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Milt is a longtime trial lawyer and law professor whose practice focuses on civil litigation, including employment discrimination and wrongful termination law, general municipal law, complex litigation, construction, tort and land title cases, landlord-tenant cases and dispute resolution and litigation for cities, counties, and special purpose districts. He has taught courses in administrative law, local government law, business law and related subjects since 1987, including landlord-tenant, real estate law, insurance law and the law of sales and leases of goods. He was litigation counsel for the City of Spokane from 1993-2007, and in that capacity handled many administrative and litigation matters, including employment, personal injury, malpractice and civil rights litigation. He lectures widely on litigation issues facing agencies.


Practice areas


  1. Municipal Government: 20%
  2. Litigation: 20%
  3. Landlord & Tenant: 20%
  4. Employment & Labor: 20%
  5. Real Estate: 20%

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  • Elizabeth C Wallace

    Milt was a professor of mine in law school, and has been a friend and mentor and colleague since. He is ethical, genuine, and caring about his clients and his community.


    Elizabeth Wallace Estate Planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Susan C Nelson

    I endorse this lawyer. Milt is an excellent attorney and I have no hestiation in referring potential clients to him.


    Susan Nelson Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter

Contact info

Foster Pepper PLLC

422 West Riverside Avenue Suite 1310
Spokane, WA, 99201-0302


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
The Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers2015
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2015
BV RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
Spokane Top LawyersSpokane/Coeur d'Alene Living magazine2011
Dean's AwardGonzaga University1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselFoster Pepper Shefelman2007 - Present
Adjunct-Visiting Assistant ProfessorUniversity of idaho College of Law1999 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorGonzaga University School of Law1987 - Present
Chief Litigation CounselCity of Spokane1993 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
Rules of Professional Conduct CommitteeMember2007 - 2007
Washington State Bar AssociationArbitrator--Fee Arbitration Panel2006 - 2007
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2004 - 2005
Washington State Association of Municipal AttorneysMember1993 - 2007
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Daubner v MillsDismissed on Summary Judgment
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington State Association of Municipal AttorneysTort Law Update2006
Washington State Association of Municipal AttorneysLegal Ethics--Three Difficult Issues2005
Washinton State Association of Municipal AttorneysAdult Bookstores and Zoning Law2005
King County Bar AssociationEstablishment Clause2001
Washington State Association of Municipal AttorneysMunicpal Liability for Defective Sidewalks1997
Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal EducationBusiness Law and Litigation1991
Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal EducationConsumer Protection Act1990
Gonzaga Law ReviewConsumer Protection Act Private Right of Action1985
Idaho Law ReviewTaxing a Moving Target1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of Detroit MercyLiteratureBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
University of Detroit MercyTheaterBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
University of Detroit MercyHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys Spring ConferenceSpeaker2015
Washington Association Of Prosecuting AttorneysRoad Liability & Dispositive Motions2014
Police Liability in WashingtonContesting Fee Petitions for Defendant2014
Police Liability in WashingtonProcedural Issues - Defendant: Removal, Offer of Judgment2014
Police Liability in WashingtonShort Examples or Tactical Considerations Not Evident in the Rules2014
Contesting Fee Petitions for DefendantSettlement Defendant2014
Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys Fall ConferenceTort Law Update2013
Washington Public Risk Management AssociationSpeaker2013
Eastern Washington Finance Officers Association Fall MeetingUtility Billing Practices and Problems2013
BIAS Accounting Annual Seminarcases Challenging Utility Billing Practices2012
WSAMA 2011 Fall ConferenceTort Law Update2011
WFCA 63rd Annual ConferenceManaging the Process of Labor Negotiations2011
Association of Washington Cities Annual ConferenceRunning for Office While Sitting in City Hall2011
BIAS Accounting 2010 ConferenceHow to Save Money by Avoiding Litigation2010
2010 WCIA City Attorney MeetingPublic Records Training Municipal Attorney Concerns2010
Yakima County Barr Association CLE conferenceEthics and the practitioner2006
Washington State Association of Municipal AttorneysTort law Update2006
WSAMA Spring confereceEthics rules changes2005
WSAMA Spring 2005 ConferenceAdult Retail Zoning and First Amendment Issues2005
Spokane County Bar Ass'n CLETrial practice - ethics issues2005
National Right-of-Way AssociationSpeaker2005
Lorman SeminarsEminent Domain Law2005
Lorman SeminarEminent Domain Law2002