About Tye

I have lived in Thurston County for over a decade with my wife, a kindergarten teacher, and two children, ages 12 and 10. I believe my educational and professional background has prepared me for the challenges our county will face in the coming years.


In 1993, I graduated Tye Menser and childrenwith honors from Harvard College, with a degree in Government. In 1997, I graduated from law school at the University of California at Berkeley (Boalt Hall). During my time in law school, I taught myself Spanish, spent a summer studying language in Morelia, Mexico, and spent one semester of my time at Boalt Hall studying law, in Spanish, at the University of Chile in Santiago.

In September 1997 I began a 20-year legal career that has included commercial and intellectual property litigation, criminal defense, and family law. I have been admitted to the state bar associations of Illinois (1997), California (1998), Alaska (2000), and Washington (2006). During the early part of my career, I spent 7 years in northern Alaska with the Alaska Public Defender Agency — half of that representing Native Alaskans in the remote Arctic village of Kotzebue — providing legal services to indigent clients who could not otherwise afford an attorney.

In 2007, I moved to Thurston County and joined Morgan Hill, P.C., as an associate attorney. Over the last decade, however, I have
continued to provide legal services to indigent citizens through Thurston County Public Defense office. Between 2010 and 2013, I served on Thurston County’s Water Conservancy Board. In my limited spare time, I am involved in the local music and arts community by playing the banjo in a traditional bluegrass band, The Oly Mountain Boys.

Tye Menser out hikingTye with the Oly Mountain Boys