William Hyslop, Former U.S. Attorney for Eastern Washington, dies at 71

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SPOKANE, Wash. — Former U.S. Attorney William Hyslop, a Spokane native and the only person to hold his position for two separate terms in the Eastern Washington district, has passed away at 71.

As detailed by the U.S. Attorney’s Office for Eastern Washington, William Hyslop spent more than 40 years practicing law in Eastern Washington. He got his bachelor’s degree from Washington State University and his law degree at Gonzaga.

During the course of his career, Hyslop served as the President of the Washington State Bar Association and was a principal at a Spokane-based law firm called Lukins & Annis. In his own words, however, the greatest accomplishment of his career was in his role as the U.S. Attorney for Eastern Washington.

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“Serving our great country as the United States Attorney has been the highest honor and most fulfilling duty of my professional career,” William Hyslop once stated.

Upon his retirement from the position, he did not waver from his commitment to the community he loved. Hyslop was a founding board member of the Spokane Alliance for Fentanyl Education (“SAFE”) to tackle the opioid epidemic ravaging Eastern Washington.

The incumbent U.S. Attorney for Eastern Washington, Vanessa Waldref, offered the following comments on his passing:

“We were saddened to learn of Bill’s passing, and our hearts go out to his wife, two children, and grandchildren. Bill was a lifelong friend to the U.S. Attorney’s Office and a dedicated public servant. I was honored to serve with Bill, and I was impressed with his passion for serving the Spokane community. We will miss him greatly.”


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