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            SCOTT M. MISSALL is a partner at Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC in Seattle, Washington.  Mr. Missall chairs the firm's Land Use Practice Group and Local Government Practice Group.  He has focused his practice on land use, administrative, environmental and municipal law since 1984.  He handles counseling, transactional and litigation related to land use and development, environmentally sensitive areas, residential and commercial development, government permitting and enforcement actions, environmental compliance and hazardous waste cleanups, and public law procedural issues.  Mr. Missall regularly represents clients in the private sector.  In the public sector, he served as the city attorney for the City of Mill Creek for 23 years, served as special land use counsel to the Town of Woodway for 6 years, served as special conflict counsel to the King County Ombudsman for 8 years, and served as the Acting City Attorney for City of Bothell in 2008 and as outside litigation counsel thereafter..


            Mr. Missall received a dual B.A. from Western Washington University in 1974 (Philosophy and Political Science) and his J.D. from the Northwest School of Law of Lewis and Clark College in 1984.  He is the author of Overview of Local Administrative Law in the Wash. Admin. Law Prac. Manual (current ed.) and CR 24 – Intervention in the Wash. Civil Proc. Deskbook (current ed.).  He is a frequent speaker at professional seminars and universities.  Mr. Missall is a member of the American, Washington State, King County, and Kitsap County Bar Associations.  He is active in the Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys and in WSBA Section matters, serving as a Chair of the Administrative Law Section in 1994-95.  He has been on the Board of Directors for Seattle Goodwill Industries since 1997, serving as Secretary (2002-04), Vice-Chair (2004) and Board Chair (2005).


Practice areas


  1. Government: 40%
  2. Land Use & Zoning: 40%
  3. Environmental: 10%
  4. Administrative Law: 10%

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Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC

999 Third Avenue Suite 3000
Seattle, WA, 98104


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2015
Top Attorney In WashingtonSeattle Met Magazine2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2014
2013 Top Rated Lawyer in 'Land Use And Zoning'American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
2012 Top Rated LawyerGuide to Energy/Environmental/Natural Resources Law2012
2010 Top Lawyer in Land Use LawSeattle Met Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWasington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerShort Cressman & Burgess PLLC1994 - Present
AttorneyStoel Rives1991 - 1994
AttorneyDu Bey Law Firm1987 - 1991
Deputy Prosecuting AttorneyKitsap County Prosecutor's Office1985 - 1987
Association namePosition nameDuration
King County Bar AssociationMember1995 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Administrative Law Section (WSBA)Member and Past Chair1990 - Present
Washington State Associaton of Municipal AttorneysMember1988 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Kitsap County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Chevron USA v. Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings BoardUnanimous Supreme Court decision for Client
United Development Corp. v. Mill CreekCourt of Appeals upheld City planning actions
Snohomish Co. v. HindsCourt of Appeals upheld City annexation
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Real Property DeskbookChapter Editor, Land Use and Environmental Law2010
Real Estate Law from A to ZZoning and Entitlement Process2008
Zoning, Subdivision and Land Development LawNew Washington Shoreline Management Regulations2007
Washington Administrative Law Practice ManualOverview of Administrative Law2003
Washington Civil Procedure DeskbookRule 24 - Intervention2001
N/ACurrent Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning Law2000
Washington State Association of Municipal AttorneysImpact of the Endangered Species Act on Local Land Use Planning and Permitting1999
Washington State Bar AssociationOverview of State Administrative Law Practice Issues1998
N/ALand Use and Planning Law in Washington1996
Short Cressman & BurgessHigh Court Makes New Rule on Mitigation of Public Recreation ImpactsN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Lewis & Clark Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
Michigan State UniversityPolitical ScienceDoctoral program (no degree)1976
Western Washington UniversityPhilosophy /Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1975
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Land Use Boot CampsGMA Concurrency Issues2015
Short Course on Local PlanningThe Legal Basis of Planning in Washington State2014
Washington State Association of Municipal AttorneysSeparation of Powers and Inherent Judicial Authority2013
SEPA: State Environmental Policy Act2013 SEPA Update: Recent Decisions and Legislation2013
Planning Association of Washington Land Use Boot CampTakings, Property Rights and Land Use Regulation2013
Short Course in Local PlanningThe Legal Basis of Planning in Washington State2012
Practical Guide to Zoning and Land Use LawThe Ethics of Facts in Litigation2012
Planning Association of Washington Land Use Boot CampLand Use Boot Camp Basics2012
Law of Easements: Legal Issues and Practical ConsiderationsComplex Easement Access Cases2012
Law of EasementsCase Studies in Complex Access2012
Short Course in Local PlanningThe Legal Basis of Planning in Washington State2011
Planning Law ConferenceNonconforming Land Uses2011
Mastering Land Use and Planning ProcessesRecent Trends and Cases in Municipal Government Perspectives2011
A Regional Short Course on Local PlanningThe Legal Basis of Planning in Washington State2011
Short Course in Local PlanningThe Legal Basis of Planning in Washington State2010
Administrative Law Survey: Case Law, Practice Areas and Public RecordsOverview of Local Administrative Law2010
Short Course in Local PlanningThe Legal Basis of Planning in Washington State2009
Real Estate Law from A to ZZoning and Entitlement Process2008
Zoning, Subdivision and Land Development LawNew Shoreline Management Regulations2007
Wetlands In WashingtonTribal Archaeological Issues on Shorelines2006