Lara L. Hemingway

Lara L. Hemingway

Lara has 18 years of experience as a business lawyer, primarily counseling clients in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, employee benefits and executive compensation. She has served as both in-house and outside counsel, and currently, her practice focuses on Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP) transactions, involving the purchase or sale of companies in deals involving an ESOP.

Lara regularly counsels clients on compliance issues related to employee benefits and executive compensation matters. She has experience in designing, drafting and implementing qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, equity based compensation programs, employment and severance agreements, change in control provisions and welfare benefit programs. She has experience advising trustees, plan fiduciaries and plan administrators on fiduciary matters related to both ERISA and trust law generally.

Lara has served as an adviser to human resource professionals on employment issues, from hiring through termination, as well as advising executive management and boards of directors on corporate governance, equity compensation and SEC reporting related to compensation matters. She has also assisted small businesses and not for profit organizations with formation, governance and compliance issues, as well as volunteering on a variety of boards.

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Northwest Autism Center 

  • Founding Board Member, 2002-Present
  • Secretary (2002-2015)
  • President (2015-present)
  • Campaign Committee Chair
  • Nominations Committee Member

Spokane Public Library Board of Trustees, Trustee, 2016-Present

Partnering for Spokane’s Future, Library and Schools Bond Campaign, Leadership Committee, 2018

Yes for Spokane Libraries Levy Campaign, Co-Chair, 2017

Spokane County Bar Association, Member

ESOP Association, Member

NW Chapter of ESOP Association, Executive Committee Member

National Center for Employee Ownership, Member

National Institute of Pension Administrators – Spokane Chapter, Board Member, 2007-2011

Spokane County Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Trustee, 2002-2006


HIPAA Privacy and Security - It's About People, Not Technology


Pension and Benefit Plan Alert - Major Changes May Be Required in 2001



Senior Managers Workshop 

ESOP Association NW Chapter

ESOPs – A Tax Advantaged Succession Planning Tool

ESOP Companies: Nonqualified Deferred Compensation for Key Employees

National Center for Employee Benefits

Legal and Regulatory Update 

ESOP Association NW Chapter

Governance Best Practices and Practical Strategies

Foster Pepper Client Briefing

Leveraged Employee Stock Ownership Plan Transactions - Liquidity and Legacy

Practicing Law

Gonzaga University School of Law Panel Discussion

At Long Last - The Final 403(b) Regulations

Liability of Non-Profit Organizations 

Fiduciary Duties - Fiduciaries around Every Corner

Management of Medical Records in Washington

Practice Conditions Forum

Panel Member, WA Young Lawyers Division

Section 125 Cafeteria Plans - Legal Compliance

HIPAA Compliance - A Practical Approach

BusinessEmployee Benefits & Executive CompensationEmployee Stock Ownership PlansEmployment & LaborMergers & AcquisitionsNonprofit & Tax-Exempt Organizations


Tel: 509.241.1504Fax: 844.462.2905


LL.M., Taxation, University of Washington School of Law, 2001

J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2000

B.A., University of Washington, 1993

Bar Admissions

Washington, 2000


Foster Pepper PLLC

  • Member, 2017-Present
  • Of Counsel, 2015-2016

K&L Gates, Counsel, 2015

Umpqua/Sterling Bank, SVP Associate General Counsel, 2011-2014

Witherspoon Kelley, Shareholder, 2001-2011

Preston Gates & Ellis, Special Projects Attorney, 2000-2001

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