Overview

Pacifica lawyers provide legal support to K-12 school districts throughout the state of Washington, assisting them in the delivery of excellence in education.

We understand well the strategic and operational challenges faced by school administrators. With a dedicated School Districts practice, we help school district clients achieve goals, conquer challenges, and take advantage of opportunities to further their mission.

We routinely assist school district clients in a wide variety of operational and strategic matters, including facility financing and development, public works and procurement, labor and employment issues, and student and special education matters. We often serve as outside general counsel, and have extensive experience advising our clients on a broad array of legal issues specific to school districts.

By working with school districts as a value-added external partner, and through a detailed understanding of their objectives, we are able to provide timely advice consistent with long-term policies and programs.

Our Commitment to the Education Community

The commitment of Pacifica attorneys to education is reflected through serving as volunteers in a number of public service positions for community educational organizations, including:

  • the State Board of Community and Technical Colleges,
  • the City of Seattle Families and Education Levy Oversight Committee,
  • the Student Achievement Council,
  • the boards of education non-profits such as Schools First and College Spark (an education grant-making foundation),
  • the State Capital Projects Advisory Review Board, and
  • local PTAs.

We are proud to help make a difference in the communities in which we work and live.

Practice Team

Carlos Chavez

Carlos Chavez

PARTNER
Alanna E. Peterson

Alanna E. Peterson

ASSOCIATE
Faith Pettis

Faith Pettis

PARTNER
Tim Reynolds

Tim Reynolds

ASSOCIATE
Denise Stiffarm

Denise Stiffarm

PARTNER
Zak Tomlinson

Zak Tomlinson

PARTNER
Susan Winkelman

Susan Winkelman

PARTNER
Greg Wong

Greg Wong

PARTNER
Grace McDonough

Grace McDonough

LEGAL ASSISTANT / PARALEGAL
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