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Greg Wong

Partner

Greg Wong serves as legal counsel to a diverse group of public, private, and not‑for‑profit clients. Greg specializes in complex issues, often ones that impact people’s lives in the Pacific Northwest. As a litigator and appellate attorney, he has been successful in the trial courts, courts of appeal, and Supreme Court.

Greg also provides strategic and general counsel advice in numerous areas, including education policy and laws, elections and initiative issues, constitutional law, legislation and public policy, private-public partnerships, the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), and Washington’s Public Records Act. Among other matters, he has assisted the City of Seattle with its universal preschool program, successfully challenged the constitutionality of the “two-thirds” initiative, drafted and litigated several ballot measures, and advised several collective impact coalitions involving school districts and non-profits working together to improve educational outcomes.

Greg spent four years at a large, international law firm prior to joining Pacifica Law Group.

Greg is passionate about pro bono services and civic engagement. He is President of the Schools First Coalition and headed the successful 2013 and 2016 Seattle School District levies campaigns. He received the Seattle Council PTSA’s Golden Acorn Award for his work on the 2013 campaign. Greg also is a Seattle City Council appointee to the City of Seattle Families and Education Levy Oversight and Planning Committees (where he served as co-chair of the successful 2011 levy renewal campaign) and a Board Member of the Washington Budget & Policy Center. Previously, he served as president of his children’s PTA and as a Board Member of the Municipal League of King County.

Before becoming an attorney, Greg taught eighth grade science in the Mississippi Delta. He also coordinated a tutoring center for immigrant children living in Seattle’s public housing. When not practicing law, Greg spends as much time as he can with his three wonderful children and his wife, playing basketball and watching Seattle sports teams.

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington
  • Western District Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Education:

  • Western Washington University, B.A., Human Services
  • University of Washington, J.D., with honors (Order of the Coif, Washington Law Review, Notes & Comments Editor; selected by peers as student Commencement Speaker)

Honors:

  • Seattle Public Schools – Citizen Service Award, 2016
  • Selected for Washington Rising Stars, 2012—2017
  • Seattle Council PTSA Golden Acorn Award, 2013

Speaking Engagements & Presentations:

  • Washington Association of Public Records Officers Conference, “Proactive Litigation under Washington’s Public Records Act”
  • Gates Foundation, Friends of Education Data Forum, “Data Sharing Between Entities and the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)”
  • Aspen Institute, Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund, Spring Convening, “Getting to “Yes” – Negotiating to Share Data on Opportunity Youth”
  • Suing and Defending Government Seminar, “Alternative Dispute Resolutions: Real Tools You can Use”
  • 2014 COSA Fall Workshop, “FERPA”

Publications:

Community Involvement:

  • Schools First, President
  • Washington State Budget & Policy Center, Board Member
  • City of Seattle Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee (City Council appointee)
  • John Muir Elementary School PTA, President (past)
  • Municipal League of King County, Board Member (past)
  • Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Election Protection Project in Washington State, Co-Manager (past)

Representative Matters:

  • League of Education Voters, et al. v. State. Represented the League of Education Voters, the Washington Education Association, 12 state legislators, a former Chief Justice of the Washington Supreme Court, parents, teachers, and a school board member in litigation challenging the constitutionality of Tim Eyman’s 2/3 supermajority requirement for revenue bills. Issues included interpretation of fundamental provisions of the Washington State Constitution and initiative and referenda requirements. Successful in the trial court and Supreme Court.
  • Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. Provide legal representation regarding the Alliance’s universal background check initiative.
  • Community Center for Education Results (CCER). General counsel for regional non-profit CCER’s Road Map Project, including strategic advice and negotiation and drafting of data-sharing agreements between private and public entities.
  • STITA v. Port of Seattle, et al. Represented the Port of Seattle in cases that challenged the Port’s selection of a taxi provider at Sea-Tac Airport through a competitive RFP process. Issues included the Open Public Meetings Act, municipal authority, and public bidding and RFP requirements. Successful in the trial court and Court of Appeals.
  • Sanders v. State. Represented a then-sitting Washington Supreme Court Justice in briefing before the Supreme Court related to the Public Records Act.
  • Lane v. Port of Seattle, et al. Represented BNSF Railway Co. in a challenge to BNSF’s donation and sale of the Eastside Rail Corridor to the Port of Seattle for public use. Successful in the trial court (currently on appeal).
  • City of Seattle v. Professional Basketball Club LLC. Part of the trial team that represented the City of Seattle in litigation to keep the Seattle Sonics professional basketball team in Seattle.
  • Woodland Park Zoo. Assist the Zoo with contract and agreement advice. Represented the Zoo in litigation challenging some of the Zoo’s exhibits. Successful in the trial court and Court of Appeals.
  • Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI). Assist MOHAI with contract, intellectual property and project advice.
  • Teachers United. General counsel for non-profit, statewide professional network of teachers working to build a better public school system for students.