Jay Reich joined Pacifica Law Group in July 2011 after two years as Deputy Chief of Staff to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in Washington, D.C. In that role he was the primary liaison between the Secretary and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, and the Bureau of the Census. For the previous 28 years, his private law practice in Seattle focused on affordable housing, education, nonprofit, and government finance as well as public/private partnerships and general municipal law for a host of public clients, including the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, the Tobacco Settlement Authority, University of Washington, City of Bellevue, and King County.
Jay served as a White House Fellow in Washington, D.C. in the office of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He also served in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, first as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and later as the Assistant Chief Criminal Deputy in charge of the Juvenile Section. Jay has been a visiting Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law and has published and spoken extensively on issues in public finance.