Michelle Rusk

Michelle Rusk

Michelle represents property owners and developers with transactional real estate and land use permitting. She advises private and public clients on local and state regulatory processes related to development including permitting, due diligence and related litigation and dispute resolution. Michelle also advises developers on acquisitions and dispositions of commercial and multi-family projects.


  • Downtown Seattle Association, Downtown Residents Council, Steering Committee Member, 2018-Present


Liquidated Damages in Washington State Purchase and Sale Agreements

Co-author, The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, American Law Institute CLE, Volume 35, Number 5, September 2019

Liquidated Damages in Washington State

Co-Author, ACREL News & Notes, November 2018

City of Seattle REvises Its Design Review Program

Co-author, Foster Pepper News Alert, November 2017

Real EstateLand Use, Planning & Zoning


Tel: 206.447.6279Fax: 206.749.1952


J.D., University of Washington School of Law (with honors), 2017

  • Washington International Law Journal, Associate Editor-in-Chief
  • National Veterans Law Moot Court Competition, Speaker Award
  • Women’s Law Caucus, President
  • Latino/a Law Student Association, Board Member
  • Dean’s Advisory Committee on Diversity, Student Member

Paralegal Certificate, George Mason University, 2013

B.A., Whitworth University (magna cum laude), 2011

Bar Admissions



Foster Pepper PLLC

  • Associate, 2017-Present
  • Summer Associate, 2015-2016

UW Law Legislative Advocacy Clinic, Student Advocate, 2016-2017

Seattle City Attorney’s Office - Torts Section, Law Clerk, 2016

Northwest Justice Project, Veterans Project, Law Clerk, 2015

Saratoga Economic Development Corporation, Marketing Coordinator, 2013-2014

Saratoga County Chamber of Commerce, Marketing Assistant, 2013-2014

Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough, Project Assistant, 2012-2013

U.S. House of Representatives, Staff Assistant and Intern Coordinator, 2011-2012

Benton County Juvenile Justice Center, Intern, 2009


Spanish, conversational

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