For more than a century, Foster Pepper has advised our municipal clients on the federal and state constitutions and laws affecting their organizations and operations. Washington state has a long tradition of open government and was one of the first states to adopt the appearance of fairness doctrine for the conduct of public officials in public hearings.

Foster Pepper has extensive experience advising and assisting public entities concerning the Open Public Meetings Act, Public Records Act, Public Disclosure Act, and state and local ethics laws that carry forward the tradition of open government. We provide our clients with a full range of services in open government, including developing policies on disclosure, management and retention of public records, advising on responses to public records requests, evaluating applicability of exemptions and providing litigation counsel when needed.

Our attorneys who are actively engaged in this evolving area of law include:

  • Stephen DiJulio focuses on litigation involving state and local governments, civil service and public employment, and land use and environmental law. He regularly serves as special counsel to cities and counties throughout the Pacific Northwest and prior to joining private practice, was the City Attorney for the City of Kent.
  • Adrian Winder represents public agencies in matters of municipal government, the Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act and regularly provides open government training to municipal government clients and organizations.
  • Milt Rowland focuses on general municipal law and litigation for cities, counties and special purpose districts. Since 1987, Milt has taught courses on administrative law, local government law and litigation issues facing public agencies.
  • Lee Marchisio represents municipal clients in litigation and dispute resolution, as well as municipal entity formation, governance and legal authority, the Public Records Act and the Open Public Meetings Act. Prior to joining private practice, Lee served for more than four years in Governor Christine Gregoire’s administration as a liaison to local government and community groups and as the Governor’s outreach director.