Michael K. Vaska
Member

Michael K. Vaska

Mike has more than 30 years of experience representing clients in complex business disputes, including counseling on all aspects of antitrust and competition law issues. He represents clients in a variety of industries including health care, building products, technology, sports and government.

Activities

Mike has served as chair of various committees through the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce (including a coalition of environmental, labor, business and civic groups) seeking to reshape and then support establishment of a regional transit authority (Sound Transit). He was honored for these efforts with a civic award for significant contribution on a regional issue from the Municipal League of King County.

He has been a treasurer and/or active speaker in a variety of statewide initiative campaigns addressing funding for roads, transit and other projects.

Mike was a Republican member of the King County Redistricting Committee, a candidate for State Attorney General, and was recommended by a committee chaired by the late Norm Maleng to be U.S. Attorney.

He is currently the chair of Mainstream Republicans of Washington.

He previously served as the board vice chair of Crosscut Public Media, and for a dozen years coached his sons’ youth soccer teams in the Issaquah Soccer Club.

Selected Publications

Finding common ground in protecting the great outdoors

The Seattle Times, May 2019

Just Like My Immigrant Dad, Dreamers Energize America

The Seattle Times, December 2017

Gov. Dan Evans: How a real leader squashed hate and extremists

The Seattle Times, August 2017

The Case for a Revenue-Neutral Carbon Tax in Washington State

Seattle Business Magazine, August 2016 - Our region’s success has come in part because we have struck a balance between protecting our natural environment and encouraging economic development.

Balanced development is threatened by I-933

Puget Sound Business Journal, August 2006 - Initiative 933, which is on the ballot in November, is the latest shot fired in a range war between farmers and environmentalists.

Thanks, Legislature, for spurring action on regional transportation

The Seattle Times, April 2006 - The Washington state Legislature told the Puget Sound region loudly and clearly last month: "Get your transportation act together!"

If light rail starts south, it can't abandon the north

The Seattle Times, September 2001 - This region has been staring a decision about light rail in the eye for 30 years. Now is not the time to blink, but it is time to change some things.

Why We Support Formation of the RTA

The Seattle Times, June 1993 - Last week a group of our local elected officials asked King, Pierce and Snohomish counties to take the next step toward solving the traffic snarls turning our region into Los Angeles, North.

Conscious Parallelism and Price Fixing: Defining the Boundary

University of Chicago Law Review, Volume 52, Number 2, Spring 1985

Soviet Foreign Policy and Western Europe 1949-1952: Contextual Security and Diplomatic Flexibility"

Stanford University, May 1982, Awarded James Birdsall Weter Prize for Outstanding History Honors Thesis

Litigation & Dispute ResolutionAntitrust & Consumer Protection (Chair)Constitutional Law & Statutory RightsHealth Care

Contact

Tel: 206.447.8895Fax: 206.749.2024

Recognition

Daniel J. Evans Environment Award, Mainstream Republicans of Washington

Municipal League of King County, civic award for significant contribution on a regional issue (Sound Transit)

State Recreational Soccer Coach of the Year Finalist, Washington Youth Soccer Association

Education

J.D., University of Chicago, 1985

  • University of Chicago Law Review

A.B., Stanford University (with honors and distinction), 1982

  • The Stanford Daily, Managing Editor

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1985

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Washington, 2011
  • Western District of Washington, 1986

U.S. Court of Appeals

  • 3rd Circuit, 2000
  • 9th Circuit, 1993

U.S. Supreme Court, 2001

Experience

Foster Pepper PLLC

  • Member, 1993-Present
  • Associate, 1985-1992
  • Summer Associate, 1984

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