Lee R. Marchisio

Lee focuses his practice on general municipal law and dispute resolution for public and private clients throughout the state. He assists general purpose governments and special purpose districts on a wide range of issues, including with municipal entity formation, governance, legal authority and constitutional limitations, as well as counseling on open meetings, public records, real and personal property transactions, right‑of‑way franchises, operator agreements and utility rate setting.

Lee’s litigation experience includes representations in public records injunction actions, local improvement district formation and assessment challenges, state constitutional matters and general commercial disputes.

Lee has published and presented on public records law and on state constitutional issues, including separation of powers. He is a regular contributor to Foster Pepper’s Open Local Government Blog.

Prior to joining private practice, Lee served more than four years in Governor Chris Gregoire’s administration as liaison to local government and community groups and as the Governor’s outreach director.

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International Community Health Services, Board Member, 2017-Present


Foster Pepper Local Open Government Blog

Lee Marchisio is a contributor to Foster Pepper's Local Open Government Blog

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what you need to know...about what you can and cannot do during a ballot measure election

Speaker, Tri-Cities Municipal Government & Pulic Finance Seminar, July 2018

District Resolution Writing

Speaker, Washington Association of School Business Officials Annual Conference, May 2018

Public Records Act Update on Personnel Records

Speaker, 36th Annual Civil Service Conference, September 2017

Public Records Act Training

Co-presenter, Association of Washington Housing Authorities webinar, November 2014

Open Public Meetings Act Training

Co-presenter, Association of Washington Housing Authorities webinar, August 2014 

Public Records Requests: Disclosure with a Positive Attitude

Speaker, Association of Washington Housing Authorities (AWHA) Meeting, April 2013

Executive Privilege and Washington’s Separation of Powers Doctrine

Speaker, The Legislative Process: Insights Into How it Really Works and Tools to Help You Navigate the Process, September 2012  

Municipal GovernmentConstitutional Law & Statutory RightsLitigation & Dispute ResolutionPortsPublic FinanceSchool Districts


Tel: 206.447.6264Fax: 206.749.2138


Order of the Coif


J.D., University of Washington School of Law (with high honors), 2012

  • Washington Law Review, Associate Editor-in-Chief
  • Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program Recipient, 2010

B.A., University of Washington (cum laude), 2003

Bar Admissions

Washington, 2012


Foster Pepper PLLC

  • Associate, 2012-Present
  • Summer Associate, 2011

T-Mobile USA, Legal Extern, 2010

Office of Governor Christine Gregoire

  • Outreach Director, 2008-2009
  • Public Liaison Officer, 2005-2007


Unpacking Government: What Are The Limits Of Executive Power?

KNKX, March 2017

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