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Municipal Law

As general counsel or special counsel to a host of municipalities, Pacifica attorneys have considerable experience with the range of constitutional and statutory laws that affect the work of municipal entities.

All of the lawyers at Pacifica have extensive experience with Washington law (constitutional, statutory, regulatory and case law, informed by attorney general opinions and other guidance). We routinely work with municipal clients on issues related to open public meetings, public records policy and disclosure, public disclosure commission regulation, ethics, conflicts of interest, and municipal elections under state law. Our lawyers are skilled in dealing with the constantly changing world of social media and networking, and provide realistic and legally sound solutions to these increasingly complex problems. We also draft and analyze legislative proposals at the state and local levels on behalf of state and local governments.

We are often called upon to provide guidance on corporate governance and policy issues, interpret liability provisions, review contracts and transactions, consider legal and regulatory compliance issues, advise on issues regarding the lending of credit or gifts of public funds, review compliance with prevailing wage and competitive bidding statutes, and represent clients in insurance, contract, tort, and other disputes.

Pacifica attorneys have represented public entities at all levels: from assignment as special assistant attorneys general for the State of Washington to special prosecuting attorneys for counties to acting as outside or general counsel for cities, port districts, public utility districts, public development authorities, housing authorities, and other special purpose districts. We have particular experience with the Interlocal Cooperation Act, interlocal agreements between multiple government agencies, and other methods of intergovernmental cooperation. In addition to successfully negotiating, drafting and reviewing interlocal agreements, we have used the Act to form governmental administrative agencies, paired with a public development authority, to accomplish public projects and goals.