Christopher L. Hirst - Pacifica Law Group LLP

Christopher L. Hirst

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010

Chris practices in the areas of municipal and education law, and represents a variety of public school districts and other public entities, both directly and indirectly through a major school district risk retention pool. He represents school districts in student-related disputes, public owners in construction disputes, and public employers in employment disputes. In addition, he represents public entities in various forms of administrative disputes and provides primary outside counsel advice to them.

Chris is a frequent speaker and presenter at seminars and client training sessions. He is a member of the Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB), which is comprised of Governor-appointed representatives of various stakeholders in the construction industry. CPARB evaluates public capital projects construction processes and advises the State Legislature on policies related to public works delivery methods.

Washington State UniversityBA University of WashingtonJ.D.
Capital Projects Advisory Review BoardFuture of the Law Institute

Case History

Other Admissions
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

Client Comments

"Without question, Chris is the best lawyer I have worked with over the past 30 years. We have worked together for eight years. I trust his advice completely and he has never let me down. His judgment is flawless. His ability to distill high volumes of complex information is a strength I value highly."

-Greg Lynch
Central Kitsap School District

"I completely trust the advice we receive! The information is always thorough and Chris is especially adept at anticipating questions and providing timely answers. I most appreciate his ability to simplify complex concepts -- he does so efficiently and in a way that is easy to comprehend. The school law environment remains dynamic and a mark of excellence is his ability to remain current, responsive, and most of all exceptionally accurate. Chris Hirst epitomizes excellence; his advice is highly regarded and his execution is always flawless."

-Greg Lynch
Central Kitsap School District

"I consider Chris Hirst the most experienced and successful school lawyers in our state. His reputation is impeccable. Throughout my seven year association with Chris, our school district has been involved in a number of complex, delicate, and potentially high visibility situations. He has always provided timely, well researched advice leading to the most positive outcomes for our students, staff, community, and our school district."

-Greg Lynch
Central Kitsap School District

Office Location

1191 Second Avenue, Suite 2000
Seattle, WA 98101-3404
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2016 Lawyer of the Year in Education Law of the Seattle Metro Area2014 Lawyer of the Year in Education Law of the Seattle Metro Area
Christopher L. Hirst has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2016!Christopher L. Hirst has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Education Law

Other Information

Gender: Male