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Josh is an experienced land use, real estate and business lawyer, with an emphasis on complex projects, permitting, and land use regulatory compliance. He works with clients to negotiate purchase and sale agreements, perform due diligence, obtain land use approvals, conduct environmental review, and address permitting and legislative issues involving zoning, platting, shoreline compliance and growth management. Josh is an experienced land use, environmental and real estate trial lawyer, having successfully represented clients in administrative tribunals, superior court actions, alternative dispute resolution proceedings, and before the Washington Appellate Courts.

Josh also is a seasoned business lawyer, devoting a significant amount of his practice to advising closely held Seattle-based businesses as outside general counsel. Josh provides strategic business and legal advice and handles corporate governance and commercial litigation matters for his clients.

Josh brings over 20 years of land use and planning background to his practice. Prior to attending law school, Josh worked as an environmental planner and consultant for premier Northwest firms and he served as one of four staff members on the Vermont Governor’s blue-ribbon Growth Management Commission, which ultimately recommended and crafted Vermont’s Growth Management Act.


Josh was appointed to the Seattle Planning Commission in 2008 and was twice elected Chair of the Commission. He served six years on the Planning Commission.  


Practice areas


  1. Business: 35%
    11 years
  2. Land Use & Zoning: 30%
    21 years
  3. Real Estate: 15%
    21 years
  4. Litigation: 10%
    21 years
  5. Contracts: 10%
    21 years


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  • David B. Richardson

    Josh is an excellent attorney with great integrity, intellect and good humor. I wholeheartedly endorse his work.


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    I strongly endorse Josh. He is a solid and practical lawyer with great judgment. He is also fun to work with and very good at accomplishing the desired end result for clients.


    David Benson Mergers and acquisitions Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Veris Law Group PLLC

1809 7th Avenue
Suite 1400
Seattle, WA, 98101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2014
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Pro Bono PublicoWashington State Bar Association2008
Trustee of the YearWashington Association of Housing Services for the Aging2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Pro Bono PublicoWashington State Bar Association2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super lawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
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Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2000
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine1999
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Founder and MemberVeris Law Group PLLC2011 - Present
Founder/PartnerBrower Law PS2011 - 2011
Founder/PartnerTupper Mack Brower PLLC2007 - 2010
PrincipalMentor Law Group, PLLC2004 - 2007
AssociateStoel Rives1998 - 2004
AssociatePreg O'Donnell & Gillett PLLC1996 - 1998
AssociateLaw Office of James C. Middlebrooks1995 - 1996
Research Assistant to Professor Richard SettleSeattle University School of Law1993 - 1995
Assistant to Lead Policy AnalystNorthwest Indian Fisheries Commission1993 - 1995
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
WSBA Environmental & Land Use SectionMember1995 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Lopez v. SmartJudgment for Plaintiffs, including attorneys' fees
Chicago Title Insurance Company v. LandryVerdict for Plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
WSBA Environmental & Land Use Section NewsletterState and Local Permitting Issues for Green Power: The Complexities Involved in Farming the Wind--A Developer's Perspective2003
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD-Juris Doctor cum laude1995
Hampshire CollegeEnvironmental Science and PolicyBA - Bachelor of Arts1988
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SEPA & NEPAAlternatives Analysis in Threshold Determination2011
Buying and Selling Electric PowerGetting Projects Built and Operational2011
Permitting Small Medium and Large ProjectsLand Use Permitting2010
Hearing Examiners Annual ConferencePermitting Renewable Energy in the NW2010
Buying and Selling Electric PowerGetting Projects Built and Operational2010
American Planning Association Annual ConferenceNew and emerging strategies for public involvement2010
WSBA Land Use Mid-YearPanel on Emerging Technologies: Permitting, Generation & Transmission--Geothermal and Wind Energy2009
Short Course on PlanningThe Role of the Planning Commissioner2009
Land Use in WashingtonBoard Decisions: Growth Management Hearings Boards; Pollution Control Hearings Board; Shoreline Hearings Board2009
Continuing Legal Education SeminarBoundary Disputes: Resolving Client Conflicts2007
WSBA Environmental & Land Use Section CLEBridge Over Troubled Waters: Restoration Requirements in Environmental and Land Use Laws2004
WSBA Environmental & Land Use Section Mid-year CLEState and Local Permitting Issues for Green Power2003