Judy Runstad

Board Member



Judy Runstad is of 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 39 years. She has substantial experience representing clients in the areas of growth management, zoning, shoreline management, and regulatory matters. She co-chaired both Governor Locke’s Washington Competitiveness Council and Governor Gregoire’s Global Competitiveness Council. She most recently served on Governor Gregoire’s Higher Education Task Force. Judy previously served on the Governor’s High Speed Ground Transportation Commission and the Governor’s Washington State Growth Strategies Commission, and has served on six gubernatorial commissions. Judy was recently singled out by the highly-regarded Chambers USA® legal directory, which annually interviews firm clients. In addition to a top-ranking of Foster Pepper’s Land Use practice, Chambers noted Judy’s strong reputation and notable involvement in the industry.

Why Runstad

The Runstad Center for Real Estate Studies is named in honor of Judy and her husband, Jon, a respected real estate developer. In 2001, A cornerstone gift from the Runstads created the Center, providing a permanent focus to the intellectual and research interests in real estate at the University of Washington, something both Jon and Judy feel strongly about in this area. Both Judy and Jon Runstad are graduates of the University of Washington and have a firm investment in, and great hope for, the future leaders graduating from the Runstad Center.


  • Chambers USA® Leading Individual: Real Estate Law: Zoning/Land Use
  • Board of Directors: Wells Fargo & Company, 1998-Present
  • Governor Gregoire’s Higher Education Funding Task Force: 2010-2011
  • Year Up Puget Sound Region Board Member:
  • Board of Directors: Potlatch Corporation,1999-Present
  • Board of Directors: SAFECO Corporation, 1990-2008
  • Co-Chair: Governor Gregoire's Global Competitiveness Council, 2005-2006
  • Co-Chair: Governor Locke's Washington Competitiveness Council, 2001-2004

Awards, Honors and Mentions:

  • Best in the Business: Leading Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region
    Seattle Business Magazine Real Estate 2013
  • Woman of Influence Award
    Puget Sound Business Journal 2010
  • Top Lawyer
    Seattle Metropolitan Magazine 2010
  • Law Women's Caucus Distinguished Alumna Award
    University of Washington School of Law 2010
  • Gates Volunteer Service Award
    University of Washington 2009
  • The Best Lawyers in America®
    Real Estate Law 2003-Present
  • Washington Super Lawyers®
  • Top 50 Women Lawyers
    Washington Law & Politics 2006
  • Youth Care Woman of the Year
  • Outstanding Alumna Achievement Award
    University of Washington School of Law 1995-96
  • Distinguished Alumna Award
    University of Washington 1992
  • Matrix Women of Achievement Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
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