The Government Law team is an interdisciplinary group that includes many members who are former government attorneys or have worked in various levels of federal state or local government. Team members apply their technical knowledge, experience and practical understanding of public law to assist clients in contracting, permitting, rulemaking, public records act issues, representation before administrative and regulatory bodies, and in litigation proceedings. We also work with selected strategic partners to develop and implement innovative strategies to achieve successful outcomes on matters of concern to our clients and to the communities in which they work and serve.
The members of our Government Law Team have a breadth of experience advising and representing corporate, partnership, local governments, special purpose districts and individual clients on matters affecting their work. We are committed to providing superior service to our clients in regulatory matters and interactions with all levels of government throughout the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. READ MORE
The Government Law Team has particular experience in a variety of legal matters, including:
We work with clients who have tax issues with the state Department of Revenue, state Board of Tax Appeals, county assessors and similar tax collecting entities. We also counsel clients in structuring business transactions to minimize adverse tax impacts.
Our team has a range of experience in assisting clients with health care issues, including certificates of need and other licensing matters, before the state Departments of Health, Social and Health Services, Licensing and other state agencies.
Our team includes experienced labor and employment attorneys who provide compliance and regulatory advice to our clients on a broad range of labor, employment and benefits issues. We keep current on developing local and state laws and regulations, and provide regular updates to our clients through our annual seminars and Employer Adviser client alerts. We also know the court room and continue remarkable success in achieving favorable results for our employer clients. We provide strategic thinking in negotiations involving collective bargaining agreements, and interactions with labor unions. We represent employers in proceedings before government agencies, including federal, state and local departments of labor, the National Labor Relations Board, the Washington State Public Employment Relations Commission, the Oregon Employment Relations Board, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and state fair employment practices agencies, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and state occupational safety and health agencies. We also represent employers regarding self-insured workers’ compensation matters, ERISA plans, and litigation involving life, health and disability employee benefits. Construction and Development
We provide a full range of assistance in contracting, permitting, development and dispute resolution of projects at the local, state and federal levels.
We assist public and private entities with internal and external investigations and compliance issues, and represent our clients during government investigations and state and federal criminal and civil proceedings
We work with public and private clients in crafting innovative legislative solutions to challenging issues and assist clients who see opportunities for improving regulatory processes.
We carefully track and apply developments in the rapidly evolving consumer privacy and data security legislative and regulatory environment to our representation of corporate clients across all industry sectors. We also work closely with trade organizations in their efforts to develop and improve consumer privacy and data security legislative policy.
We provide assistance ranging from the permit process, consultation on compliance matters, and defense of environmental claims in court and before state and local agencies.
We assist clients with business and regulatory issues in the areas of telecommunications, electricity, pipelines, natural gas, and water and sewer services.
The team assists with issues relating to forest practices, aquatic lands, Endangered Species Act, wetlands, and fish and wildlife issues, and Indian law matters.
We have extensive experience coordinating the requirements of various funding sources and documenting transactions, including participation from federal, state and local public agencies, private lenders and equity partners. We have helped our clients negotiate and close complex housing, industrial, commercial, mixed-use and transportation projects.
The team has extensive litigation experience in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate levels involving a wide range of issues. We represent clients in alternative dispute resolution, including mediation and arbitration, and in trial and appellate courts.
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