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Judy  Endejan

Judy Endejan

Owner - Seattle

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For more than two decades, Judy has served communications-related clients after working as a professional journalist.  Her practice has focused on telecommunications, media and intellectual property issues under the First Amendment, the federal Communications Act, intellectual property laws and the regulatory laws of California, Washington and Oregon. Her background is a unique blend of private practice and in-house experience. While the majority of her career has been private practice Judy spent ten years with GTE Corporation (now Verizon) in the Northwest and California. During that time she acquired substantial experience in public utility regulation and administrative law. During 2006, Judy took off a year from private practice and served as General Counsel for Fisher Communications, Inc., a major Northwest broadcast corporation.

Judy has provided transactional, litigation and regulatory representation for a wide range of clients.  They include established, and new telecommunications providers that offer landline, wireless, VoIP and M2M services.  They also include established, and new content providers such as broadcasters, publishers, newspapers, web-site owners and bloggers. Judy’s practice has run the gamut from pre-publication review to clearance and licensing issues to negotiation of sophisticated communications and technology contracts. She has developed a current, deep understanding of the legal and business issues facing clients in the ever-changing convergence of telecommunication, media and technology.

Judy is a frequent speaker at meetings, conferences and Continuing Legal Education seminars, and has published in the area of communications law. She has contributed chapters to the original and updated" Public Records Act Deskbook" published by the Washington State Bar Association.

Representative Matters/Transactions
Judy has broad experience litigating communications issues before state and federal courts and administrative agencies.

First Amendment

  • Obtained a landmark ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit that the academic speech of a university professor, which is part of his official job duties, is protected by the First Amendment.  Demers v. Austin, 729 F. 3d 1011 (9th Cir. 2013)

Media

  • Obtained partial summary judgment against the Seattle Police Department for public records act violations regarding requests for the database of dash-cam videos and the videos.  KOMO v. SPD, King County SuperiorCourt (2012), appeal pending at the Washington Supreme Court (2013)
  • Obtained the release of public records key to an investigation into defects associated with the construction of the new floating bridge over Lake Washington, and attorney’s fees.  KOMO v. Washington Department of Transportation.  King County Superior Court ( 2013).
  • Obtained summary judgment for radio broadcast company sued for defamation for remarks made by callers to a radio talk show about an endorser of a local political candidate. This was affirmed on appeal by the Washington Court of Appeals. Brecht v. Fisher Communications, Inc., 160 Wn. App. 1040, 2011 WL 1120506, 39 Media L. Rep. (2011).
  • Represented a daily newspaper in successfully unsealing court records that allowed a major investigative piece to be published regarding securities fraud at a local high-tech firm. In a 9-0 opinion, the Washington State Supreme Court laid out a stringent test for sealing court records in civil cases, strongly affirming the Washington constitutional right of access to justice. Dreiling v. Jain, 151 Wn.2d 900, 93 P. 3d 861 (2004).
  • Obtained summary judgment in favor of a local alternative weekly newspaper sued for reporting on a sexual harassment lawsuit instituted by the plaintiff against Peter Nordstrom and Nordstrom, Inc. The newspaper quoted a company spokesperson as describing the lawsuit as baseless and nothing but "an attempt at extortion." The summary judgment was affirmed by the Washington Court of Appeals. Pinney v. Nordstrom, 124 Wn. App. 1019 (2004).
  • Obtained release of date of birth information with respect to municipal employees on behalf of a local television station withheld by the City of Tacoma. KIRO V. City of Tacoma, (Pierce County Cause No. 03-2-10567-3).
  • Represented a national wireless company to obtain eligible telecommunications status in Oregon. (Docket No. UM-1522 (2011))

Telecommunications

  • Represented a national wireless company in merger review proceeding for two local exchange companies with favorable results in final regulatory order. Joint Application of Qwest Communications International, Inc. and CenturyTel, Inc. for approval of control of Qwest Corporation, Qwest Communications Company LLC, and Qwest LD Corp. (WUTC Docket No. UT-100820 (2011)).
  • Represented the first cellular company in Washington (and nationwide) to achieve eligible telecommunications status ("ETC"), which entitles the holder to eligibility for federal universal service funds, by obtaining an order from the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC). Its decision was affirmed by the Washington Court of Appeals and the Washington Supreme Court. WITA v. WUTC, 149 Wn. 2d 17, 65 P. 3d 319 (2003).
  • Obtained a waiver of a new WUTC line extension requirement for a major telephone company that would have required the company to provide service to potential customers in a remote area of eastern Washington at an estimated cost of $1.2 million. In the Matter of the Petition of Verizon Northwest, Inc. for Waiver of WAC 480-120-071 (2)(a), (WUTC Docket No. UT-011439).
  • Represented a major telephone company in challenging, pursuant to the Federal Telecommunications Act of 1996, 47 U.S.C. 253, lengthy, over-burdensome telecommunications ordinances enacted by four Washington cities. The Ninth Circuit held that the ordinances in question were invalid because their combined effect might prohibit the provision of telecommunications services. City of Auburn v. Qwest, 260 F. 3d 1160 (9th Cir. 2001).
  • Represented a major telephone company in a full rate case, that was successfully settled in the first quarter of 2005, involving administrative discovery, motions, witness testimony preparation and a three-day evidentiary hearing on the company's request for interim rate relief. WUTC v. Verizon Northwest, Inc., (WUTC Docket No. 040788).
  • Represented the phone unit of a national cable company in fully mitigating penalties assessed by the WUTC for failure to comply with a new service quality reporting rule. In the Matter of Comcast Phone of Washington, LLC, (WUTC Docket No. UT-031459).
  • Helped draft Washington statutes regarding municipal regulation of telecommunications companies, cw. ch. 35-99 (2000)

Energy

  • Represented a major northwest company in an ongoing Bonneville Power administration rate case, and on appeal at the Ninth Circuit. Associations of Public Agency Customers v. Bonneville Power Administration, F.3d (9th Cir. 2013)

 

Professional Activities

  • Co-chair, Women in Communications Law Committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law
  • Chapter Representative, Executive Committee, Steering Committee, Pacific Northwest Chapter, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Member, Media Law Resource Center
  • Member, ABA Forum on Communications Law; and Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
  • Member, American Bar Association; California, Oregon, and Washington Bar Associations
  • Chair, Executive Committee, Law and Media Committee, Washington State Bar Association
  • Chair, Administrative Law Section, Washington State Bar Association

Community Activities

  • Co-chair, Women in Communications Law Committee of the ABA Forum on Communications Law
  • Chapter Representative, Executive Committee, Steering Committee, Pacific Northwest Chapter, Federal Communications Bar Association
  • Member, Media Law Resource Center
  • Member, ABA Forum on Communications Law; and Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law
  • Member, American Bar Association; California, Oregon, and Washington Bar Associations
  • Chair, Executive Committee, Law and Media Committee, Washington State Bar Association
  • Chair, Administrative Law Section, Washington State Bar Association

Publications

Education

  • University of Wisconsin Law School, J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif
  • University of Wisconsin, B.A. Journalism, cum laude  Phi Beta Kappa

Admissions

  • Washington
  • California
  • Oregon
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 9th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of California
     

Professional Recognition

  • Selected for membership in Fellows of American Bar Foundation
  • Selected to Best Lawyers in America, Communications Law, 2008-2015
  • Selected to Washington Super Lawyers list, 2003-2005, 2011
  • Named by peers as a "Super Lawyer" in Washington Super Lawyers Magazine, 2014; named as a "Super Lawyer" in Washington Women's Edition, 2014
  • Seattle Met Magazine, Top Lawyers, 2010
  • Seattle Business Monthly, Seattle's 90 Top Business Lawyers, 2007
  • Seattle Magazine, Seattle's 155 Top Lawyers, 2007
  • Selected to Top 50 Women Washington Super Lawyers list, 2003-2004
  • Federal Communications Bar Association, Distinguished Service Award, 2000-2001
  • GTE Lawyer of the Year, 1990, 1995
  • Martindale-Hubbell, Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2014
  • Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent in Martindale-Hubbell