Richard A. Davis III2024-01-28T07:05:26-08:00

Richard A. Davis III


Richard represents Fire Districts, Regional Fire Authorities, Port Districts as well as community associations and businesses.

As a municipal lawyer with over 30 years of experience, Richard advises on topics ranging from public contracting, employment and labor issues, open government issues, and interlocal agreements. He coordinates the Legal Committee for the Washington Fire Commissioners Association and is a frequent presenter on Open Government and other issues affecting public agencies.

Richard represents a variety of homeowners’ associations and condominium associations, assisting with formation, governing document drafting and revisions, budget and capital replacement issues, and enforcement of rules/regulations. Richard is a member of the Community Associations Institute and has contributed articles and has been a speaker at various CAI events.

Richard’s labor and employment practice focuses on representing employers, with the goal of minimizing or avoiding the risk of litigation by providing sound legal advice. He advises on all areas of employment law (including ADA, FLSA, and FMLA) in addition to representing clients in employment claims as well as investigations conducted by the EOCC, Department of Labor, and the Human Rights Commission. He regularly defends employers in administrative hearings (PERC and NLRB), arbitrations, and trials. He also serves as the employer’s representative on a variety of union issues, including union formation, collective bargaining negotiation and strategy, CBA administration, and grievances.


  • University of Chicago (B.A., cum laude, Economics, 1988)
  • Indiana University, School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1991)

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association (admitted 1991)
  • United States District Court — Western District of Washington
  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • Washington Fire Commissioners Association,
    Legal Committee and speaker
  • Associated General Contractors,
    Legal Committee Member
  • Community Associations Institute, Member

Community Involvement

  • City of Bellingham Civil Service Commission
  • Past director, Bellingham Food Bank


  • Super Priority Liens, Community Associations Journal
  • Judgment for Specific Acts; Vesting Title, Chapter 70, Civil Procedure Desk Book
  • Judgment for Specific Acts; Vesting Title, Chapter 70, Civil Procedure Desk Book

Practice Areas


Office: 360.671.1796

Direct: 360.306.3000

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