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Samuel Rodabough is a Washington native, born and raised in the Issaquah area.  He graduated from Liberty High School in the Issaquah School District.  After earning a Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, from Brigham Young University, he returned home to earn his law degree from the University of Washington School of Law.

Mr. Rodabough began his legal career at Pacific Legal Foundation, a nonprofit legal foundation dedicated to protecting property rights and individual liberties.  In 2005, Mr. Rodabough served as a law clerk to Justice James M. Johnson of the Washington State Supreme Court.  Upon leaving the Court in 2005, Mr. Rodabough was an associate at Groen Stephens & Klinge LLP until the founding of his solo firm in 2013.

Mr. Rodabough is an award-winning practitioner, who provides legal representation to homeowners, landowners, builders, developers, farmers, ranchers, homeowners associations, trade associations, and commercial and industrial property owners, among others throughout the State of Washington.  His practice emphasizes land use, environmental, administrative, and real property law from a property rights perspective.


Mr. Rodabough’s Statement:

I am extremely fortunate to be numbered among those individuals who earn a living by pursuing their passion.  In my case, I am deeply passionate about property rights. As appropriately stated by the late Justice Potter Stewart of the U.S. Supreme Court:

“The dichotomy between personal liberties and property rights is a false one.  Property does not have rights.  People have rights.”

Lynch v. Household Finance Corp., 405 U.S. 538, 552 (1972).  Thus, when “property” is correctly characterized, my charge as an attorney becomes evident.  Representing clients with respect to their property is not a detached process regarding mere “dirt.”  Rather, because it is deeply personal to the client, it is for me as well.  For this reason, I strive to give my clients and their cases the individualized attention they deserve.  I promise to provide competent, affordable, and aggressive representation to each and every client.


Languages spoken: English, Italian

Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 40%
    Less than 1 year
  2. Real Estate: 30%
    Less than 1 year
  3. Appeals: 20%
    Less than 1 year
  4. Administrative Law: 10%
    Less than 1 year



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Payment types:

Cash, Check

Attorney endorsements

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  • Fara Daun

    I turned to Sam when my client had a real estate matter on the edge of my experience. He was genorous with his help, creative, and provided insights that helped me achieve a great result for my client. I highly recommend him.


    Fara Daun Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Frank A Selden

    Samuel Rodabough is one of the best advocates I know for personal property rights. If you need representation on land use, zoning, eminent domain or real estate you can trust Sam and GSK to be among the best you'll find.


    Frank Selden Estate planning Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Law Office of Samuel A. Rodabough PLLC

11820 Northup Way, Ste. E200
Bellevue, WA, 98005


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rodney McFarland AwardCitizens' Alliance for Property Rights2011
Washington State Bar AssociationPro Bono Publico Service Commendation2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Pro Bono Publico Service CommendationWashington State Bar Association2010
QuarterfinalistPace National Environmental Law Moot Court Competition2004
Advanced Certificate in Legal ResearchUniversity of Washington School of Law, Legal Writing Faculty2003
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of Samuel A. Rodabough PLLC2013 - Present
Associate AttorneyGroen Stephens & Klinge LLP2005 - 2013
Law Clerk to Justice James M. JohnsonWashington State Supreme Court2005 - 2005
College of Public Interest Law FellowPacific Legal Foundation2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Real Property SectionN/A2010 - Present
United States Supreme CourtMember2009 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitMember2007 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
U.S. District Court - Western District of WashingtonMember2005 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law SectionMember2005 - Present
King County Bar Association, Real Property SectionMember2005 - Present
King County Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Law SectionMember2005 - Present
East King County Bar AssociationMember2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Federalist Society (Puget Sound Lawyers chapter)Executive Board2004 - 2012
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Yousoufian v. Office of Ron Sims, et al., 163 Wn. App. 1008 (2011)Adverse decision reversed
Easement Dispute/Quiet TitleSuccessful settlement for plaintiffs
Project Permit (Dock)Successful settlement for plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
Sammamish Reporter, by Linda BallSammamish Citizens Want the Right of Initiative and Referendum2011
Sammamish Review, by EditorSammamish Needs Initiative Ordinance2011
Sammamish Reporter, by Ari CetronSammamish to Consider Allowing Citizens Powers of Referendum, Initiative2011
Kitsap Sun, by Christopher Dunagan100-Foot Buffer Doesn't Apply to House Planned For Dyes Inlet Property, Examiner Rules2011
Seattle PI, by Julia YoungsCritical Areas a Critical Matter2004
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor2004
Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law SchoolN/AOther - Bachelors2000
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Regulatory TakingsTrying the Takings Case2012
Is Sammamish Ready for Direct Democracy?Local Initiative and Referendum2012
Shoreline Master Program UpdatesShoreline Master Program Appeals2011
Regulatory TakingsTrying a Takings Case2011
Shorelines Training WorkshopPreparing Property Rights Defenders for Effective Advocacy in the Shoreline Master Program Update Process in Washington State2010
Forests and Fish Rules and the LawTakings Impacts on Small Forest Landowners2010
Land Use in WashingtonLand Use Jurisprudence from the Washington State Supreme Court2006
Roundtable DiscussionPrivate Property Rights and the King County Critical Areas Ordinance2005