John D. Spellman
John D. Spellman came to the firm in 1985 after serving as the 18th Governor of the State of Washington, from 1981 to 1985.

Governor Spellman was King County's first elected Executive from 1969 to 1981 and served as vice-chairman of the U.S. Coastal Zone Management Advisory Commission, president of the Puget Sound Council of Governments, vice-chairman of the Puget Sound Economic Development Council, and served twelve years as a member of the Puget Sound Air Pollution Control Agency and the council of the Municipality of Metropolitan Seattle (METRO). Governor Spellman served in the U.S. Navy. He practiced law for thirteen years before entering public service. As governor, he served as chair of the National Governors' International Trade and Foreign Affairs Committee, on the advisory board of the Export-Import Bank of the United States and as advisor to the U.S. Trade Ambassador, and on the Board of USA Waste. He is active in domestic and foreign business, municipal and administrative law.


  • LLDs, Honoris Causae, Seattle University, Walla Walla University, and Gonzaga University School of Law
  • JD, Georgetown University Law Center, 1953
  • BBS, Valedictorian, Seattle University, 1949

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State of Washington
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Customs Court
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association

Community Involvement

  • Camp Brotherhood, board member
  • Evergreen Safety Council, chairman
  • Gerald P. Murphy Cancer Foundation, board member
  • Seattle University, served as a professor of Administrative Law
  • Taught Administrative Law for 10 years at Seattle University
  • Sierra Club of Seattle, board member
  • Washington State Public Affairs TV Network, board member

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