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Practice Areas:

Politics & Policy

Athan P. Papailiou


Athan Papailiou is a litigator at Pacifica Law Group. Athan focuses his practice on complex appellate and civil litigation, including constitutional, municipal, and commercial matters in state and federal courts. Before joining Pacifica, Athan served as a law clerk to Justice Debra L. Stephens of the Washington Supreme Court.

Athan is firmly committed to public service and pro bono services. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Washington State Bar Association, and is the youngest person to ever do so. Athan has also represented indigent clients on appeal through the Pro Bono Program for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

A Pacific Northwest native, Athan lives on Shilshole Bay in Ballard. He enjoys Scandinavian design, Greek cuisine, and neuroscience.

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington
  • Arizona (inactive)


  • University of Oregon, B.S., Biology, Political Science
  • University of Arizona, J.D., magna cum laude (Dan B. Dobbs Scholar, Arizona Law Review, Moot Court Board, National Trial Team, National Appellate Advocacy Competition Team)


  • Athan P. Papailiou, David V. Yokum, Christopher T. Robertson, “The Novel New Jersey Eyewitness Instruction Induces Skepticism but not Sensitivity,” 10 PLoS ONE 12 (2015)
  • Athan P. Papailiou, “Making Sense of the Linchpin to Medical Malpractice Litigation: Expert Medical Witness Qualification,” 55 Ariz. L. Rev. 2 (2013)

Community Involvement:

  • Board of Governors, Washington State Bar Association, 2016 – present
  • Trustee, Washington State Bar Foundation, 2016 – present
  • Board of Directors, QLaw Foundation, 2016 – present
  • Board of Directors, The Duck Store, 2006 – 2008

Professional Organizations:

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association