Firm Profile

Pacifica Law Group LLP

Headquarters

1191 Second Avenue, Suite 2000
Seattle, WA 98101-3404
United States
(206) 245.1700

Firm Details

UNWAVERING INTEGRITY.  PROVEN EXCELLENCE.  RECOGNIZED EXPERIENCE. 

A Firm Founded to Serve Pacific Northwest Clients. Pacifica Law Group was created in April 2011 by former partners of one of the largest international law firms in the country to create a law firm that is committed to the dynamics and values that drive Northwest companies and civic entities. Pacifica has grown significantly since its launch, and provides extensive experience in the areas of litigation, appeals,  municipal finance, construction, public-private partnerships, real estate, education and school districts, complex transactions, public records, ethics, and other areas of general municipal law for public and private sector clients in the Pacific Northwest.

Mission

We are a law firm committed to serving public and private clients in the Pacific Northwest with focused and sophisticated talent, intellect, creativity and unwavering integrity. We offer a range of services to help our clients address their most pressing legal needs.

Values

We value each other and will treat every person with the same measure of respect and care that we would expect of them. We will be open, honest and civil in all of our dealings. We recognize that we are all linked in a community and are committed to giving of our time and means to that community. We value our differences and recognize the importance of diversity in our firm, in the legal profession and in our community at large. We value balance in our work and lives. We are committed to building an enduring law firm with a stellar reputation.


Community / Pro Bono

The attorneys and staff of Pacifica Law Group have deeply-held, long term professional and personal commitments to civic responsibility, community volunteerism and industry participation. This tradition is reflected in prominent leadership positions and/or pro bono service to many organizations, associations, boards and committees.

Management

Christopher George
Executive Director
B. Gerald Johnson
Managing Partner

Demographics

Partners

Women: 10

African-American: 1

Asian: 2

Hispanic: 1

Native-American: 1

Men: 13

Caucasian: 18

Associates

Women: 6

GLBT: 2

Men: 7

Caucasian: 13

Management / Department Heads

Women: 5

Asian: 1

Hispanic: 1

Native-American: 1

Men: 7

Paralegals

Women: 4

African-American: 1

Men: 1

Non-Legal Employees

Women: 13

African-American: 1

Asian: 2

Hispanic: 1

Men: 1

Top Listed State Awards

  • Top Listed in Washington in Public Finance Law with 3 lawyers

Top Listed City Awards

  • Top Listed in Seattle in Education Law with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Seattle in Municipal Law with 2 lawyers
  • Top Listed in Seattle in Public Finance Law with 3 lawyers

Awards

  • US News Best Law Firms Tier 1 ranking for Appellate, Education, Municipal, Public Finance and Real Estate Law (2017)
  • Fourteen Pacifica lawyers listed in Washington Super Lawyers (2017)
  • Six Pacifica lawyers named to Rising Stars List by WA Super Lawyers (2017)
  • Pacifica Law Group Listed by the Legal Foundation of Washington as a Champion of Justice (2017)
  • Paul Lawrence named in WA Top 100 List by WA Super Lawyers (2016)
  • Faith Pettis named in WA Top 100 List by WA Super Lawyers (2016) and WA Top 50 Women list (2015)
  • Faith Li Pettis Honored with Friend of Housing Award (2015)
  • Faith Li Pettis Appointed Co-Chair of New Housing Affordability & Livability Advisory Committee (2014)
  • Chambers USA Recognizes John Parnass as a Leading Litigation Practitioner (2014)
  • Paul Lawrence named Fellow in Litigation Counsel of America (2012)
  • Jay Reich appointed by WA State Governor to WA Student Achievement Counsel (2012-2013)
  • Faith Pettis named WA State Affordable Housing Advisory Board Chair (2012)

Clients

  • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co.
  • City of Bellevue
  • City of Seattle
  • Museum of History and Industry
  • Pike Place Market
  • Port of Seattle
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • Sound Transit
  • Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association
  • University of Washington
  • Washington State Housing Finance Commission
  • Woodland Park Zoo
 

About Our Clients

We are proud to represent a wide variety of public and private organizations throughout the Northwest and beyond.

  • Below is a representative sample of our clients:

    • Alderwood Water & Wastewater District
    • Alpha Technologies Inc.
    • Bainbridge Island School District
    • Bethel School District
    • Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Co.
    • City of Everett
    • City of Seattle
    • City of Tacoma
    • City of Yakima
    • Community Center for Education Results
    • Foss Waterway Development Authority
    • Housing Authority of Snohomish County
    • Kitsap Transit
    • Klickitat Public Utility District
    • League of Education Voters
    • Lydig Construction, Inc.
    • Max J. Kuney Company
    • Museum of History and Industry
    • North East King County Regional Public Safety Communications Agency (NORCOM)
    • Northshore Utility District
    • Northwest Pipeline LLC
    • Omeros Corporation
    • Pacific County Public Healthcare Services District No. 3 (Ocean Beach Hospital)
    • Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority
    • Port of Seattle
    • Saybr Contractors, Inc.
    • SCORE PDA
    • Seattle Art Museum Development Authority
    • Seattle Housing Authority – Choice Neighborhoods Collaborative
    • Soos Creek Water & Sewer District
    • South Correctional Entity
    • Sound Transit
    • Teachers Insurance & Annuity Association
    • Teachers United
    • University of Washington Physicians
    • Vancouver School District
    • Washington Education Association
    • Washington Higher Education Facilities Authority
    • Washington State Housing Finance Commission
    • Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium Public Facilities District
    • Washington State Public Stadium Authority
    • Woodland Park Zoological Society
    • And many more…

Contacts

John Parnass
Construction and Procurement
206.245.1740
Christopher Hirst
Education & School Districts
206.602.1202
Paul J. Lawrence
Litigation, Appeals, Consitutional Law
B. Gerald Johnson
Private-Public Transactions
Faith Li Pettis
Public Finance & Municipal Law
Richard A. Moore
Real Estate
206.245.1736

Firm Practice Areas

  • Appellate Practice
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Law
  • Education Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Municipal
  • Municipal Law
  • Non-Profit / Charities Law
  • Public Finance Law
  • Real Estate Law

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