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John Hoerster is a Public Service Counsel for the firm.  He helps lead the firm’s Next Chapter program under which senior lawyers provide pro bono legal and community services, serves on the firm’s Public Service Committee, and personally provides public service.  John was a member of the firm from 1971 until 2010, serving as general outside counsel for clients in the maritime, transportation and nonprofit healthcare industries, while focusing in the legal areas of corporate governance and mergers & acquisitions. He also served as Chairman and Managing Director of the firm for 20 years, most recently from 2000 through 2009. John was an architect of the firm’s public service program beginning in the 1970’s, and has always been an active public service participant.  In 2010, John joined Saltchuk Resources as Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer, where he helped lead Saltchuk’s acquisition, corporate governance, ethics & compliance, risk management, and government affairs programs.  John retired from Saltchuk at the end of 2016 and returned to the firm as Public Service Counsel.

Professional Activities

  • Chair, Garvey Schubert Barer, 2000-2009 and 1992-1994; Managing Director, 2000-2009, 1985-1991 and 1980
  • Senior Vice President, General Counsel & Chief Ethics Officer, Saltchuk Resources, 2010-2016

Community Activities

  • President, Endowment for Equal Justice
  • Chair, Advisory Board, Evans School of Public Policy & Governance, University of Washington
  • Chancellor, St. Mark’s Cathedral
  • Chair Emeritus, Athletes for a Better World
  • Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Fellow, 1970-1971
  • VISTA lawyer, 1969-1970


  • Washington, 1969


University of Washington School of Law, J.D. with honors, 1969

  • Order of the Coif
  • Notes Editor, Washington Law Review

Princeton University, B.A., cum laude, 1966

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