Terrence A. Leahy

Terrence A. Leahy
Terrence A. Leahy

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Biography

Terry was born and raised in Seattle, got a Jesuit education, got degrees from Washington State University and the University of Arizona, practiced corporate law in a large Portland, Oregon law firm, then returned to Puget Sound. His courtroom success led to becoming a shareholder in what was then Bellevue, Washington's largest law firm. In 1998, he founded what later became Leahy Fjelstad Peryea, and he just recently formed Leahy Legal Consulting, which is devoted exclusively to diagnosing, fixing, and replacing the aging governing documents of Puget Sound community associations.

Terry turned his lifelong curiosity about how groups function into a legal career largely devoted to helping neighbors and their community associations create a great place to live. He is frequently invited to teach and write both locally and nationally on community association issues. He has actively participated in the Washington State Chapter of the Community Association Institute ("CAI"), serving as its Board Secretary, as its Journal Editor, as its Legislative Action Committee Chair, and as its CA Day Keynote Speaker. The Governor also chose him to serve as CAI's representative on the Washington Homeowners Association Task Force, tasked with overhauling legislation regulating homeowners' associations. And the national College of Community Association Lawyers made him just the second attorney in the State of Washington to be inducted as a CCAL Fellow.

Until recently, Terry commuted weekly to the Firm's Seattle office from his home in picturesque Seabrook, Washington. Years of him mentoring younger lawyers enabled those lawyers to form a strong nucleus that is now poised to take the Firm to new heights. Passing the reins to the Firm in turn frees Terry from that burdensome mega-commute, allowing him to focus on the work he likes best, and to do that work in the place he likes best.

Education

  • University of Arizona College of Law, Tucson, Arizona
    • J.D. - 1981
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
  • Washington State University, Pullman, Washington
    • B.A. - 1978
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Dean's List
    • Major: Political Science

Current Employment Position

  • Founder, 1998

Practice Areas

  • Common Interest Community Associations 100%