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May 1, 2017
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Paul Lawrence and Joni Earl Honored by NPI with Lynn Allen Awards

The Northwest Progressive Institute (NPI) presented Pacifica lawyer Paul Lawrence and Sound Transit CEO Joni Earl with its very first Lynn Allen Awards on Saturday, April 29. The Award was created in honor of the late Lynn Allen, a founding board member of NPI, who was deeply committed to inclusive and effective activism. The Award recognizes people who have made indispensable contributions to progressive causes for a decade or more.

Paul’s award commendation is as follows:

“A formidable attorney specializing in complex appellate and civil litigation, Paul Lawrence has ably represented public servants and working families in our courts for more than thirty years. During a five year stretch ranging from 2011 to 2016, Paul skillfully secured a series of landmark verdicts against a crop of right wing initiatives that gravely threatened Washington’s future. Prior to those cases, Paul defended Sound Transit against multiple lawsuits intended to weaken or destroy it. His mastery of constitutional law and sound trial strategy have repeatedly led to crucial victories for progressive causes.”

Read the NPI’s full announcement>

Feb 23, 2017
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Bringing the Sonics Back to Seattle: Lessons Learned from the Team’s Departure

Pacifica lawyer Paul Lawrence was interviewed in the Seattle Growth Podcast ( regarding lessons learned from the 2008 departure of the Seattle Sonics basketball team that can be applied to the current efforts to bring the team back to Seattle. Paul served as lead attorney for the City of Seattle’s trial attempting to force owner Clay Bennett to fulfill the obligations of the Sonics’ lease in Key Arena, and has deep insights into the complex causes of the Sonics’ departure as well as approaches that could support the team’s return. Paul’s interview can be heard in the podcast from minutes 16 to 35.

The Seattle Growth Podcast is a 13 episode journey led by University of Washington professor, Jeff Shulman, into the minds of residents, businesses, and city leaders about what Seattle’s economic and population growth means to them.

Feb 21, 2017

Federal Lawsuit to Protect 1st Amendment Rights of Award-Winning Student Artist

Congressman Wm. Lacy Clay, (D) Missouri, filed a lawsuit in Federal Court in Washington DC challenging the removal of a painting by a young constituent that was inspired by the events in Ferguson, MO. The painting had been peacefully displayed at the U.S. Capitol for nearly seven months as a winner of the Congressional Art Competition until Congressional Republicans and right-wing media pressured the Architect of the Capitol to remove it. Congressman Clay asserts that the removal violates both the rights of the young artist and his own First Amendment rights. Pacifica lawyers Kymberly Evanson and Athan Papailiou, along with lawyers from Jenner & Block and Chehardy, Sherman, Williams, are serving as the Congressman’s pro bono legal team. 

To read the full press release, with background information, click here>

To read the court filing, click here>

To see a video of Congressman Clay’s 2/21/17 press briefing, shown on Congressman Clay’s Facebook page, click here>

Feb 4, 2017

Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) Blocks Travel Ban

On Friday, February 3, U.S. District Judge James L. Robart issued a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) in the case of State of Washington, et al. v. Donald Trump, et al., temporarily blocking enforcement of President Trump’s ban on entry to the U.S. by travelers from seven nations. Pacifica Law Group attorneys filed a brief in support of the issuance for the TRO on behalf of the ACLU of Washington.

To read the full seven-page TRO, click here >
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Jan 31, 2017

Pacifica Attorneys Work With NWIRP and ACLU of Washington to Block Immigrant Deportation

Last Saturday, the Northwest Immigrant Rights Project (NWIRP) and the ACLU of Washington were able to obtain a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) to prevent two immigrants who had arrived at Sea-Tac Airport with valid tourist visas from being deported. Pacifica Law Group was part of the attorney team that worked to file a habeas petition and obtain an emergency stay of removal from the U.S. federal court along with attorneys for NWIRP, the ACLU, and MacDonald Hoague & Bayless.

To read more detail, click here.

Related Media Articles 

“Frantic effort at Sea-Tac to stop flight, allow 2 men to enter U.S.” Seattle Times, 1/31/17:

“Stop that plane: The frantic race to halt a deportation”, 1/30/17:

“Travelers detained at Seattle airport released from custody” KIRO 7 News, 1/29/17:

“Judge suspends Trump order; bars deportation of refugees” Seattle Times, 1/28/17:

“Judge blocks part of Trump’s immigration order” Seattle Times, 1/28/17:


Jan 13, 2017

Washington Supreme Court Unanimously Rules in Favor of Pacifica Client Woodland Park Zoo

Significant Public Records Act opinion provides guidance for nonprofits and other entities that partner with government.

In a case of first impression, the Washington Supreme Court issued a unanimous, 9-0 opinion yesterday holding that the Woodland Park Zoological Society, a private nonprofit organization that operates the Woodland Park Zoo (“Zoo”), is not subject to Washington’s Public Records Act (“PRA”). See Fortgang v. Woodland Park Zoo, ___ Wn.2d____, No. 92846-1 (Jan. 12, 2017).  

The Supreme Court also adopted a test for determining when the PRA applies to nonprofits and other private entities that provide public benefits with at least partial government support. The test appropriately limits the PRA’s application only to those situations where an entity has “effectively assumed the role of government.”

Pacifica attorneys Paul Lawrence, Greg Wong, and Alanna Peterson represented the Zoo in the litigation and appeals.

Read more and link to the Washington Supreme Court Opinion >

Jan 11, 2017
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Pacifica Law Group Listed by the Legal Foundation of Washington as a “Champion of Justice”

The Legal Foundation of Washington has listed Pacifica Law Group as a “Champion of Justice,” among 40 law firms in Washington State who demonstrate ongoing commitment to equal justice, regardless of income, for all people.

The Legal Foundation of Washington is a non-profit created by the Washington Supreme Court in 1984 to ensure access to civil legal aid for all people in Washington and to improve the civil justice system to be more equitable and just. It serves thousands of low-income people each year by investing in civil legal aid organizations across Washington, through support from public and private partners who are committed to equal justice and system reform.

Nov 22, 2016

‘Green’ Comes with a Warning Label

by Pacifica Attorney Nicole DeNamur, Contributing Writer to the Puget Sound Business Journal

Given the current market demand for buildings with sustainable attributes, owners and contractors understandably want to market the “green” nature of their buildings and building products.

Misleading language, however, can subject such marketers to potential claims of deceptive advertising or practices from various regulatory bodies and private parties.

Read the full Puget Sound Business Journal article>

Nov 1, 2016

Pacifica Law Group Recognized Among Top Tiers of 2017 U.S. News–Best Lawyers List of “Best Law Firms”

Pacifica Law Group has again been named among top tier law firms by U.S. News & World Report and Best Lawyers, in their 2017 “Best Law Firms” list. Ranked firms, presented in tiers, are listed on a national and/or metropolitan scale. Receiving a tier designation reflects the high level of respect a firm has earned among other leading lawyers and clients in the same communities and the same practice areas for its abilities, its professionalism and its integrity.




The 2017 “Best Law Firms” rankings can be seen in their entirety by visiting

Oct 7, 2016

3 Things to Consider About Your Building Materials

By Pacifica Attorney Nicole DeNamur, Contributing Writer to the Daily Journal of Commerce

Smart owners and contractors can avoid potential issues by considering the impacts of chemicals found in many building materials.

Over the past several years, the volume and availability of information regarding the composition of building materials, and how exposure to these materials may impact human health, has dramatically increased.

Read the full Daily Journal of Commerce article >