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In the areas of land use and environmental law, clients benefit from my analysis of feasibility issues, and highly successful efforts at obtaining permits and approvals, especially for complex developments. I worked at the City of Seattle permitting agency for seven years before going to law school. That prior experience gives me a unique understanding of the government permit process, which directly benefits clients. I have been a partner at Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson since 1994.


Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 80%
    28 years, 500 cases
  2. Environmental: 20%
    28 years, 200 cases

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Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson

999 Third Avenue
Suite 4600
Seattle, WA, 98104


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Outstanding Oralist & Outstanding TeamN/A1988
Order of the CoifN/A1988
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/AHillis Clark Martin & Peterson1988 - Present
Senior Land Use PlannerCity of Seattle Department of Planning & Development1980 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Greater Seattle Chamber of CommerceChair Land Use Committee, Board of Trustees2004 - Present
Downtown Seattle AssociationMember, Urban Development Task Force2003 - Present
University of Washington Law SchoolInstructor, Land Use & Environmental Law1996 - 2002
Publication nameTitleDate
UnknownNew Rules Will Help Foster Lively Business Districts2007
UnknownMonorail Groups Need Single-Track Mind for Plan2003
Real Property DeskbookEnvironmental Critical Areas2001
Washington State LegislatureLand Use Petition ActN/A
Real Property DeskbookEnvironmental Critical Areas, Ch. 100N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1988
University of WashingtonUrban PlanningMasters of Urban Planning1978
Stanford UniversityPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
SEPA and NEPA: The Latest on ComplianceSEPA and NEPA: The Latest on Compliance2011
Mastering Land Use and Planning ProcessesEthics2011
Growth Management and Land Use ConferenceClimate Change Developments Under SEPA: Ecology's New Guidance and Pending Appeals2011
Legal Issues for Washington Professional Land SurveyorsLand Use Law for Surveyors2006
Annual MeetingBinding Site Plans & Legal Lots2003
Land Use Certificate ProgramAdministrative Hearing Skills2000