Rita’s Legal Career
You know by now that my name is Rita Latsinova. I have lived in Washington State for 27 years and practiced law for 23 years. I am a student of the rule of law, laws followed and applied as a logical, humane and fair assessment of the facts and consistent with the direction of society.
After I graduated from Seattle University School of Law, I joined a longtime Seattle law firm, Bogle and Gates, as an associate in the litigation group. I have been a litigator and appellate lawyer ever since. I am now 14 years into my tenure as a partner in the Seattle office of Stoel Rives, LLP.
In over two decades of practice, I have led dozens of cases ranging from complex commercial disputes to technical land use and environmental regulatory cases. I have argued cases in all levels of state court (including state administrative boards) and in federal district courts as well as circuit courts of appeal. This experience taught me to digest voluminous and sometimes complex, technical case records and navigate applications of divergent case law.
You’ll find I don’t shy away from challenges, nor complex technical cases, nor the time required. I love my work, however long it takes and how much time it takes me away from my family.
In my “free” time, I am committed to applying my legal skills for the public good. I served as a Washington State Bar Association Hearing Officer in attorney discipline cases. I believe that all lawyers should apply their training to public service and have volunteered, pro bono, as a cooperating lawyer for the American Civil Liberties Union, Northwest Women’s Law Center (now Legal Voice), and Northwest Immigrant Rights Project. In what I call my “David and Goliath” case, I represented a community group of neighbors in a constitutional challenge of federal and local government regulations.
Over the last several years, I have served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of Washington in disputes with the State’s insurers. It is my aspiration to be a judge who follows the law with an open mind, a compassionate ear, and a consistent application of the dual directive of statute: applying precedent to the facts of the case so far as it is not inconsistent with the law nor out of touch with the institutions and values of the people here in Washington State.
Rita Latsinova, Candidate for Court of Appeals, Division One, District Three