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