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Jay Reich

Partner

Jay Reich joined Pacifica Law Group in July 2011 after two years as Deputy Chief of Staff to Commerce Secretary Gary Locke in Washington, D.C. In that role he was the primary liaison between the Secretary and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Patent and Trade Office, and the Bureau of the Census. For the previous 28 years, his private law practice in Seattle focused on affordable housing, education, nonprofit, and government finance as well as public/private partnerships and general municipal law for a host of public clients, including the Washington State Housing Finance Commission, the Tobacco Settlement Authority, the University of Washington, King County, and the cities of Bellevue, Kirkland, Kenmore, Mercer Island, and Olympia. He currently works with clients on projects involving economic development, housing financing and the inter-governmental provision of basic services.

Jay served as a White House Fellow in Washington, D.C. in the office of the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture. He also served in the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, first as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney and later as the Assistant Chief Criminal Deputy in charge of the Juvenile Section. Jay has been a visiting Lecturer at the University of Washington School of Law and has published and spoken extensively on issues in public finance.

Jay is married to Jane Reich, has three children and four grandchildren.

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington

Education:

  • Amherst College, B.A., American Studies, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Harvard Law School, J.D., with honors

Honors:

  • White House Fellow, 1979-1980
  • Leadership Tomorrow, 1983-1984
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America in the field of Public Finance Law (Copyright by Woodward/White, Inc., of Aiken, SC), 2016-2018
  • Selected for Washington Super Lawyers, 2003-2009, 2014-2017

Publications:

Community Involvement:

  • Board of Trustees, The Seattle Public Library, 2016 to present
  • Trustee, Washington State Board for Community & Technical Colleges, 2013 to present
  • Washington Student Achievement Council,  2012—2013
  • Board of Trustees, Central Washington University, 1999—2005

Representative Matters:

  • City of Renton. Represented the City in negotiating a development agreement with a private developer for the financing of public infrastructure in support of The Landing, a mixed use development
  • City of Burien. Represented the City in negotiating a development agreement with a private developer of mixed-use Town Square, an urban center including a city hall and public library facility
  • City of University Place. Represented the City in planning for the development of its Town Center, a mixed use urban center including public parking and library facilities
  • City of Kent. Represented the City in acquiring the land for its Kent Station Project and negotiating a development with a private developer for a phased, mixed-use build
  • Washington State Housing Finance Commission. Helped draft its authorizing legislation, argued its test case before the State Supreme Court and has acted as its bond counsel and general counsel since its inception in 1983