Judith Runstad

Of-Counsel, Former Co-Managing Partner at Foster Pepper PLLC

Judy Runstad practices as counsel (former co-managing partner) with Foster Pepper, and has practiced in the areas of real estate development and land use and environmental law for more than 40 years. She has substantial experience representing clients in the areas of growth management, zoning, shoreline management, and regulatory matters. She serves on the Board of Directors of Wright Runstad & Company, a privately held commercial real estate developer/owner.


Ms. Runstad also serves on the board of directors of Wells Fargo & Company and Potlatch Corporation. She is a former Chairman of the San Francisco Federal Reserve Bank and Director of SAFECO Corporation.

Her civic involvement includes serving on numerous boards of directors, including the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Downtown Seattle Association, the Washington Women’s Foundation, the Emeritus Board of the Alliance for Education and Year Up. She is the Past Chair of the Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, the Alliance for Education, the Downtown Seattle Association and the King County United Way Campaign. She co-chairs Foster Pepper’s Women Attorneys’ group, a group that meets monthly in an open forum to discuss current topics, trends and issues that impact women attorneys today.


Previously serving on the Governor’s High Speed Ground Transportation Commission and on the Governor’s Washington State Growth Strategies Commission, Ms. Runstad has served on five gubernatorial commissions. She is currently a member of the Governor’s Higher Education Funding Task Force. She is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and since the mid-1980s has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Who’s Who in American Law and Who’s Who in American Women.


Most recently, she is the 2010 recipient of the UW School of Law Women’s Caucus Distinguished Alumnae Award, and is one of Puget Sound Business Journal’s 2010 Women of Influence.


Judy holds a BA and a Masters in Political Science from the University of Idaho and received her law degree from the University of Washington.

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