Nonprofit and Government


Riddell Williams has a long tradition of giving back to our community through our volunteer, pro-bono and discounted legal work for a wide network of family, social service and charitable organizations and nonprofits supporting the arts, education, human services and the environment. Representative work includes:

  •  Establishing and providing continued service to The Bullitt Foundation, one of the leading environmental donors in the western United States, and builder of the Bullitt Center, the greenest commercial building in the world
  • Assisting United Cerebral Palsy Association reorganize as Provail, repositioning it to help integrate disabled individuals into traditional residential settings
  • Forming and arranging for tax-exempt bond financings for a foundation that operates more than 700 units of low income housing in the western United States and funds benefits for low income inner-city youth
  • Assisting the formation of and obtaining tax exempt status for a number of health care-related entities, including PTSO of Washington, the Health Work Force Institute and the Washington Center for Nursing
  • Providing general counsel to the YMCA of Greater Seattle, YouthCare, ArtsFund, ACT, Seattle Arts and Lectures, Seattle Aquarium, Frye Art Museum and Horizon House, and special project advice to the Northwest Center, Youth in Focus, Tacoma Art Museum, Town Hall and other nonprofit organizations
  • Providing hundreds of hours of pro bono legal services annually
  • Representing nonprofit owners in development of iconic facilities, including a multi-stage theater, a ten-story social services building headquarters with low income housing, an aquarium and an eight-story state-of-the-art green office building
  • Representing the Tort Claimants’ Committee in the case of the Spokane Catholic Diocese, and being instrumental in the concept and drafting of Plan of Reorganization
  • Obtaining summary judgment to dismiss disability and race discrimination claims brought against a large social service organization
  • Representing a national organization sponsoring homes for disabled persons in an important Fair Housing Act case decided by the U.S. Supreme Court


  • Providing secured insurance coverage for numerous public utilities and related individuals (directors, commissioners, attorneys and others) in multiple class action securities fraud cases arising from the multi-billion dollar default on municipal bonds
  • Defending a county against claims that an ordinance limiting the importation of infectious medical waste violates the United States Constitution; the case was resolved by a United States Supreme Court ruling in which county appeared as amicus curiae
  • Defending a city against a claim for wrongful termination of hearing examiners; the case was dismissed on summary judgment and affirmed by the Court of Appeals
  • Representing a new form of library taxing district in test-case litigation to establish the constitutionality of the government entity and the authority to issue bonds; summary judgment obtained in superior court, and affirmed in the Washington Supreme Court
  • Advising the University of Washington on development of university-wide employment policies and procedures
  • Representing the University of Washington in employment litigation matters
  • Representing a number of governmental entities and litigation on a wide variety of claims, including to establish the constitutionality of a particular governmental entity and authority to issue bonds, enjoining a police department from seizing computers, and upholding the constitutionality and enforceability of ordinances