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About Foster Pepper

On September 1st, 2019, Foster Pepper PLLC and Garvey Schubert Barer merged to form Foster Garvey PC.

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. 

Foster Pepper

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

Firm Stats

Managing Partner: Jeffrey G. Frank
Hiring Partners: Chris Osborn (Laterals) and Joanna Plichta Boisen (Summer Associates)
Total No. Attorneys 2016:
100 - 150

Base Salary

1st year: $135,000

Summer Program

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

Employment Contact

Bethany Brown
Senior Manager, Attorney Recruitment & Professional Development
(206) 447-2725

Major Office Locations

Seattle, WA
Spokane, WA

Major Departments

Antitrust & Competition
Business, Class Action Litigation
Commercial & Real Estate Finance
Constitutional Law & Statutory Rights
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
Insurnace Coverage
Intellectual Property
Intellectual Property Litigation
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
Public Finance
Real Estate
Retail & Consumer Products
School Districts
Senior & Affordable Housing
Sports Law
Water Quality
Water Rights
White Collar Defense & Government Investigations
Wine Beer & Spirits
Yachts Ships & Submersibles