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Brian E. Kistler

Of Counsel

Brian focuses his practice on general municipal law and public finance.

Brian serves as general counsel to Washington public school districts, where he has substantial experience advising on a wide range of issues arising under education law. He also regularly advises clients regarding general employment, municipal and corporate matters.  Additionally, Brian has been involved in various public finance transactions involving tax-exempt and taxable financings for public entities, including school districts, charter schools, cities, fire districts and library districts. 

Brian 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.

 

 

Speaking Engagements
  • “Local Government Law: What Attorney’s Need to Know”, National Business Institute Training Seminar, December 2018
  • “Public Records Requests vs. Union Requests for Records”, 2018 Washington Public Employer Labor Relations Association (WAPELRA) Fall Conference, September 2018
  • “Public Records Act: What’s New?”, Washington Association of School Business Officers (WASBO) Annual Meeting, May 2018
  • “K-12 Copyright Basics”, Washington Association of School Business Officers (WASBO) Annual Meeting, May 2018
  • “Title IX Athletic Compliance: Common Misconceptions & Practical Tips”, Washington Association of School Business Officers (WASBO) Annual Meeting, May 2018
  • “Public Records Act Updates”, Northeast Washington Association of School Administrators (NEWASA) Regional Seminar, January 2018
  • “Records and Meetings: An Overview of FERPA, PRA and OPMA”, Washington State University Education Law Course – Guest Lecturer, Summer 2017
  • “A Primer on Public Records and Public Meetings Laws,” The Attorney’s Guide to Washington’s Open Government Laws, National Business Institute, December 2016
  • “Requests for Records,” Northeast Washington Association of School Administrators (NEWASA) Regional Seminar, December 2016
  • “Structuring Redaction Logs,” Washington Association of Public Records officers (WAPRO) Spring Training, May 2016
  • “Public Disclosure Commission Guidelines,” Washington State School Directors’ Association (WSSDA) Webinar, December 2015
  • “A School District’s Guide to Responding to Public Records Requests,” Northeast Washington Educational Service District (NEWESD) 101 integrate Tech Forum, May 2015
  • “HR Investigation Records,” Regional Washington School Personnel Association (WSPA) Training,  May 2015