Judith M. Runstad
Of Counsel

Judith M. Runstad

Judy Runstad is Of Counsel (former co-managing partner) with Foster Pepper, and has practiced in the areas of real estate development and land use and environmental law for more than 40 years. She has substantial experience representing clients in the areas of growth management, zoning, shoreline management and regulatory matters. She co-chaired Governor Locke’s Washington Competitiveness Council and Governor Gregoire’s Global Competitiveness Council. She most recently served on Governor Gregoire's Higher Education Task Force.

Judy previously served on the Governor’s High Speed Ground Transportation Commission and the Governor’s Washington State Growth Strategies Commission, and has served on seven gubernatorial commissions.

Judy was recently singled out by the highly-regarded Chambers USA legal directory, which annually interviews firm clients. In addition to a top-ranking of Foster Pepper's Land Use practice, Chambers noted Judy was “admired for her deep knowledge of land use, real estate development, and environmental law.”

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University of Washington Foster School of Business, Advisory Board Member

University of Washington Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies, Advisory Board Member

Stand for Children Washington, Advisory Board Member

Year Up Puget Sound Region, Advisory Board Member

Wells Fargo & Company, Board of Directors, 1998-2016

Potlatch Corporation, Board of Directors, 1999-2012

SAFECO Corporation, Board of Directors, 1990-2008

Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

  • Chairman of the Board, 1995-1997
  • Board of Directors, 1992-1997
  • Chairman of the Conference of Chairmen, 1997
  • Seattle Branch, Board of Directors, 1989-1991; Chairman of the Board, 1990-1991

Governor Gregoire’s Higher Education Funding Task Force, 2010-2011

Governor Gregoire's Global Competitiveness Council, Co-Chair, 2005-2006 

Governor Locke's Washington Competitiveness Council, Co-Chair, 2001-2004 

Governor’s Washington State Growth Strategies Commission, 1990-1991 

Governor’s High Speed Ground Transportation Commission, 1991-1992 

Governor’s Puget Sound Water Quality Authority, 1985-1987 

Governor’s State Environmental Policy Act Commission, 1983-1984 

Seattle Foundation, Board of Trustees, Past Member 

Downtown Seattle Association, Board of Trustees; Past Chair of the Board 

Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce, Board of Trustees; Past Chair of the Board 

Seattle University, Past Board of Trustees 

Seattle Alliance for Education

  • Emeritus Board Member, 2008-Present
  • Board of Trustees, 1996-2008
  • Past Chair of the Board

University of Washington, Runstad Real Estate Center, Advisory Board

University of Washington School of Law Advancement Committee

American College of Real Estate Lawyers

Rural Development Institute, 2010 Honorary Advisory Council

Hoover Institution Board of Overseers, 1994-2000

American Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section and State and Local Government Section, Member

Leadership Tomorrow, Board of Trustees, 1990-1996

Puget Power Board of Directors, 1991-1992

United Way of King County

  • General Campaign Chair, 1988
  • Board of Directors, 1988-1990

SAFECO Mutual Funds, Board of Directors, 1982-1990

Y.W.C.A., Board of Trustees, 1976-1980

Seattle Repertory Theatre, Board of Trustees

  • Corporate Fund Raising, Chair, 1990-1992
  • Trustees Committee, Chair, 1992-1993

Seattle Art Museum, Board of Trustees, 1984-1992

  • Chair, Opening Dedication Committee, 1991-1992
  • Downtown Art Museum Committee, 1984-1988

ACT Theatre, Board of Trustees, 1978-1984

Washington State Bar Association

  • Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Board of Directors, 1979-1980
  • Continuing Legal Education, Board of Directors, 1978-1979
  • Young Lawyers, Board of Directors, 1975-1977


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Judith is “admired for her deep knowledge of land use, real estate development, and environmental law.” - Chambers USA

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Tel: 206.447.8897Fax: 206.749.2005


The Best Lawyers in America© Real Estate Law, 2003-2019

Junior Achievement Puget Sound Business Hall of Fame, 2017

Chambers USA Leading Individual, Real Estate Law: Zoning/Land Use

Washington Super Lawyers list, 2000-Present

2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine

Washington Law Review Distinguished Alumni Award, 2014

Best in the Business: Leading Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region, Seattle Business magazine, Real Estate, 2013

American College of Real Estate Lawyers

2010 Woman of Influence Award, Puget Sound Business Journal

University of Idaho Honorary Doctorate, 2013

2009 Gates Volunteer Service Award, University of Washington

University of Washington School of Law, Law Women's Caucus Distinguished Alumna Award, 2010

Fellows of the American Bar Foundation, 2001- Present

Who’s Who in American Law, 1985-Present

Who’s Who in American Women, 1984-Present

NACD Outstanding Director of the Year - Seattle Chapter, 2007

"Top 50 Women Lawyers,” Washington Law & Politics, 2006

Honorary Membership in AIA, inducted 2004

University of Idaho Hall of Fame, 2001

E. Donnall Thomas Award, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, 2000

Youth Care Woman of the Year, 2000

University of Washington School of Law Outstanding Alumna Achievement Award, 1995-1996

University of Washington Distinguished Alumna Award, 1992

Matrix Women of Achievement Award, 1989


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J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1974

  • Law Review, Executive Editor

M.S., University of Idaho, 1967

B.S., University of Idaho, 1966

  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Kappa Phi
  • Mortar Board
  • Top Ten Senior Award

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1974


Foster Pepper PLLC

  • Of Counsel, 1997-Present
  • Partner, 1978-1997



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