Miko Tempski is a litigation, trial, and appellate attorney who is available to represent clients in cases throughout the United States from his office in Bellevue, Washington. Mr. Tempski focuses much of his practice on constitutional civil rights issues, as well as public records and open government advice and litigation. Mr. Tempski has a broad range of litigation experience, from extensive pretrial discovery and motion practice, to jury trials and appellate representation, in both state and federal courts. Mr. Tempski is currently admitted to practice by the state bar of Washington, in various federal district courts as well as the Ninth and Tenth United States Circuit Courts of Appeal. He has also appeared pro hac vice in other courts.
Prior to opening the Tempski Law Firm, PS, Mr. Tempski served the state of Washington as an Assistant Attorney General, in the corrections division, where he was recognized as a “rising star” by both his clients and the Attorney General. While there, Mr. Tempski represented the Department of Corrections (DOC) and its employees in both state and federal court litigation. He successfully investigated and defended against inmate constitutional rights claims, inmate challenges to administrative or disciplinary action taken against them by DOC, public disclosure litigation, and other miscellaneous cases. Mr. Tempski also successfully prosecuted many parole and community custody board revocation hearings. Finally, Mr. Tempski provided advice and training for senior DOC leadership and staff in many areas including public disclosure, correctional industries, access to courts, subpoena compliance, and intelligence and investigations.
Mr. Tempski began his practice as an in-house attorney for the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), a renowned non-profit organization which has worked for 40 years to secure the civil rights of Americans through legal action and education. At SAF, Mr. Tempski focused on the preparation of strategic civil rights litigation, including the identification and selection of plaintiffs, legal research, and coordination and oversight of outside trial counsel. In addition to his current practice with the Tempski Law Firm, PS, Mr. Tempski also currently serves as the General Counsel to SAF, as well as a member of the board of directors of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
Mr. Tempski earned his B.A. degree in Political Science at the University of Washington, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, D.C., where he was a staff member for the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy. Prior to enrolling at Georgetown, Mr. Tempski served as a full-time police officer. He continues his service today as a reserve officer.
Mr. Tempski is an avid outdoorsman, traveler, skier, and sport shooter. He enjoys spending time with his fiancée, friends and family at home in Seattle.
Languages Spoken: Polish, English, Spanish
Licensed since 2010
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I endorse this lawyer highly. Miko's understanding of and insight into constitutional issues affecting businesses and individuals is deep. His awareness of the relevancy of 1st and 2nd Amendment issues and concerns is incredibly useful to both.
C Brislawn Trusts Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
I worked with Miko for a year when he was with the Seattle City Attorney's office and he was an excellent and experienced trial attorney there. I followed his career as he went to the Second Amendment Foundation, where I used his knowledge of firearms laws on many occasions. When he went to the WA Attorney General's Office, he gained lots of experience with public records cases which I have used to my benefit. And I'm very glad that he is back with the SAF. I highly endorse him for your firearms questions and PDR claims.
Derek Smith Criminal Defense Attorney
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Certificate of Achievement||Attorney General of Washington||2012|
|General Counsel||Second Amendment Foundation||2013 - Present|
|President/Managing Attorney||Tempski Law Firm, PS||2013 - Present|
|Assistant Attorney General||Attorney General Of Washington||2011 - 2013|
|Attorney/Legal Affairs Director||Second Amendment Foundation||2010 - 2011|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Firearms Industry Council of Washington||Chairman||2013 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Litigation Section||Member||2013 - Present|
|American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Civil Rights Committee, Second Amendment Litigation Subcommittee||Chair||2013 - Present|
|Washington Coalition for Open Government||Member||2013 - Present|
|Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington chapter)||Member||2012 - Present|
|Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms||Board of Directors||2012 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2010 - Present|
|National Rifle Association||Lifetime Member||2009 - Present|
|Peterson v. Garcia, et. al.||Amicus brief was accepted, but the case was decided against the party the amici supported.|
|Barnhouse v. Vail, et. al.||Positive - Case Dismissed|
|Students for Concealed Carry on Campus, et. al. v. Regents of the University of Colorado, et. al.||Positive - The court decided in favor of SCCC.|
|Georgetown University Law Center||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2010|
|University of Washington||Political Science||BA - Bachelor of Arts||2005|
|Elected Officials Accountability Workshop||The Power of Public Records in Advocacy||2013|
|28th Annual Gun Rights Policy Conference||Taking Gun Rights Cases through the Courts||2013|