Brian E. Kistler

(509) 252-2689
Of Counsel
(509) 747-4545 Fax

Mr. Kistler is of counsel in the firm’s Spokane location where he practices general municipal law and public finance.

His practice emphasizes serving as general counsel to Washington public school districts, where he has substantial experience advising on a wide range of issues arising under employment and education law.

He also has extensive experience advising on matters arising under the Washington State Open Public Meetings Act and Public Records Act, and has argued cases in state court involving disclosure of records and application of exemptions to disclosure under the Public Records Act.

Mr. Kistler’s practice also focuses on serving as bond counsel to Washington school districts, and providing services as bond counsel, issuer’s counsel, disclosure counsel and underwriter’s counsel in various public finance transactions involving tax-exempt and taxable financings for public entities in the state of Washington, including cities, fire districts and library districts.

In addition, Mr. Kistler regularly advises clients regarding general corporate and employment matters.

Prior to joining Kutak Rock, Mr. Kistler was partner at a law firm serving as general counsel to numerous school districts throughout the state of Washington. Before that Mr. Kistler was an associate in the intellectual property group at Schulte Roth & Zabel in New York, New York.


Throughout his career, Mr. Kistler has been a frequent presenter on the topic of Washington State’s Public Records Act and a variety of education law-related topics, including:

  • National Business Institute, The Attorney’s Guide to Washington’s Open Government Laws, “A Primer on Public Records and Public Meetings Laws” (December 2016)
  • Northeast Washington Association of School Administrators (NEWASA) Regional Seminar, “Requests for Records” (December 2016)
  • 2016 Washington Association of Public Records Officers (WAPRO) Spring Training, “Structuring Redaction Logs” (May 2016)
  • Washington Association of School Business Officers (WASBO) Regional Meeting, “K-12 Copyright Basics” (April 2016)
  • Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) Webinar, “Public Disclosure Commission Guidelines” (December 2015)
  • Northeast Washington Educational Service District (NEWESD) 101 integrate Tech Forum, “A School District’s Guide to Responding to Public Records Requests” (May 2015)
  • Regional Washington School Personnel Association (WSPA) Training, “HR Investigation Records” (May 2015)
  • Washington School Personnel Association (WSPA) Annual Conference 2015, “Title IX Athletic Compliance: Common Misconceptions & Practical Tips” (February 2015)


Edited, Washington Municipal Financing Deskbook, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing (1993) (updated in 2016 for re-publication)