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Deanna practices municipal finance and general municipal law. Her experience includes serving as bond counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel on financing matters for a variety of public entities, including cities, public utility districts, ports, fire protection districts, transit agencies, public development authorities, public facilities districts, school districts, industrial development corporations, and state agencies. Financing structures include revenue bonds, general obligation bonds, lease financings, assessment financings, short-term obligations, industrial development bonds and other private-activity bonds. She also serves as outside counsel to public entities on general municipal matters, advising clients on open public meetings, public records and disclosure matters, and other municipal law issues. Deanna also has extensive experience with Washington legislation and federal and state securities law. She is a frequent speaker and author on state and federal municipal finance issues and developments in local law. 


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Practice areas


  1. Public Finance: 80%
    14 years
  2. State & Local Law: 20%
    14 years

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Pacifica Law Group LLP

1191 2nd Avenue, Suite 2100
Seattle, WA, 98101


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics2012
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Deans Medal for Academic AchievementDeans Medal for Academic Achievement2002
Alpha Sigma Nu National Honor SocietyAlpha Sigma Nu National Honor Society2002
Lawless Memorial AwardLawless Memorial Award2002
Gonzaga Law SchoolGonzaga Law Review2001
Thomas More ScholarThomas More Scholar1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyK&L Gates (Formerly Preston Gates Ellis, LLP)2002 - 2011
LAKing County Office Of Prosecuting Attorney2002 - 2002
Summer AssociatePreston Gates Ellis, LLP2001 - 2001
TutorGonzaga University School Of Law2001 - 2002
Legal InternPerkins Coie Lp2000 - 2001
Intern/LAKing County Office Of Prosecuting Attorney1997 - 1999
Association namePosition nameDuration
Puget Sound Finance Officers AssociationBoard Member2012 - Present
Mount Si Running ClubN/A2012 - Present
Hope-linkExecutive Leadership Council2012 - Present
Washington Finance Officers AssociationN/A2011 - Present
Washington Public Ports AssociationN/A2011 - Present
National Association of Bond LawyersEducation Committee Chair2011 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationN/A2002 - Present
Association of Washington CitiesN/A2002 - Present
Washington State Association of Municipal AttorneysN/A2002 - Present
National Association of Bond LawyersMember2002 - Present
Washington Public Utility District AssociationN/A2002 - Present
Northwest Women's Law CenterMemberN/A
Solid GroundBoard Treasurer2010 - 2011
Solid GroundBoard President2009 - 2010
National Association of Bond Lawyers, Associate NetworkCo-chair2005 - 2009
Solid GroundBoard Member2005 - 2011
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Washington Higher Education Facilities Authority/Seattle University Bondsclosed
City of Burien, Washingtonclosed
City of Port Angeles, Washingtonclosed
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Publication nameTitleDate
MRSC Budget SuggestionsPost Issuance Compliance for Municipal Bonds: Implementing a Comprehensive Policy2012
Pacifica ReleasePacifica Release2011
Budget Suggestions, 2004Public Development Authorities2004
MRSCCity and County Options for Creative Financing2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of WashingtonPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1999
Rogers High School Puyallup WashingtonN/AN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSAMAMPD 1012012
WMTAFinancing OptionsN/A
2009 Finance and Admin SeminarFinancing Tools for Public PortsN/A