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My practice focuses on land use and real estate law, with special emphasis on large master planned developments, residential subdivisions, business parks, and commercial developments.

B.A. cum laude, Yale; J.D., Univ. of Wash. School of Law. Named one of Washington's "Super Lawyers" by Washington Law & Politics 1998-2007. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America.


Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 70%
    40 years, 2 thousand cases
  2. Construction: 30%
    40 years, 1 thousand cases

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Contact info

Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson

999 Third Avenue
Suite 4600
Seattle, WA, 98104


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Listed, Best Lawyers in America (Real Estate/Land Use)Best Lawyers in America2008
Listed, Washington "Super Lawyer" (Land Use/Zoning)Washington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Listed, Who's Who in AmericaN/A2008
Listed, Who's Who in American LawN/A2008
Listed, Best Lawyers in SeattleN/A2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Principal AttorneyHillis Clark Martin & Peterson1984 - Present
Principal AttorneyHillis Cairncross Clark & Martin1981 - 1984
Associate AttorneyHillis Phillips Cairncross Clark & Martin1976 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
Plymouth Housing GroupPresident & Trustee1994 - 2001
City of Medina Planning CommissionMember & Vice Chair1990 - 1992
Washington State Bar Ass'nDirector, Environmental & Land Use Law Section1985 - 1988
American Bar AssociationMember, State & Local Governmental Law Section1976 - 2008
WSBA Environmental & Land Use Law SectionMember1976 - 2008
WSBA Administrative Law SectionMember1976 - 2008
WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust SectionMember1976 - 2008
American Planning AssociationMember1976 - 2008
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Quadrant Corp. v. Central Puget Sound Growth Mgt. Hearings Bd. (2005)County's land use entitlements upheld
King County v. Cent. Puget Sound Growth Mgt. Hearings Bd. (1999)County's comprehensive plan upheld
Cougar Mountain Associates v. King County (1998)County's denial of subdivision reversed
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Publication nameTitleDate
UnknownThe Master Plan Development Process: A Lawyer's Perspe1984
UnknownRunning the Regulatory Gauntlet for Business Parks1984
Urban Law AnnualThe Appearance of Fairness Doctrine1981
Willamette Law JournalLand Use Planning in Washington: Overdue for Improvement1974
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Yale UniversityEnglishB.A. cum laude1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Land Use 2006: Conflict & ConsensusTransportation Concurrency2006
Growth Management Act ConferenceUrban Growth Outside Urban Growth Areas2005
The Latest on Land Use: What You Need to KnowTransportation Concurrency2004
Developments in Land Use LawState Environmental Policy Act2003
Real Estate LawZoning and Land Use Issues2002
Environmental and Land Use Law Section Midyear Meeting and SeminarCo-Chair2002