Miko Tempski -  Former Guest Speaker at the Leadership Institute

Miko Tempski is a litigation, trial, and appellate attorney who practices law from his office in Bellevue, Washington.  In addition to his role as General Counsel to the Second Amendment Foundation (SAF), a renowned non-profit organization which has worked for 40 years to secure the civil rights of Americans through legal action and education, Mr. Tempski is engaged in the private practice of law with the Tempski Law Firm, PS, and serves as a member of the board of directors of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.

Mr. Tempski focuses much of his practice on constitutional civil rights issues, as well as public records and open government advice and litigation.  Mr. Tempski has a broad range of litigation experience, from extensive pretrial discovery and motion practice, to jury trials and appellate representation, in both state and federal courts.   Mr. Tempski is currently admitted to practice by the state bar of Washington, in various federal district courts as well as the Ninth and Tenth United States Circuit Courts of Appeal.  He has also appeared pro hac vice in other courts.

Until June of this year, Mr. Tempski served the state of Washington as an Assistant Attorney General, in the corrections division, where he was recognized as a “rising star” by both his clients and the Attorney General.  While there, Mr. Tempski represented the Department of Corrections (DOC) and its employees in both state and federal court litigation. He successfully investigated and defended against inmate constitutional rights claims, inmate challenges to administrative or disciplinary action taken against them by DOC, public disclosure litigation, and other miscellaneous cases.  Mr. Tempski also successfully prosecuted many parole and community custody board revocation hearings.  Mr. Tempski provided advice and training for senior DOC leadership and staff in many areas including public disclosure, correctional industries, access to courts, subpoena compliance, and intelligence and investigations.

Mr. Tempski began his legal career as an in-house attorney for SAF, where he focused on the preparation of strategic civil rights litigation, including the identification and selection of plaintiffs, legal research, and coordination and oversight of outside trial counsel.

Mr. Tempski earned his B.A. degree in Political Science at the University of Washington, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, in Washington, D.C., where he was a staff member for the Georgetown Journal of Law & Public Policy. Mr. Tempski is an avid outdoorsman, traveler, skier, and sport shooter.   He enjoys spending time with his fiancée, friends and family at home in Seattle.

Miko Tempski