Stephen K. Eugster has practiced law in the state of Washington for over 45 years. He was sworn into the Washington State Bar by Justice William O. Douglas, Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court, in January, 1970, at the United States Supreme Court in Washington D.C. Justice Douglas was a native of Yakima, Washington and Battle Lake, Minnesota.
He is a graduate of the University of Washington School of Law (J.D. 1969) where he was a member of the Washington Law Review and its Managing Editor for a year. Upon graduation he was selected to join the Order of the Coif.
He did his undergraduate work at the University of Denver (B.A. 1966) where he majored in political science with minors in economics, international relations, history and geology. At the University of Denver he was member and officer of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and the President of the University of Denver Inter-fraternity Council, 1965 – 66.
He began his legal career in Washington D. C. in 1969 where he was in Volunteers In Service To America (VISTA) assigned to the Washington Research Project. WRP was public interest law firm in Washington, D.C. founded by Marian Wright Edelman. WRP later became the Children’s Defense Fund.
He worked mainly with Harry Huge on a case involving various breaches of trust by the United Mine Workers relative to the UMW Welfare and Retirement Fund. See Blankenship v. Boyle.
For many years he practiced as commercial and estates lawyer — first at Davis Wright Todd Reise & Jones in Seattle, and next at Lukins & Annis PS in Spokane.
In the fall of 1990 he opened his law office in Spokane. The purpose of the new law office was to allow him to do more public interest, public trust advocacy and litigation besides carrying on a normal practice. Also, about this time, he began the redevelopment of three turn-of-the-century buildings in downtown Spokane — Stewart, Minnesota and Oakley buildings.
During the 1990’s he became active in local political affairs. He advocated a change of the home rule charter of City of Spokane from a council-manager form of government to a strong mayor form. The charter was changed as a result of the second initiative he advanced in the fall of 1999.
He was a Spokane City Council Member from 2000 through 2003.
Eugster Law Office is located Browne’s Addition, an Historic Area west of Downtown Spokane.Eugster Law Office PSC 2418 West Pacific Avenue Spokane, Washington 99201-6422