Weed, Graafstra and Associates Inc., P.S. was first established in 1971. At that time the firm was known as Wilcox and Allendoerfer, Inc., P.S. Over the years the firm has established itself in Snohomish County and beyond as a leader in the representation of cities, fire districts and other special purpose districts. Additionally we provide legal services to private clients on a variety of matters including commercial and private real estate matters, contracts, business law, estate planning and probate.
Our practice philosophy is to assist both our public entity and private clients to avoid and resolve problems. We work closely with our clients to help them spot potential difficulties early, before such situations escalate to costly litigation. However, we also recognize that not every situation can be effectively resolved or avoided in its early stages, and if it becomes necessary we bring our full assistance and creative problem solving skills to bear to find a resolution in a timely and cost effective manner.
Experience matters. Collectively our attorneys have over 100 years of experience. Senior partner Grant Weed began his legal career in 1980 as an Assistant City Attorney for the City of Everett before joining the firm in 1985. He has been recognized by Law and Politics Magazine as a Super Lawyer for the years 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2004 and 2003. He is an Honorary Life Member of the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, in recognition of his over thirty years of practice as a municipal attorney. Grant is a frequent guest speaker and lecturer on municipal issues. Thom (“Tom”) Graafstra joined the firm in 1991 and brought with him a broad spectrum of expertise in the areas of land use, regulatory reform, open public meetings, public records and tort and litigation defense. Emily Guildner came to the firm in October 2013. Emily is a graduate of Willamette University College of Law and has expanded her practice to include various municipal issues on Constitutional law and public records, as well as private client work with estate planning, probate, and property disputes. Brett Vinson joined the firm in May 2018 after serving 11 years as City Attorney for Sumner. Brett brings a breadth of experience in employment matters and litigation. Nikki Thompson joined the firm in January 2020. Nikki served as Oak Harbor City attorney for several years and is looking forward to joining a private practice.