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January 18, 2013
Foster Pepper's Public Finance Group Ranked Among Nation's Top Bond Counsel

SEATTLE, WASH. – January 18, 2013 – Northwest law firm Foster Pepper PLLC’s Public Finance practice has ranked first in the U.S. having served as bond counsel in connection with the competitive offering of more municipal bonds than any other firm in the nation, with 27 issues at $4.3 billion for the full 2012 year, according to the Thomson Reuters annual rankings.  The firm also placed fourth in the top disclosure counsel category with 27 issues at $4.9 billion; and ninth in the top bond counsel category with 112 issues at $7.1 billion; and tenth in the top bond counsel category. Foster Pepper is the only Northwest-based law firm appearing in these rankings.

“In 2012, we were active representing public utility districts and other issuers in the energy sector, and the two biggest issuers of competitively sold offerings, namely state of Washington and City of Seattle. We also continued to expand our practice of assisting our clients in providing adequate disclosure to the bond market,” said Alice Ostdiek, chair of Foster Pepper’s Public Finance and Municipal Government practices. “We have a strong group of bond lawyers and tax lawyers practicing in public finance sector, and a historical commitment to the Northwest that sets us apart from other law firms of any size.”

The rankings reflect transaction volume that includes all long-term municipal new issues underwritten during the full year of 2012. Rankings do not include short-term, preliminary, private placement, or rank ineligible issues. 

Foster Pepper’s public finance practice, based out of its Seattle and Spokane offices, is nationally recognized in the municipal securities industry, and has been for more than 70 years. Foster Pepper lawyers are well known to issuers, underwriters, rating agencies, and bond insurers, and were involved in the formation of the National Association of Bond Lawyers and the American College of Bond Counsel. The group is top ranked for Washington state by U.S. News-Best Lawyers ®.

About Foster Pepper PLLC
Foster Pepper PLLC is a 120-attorney law firm based in Seattle, WA with an office in Spokane, WA. For more than a century, the firm has distinguished itself as a leader in the practices of land use, commercial real estate, and municipal finance. Foster Pepper regularly represents publicly traded corporations, privately-held companies, commercial and investment banks, municipalities, government agencies, partnerships and joint ventures, and individuals.