June 6, 2024

Chambers and Partners Recognizes Pacifica Attorneys and Practice Groups in 2024 Rankings

Chambers and Partners Recognizes Pacifica Attorneys and Practice Groups in 2024 Rankings

Chambers and Partners recognized seven Pacifica attorneys and three practice groups in its 2024 Washington state rankings.

Legal industry research company Chambers and Partners included seven Pacifica Law Group attorneys and three practice groups in its 2024 rankings of the top attorneys and firms in Washington state, the organization announced today.

Chambers recognized attorneys John De Lanoy, Gerry Johnson, Paul Lawrence, Rich Moore, John Parnass, Zach Pekelis, and Zak Tomlinson in its rankings of the top lawyers in their practice areas, and also ranked the firm’s Construction, Public Finance, and Real Estate practice groups.

This is the first year that Chambers has published Public Finance rankings for Washington.

Chambers and Partners bases its highly selective rankings on in-depth interviews with clients and peers. Chambers noted the following in its profiles of Pacifica attorneys and groups:


Pacifica’s Construction group is “recognized for its specialist proficiency in tunneling disputes and public procurement procedures, including bid protests.”

John Parnass “advises on a range of disputes and transactional mandates, including bid protests arising from public sector projects. He is also called upon to handle matters relating to private projects.”

Zak Tomlinson “is highlighted for his handling of transactional matters such as contract negotiations, as well as his experience in disputes arising from construction projects.”

Public Finance

Pacifica’s Public Finance group “has significant strength acting for state and local government entities in public finance transactions. The firm is capable across a range of sectors with particular expertise in the housing and education sectors. The team is experienced across an array of municipal bond financing structures.”

Real Estate

Pacifica’s Real Estate group is “especially well known for its work on behalf of public sector bodies and on public-private partnership developments. It is also highly active in the commercial leasing space and in the representation of leading institutional landlords. The firm is engaged on key urban redevelopment and heritage preservation projects, and is also a noted player in the assisted care sphere.” Referees said: “Pacifica Law Group is very client-focused and responsive.” “The team provides excellent advice.” “Pacifica has strong connections and excels at strategic thinking.”

John De Lanoy “enjoys a broad real estate practice, with notable experience in development projects and property acquisitions.” Referees said: “John is very easy to work with.” “He is an excellent attorney and I would recommend him to anyone.”

Gerry Johnson “often works on community building projects. He handles both public and private sector matters.” A referee said: “Gerald has got both a business sense and a strategic sense.”

Rich Moore is “especially well versed in handling lease transactions. He advises commercial landlords and tenants, including those active in the telecommunications and education sectors. A referee said: “Richard is a great transactional real estate lawyer. He understands business and is practical.”

Litigation: General Commercial

Paul Lawrence “has a broad litigation practice and is well regarded for his handling of complex commercial, municipal and environmental disputes. He is noted for his expert representation of clients in appellate proceedings.” A referee said: “Paul is an excellent lawyer who is very good in oral argument.”

Zach Pekelis “has a broad practice, with experience handling commercial litigation and internal investigations. He has further capabilities in legal challenges relating to policy.” A referee said: “Zach is a talented and dynamic lawyer, and a great asset to our work.”


Visit the Chambers and Partners website for more information about its rankings process.