litigation skills. We are proud of our longevity and the respect we have developed over the past 63 years. Our attorneys and staff can be found at 601 West Main, Suite 1212, Spokane Washington 99201 or in our Seattle office at the Smith Tower, 506 2nd Ave., 25th Floor, Seattle, WA 98104.