Wayne D. Tanaka is a Member and past chair of the firm’s Municipal practice area. As a lead attorney, Wayne is responsible for the full range of projects associated with our municipal clients, which include land use decisions, growth management, municipal financing, personnel matters, public records and open public meetings. He also represents municipal clients on a variety of other matters, such as shoreline management, local improvement districts, civil service and tort litigation.

Wayne has been President and was on the Board of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, the statewide organization of municipal attorneys. Wayne also served three terms on the Bellevue School District Board of Directors.

Wayne was born in 1950 in Lufkin, Texas. He graduated cum laude from Harvard University in 1972 and received his law degree in 1975 from the University of Washington.

Practice Areas

Association Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys

Education

  • J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1975
  • A.B., Harvard University, cum laude, 1972

Professional and Community Activities

  • King County and Washington State Bar Associations
  • Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys

Publications

Honors

  • 2014 Ernest Campbell Lifetime Achievement Award from Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • 2011 Outstanding Service Award from Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys
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