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Politics & Policy

Athan P. Papailiou



Athan Papailiou is an associate in Pacifica’s litigation practice group.

Athan represents public and private clients in complex appellate and civil litigation. A broad-based counselor, Athan provides legal advice in numerous subject matters.

Before joining Pacifica, Athan served as a judicial law clerk to Justice Debra L. Stephens of the Washington State Supreme Court and to Judge Randall M. Howe of the Arizona Court of Appeals. In law school, Athan represented indigent clients on appeal through the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Pro Bono Program.

Athan is a civic leader and advocate in the Washington legal community. He currently serves on the Board of Governors for the Washington State Bar Association. His scholarly interests include juror decision-making. His research investigating the efficacy of jury instructions addressing the unreliability of eyewitness identification evidence was featured on NPR’s morning edition.

Athan lives on Shilshole Bay, where he enjoys running, biking, shopping at the Ballard Farmer’s Market, and Scandinavian design.

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington
  • Arizona (inactive)


  • University of Oregon, B.S., Biology, Political Science
  • University of Arizona, J.D., magna cum laude (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
    Liaison, Amicus Curiae Brief Committee
    Liaison, Judicial Recommendations Committee
  • 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