Milton Rowland
Of Counsel

Milton Rowland

Milt is a longtime trial lawyer and law professor whose practice focuses on civil litigation, including employment discrimination and wrongful termination law, general municipal law, complex litigation, construction, tort and land title cases, landlord-tenant cases, and dispute resolution and litigation for cities, counties and special purpose districts. He has taught courses in administrative law, local government law, business law and related subjects since 1987, including landlord-tenant, real estate law, insurance law and the law of sales and leases of goods. He was litigation counsel for the City of Spokane from 1993-2007, and in that capacity handled many administrative and litigation matters, including employment, personal injury, malpractice and civil rights litigation. He lectures widely on litigation issues facing agencies.


Northeast Youth Center, Board Member

East Central Community Center, Board Member

City of Spokane Mayor's Sustainability Task Force, Transportation Work Group, Special Counsel, 2008

Washington State Bar Association

  • Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, Member, 2007, 2004-2005
  • Fee Arbitration Panel, 2007-2008

Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys Board of Directors and Amicus Committee - Member, 2005-2007 (Amicus Committee—2005-present)

Bar Exam Preparation, Conducted classes on Bar Exam preparation, and conducted the Bar/Bri Property Law classes for several years

Interplayers (nonprofit group), Board of Directors

Spokane Hoopfest, Events Committee Member (1991-present)


Foster Pepper Local Open Government Blog

Milt Rowland is a contributor to Foster Pepper's Local Open Government Blog.

Curing a Violation of the Open Public Meetings Act?

Co-Author, Advisor Column, Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington, March 2013


Mr. Rowland has written CLE papers for the annual WSAMA fall and spring conferences nearly every year since 1993. He has written and lectured on eminent domain, municipal tort and adult entertainment/zoning law, and he has presented ethics papers as well. An exhaustive list of such papers is available upon request.


Mr. Rowland has presented papers at two WSBA CLE seminars over the years. One, in 1990, was on the Consumer Protection Act. A second, in 1991, was on business law and litigation.

King County Bar Association

Mr. Rowland presented a paper on the Establishment Clause to the King County Bar Association in 2001.

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What You Need to Know about Washington Public Records and Open Meetings

Speaker, Lorman Education Services, May 2016

Legal Descriptions, Title Insurance and Surveys in Real Estate Transactions

Speaker, National Business Institute, March 2016

EB-5: The Intersection of Real Estate and Immigration Law

Speaker, Housing and Mixed Use Development in Washington: Cashing in on the Boom and Avoiding Litigation, The Seminar Group, March 2016

Tort Law Update: Public Duty Doctrine and Recreational Immunity

Speaker, 2015 WSAMA Fall Conference, October 2015

Tort Law Update

Speaker, Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys Spring Conference, April 2015

Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (WAPA) Summer Training Program

Speaker, June 2014

  • Road Liability
  • Dispositive Motions

Police Liability in Washington

Speaker, January 2014

  • Defendant Response to Monell
  • Short Examples or Tactical Considerations Not Evident in the Rules
  • Procedural Issues - Defendant: Removal, Offer of Judgment
  • Contesting Fee Petitions for Defendant
  • Settlement Defendant

Utility Billing Practices and Problems

Speaker, Eastern Washington Finance Officers Association Fall Meeting, October 2013

Tort Law Update

Speaker, Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys Fall Conference, October 2013

2013 Development Workshop

Speaker, Washington Public Risk Management Association (PRIMA), September 2013

Cases Challenging Utility Billing Practices

Speaker, 2012 BIAS Accounting Annual Seminar, February 2012

Managing the Process of Labor Negotiations

Panelist, WFCA 63rd Annual Conference, October 2011

Tort Law Update

Speaker, WSAMA 2011 Fall Conference, October 2011

Running for Office While Sitting in City Hall

Speaker, Association of Washington Cities Annual Conference, June 2011

Public Records Training Municipal Attorney Concerns

Panelist, 2010 WCIA City Attorney Meeting, May 2010

How to Save Money by Avoiding Litigation

Speaker, BIAS Accounting 2010 Conference, February 2010

Daniels v. City of Spokane

Presenter, 2009 Civil Service Conference, September 2009

Comprehensive Public Records Officer Training

Speaker, Foster Pepper PLLC, April 2009

Doing the Right Thing Part Two: Open Public Meetings, Public Records

Speaker, AWC Annual Conference, 2008

WSBA Board of Governors Forum on Marriage, Domestic Partnerships, and Meretricious Relationships: Washington's Developing Landscape

Moderator, 2008

Tribal Court Jurisdiction; and Practical Considerations in Tribal Contracts

Speaker, Key Tribal Issues Seminar, 2007

Creative Dispute Resolution: Novel Ideas to Avoid Protracted Claim Litigation

Speaker, Builders and Developers Seminar, 2007

Eminent Domain Law

Speaker, Lorman Seminar, 2002, 2005

King County Bar Association

  • Public Records Issues, Speaker, 2008
  • First Amendment to Pics, Speaker, 2001

National Right-of-Way Association

Speaker, 2005

Idaho College of Law Libertarian Society

Debate, 1992 (Winner)

Spokane County Bar Association CLE Committee

Speaker, Variety of topics

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Litigation & Dispute ResolutionEmployment & LaborInfrastructureInsurance CoverageMunicipal GovernmentNative American


Tel: 509.777.1610Fax: 509.777.1616


The Best Lawyers in America© Municipal Law, 2012-2019

Washington Super Lawyers list, 2015-2018

Washington State Bar Association, Lifetime Service Award, 2018

Partners in Justice Award, Lutheran Social Services, Spokane, WA 2009

Spokane Top Lawyers, Spokane/Coeur d'Alene Living magazine, 2008-2011, 2015


J.D., Gonzaga University School of Law (summa cum laude), 1985

B.A., University of Detroit-Mercy (cum laude), 1975

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1986


Foster Pepper PLLC, Of Counsel, 2007-Present

University of Idaho College of Law, Adjunct and Visiting Assistant Professor, 1999-2008

Gonzaga University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, 1987-Present

City of Spokane, Chief of litigation section, civil litigation, 1993-2007

University of Denver College of Law, Visiting Assistant Professor, 1989-1990

Paine, Hamblen, Coffin, Brooke & Miller, Associate, 1982-1993

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