Annie practices real estate law from her home office in University Place. She represents the Washington REALTORS®, a variety of builders and developers, home owner associations and most recently, families faced with difficult decisions of how to preserve their home, their financial credibility and their dignity in the face of job losses, decreasing property values and other significant challenges to home ownership. “These challenging economic times have given a new face to our nation and our community. We are transforming from a generation that spent with little restraint to one that must measure the value of every dollar,” said Fitzsimmons. She added, “I am prepared to make effective budget cuts that preserve and strengthen the integrity of our incredible, school-district based, community.”
In addition to her law practice, Fitzsimmons teaches real estate law to real estate brokers across the state earning awards for her ability to communicate difficult subjects in a way that is easy to understand. She earned a teaching degree from Pacific Lutheran University in 1987 prior to attending the University of Washington, School of Law, where she graduated with honors in 1992. She has been appointed to numerous state agency task forces where her objective was to work with others to create or improve legislation, education and public awareness of issues shaping the state’s real estate industry. Along with Mark, her husband of 17 years, Annie graduated from Clover Park High School and is a member of the University Place Presbyterian Church.
While Annie is an accomplished lawyer, her joy resides in mothering her children, both of whom are University Place students. Her daughter is a budding musician, actress and scholar at Narrows View Intermediate while her son displays leadership, athleticism and academic excellence at Curtis Junior High. Despite her leadership in the real estate industry, Annie will tell you the best use of her time in the last fifteen years was not in the courtroom but rather, in the classroom and schools where she volunteered countless hours assisting teachers and serving on PTA Boards. “Spending time in the schools is the best way to understand and appreciate the day to day excellence our teachers and staff supply. Our school board’s challenge is to promote those aspects of our district that make University Place schools great while embracing the economic realities of our time,” commented Fitzsimmons.