J. Vander Stoep


Western Washington University, Bachelor of Arts – Political Science, 1980

Law School:

University of Washington, Juris Doctor, 1989

Order of Barristers


Washington State Bar Association, 1989

Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1998

United States District Court, Western District of Washngton, 2011


Washington State Bar Association, Lewis County Bar Association (Past President)


1981-1987            Served three terms representing the 20th District in the Washington State House of Representatives.

 1991-1993            Chief of Staff for United States Senator Slade Gorton

1994       Managed Senator Gorton’s successful re-election campaign

Practice Areas:

Government Affairs and Communications. Mr. Vander Stoep specializes in helping clients with their strategic, government affairs, and communications goals. He has worked with dozens of public agencies, public figures, and businesses as a communications consultant and strategist. Clients have included Microsoft, the Russell Company and Trident Seafoods.

 Mr. Vander Stoep has over three decades of experience in politics, public policy, and communications. At age twenty-one he managed a successful legislative campaign. At twenty-three he won election to the Washington State House of Representatives where he served for six years. As an elected official, he developed an understanding of the issues important to the Pacific Northwest as well as the fundamentals of policy-making and public communications.

 J. is a founding partner of Washington2 Advocates and Sound Counsel.   These organizations are devoted to helping clients with communication and governmental affairs issues. J. is intimately involved with helping clients prepare for and respond to events requiring a crisis communications response.

 Real Property. Mr. Vander Stoep’s traditional legal work primarily involves matters related to real property. He has successfully litigated many boundary and timber trespass matters and also assists clients with local governmental zoning and land use related issues.


Mr. Vander Stoep lives just outside Chehalis with his wife and daughters. He enjoys music, tennis, fishing, and digging clams