Alex was born in Brewster, Washington and grew up on his family’s apple farm, Maverick Orchards. He learned Spanish and every trade required to run a farm—welder, surveyor, mechanic, spray applicator, thinner, mower, irrigator, and certified “gopher.” Racing was in Alex’s blood (his dad is a race car driver with over a dozen world records at the Bonneville Salt Flats), and when he graduated high school, Alex was ranked 2nd in the Nation and top 25 in the World for his age in downhill ski racing.
After a career-ending injury, Alex moved to Israel to study archeology and rabbinic literature. Alex moved to Seattle to study Theology and Latin, and worked as an intern with Bill Bryant (current Seattle Port Commissioner) and Bryant Christie, Inc. researching and helping write an article examining Pacific Rim World Trade Organization cases contributing to the development of an open food system in the APEC countries.
Upon graduation, he moved to Washington D.C. to work with the U.S. Apple Association. In addition to providing administrative support, he coordinated the USDA’s purchase of apples for inclusion in humanitarian food aid programs by resolving technical concerns in shipping logistics, protocols, and export standards.
Alex returned to Seattle for law school at Seattle University School of Law where he was president of the Federalist Society and the Graduation Speaker for the Class of 2004.
He went on to beat out over 1 million people to compete on Donald Trump’s and NBC’s television show, the Apprentice. Alex lived in Trump Tower on 5th Avenue in NY, survived through fourteen rounds, and finished in the final four.
Alex has served as a Business Development Executive for CondoCompare (real estate aggregator), Geopage (hyper-local geo-content provider), and was CEO of MRKD, Inc. (online content provider).
Why Seattle & Brewster?
I followed my heart and moved home to Brewster so I could teach my kids about love for the Country. After 8 years of practice in Seattle, I still maintain a downtown office to stay abreast of the rapidly changing legal tactics and techniques employed in the digital age.
My roots in Okanogan County pre-date the State of Washington!
My great, great grandfather, C.A. Harris, was the first white settler in the Entiat Valley. He was great friends with Chief Silico Saska. In 1888, he started a sawmill on Badger Mountain to cut lumber for the local courthouse and Waterville High School. In 1892, he built a new mill at the mouth of the Entiat River and cut timbers for the main line of the Great Northern Railroad. In 1917, C.A. Harris and my grandfather, Harris Thomason, began construction of a sawmill and box factory at Mills Canyon along the Entiat River. This mill was moved to Muddy Creek and again in 1932 to the town of Ardenvoir (which was named after C.A. Harris’s son, Arden).
In 1961, Harris M. Thomason and his wife Esther moved to Manson and began farming apples in Brewster in 1965. My father, Richard Thomason, and mother, Linda Thomason, moved to Brewster in 1972 to open the apple farming company, Maverick Orchards. My parents continue to grow apples and cherries in Brewster and Bridgeport.
Where else can I have a motocross track in my back yard? My father and I raced motorcycles throughout the years, and we have a track frequented by local riders on the Brewster Flats.
Where else can I help Hall of Fame Land Speed Racers Richard Thomason (my dad) and Ed Tradup try to beat the 450 MPH land speed record in their world-class race car shop?
Where else can I take my family snow skiing at a fantastic area only 45 minutes away (where I helped build the chairlift)?
Where else can I take my wife and kids deer hunting in the morning, water skiing in the afternoon, and cider pressing in the evening?
I moved home to Brewster so that I could raise my family in the country— where life happens.
Seattle University School of Law
Doctor of Jurisprudence, 2004
- Commencement Speaker
- Board of Trustees Scholarship
- King County Spanish Legal Clinic, volunteer, 2002-04
- Federalist Society, President, 2003-04; Vice President, 2002-03
- Defender Association, research assistant, 2002-03
Seattle Pacific University
Bachelor of Arts, Theology; minor, Latin, 2000
- Seattle Pacific University Fellow
- The Falcon, weekly columnist, 1998-00
- Young Alum Council Board Member, 2002-05
- Member, Falcon Crew Team, 2000
Jerusalem University, Israel
Archaeology certificate, 1997
- Volunteer/Surveyor with Hebrew University, Tel Rehov, Israel, 1998
Awards & Honors
- Super Lawyer Rising Star 2010, 2012
- Rated 10.0 “Superb,” 2010, 2011, 2012; www.avvo.com
- King County Prosecutor’s Office Innovative Employee Award, 2006
- Pro Bono Publico Service Award, WSBA, 2007, 2008, 2009
- Seattle Pacific University, Alumni Board, Young Alumni Counsel President, 2006-08
- U.S. Ski Team Outstanding Achievement Award
- National Collegiate Media Competition Award, 2000
- Editorial Nomination for A.B.A/Law Student Div. National Writing Competition
- “Opening Pitch,” Mariners v. Red Sox, 2005
- “Shakespeare and the Law,” Liberty Fund Colloquium Conferee, Savannah, GA 2006