Rebecca L. Penn

Associate phone: 425.822.9281 fax: 425.828.0908

Legal Assistant: Kathryn Barr

Rebecca Penn approaches her law practice with a dedication toward the present growth and future success of the eastside community where she lives and raises her family.  She has committed her legal career to areas of law where tangible results to everyday life can be achieved: in representing small- and medium-sized business, school districts and public hospital districts. As a former trial attorney for physicians and hospitals, Rebecca is not only able to advance her clients’ interests in their day-to-day operations, she can be a powerful advocate in any court. Rebecca also knows the risk and expense of trial and therefore works to negotiate more cost effective strategies than trial to resolve disputes.

For public school districts Rebecca provides counsel on a wide range of issues, including policy advising and drafting, compliance with state and federal education laws, employment issues, student discipline, First Amendment and privacy rights, land use, service contract review, procurement and purchasing, public bidding and bid documents, bid protest and claims analysis and litigation.

In business law, she represents a number of small- to medium-sized business clients, overseeing all manner of legal issues, including employer/employee matters, independent contractor relationships, business agreements and transactions, commercial leases, real estate and land use. Rebecca also reviews and negotiates professional service employment contracts, including for physicians.

Rebecca both defends and brings claims under the Public Records Act.

Representative Matters

Business Contract Dispute Resolution

  • Represented several small business owners in lawsuits against former employees for breaching non-competition contract clauses. Each case resulted in permanent injunctions against the employees’ misconduct, protecting businesses’ clientele.
  • Successfully defended a commercial property tenant in a lawsuit brought by a landlord for breach of commercial lease.

Public Records Act

  • Represented client in bringing a Public Records Act case against a county, achieving resolution to the benefit of her client.
  • Represented public hospital district in defending a Public Records Act case, achieving resolution to the benefit of the hospital client.

Administrative Appeals

  • Defended public school district against parent’s appeal of administration decision under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, achieving decision in the district’s favor.
  • Successfully represented a university student client through appeal to overturn an adverse disciplinary decision under the Student Code of Conduct.
  • Successfully appealed an attempted revocation of sports club membership rights under the club’s code of conduct.

Professional Services Contract Review

  • Represented physician clients to negotiate more favorable employment contract terms following acquisition of hospital employer by another healthcare provider.

Land Use and Real Estate

  • Represented property owner in trespass and property damage claim against the Washington State Department of Transportation with early case resolution to the benefit of client.
  • Represented property owner to successfully preserve the use of an easement during foreclosure proceedings of servient estate.
  • Successfully defended a property owner in a breach of purchase and sale agreement lawsuit based on misrepresentation claims under a seller disclosure. She was able to get the case dismissed at an early juncture to the benefit of her client.
  • Successfully defended physician-tenant against breach of lease claims by landlord, resulting in full concession of landlord’s claim

Personal

Rebecca is invested in the vibrant city of Kirkland and surrounding communities of Kenmore, Bothell and Bellevue. She has a husband with an orthopaedic practice here and they are raising their two young children who are future students in the public schools. She spends much time at the local parks and outdoors with her family, hiking and boating on Lake Washington.