Outside counsel costs, case outcomes at heart of city attorney’s race

October 16, 2017 / Joe Veyera, Queen Anne & Magnolia News

“Ultimately the incumbent believes the city law department is functioning better than ever, and praised a newfound efficiency that came with the consolidation of the office in one location (the Columbia Center) after being scattered across six floors of three separate buildings. That has made the civil side of the department more primed that ever to defend the city and initiate lawsuits to advance city goals, with Holmes noting the suit against Monsanto on PCB pollution, among others. He also feels he’s now able to leverage all parts of the department’s 100-plus lawyers, counting among his successes a suit against West Seattle residents who had illegally cut a large swath of trees on city-owned land to protect their views.

“In eight years, I’ve accomplished what I set out to do and more, but along the way also learned better how this position really works, and how to really leverage it into achieving outcomes that you want,” he said.”