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Kymberly Evanson

Partner

Kymberly Evanson represents public, private, and not-for-profit clients in trial and appellate litigation matters, with a focus on constitutional, municipal, elections, and administrative law. She regularly advises clients in litigation matters arising under the First Amendment, the Americans with Disabilities Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act, as well as other federal and state statutes. She also provides general counseling on a variety of municipal issues including governance, transportation and infrastructure, public records and ballot measures, and works closely with Pacifica’s public finance team in finance-related litigation matters.

Kymberly has successfully represented clients before the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth and District of Columbia Circuits, the Washington State Supreme Court and various federal and state trial courts. She is currently on the Board of Legal Voice, and has served on the Alumni Board of Governors for Seattle University and on the Board of Lawyers Helping Hungry Children. She is also a volunteer attorney at the Federal Civil Rights Legal Clinic for the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington. After graduating from Georgetown, Kymberly served as a law clerk to the Honorable Emmet G. Sullivan of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia.

Prior to attending law school, Kymberly spent time living in Tokyo, Japan and Grenoble, France. Kymberly enjoys travel, long-distance running, gardening and spending time with her husband and three young sons.

Bar Admissions:

  • United States Supreme Court
  • Washington
  • Western District of Washington
  • Eastern District of Washington
  • District of Columbia
  • 9th Circuit
  • D.C. Circuit 

Education:

  • Seattle University, B.A., French, English, magna cum laude, with honors (University Honors Program, Sullivan Leadership Award)
  • Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., cum laude (Georgetown Journal of Gender and the Law, Articles and Notes Editor)

Honors:

  • 2017 Amicus Service Award from the International Municipal Lawyers Association for pro bono work
  • Selected for Washington Super Lawyers, 2013-2017
  • Selected for Washington Rising Stars, 2012
  • Harry S. Truman Scholar
  • 2011 Amicus Award from the Northwest Immigrants’ Rights Project for pro bono work

Speaking Engagements & Presentations:

  • Sharing the Road With Uber and Lyft: Strategies for Crafting Effective Regulation of the Ride-sharing Industry, Washington Association of Municipal Attorneys, Spring Conference, April 2017
  • Washington Budget and Policy Center: Budget Beat Webinar on the legal challenge to Initiative 1366, January 2016
  • Quasi-Judicial, but not Quasi-Ethical: Conflicts of Interest and the Appearance of Fairness for Hearing Examiners, Hearing Examiners Association of Washington Conference, October 2015
  • Fulfilling the State’s Paramount Duty in the Age of Eyman, Washington Association of School Business Officials, May 2013 

Community Involvement:

  • Leadership Tomorrow, Class of 2018
  • ACLU-WA, Cooperating Counsel, 2017-Present
  • Legal Voice, Board Member, June 2016-Present
  • International Municipal Lawyers Association, Amicus Attorney, June 2016-Present
  • Legal Voice, Cooperating Pro Bono Attorney, 2015-Present
  • U.S. District Court Federal Civil Rights Clinic, Volunteer Attorney, 2012–Present
  • St. Joseph’s School, volunteer teacher of First Amendment law class
  • Seattle University Alumni Board of Governors, 2011–2014
  • Lawyers Helping Hungry Children, Board Member, 2010–2014

Professional Organizations:

  • International Municipal Lawyers Association
  • King County Bar Association, Appellate Section
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Mother Attorney Mentoring Association of Seattle (MAMAS)

Representative Matters:

  • City of Seattle: Represent the City in multiple trial and appellate matters related to Transportation Network Companies (Uber and Lyft), traffic safety cameras, ballot measures, ADA compliance, public records and transportation and infrastructure
  • City of Tacoma: Represent the City in trial and appellate matters relating to ballot initiatives
  • ACLU of Washington: Filed amicus briefing in support of the State of Washington in suit against the Trump administration challenging Executive Order on Immigration
  • Washington State Budget and Policy Center: Represent a community coalition in the trial and appellate court challenges to Tim Eyman’s Initiative 1366
  • Port of Seattle: Represent the Port in a variety of matters, including defending a Port Resolution advancing safety at Sea-Tac Airport by reducing workforce turnover and defending the Port’s RFP process awarding the Sea-Tac Airport taxi concession contract
  • Woodland Park Zoo: Represent the Zoo in state and federal court litigation related to the Zoo’s elephant exhibit and the relocation of its elephants to the Oklahoma City Zoo
  • Sound Transit: Represent Sound Transit in a variety of matters, including NEPA litigation concerning the East Link light rail route, a First Amendment challenge to Sound Transit’s signage policies, and various condemnation and construction related matters
  • Washington State: Represent the Department of Natural Resources as a Special Assistant Attorney General in litigation concerning constitutional protection for state trust lands and federal and state court challenges to habitat conservation plans. Prepared an amicus brief on behalf of the state Treasurer related to municipal debt limits
  • Washington State Tobacco Settlement Authority: Represented public authority in federal trial of bankruptcy court claims arising out of the collapse of Lehman Brothers
  • Foss Waterway Development Authority: Represented public authority in challenge to waterway redevelopment plan
  • Northwest Pipeline: Represented Northwest Pipeline in variety of matters including multi-million federal suit related to natural gas transportation and state law claims related to Northwest’s easement rights
  • Amazon.com: Defended Amazon.com in federal court First Amendment case arising out of distribution of self-published work
  • Let’s Move Forward: Represented city-wide coalition in challenge to tunnel referendum and subsequent ballot title/voters’ guide challenges