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Taki V. Flevaris

Associate

Taki Flevaris focuses his practice on appellate, constitutional, and governmental litigation. In addition to working on cases directly involving federal, state, and local governments, Taki has litigated in numerous subject areas, including antitrust, bankruptcy, campaign finance, class actions, contracts, copyright, defamation, election law, eminent domain, environmental law, free speech, housing, insurance coverage, public records, real estate, securities fraud, and taxation—often with a constitutional or political dimension.

Taki regularly works on state and local initiatives, including drafting, constitutional analysis, and legal challenges. He also advises clients on constitutional, statutory, and regulatory compliance issues, the scope of governmental authority, and internal policy formulation and implementation. Taki has extensive experience with various complex legal frameworks, such as campaign finance law, federal housing programs, and Washington’s Public Records Act.

Prior to joining Pacifica, Taki worked as an Advocacy Fellow at the Korematsu Center for Law and Equality at Seattle University School of Law, then as a litigation associate at the law firm of K&L Gates, and finally as law clerk to the Honorable Steven C. González of the Washington State Supreme Court.

Taki is actively involved in pro bono work and civic engagement. He has written and presented regarding equal access and equal treatment in our justice system and in the legal profession, advocated on behalf of various civic organizations acting as amicus curiae in state and federal courts, and litigated on behalf of immigrants seeking asylum from persecution before federal immigration courts, the Board of Immigration Appeals, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Taki also is active in various professional and community organizations.

Prior to his career in the law, Taki spent time coaching the Reed College speech and debate team and studying flamenco guitar. He also plays basketball, is an avid fan of his hometown team the Portland Trailblazers, and continues to hold out hope for the return of the SuperSonics to Seattle.

Bar Admissions:

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

Education:

  • Northwestern University, B.A., Philosophy, with honors, Dean’s List
  • Harvard Law School, J.D. (Journal of Law and Technology, Submissions Committee, Research Assistant to Professor Martha Minow)

Honors:

  • Outstanding Young Lawyer Award, King County Bar Association, 2016
  • Selected for Washington Rising Stars, 2014-2017

Speaking Engagements & Presentations:

  • “Working With HUD,” Association of Washington Housing Authorities Meeting, September 15, 2016, Walla Walla, WA
  • “Lessons from Sarbanes-Oxley for Washington’s Cities and Counties,” Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys Annual Spring Conference, April 29, 2016, Stevenson, WA
  • “Lessons from Sarbanes-Oxley for the UW,” Attorney General’s Office, UW Division, July 15, 2015, Seattle, WA
  • “Racial Bias in the Justice System,” Washington State Association for Justice Annual Meeting and Convention, July 28, 2013, Coeur D’Alene, ID
  • “Biases Matter:  How Does Bias Affect You and the Participants in the Legal System?,” Oregon State Bar Association Convocation on Equality, November 4, 2011, Portland, OR
  • “Retaining Diversity in the Justice System: Problems and Solutions,” Access to Justice and Bar Leaders’ Conference, June 4, 2011, Kennewick, WA
  • “Implicit (and Explicit) Bias and the Legal Profession: A Closer Look at Turner v. Stime,” Plenary Session, Fifth Annual Statewide Diversity Conference, June 25, 2010, Seattle, WA
  • Turner v. Stime—Recognizing and Attacking Juror Bias,” Washington State Bar Association Committee for Diversity and Washington State Attorney General’s Office, May 21, 2010, Tacoma, WA
  • Turner v. Stime—Recognizing and Attacking Juror Bias,” Washington State Bar Association Committee for Diversity, March 31, 2010, Seattle, WA

Publications:

  • Cross-Racial Misidentification: A Call to Action in Washington State and Beyond, 38 Seattle U.L. Rev. 861 (2015), Taki V. Flevaris and Ellie F. Chapman
  • Research Working Group, Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System, Preliminary Report on Race and Washington’s Criminal Justice System, 47 Gonz. L. Rev. 251 (2011-12), 87 Wash. L. Rev. 1 (2012), 35 Seattle U. L. Rev. 623 (2012), contributing author and editor
  • Bias in the Courtroom, One Degree Removed, 17 Asian Pac. Am. L.J. 100 (Fall 2011-Spring 2012), Robert S. Chang and Taki V. Flevaris
  • Encyclopedia of the Supreme Court of the United States (David S. Tanenhaus, ed., 2008), contributing author
  • Newberg on Class Actions (William Rubenstein, ed., under contract), contributing author

Community Involvement:

  • Your House Boxing & Community Club, Board Member, Vice President, and Administrator, 2011—2016
  • Future of the Law Institute, Mentor, 2010

Professional Organizations:

  • King County Bar Association Appellate Section, Executive Committee, 2011—present, Chair, 2016—2017
  • Access to Justice Board Technology Committee, Member, 2012
  • Fred T. Korematsu Center for Law and Equality, Advocacy Fellow, 2009—2011 and 2013—present
  • Task Force on Race and the Criminal Justice System, Member, 2010—2011

Representative Matters:

  • Litigation involving the City of Seattle, the State of Washington, and various political committees, regarding the scope of Seattle’s local power of referendum
  • Litigation between a local public housing authority and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development regarding the classification and administration of certain housing stock
  • A lawsuit between a federally approved natural gas pipeline project and certain state officials, arising under both the Supremacy Clause and Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution
  • Constitutional, regulatory, and strategic analysis for a quasi-public organization regarding its legal status, organizational structure, and ongoing programming and planning
  • Analysis of constitutional and related legal issues for a municipal campaign supporting campaign finance reform
  • Advising a municipality on effective strategies and policies for responding to a wide variety of potential requests under Washington’s Public Records Act