Washington State Office


“From bagels to construction scraps, libertarian public-interest law firm Institute for Justice [IJ] is wasting no time going after targets great and small.”
Washington Law & Politics

 IJ-WA client Dennis Ballen
IJ-WA clients Dee and Rachael Apodora


Since opening in May 2003, the Institute for Justice Washington office has remained committed to bringing liberty to the west coast by vindicating fundamental constitutional rights such as economic liberty, school choice, property rights and free speech.

In a lawsuit that garnered nationwide attention, IJ-Washington won a unanimous First Amendment decision at the Washington Supreme Court. The case involved an attempt by the government to force an initiative campaign to count on-air commentary by radio talk show hosts as campaign contributions subject to stiff regulations.

IJ-Washington also achieved victory for bagel entrepreneur Dennis Ballen when the Ninth Circuit struck down efforts by the city of Redmond to restrict the ability of small businesses like Ballen’s from using portable signs to advertise. The office also successfully represented small entrepreneurs in their efforts to open up the local bed and breakfast and hairbraiding industries.

In addition, the Washington office has been busy changing the policy landscape throughout the Evergreen State. IJ-WA attorneys regularly testify before the Washington legislature on free speech and eminent domain issues and have authored policy briefs on the obstacles faced by small entrepreneurs in Seattle as well as how Washington law permits the state and local governments to abuse eminent domain.

IJ-Washington seeks to establish a rule of law under which Washingtonians can control their own destinies as free and responsible individuals, thus preserving the liberty guaranteed by the Washington State Constitution.


Directions to IJ-Washington office

The Institute for Justice Washington office is located in Bellevue:

Bellevue Place
10500 NE 8th Street, #1760
Bellevue, WA  98004 

Phone: (425) 646-9300
Fax: (425) 990-6500 


Law Student Clerkships:

To apply for semester clerkships in our Washington office, please submit a cover letter, resume and writing sample via email to mbindas@ij.org.  If you are interested in applying for a summer clerkship please visit www.ij.org/students.


Guest Speaker Information:

If you would like to invite an Institute for Justice attorney to a debate or to speak to your group. Please email activism@ij.org. To see if there are any events near you, go to our Speakers & Events page. 


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