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Foster Garvey was created in 2019 through a “merger of equals” of Foster Pepper and Garvey Schubert Barer. These two law firms came together to bolster their strong Pacific Northwest roots and celebrate nearly 170 years of combined history. Foster Garvey is deeply committed – and connected – to the region, serving local, state and regional municipal entities and the innovative companies, individuals and visionaries who have driven sustainable growth in the area.

Foster Pepper was founded in 1904 in Seattle's boom era at the dawn of the 20th century and its growth has tracked that of the region. Garvey Schubert Barer was founded in 1966 by three entrepreneurial law graduates who built the firm and then went on to start their own successful businesses. Both firms have had an integral part in shaping the region, and Foster Garvey is proud to solidify our presence and continue working with valued clients, coupled with being a consistent supporter of our communities in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.

Explore more of Foster Garvey’s history below:

Foster Pepper Timeline

Garvey Schubert Barer Timeline

    • 1904: Weter & Roberts is founded by James Weter and Fred Roberts.
    • 1921: Tanner & Garvin is founded by Vaughn Tanner and John Garvin.
    • 1922: Harold Shefelman becomes a partner at Weter & Roberts and the firm changes its name to Weter Roberts & Shefelman.
    • 1926: Paul Ashley, a friend of Harold Shefelman, joins Tanner & Garvin.
    • 1948: Tom Foster is admitted to the Washington bar and joins Tanner Garvin & Ashley.
    • 1952: Lou Pepper joins Tanner Garvin & Ashley.
    • 1953: Dan Riviera joins Tanner Garvin & Ashley.
    • 1957: Tanner Garvin & Ashley changes its name to Garvin Ashley & Foster.
    • 1960: Weter Roberts & Shefelman changes its name to Roberts, Shefelman, Lawrence, Gay & Moch.
    • 1968: Lou Pepper and Dan Riviera become partners at Garvin Ashley & Foster. The firm changes its name to Ashley Foster Pepper & Riviera.
    • 1974: Paul Ashley becomes Of Counsel and the firm’s name changes to Foster Pepper & Riviera.
    • 1982: Roberts, Shefelman, Gay & Moch changes its name to Roberts & Shefelman.
    • 1986: Foster Pepper & Riviera merges with Drake & Whitely.
    • 1988: Roberts & Shefelman and Foster Pepper & Riviera merge to form Foster Pepper & Shefelman.
    • 1998: Foster Pepper & Shefelman opens its Spokane office.
    • 2004: Foster Pepper & Shefelman celebrates its 100th anniversary and changes its name to Foster Pepper PLLC.
    • 1966: Three young lawyers establish the firm Houger, Garvey & Schubert with 39 files and $800 in the bank, a $12,000 line of credit guaranteed by their parents and unbounded optimism. 
    • 1972: Garvey Schubert Barer becomes the Pacific Northwest’s first law firm to open a Washington, D.C. office.
    • 1973: Garvey Schubert Barer becomes one of the first U.S. law firms to station an attorney with a law firm in Japan, Matsuo & Kosugi.
    • 1973: The firm represents the purchasers of Ste. Michelle Wine Estates, Washington State’s first winery. 
    • 1974: Stan Barer joins the firm.
    • 1979: Stan Barer negotiates the resumption of shipping trade between the U.S. and China after a 30-year hiatus.
    • 1982: Garvey Schubert Barer becomes second law firm with offices in both Seattle and Portland.
    • 1992: The firm establishes the first permanent endowed professorship at the University of Washington School of Law.
    • 1997: Garvey Schubert Barer represents China Ocean Shipping Company in the first securitization financing ever completed in the United States by a Chinese company.
    • 2000: Haley Bader & Potts, P.L.C., one of the nation’s oldest telecommunications law firms, joins Garvey Schubert Barer in our Washington, D.C. office. 
    • 2001: Garvey Schubert Barer opens a New York Office to expand the firm’s sports and entertainment and intellectual property practices.
    • 2004: Garvey Schubert Barer opens an office in Beijing, reinforcing our longstanding commitment to Pacific Rim trade.
    • 2011: Garvey Schubert Barer expands tax practice to serve international clients; launches hospitality, travel, and tourism practice.
    • 2014: Garvey Schubert Barer establishes the first full-service law firm Cannabis practice.
    • 2016: Garvey Schubert Barer celebrates its 50th anniversary.

2019: Foster Pepper combines with Garvey Schubert Barer in a “merger of equals” to create Foster Garvey

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