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Lee’s practice focuses on general municipal law and public finance.

Lee serves as bond counsel to school districts, fire protection districts, water-sewer districts, cities, towns and other local governments throughout Washington. He also provides general representation on public law issues, including entity formation, governance, state and local taxes and fees, municipal-owned utilities, elections and open government. Lee has represented local governments in bond validation actions, local improvement district assessment appeals, Public Disclosure Commission proceedings and open government lawsuits.

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International Community Health Services, Board Member, 2017-Present

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News & Insights


  • "75th Annual Washington Association of School Business Officials Conference," Washington Association of School Business Officials, May 2019
    • Alternative Funding Source: Capital Levies
    • Election Season Dos and Don'ts
    • School District Resolution Writing
  • "Bond Basics," Washington Fire Commissioners Association Legal Committee, October 2018
  • "What You Need to Know...About What You Can and Cannot Do During a Ballot Measure Election," Tri-Cities Municipal Government & Public Finance Seminar, July 2018
  • "District Resolution Writing," Washington Association of School Business Officials Annual Conference, May 2018
  • "Public Records Act Update on Personnel Records," 36th Annual Civil Service Conference, September 2017
  • "Public Records Act Training," Association of Washington Housing Authorities webinar, November 2014
  • "Open Public Meetings Act Training," Association of Washington Housing Authorities webinar, August 2014
  • "Public Records Requests: Disclosure With a Positive Attitude," Association of Washington Housing Authorities (AWHA) Meeting, April 2013
  • "Executive Privilege and Washington’s Separation of Powers Doctrine," The Legislative Process: Insights Into How it Really Works and Tools to Help You Navigate the Process, September 2012 


  • Lee Marchisio is a contributor to Foster Garvey’s Local Open Government Blog. 
    • No Right of Access to Security Video Footage Revealing Security Capacity for Surveillance System, December 2016
    • Sunshine Committee 2016 Recommendations to Washington Legislature, November 2016
    • In a 5-4 decision, the Washington Supreme Court unscrews the hinges from the already open door on PRA penalties, March 2016
    • Open Meetings Laws Not Applicable To Informal Discussion Groups, October 2015
    • No Privacy Interest In Employee's Identity Connected To Existence Of Investigation When Allegations Are Not Described, April 2015
    • Recent PRA Litigation Missteps: Abandoned Claims, False Starts, October 2014
    • Case Law Update: "fullest assistance," redactions for effective law enforcement, disclosure of non-agency phone logs, September 2014
    • Anti-SLAPP Statute Held Inapplicable to PRA Injunction Actions that Do Not Primarily Seek to Limit Protected Activities, February 2014
    • Constitutional Separation of Powers Protects Gubernatorial Decision Making, October 2013
    • The Record Counts: Properly Asserting and Explaining PRA Exemptions Before and During Litigation, August 2013
    • Under the PRA, Non-Physicians are Peers of Physicians, April 2013
    • Production on a "Partial or Installment Basis" Also Means Just One Production, February 2013
    • Pace of PRA Legislation Mirrors PRA Requests, February 2013
    • Washington's Constitution Guarantees Public Access to Court Documents When Relevant to a Motion Actually Decided, January 2013
    • Arkansas FOIA: Soliciting Individual Board Approval Constitutes a Meeting, Providing Background Information Does Not, January 2013
    • Metadata: You [Only] Get What You Ask For, November 2012
  • “Washington Supreme Court Levels the Playing Field in Real Estate and Land Use Litigation,” Foster Pepper News Alert, June 2015
  • “Executive Privilege Under Washington’s Separation of Powers Doctrine,” 87 Wash. L. Rev. 813, October 2012

* This article was cited by Washington State Supreme Court Justice Jim Johnson, dissenting, in Freedom Foundation v. Gregoire (2013).


  • Washington, 2012


  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law (with high honors), 2012
    • Order of the Coif
    • Washington Law Review, Associate Editor-in-Chief
    • Puget Sound Area Minority Clerkship Program Recipient, 2010
  • B.A., University of Washington (cum laude), 2003
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