Brian M. Werst

Member of the Firm
Brian joined the firm in 2015 after having been associated with an international law firm. Brian’s practice is broad and emphasizes the fields of municipal law, public finance, health care law, corporate and transactional law, labor and employment, real estate, and litigation and arbitration. When Brian is not working, he enjoys all activities involving his wife, son and daughter; coaching youth sports; trying to win his fantasy football league; reading fiction and non-fiction books; and pushing his culinary and barbecuing skills.

  •  Bar of Idaho
  •  Bar of Washington
  •  U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington

  • Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D., 1998, magna cum laude)
  • Eastern Washington University (B.A., English/Technical Writing 1995, cum laude)
Publications and Presentations

  • Naming Names:  Washington Supreme Court Holds that Public Employers Must Disclose the Names of Employee Being Investigated for Workplace Misconduct.  K&L Gates LLP Commercial Disputes and Public Finance Alert (April 2015)
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Nixes Hospital System Acquisition of Physician Practice Group:  Preserving Competition Trumps Better Patient Care in this Case.  K&L Gates LLP Antitrust, Competition and Trade Regulation Alert (February 2015)
  • Show Your Work:  Washington Supreme Court Awards Attorney’s Fees in Public Records Case for Failure to Provide “Brief Explanation” of Reliance on Statutory Exemption.  K&L Gates LLP Commercial Disputes Alert (December 2014)
  • Washington Grants Public Employees Two Days Off Per Year for Reasons of Faith or Conscience or Organized Religious Activities.  K&L Gates LLP Employment and Public Finance Alert (April 2014)
  • New Help Remembering Your Continuing Disclosure Obligations.  K&L Gates LLP Public Finance Alert (July 2013)
  • Congress Considers Eliminating the Tax Exemption for Municipal Bonds.  K&L Gates LLP Public Finance Alert (April 2011)
  • COMMENT: Legal Doctrine and Its Inapplicability to Internet Regulation: A Guide for Protecting Children from Internet Indecency after Reno v. ACLU, 33 Gonzaga Law Review 207 (1998)
  • Speaker at various continuing education and professional organization conferences on municipal law, open government, and health care topics.
  • Eastern Washington Planners’ Forum:  You Can’t Tell Me Where to Fly My Drone! Or Can You? (January, 2017)
  • NWAAE Annual Conference: Managing First Amendment Activities & Related Advertising at Airports (September 2017)
Associations / Achievements

  • Washington Law and Politics Magazine “Rising Star”
  • Gonzaga University School of Law Thomas More Scholar
  • Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys
  • American Health Lawyers Association
  • Spokane County Bar Association
  • Downtown Spokane Exchange Club (2001-2006)
  • Board Member, Community Health Association of Spokane (2003-2009, Board President 2006-2007)
  • Gonzaga Law Review (1996-2000, Staff Member of the Year 1996-1997)

  • Judge Dennis J. Sweeney, Washington State Court of Appeals, Division III (1998-2000)