Leadership and accountability you can trust

As an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization founded in 2000, the Endowment for Equal Justice is governed by a board of directors comprised of dedicated community leaders and civil justice advocates from across Washington. We are committed to ensuring that your gifts to the Endowment are invested wisely and that disbursements are put to use efficiently and equitably to address the most pressing civil legal needs facing low-income families in our state.

Board Members:

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Rima Alaily, Reach 20 Co-Chair
    Microsoft Corporation

Beth Bloom
    Bloom Law PLLC

Bruce M. Brooks, Treasurer 
    Perch Partners

Ellen Dial, Vice President
    Perkins Coie (ret.)

Kay E. Frank
    MacDonald Hoague & Bayless

Eleanor Hamburger
    Sirianni Youtz Spoonemore Hamburger

John K. Hoerster, President and Reach 20 Co-Chair
   Foster Garvey

Mark A. Hutcheson
   Davis Wright Tremaine

Nancy D. Isserlis
   Winston & Cashatt[/su_column]
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Ronald J. Knox
    Garvey Schubert Barer (ret.)

J. Richard Manning
    Attorney at Law

 Gail Mautner
    Lane Powell PC

Michelle Moersfelder, Reach 20 Co-Chair
    Open Society Foundations

Salvador A. Mungia
   Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Margaret A. Niles, Secretary
   K&L Gates

Judge Michael Schwab
   Yakima County Superior Court (ret.)

Gerald Schley
   Merrill Lynch Wealth Management


Advisory Council:

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Chief Justice Gerry Alexander (ret.)
Joel Benoliel
Paula E. Boggs
Greg Dallaire
James A. Degel
Lucy Lee Helm
Donald J. Horowitz
Pat McIntyre


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John McKay
James S. Rogers
Steven Rovig
Dave W. Savage
Ada Shen-Jaffe
Robert V. Taylor
Gordon W. Wilcox



David Andrews was a beacon of light for the civil legal aid community for decades. In 1991, along with Mark Hutcheson, Dave founded the Legal Aid for Washington (LAW) Fund, now the well established annual Campaign for Equal Justice, which has raised over $25 million to support legal aid programs throughout the state of Washington. He was especially proud of his work with the Endowment for Equal Justice, which he co-founded with Mark Hutcheson and Ada Shen-Jaffe. Currently nearing the $20 million mark, Dave had a vision that this long-term fund, the largest endowment of its kind in the country, would provide sustainable support for low income families and individuals in need of critical legal representation. The Legal Foundation of Washington and the Endowment for Equal Justice would like to extend our endless thanks to David for his vision, commitment and generosity.

LFW Board of Trustees

The members of the Legal Foundation of Washington’s Board of Trustees are appointed by the Governor, the Washington State Bar Association Board of Governors, and the Washington Supreme Court. They serve three-year terms and are eligible for one re-appointment.


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Michael J. Pontarolo, President
Delay, Curran, Thompson, Pontarolo & Walker, P. S.

Candelaria Murillo, Vice President
Anderson Law

Gary Melonson, Treasurer
Oppenheimer & Co. Inc.

Sean Davis, Secretary

Mark A. Johnson, Past President
Johnson Flora Sprangers, PLLC


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Joanna Plichta Boisen
Davis Wright Tremaine

Juli Farris
Keller Rohrback LLP

Mark A. Griffin
Attorney at Law

Fred Rivera
Seattle Mariners



Campaign for Equal Justice Board

The Campaign for Equal Justice is the fundraising program of the Legal Foundation of Washington. The board of the Campaign is composed of attorneys from around the state who volunteer their time to raise awareness about the importance of civil legal aid and raise private donations to fund the work of LFW’s grantees.


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Thomas Vertetis, President
Pfau Cochran Vertetis Amala

Shelly Andrew
Gordon Thomas Honeywell

Kirsten Barron
Barron Smith Daugert, PLLC

Quentin Batjer
Davis Arneil LLP

Ann Brice
Law Offices of Brice & Timm

Nicholas Brown
Pacifica Law Group

Brian Buckley
Fenwick & West

Jaime Cuevas, Jr.
Ramsey Companies

Heath Dixon

Bill Etter
Etter McMahon Lemberson Clary & Oreskovich

Mark Fordham
Fordham Legal Solutions

Laura Gerber
Keller Rohrback

Kiran Griffith
Perkins Coie

Kellen Hade
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn

Beth Henderson

Yemi F. Jackson

Larry Jefferson
Washington State Office of Public Defense

William Kinsel
Kinsel Law Offices, PLLC

Kathleen Kyle
Snohomish County Public Defenders Association

Nicholas Manheim
US Attorney’s Office, Seattle


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Dick Manning
Attorney at Law

John McKay
Davis Wright Tremaine

Deane Minor
Tuohy Minor Kruse, PLLC

Vanessa Padelford
JND Legal Administration

Patrick Palace
Palace Law Offices

Laurie Powers
Gonzaga University School of Law

Gregory E. Price
Law Office of Gregory E. Price

William Rava
Perkins Coie

Kathryn Rosen
Davis Wright Tremaine

Jeffrey Schaap
City of Yakima Legal Department

Bryan Smith
Tamaki Law Offices

Gail Smith
Northwest Justice Project

Michael Sprangers
Johnson Flora Sprangers

Jill Haavig Stone
Stadium Law Group

Peter Talevich
K&L Gates

John Teutsch
Teustch Partners

Jessica Walder