Gerry Johnson’s law practice focuses on major community building projects, particularly those involving the participation of both the public and private sectors. Gerry has been counsel to projects ranging from initial development and expansion of the Seattle Art Museum; the recovery of the downtown Seattle retail core anchored by the Nordstrom flagship store and Pacific Place; Safeco and CenturyLink Fields; the Museum of Flight; the Pike Place Market; and the transfer of the Washington State Convention Center from state control to a county public facilities district. He counseled the Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) with respect to all aspects of its move to its highly acclaimed new home in Lake Union Park. Gerry also works with many smaller communities throughout Washington including Tacoma (redevelopment of Foss Waterway uplands); Bellingham (downtown and waterfront redevelopment); and Port Townsend (long‑term lease of the historic campus at Fort Worden from State Parks for use as an independent Lifelong Learning Center.)
Gerry is a past board chair of the (Pike Place) Market Foundation and Forterra (fka Cascade Land Conservancy), both of which he helped to form. For years, Gerry has been prominent within regional leadership of numerous initiatives to preserve open space and natural areas and create and support public parks. He also is past chair of the Woodland Park Zoological Society board, and was instrumental in the transition of the management of the Zoo from the Seattle Parks Department to the Society. Gerry served 12 years as a trustee of the Bullitt Foundation, a substantial regional foundation focused on the environment. He currently serves on the boards of the Seattle Parks Foundation, the Downtown Seattle Association and the Friends of Waterfront Seattle. He also serves on the Seattle Central Waterfront Committee advising the Mayor and City Council. The proposed central waterfront project, designed by renowned architect James Corner, will transform the relationship of the Seattle CBD with its historic waterfront following demolition of the Alaskan Way Viaduct in 2016. On the Central Waterfront Committee, he co‑chairs its Finance and Partnerships Subcommittee.
In addition to his law practice, Gerry is Managing Partner of Pacifica Law Group. Only established in 2011, Pacifica Law Group received a Tier 1 ranking in the 2013 and 2014 Editions of U.S. News – Best Lawyers “Best Law Firms in the areas of Appellate Practice and Public Finance Law for the Seattle Metropolitan area.”
Gerry completed a five-year term as managing partner of Preston Gates & Ellis, a predecessor firm to K&L Gates, at the end of 2004. Gerry co-founded and served as board chair of Attenex, a successful Seattle-based legal services software developer, that was acquired by FTI in 2008. He served as legislative assistant to the Seattle City Council, and legislative assistant and administrative assistant/chief-of-staff to former U.S. Senator Warren G. Magnuson.