Denise Stiffarm - Pacifica Law Group LLP

Denise Stiffarm

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2012
Phone: 206-245-1700

Denise practices in the areas of municipal, land use, and education law. She spends a significant portion of her practice providing land use, real estate, general municipal, and public policy advice to school districts. She also has experience working on a variety of public/private joint ventures and regularly advises several special purpose, entrepreneurial public entities.

Denise has worked with clients on a range of issues, including growth management, land use planning and permitting, environmental (NEPA/SEPA) review, feasibility and site selection, facilities planning, and development and implementation of impact fee programs. She has also drafted and negotiated a variety of complex real estate documents and development agreements. In addition, she regularly counsels clients regarding the State Open Public Meetings Act and the Public Records Act, as well as general public agency compliance matters. Denise is an experienced advocate before state and local legislative bodies.

Prior to joining Pacifica, Denise was a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis LLP and its successor firm, K&L Gates.

Denise is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre (A’aninin/White Clay) Tribe and is an active member of Seattle’s Urban Indian community. Denise has a long history with and commitment to community volunteer activities.

Washington State UniversityBA University of Washington School of LawJ.D.
Chief Seattle ClubYWCA (Seattle/King/Snohomish)University of Washington President’s Minority Community Advisory Committee

Case History

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

Office Location

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

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2017 Lawyer of the Year in Education Law of the Seattle Metro Area2012 Lawyer of the Year in Education Law of the Seattle Metro Area
Denise Stiffarm has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2017!Denise Stiffarm has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2012!

Practice Areas

Education Law