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About Foster Pepper

On September 1st, 2019, Foster Pepper and Garvey Schubert Barer merged to form Foster Garvey PC. This is the legacy profile for Foster Pepper.

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.

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

Total No. Attorneys 2019:
150 - 250

Employment Contact

Pia Bloom
Director of Attorney Recruiting & Development
(206) 816-1332

Major Office Locations

Seattle, WA
Spokane, WA

Major Departments

Antitrust & Competition
Business, Class Action Litigation
Commercial & Real Estate Finance
Creditors’ Rights & Bankruptcy
Emerging Companies & Venture Capital
Employment & Labor
Environmental & Natural Resources
Financial Institutions
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Land Use Planning & Zoning
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Mergers & Acquisitions
Municipal Government
Native American
Real Estate
White Collar