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Alanna E. Peterson


Alanna practices in Pacifica’s litigation and education groups.

Before joining Pacifica, Alanna was a litigation associate in the Seattle office of a large international law firm, where she represented public, private, and non-profit clients in a wide variety of disputes involving constitutional, administrative, intellectual property, real property, commercial, and environmental and land use law. Alanna also advised clients on statutory and regulatory issues, including land use approvals, environmental impact reviews, and zoning and planning matters. She also served as a volunteer coordinator for the firm’s neighborhood legal clinic serving homeless men and women in transitional housing.

Alanna previously served as a judicial extern to the Honorable Richard Tallman of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and as an editor for the Washington State Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission.

Alanna maintains an active pro bono practice that focuses on advocating for survivors of gender-based violence and promoting land conservation and stewardship efforts in this region. Her commitments include supporting the legislative advocacy efforts of the Washington Trails Association, a non-profit organization committed to preserving hiking trails and wilderness areas in Washington State, and drafting amicus briefs and contributing to the Violence Against Women workgroup for Legal Voice, a nonprofit law firm that secures and protects women’s legal rights. She is engaged in Forterra’s Regional Leadership Council and the Board of Directors for the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, and was appointed to the State Recreation and Conservation Office’s Land and Water Conservation Fund Advisory Committee and King County’s Land Conservation and Preservation Plan Advisory Group.

Alanna is a lifelong Washingtonian and enjoys reading short stories, spending time with family, and getting lost in the backcountry of the Pacific Northwest.

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington


  • University of Southern California, B.A., Gender Studies; English Literature, cum laude (Renaissance Scholar, Gender Studies Advisory Board, NW Alumni Club, ISPC, and Jessie Ingram Endowed Scholarships)
  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D. (Moot Court Honor Board Executive Board) 


  • “Integrating the Legalization of Recreational Marijuana into Local Land Use and Planning Schemes,” Municipal Research and Services Center, In Focus: Planning (Sept. 2015) [also published in the Washington State Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Section Newsletter (Aug. 2015)]
  • “Wind River Reservation May Shape Tribal CAA Jurisdiction,” Law360, Native American Law Section (July 2014)
  • “The Wind River Reservation Treatment-as-State Controversy: How Confusion Undermines Opportunities for Cooperative Governance,” Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law Section Newsletter (April 2014)
  • “General Evidence,” Sexual Offense Bench Guide, Washington State Supreme Court Gender and Justice Commission (2013)

Community Involvement:

  • Washington Trust for Historic Preservation, Board of Directors
  • King County, Land Conservation and Preservation Plan Advisory Group, member
  • Recreation and Conservation Office, Land and Water Conservation Fund Advisory Committee, member
  • Forterra Regional Leadership Council, Central Sound, member
  • Washington Trails Association, Advocacy Committee, member
  • Legal Voice, Violence Against Women and Know Your Rights workgroups, member and pro bono attorney
  • Domestic Violence Impact Project, pro bono attorney

Professional Organizations:

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association, Appellate Law Section
  • Urban Land Institute, Associate Member
  • Washington Women Lawyers