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Practice Overview

  • Appellate Law
  • Media law
  • Open government laws (Public Records Act, Open Public Meetings Act)
  • General litigation

Legal Experience

  • Principal, Allied Law Group LLC (July 2007 to present)
  • Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (2004-July 2007)
  • Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (1996-2004)
  • Summer Associate, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP (1995)
  • Summer Intern, Corporation Counsel’s Office (City Attorney), Chicago, IL (1994)
  • Rule 711 Student Attorney, Northwestern University Legal Clinic, Juvenile Defense Unit (1995-1996)

Education

  • Northwestern University School of Law, Chicago, IL, Juris Doctorate (1996); (Order of the Coif)
  • Northwestern University Law Review (articles editor) (1995 - 1996) (member/author) (1994-1996)
  • San Francisco State University, B.A., Journalism 1989

Admitted to Practice Law

  • Washington (1996)
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit
  • United States District Court: Western District of Washington
  • United States District Court: Eastern District of Washington

Legal Publications

  • Senior Editor, Public Records Act Deskbook, Washington State Bar Association (2006)
  • Co-Author, Washington Chapter of Tapping Official Secrets published by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press
  • Author, Public Records Act Deskbook, Washington State Bar Association (2006):
    • Chapter 11 "Personal Records of Public Employees"
    • Chapter 13 "Privacy"
  • Contributing Author and Editor, ACCESS, published by the Society of Professional Journalists and the Washington Coalition for Open Government
  • Co-Author, Attorney General's Open Government Internet Manual (2006)
  • Co-Author, “The Hangartner Decision: The Supreme Court Limits Access to Public Records,” 58 Washington State Bar News 20 (September 2004)
  • Co-Author, “Access to Information Laws in the United States of America,” chapter of international law summary published and translated into several languages by The World Media Alliance

Awards and Honors

  • Named 2014 Best Lawyers' "Lawyer of the Year" for First Amendment Law for Seattle Region
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America under First Amendment (2007 – present)
  • Named A Super Lawyer by Washington Law and Politics (2008 – present)
  • Named a Rising Star by Washington Law and Politics (2004 – 2008)
  • Washington Coalition for Open Government, Key Award (2008)
  • Pro Bono Attorney Award, King County Bar Association, for service to homeless
  • Consistently ranked as 10.0 on a 10.0 scale by Avvo.com

Volunteer and Professional Activities

  • National Freedom of Information Coalition, Board Member (2008-2009)
  • Society of Professional Journalists FOIA Committee, Washington State Delegate (2008 to present)
  • Washington Coalition for Open Government, Board Member (2012-present)
  • Washington Coalition for Open Government founding board member (2002–2007) and former President (2006–2007)
  • “A Judge and Lawyer in Every School” program, Washington State Bar Association (founding member and former chair), and King County Bar Association (founding member and former chair)
  • Public Legal Education Council, Washington State Bar Association (liaison member)
  • King County Bar Association Legal Services for the Homeless (pro bono attorney and former committee member and chair)
  • King County Bar Association Kinship Care Third Party Custody program (pro bono attorney for grandparent/relative custody program)
  • King County Bar Association Community Legal Services Committee (former chair and committee member)
  • Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (pro bono attorney for asylum and domestic violence cases)
  • Appellate Section (King County Bar Association) (member)