About Foster Pepper PLLC

One of the Pacific Northwest's largest business law firms, the century-old Foster Pepper has strong practices in real estate and land use, municipal government and public affairs, and creditors' rights, among other areas.

Merging Round the Monorail

Foster Pepper was founded in Seattle in 1904, and early partners, including Thomas B. Foster, John Graham and Howard Wright, had hands in deals that led to the creation of the city's skyline staples, like the Space Needle and the Monorail. Today, Foster Pepper continues its commitment to the evergreen state as a general practice firm with two Washington offices, one in Seattle and one in Spokane.

In recent decades, Foster Pepper has bolstered its strongest departments with a series of mergers and additions. In 1988, the firm merged with Roberts & Shefelman, a leading regional public finance firm. In 1991, the firm grew its creditors' rights group by merging with what then was the Northwest's largest bankruptcy group, Hatch & Leslie, doubling its own bankruptcy department in the process. In 2011, six partners of Seattle's Black Lowe & Graham, an intellectual property boutique, left their firm for Foster Pepper, which up to then had only had an IP team of two.

Recently, Thomson Reuters' The Bond Buyer's annual review placed Foster Pepper at the top of bond counsel firms in Washington, and number two in its region. The firm has also handled some high-profile litigation work, including scoring a victory in Washington's State Supreme Court for King County.

Seamless in Seattle

The firm serves a wide variety of industries and interests, including schools, the hospitality sector, Native American groups, government organizations, sports teams, sports facility developers and energy and utilities companies. Foster Pepper has also brought in some of the region's largest and most coveted accounts, including Costco Companies, the Seattle Seahawks, the Portland Trail Blazers, Vulcan, the Paul Allen Group of Companies and the Port of Seattle, among others.

And if you're interested in burgeoning Pacific Northwest microbrewery culture-the firm handles business formation, distribution, employment and trademark issues, among other transactions, for the Seattle region's distilleries, wineries and breweries. 

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Foster Pepper PLLC

1111 Third Avenue
Suite 3000
Seattle, WA 98101-3299
Phone: (206) 447-4400


  • Employer Type: Private
  • Managing Partner: Jeffrey G. Frank
  • Hiring Partners: Chris Osborn (Laterals) and Joanna Plichta Boisen (Summer Associates)
  • Total No. Attorneys 2016: 135

  • Base Salary
    1st year: $135,000

  • Summer Associate Offers
    4 out of 4 (2016) (2Ls)

  • Major Departments & Practices
    Airports • Antitrust & Competition • Business, Class Action Litigation • Commercial & Real Estate Finance • Constitutional Law & Statutory Rights • Construction • Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy • Emergency Injunction Team • Emerging Companies & Venture Capital • Employee Benefits & Executive Compensation • Employee Stock Ownership Plans • Employment & Labor • Environmental & Natural Resources • Environmental Litigation • Estate Planning • Financial Institutions • Health Care • Hospitality • Infrastructure • Insurnace Coverage • Intellectual Property • Intellectual Property Litigation • International • Investment Management • Land Use Planning & Zoning • Litigation & Dispute Resolution • Media Entertainment & Games • Mergers & Acquisitions • Municipal Government • Native American • Nonprofit & Tax Exempt Orgainizations • Patent Office Lititgation • Ports • Public Finance • Real Estate • Retail & Consumer Products • Right-of-way • School Districts • Senior & Affordable Housing • Sports Law • Tax • Transportation • Water Quality • Water Rights • White Collar Defense & Government Investigations • Wine Beer & Spirits • Yachts Ships & Submersibles

Major Office Locations

  • Seattle, WA
  • Spokane, WA