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My practice focuses on real estate acquisition and development. I work with property owners, developers, consultants and regulatory bodies to obtain land use entitlements and, when necessary, to institute or defend against lawsuits related to land use interests. 

I am also the Chair of Cairncross & Hempelmann’s Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Group.  The TOD Group facilitates transit-oriented development projects near the growing number of light rail and bus rapid transit stations throughout the Puget Sound region. These TOD projects will shape the future of our cities and surrounding areas in exciting ways by minimizing the number of cars on our crowded highways, decreasing the environmental impacts related to traditional car-centric developments, and improving our quality of life by creating compact, mixed-use neighborhoods with convenient access to our expanding transit system.  The TOD Group understands the fundamental barriers and opportunities involved in transit-oriented development, and has the expertise in the areas of land use, real estate acquisition and sale, finance, and litigation to help clients make their transit-oriented development projects a reality. Please visit our website at for more information or email me at  I can also be reached by phone at (206) 587-0700.

Thank you,

Randall Olsen


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Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 60%
    10 years
  2. Environmental: 30%
    10 years
  3. Litigation: 10%
    10 years

Attorney endorsements

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  • Heather J Pearce

    I had the pleasure of working alongside Randall in civil litigation for several years. He is a skilled and thoughtful attorney. He was always well prepared in every matter he handled, and easily earned the respect of his clients and colleagues. Randall has excellent judgment, and I regularly refer potential clients to him when my case load is full. I strongly recommend his services.


    Heather Pearce Business Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Ryan Vancil Esq

    I endorse this lawyer. Randall is a very personable, thoughtful and skilled land use attorney.


    Ryan Vancil Land use and zoning Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Cairncross & Hempelmann, A Professional Service Corporation

524 Second Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA, 98104-2323


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PrincipalCairncross & Hempelmann, P.S.2014 - Present
AssociateCairncross & Hempelmann, P.S.2010 - 2013
AssociateThe Buck Law Group, PLLC, Seattle, WA2007 - 2010
AssociateMiller Nash LLP, Portland, OR2006 - 2007
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)2014 Property Tour Committee, Member2014 - Present
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)Sustainable Development Committee, Member2013 - Present
School's Out WashingtonMember, Board of Directors2012 - Present
Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of CommerceMember2011 - Present
Urban Land InstituteMemberN/A
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)Developing Leaders, Member2012 - 2013
Washington State Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionMember2006 - 2013
King County Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use SectionFormer MemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Northwesthub.orgLawsuit May Delay Alaskan Way Viaduct Replacement2009
Northwesthub.orgA Brief Look at Vancouver's Plan to Become the Greenest City in the World by 20202009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawN/AJ.D.2006
University of WashingtonEnglish LiteratureB.A.2001
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
In-House PresentationTransit Oriented Development Opportunities in the City of Shoreline2012
Advanced WorkshopEthics: Special Issues for Lawyers Involved in Appearing Before Local Officials and Agencies in Permitting Processes2008