Seth Dawson is an associate attorney at McGavick Graves, where they practice in the areas of municipal and government law, environmental and land use law, and civil litigation.  Prior to joining McGavick Graves, Seth served as a judicial law clerk with Justice Debra L. Stephens on the Washington State Supreme Court from 2019 until 2022.  During law school, Seth served as a judicial extern in the chambers of Judge Morgan Christen on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  Before becoming an attorney, Seth served as Senior Legislative Assistant to former Congressman Denny Heck (WA-10) in Washington, D.C., where their policy portfolio focused on the judiciary and civil rights issues, federal efforts to restore the Puget Sound, primary and higher education, labor and workforce development, and Tribal issues.  Seth now lives in Tacoma with their spouse.


Memberships & Affiliations

  • Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court – Program Chair
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • WSBA Administrative Law Section
  • WSBA Environment and Land Use Section
  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association


  • Juris Doctor, University of Washington School of Law – 2019
  • Bachelor of Arts, Politics and Philosophy, Whitman College – 2012
  • Franklin Pierce High School – 2008


  • CALI Award – Constitutional Law; Civil Procedure II
  • Champion and Best Oralist, Western Region, Thomas Tang Moot Court Competition
  • Honors Thesis in Politics with Distinction from Whitman College

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Environmental and Land Use Law
  • Municipal and Government Law

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2020