June 22, 2017

“How Seattle attorneys gave us even more to love about the city’s favorite shopping destination”

Published in 2017 Washington Super Lawyers – July 2017

This summer, the Pike Place Market debuts a grand expansion, dubbed MarketFront, on the site of a former parking lot west of the main market, on the tumbledown slope above the Alaskan Way Viaduct. The $74 million project creates more space for farmers, crafters, artists and artisan producers; new low-income senior housing; extra parking; and a stunning view of Seattle’s waterfront and the Olympics beyond.

Attorney Gerry Johnson was instrumental in organizing the 2008 levy proposal that laid the groundwork for MarketFront. He has been general counsel to the Pike Place Market Preservation and Development Authority (PDA) for 30 years. Twenty-five years ago, he helped form the Market Foundation, which funds services and housing for its low-income neighbors.

When the Manhattan backers of loans for the restoration decided in the ’80s to redevelop the market area, appellate attorney Paul J. Lawrence was lead litigator, along with lawyer Fred Tausend, in a successful case that cemented the local ownership.

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(Note: In the originally published version of this article, Super Lawyer Magazine incorrectly referred to “the late Fred Tausend.” We are happy to report that Fred is alive and well, and enjoying retirement.)