Foster Pepper has been nationally recognized as bond counsel for more than half a century — passing upon the validity and exemption from federal income taxation of interest on thousands of issues of bonds frequently marketed across the country by national underwriters. The firm's municipal finance practice is by far the largest in Washington based on volume and number of deals. We also ranked first in the nation for "U.S. Municipal News Issues - Bond Counsel Competitive" for the second consecutive year by Thomson Reuters. Foster Pepper has served as bond counsel, underwriters counsel, and general and special counsel to more than 450 governmental agencies, including the State of Washington, counties, cities and towns, port districts, public utility districts, housing authorities, school districts, public hospital districts, water and sewer districts, irrigation and reclamation districts, fire protection districts, and other municipal and quasi-municipal corporations.
Foster Pepper has also acted as bond counsel for tax-exempt issues for municipalities, public utilities, and nonprofit hospitals in Oregon, Alaska, Idaho, and Montana. The firm regularly serves as underwriters counsel on transactions for which it is not bond counsel. Also, the firm’s Municipal Government attorneys provide special counsel services to virtually every type of municipality throughout the Northwest. And the firm is the most active in affordable housing finance in Washington State.