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Dedicated to the public interest.


Practice areas


  1. Education: 30%
    9 years
  2. Appeals: 30%
    11 years
  3. Administrative Law: 28%
    10 years
  4. Land Use & Zoning: 12%
    10 years

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Harrison-Benis LLP

2101 Fourth Avenue, Suite 1900
Seattle, WA, 98121


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2015
James Andersen AwardWashington Coalition for Open Government2014
"Rising Star" appellate lawWashington Super Lawyers2013
Freedom of the Press Award, domestic categoryNational Press Club1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Of CounselLaw Office of James S. Rogers2009 - Present
associate attorneyLaw Offices of Charlotte Cassady2008 - 2009
associate attorneyGendler & Mann LLP2006 - 2008
law clerk for Chief Justice Gerry AlexanderWashington Supreme Court2005 - 2006
editor and reporterSeattle Post-Intelligencer1990 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington Coalition for Open Governmentlegal committee chair2012 - Present
Washington Coalition for Open GovernmentBoard Member2010 - Present
Bellevue Parks and Community Services BoardMember2008 - Present
Washington Autism Alliance & AdvocacyBoard member and education committee chair2013 - 2015
Wash. State Association for Justicecivil rights editor of Trial News2011 - 2012
Wash. State Association for Justiceassociate editor, Civil Rights Deskbook (2011)2010 - 2011
Sierra ClubLitigation committee member2010 - 2010
Families for Effective Autism Treatment of WashingtonBoard Member2010 - 2013
Puget Soundkeeper AllianceLitigation committee member2009 - 2014
Center for Environmental Law and PolicyBoard member2008 - 2010
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rental Housing Association of Puget Sound v. City of Des MoinesSuccessful: The Washington Supreme Court reversed dismissal of the association's Public Records Act suit because the City's claim of exemption from public disclosure requirements was too generalized to cause the statute of limitations period to begin.
Milner v. Navywon in US Supreme Court, 8-1 (my amicus brief is cited in footnote 9)
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Publication nameTitleDate
Wash. St. Attorney General's Office Open Government Resource Manual2015 update (co-editor)2015
Public Records Act DeskbookStatutory Construction2014
Seattle TimesState courts could return to secrecy in cases2014
The OlympianSpeaker Chopp protects public's right to know2014
King County Bar BulletinPrivilege decision makes digging for records tougher2014
Seattle TimesDon't let local governments gut the public records act2013
Trial NewsGendler v. Batiste: can the state conceal accident data from personal injury plaintiffs?2012
Trial NewsDeaf children denied education in their own language2012
Tacoma News Tribune op-edState must act to stop bias against children with autism2011
Trial NewsA lesson for civil rights lawyers: delaying settlement may reduce fee awards2011
Trial NewsConfidentiality in product liability cases (coauthor)2011
Seattle Post-Intelligencer"Boost for Disabled Would Serve Society"2007
Washington State Bar News"The Commish: Unsung Hero of the Washington State Supreme Court"2006
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor in December 20042004
University of Missouri, ColumbiaJournalismN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Blueprints to Special EducationIndividuals with Disabilities in Education Act2015
Appellate Practice Section Meeting CLEOpen Courts v. Privacy2015
The State of the Public Records Act in 2014 and BeyondMaking and Responding to Public Records Act Requests2014
Special Education Law and Advocacy TrainingRegulations for educating children with disabilities2014
Litigating Open Government CasesOpen Public Meeting Act Cases2014
Blueprints to Special EducationSpecial education eligibility and planning2014
Workshop on Open Government IssuesHow to request public records2013
Special Education Law SummitDeveloping the Individualized Education Plan2013
Public Records Act Litigation SeminarWashington's Anti-SLAPP (Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation) Statute2013
Privilege and the PRA: Freedom Foundation v. GregoireGovernor's executive privilege from disclosure2013
IDEA Blueprints to Special EducationEducational rights of students with disabilities2013
How Families and Professionals Can Effectively Work With SchoolsSpecial education advocacy2013
The Public's Right to Know: Laws, Tensions and Emerging Issuesmoderated full-day CLE2012
Open Government in Washington StateHow to Request Public Records2011
Civil Rights CLE Update and Deskbookco-chair civil rights seminar2011
Third Annual Statewide Diversity Conference"Running a Judicial Campaign"2008
Public Interest Environmental Law ConferenceFactfinding and Discovery in Environmental Litigation2008