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Elaine has a broad range of successful trial experience, focused on developing issues in land use, growth management, forestry and natural resource law. Her success comes from a combination of legal skills and industry knowledge, with a strategic ability to claim the high ground in controversial matters early, and maintain that high ground to achieve the client’s objectives.


Elaine has been designated as a LEED Accredited Professional by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).  The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance green buildings. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Elaine is able to advise clients on the rapidly emerging incentive-based and mandatory regulatory requirements pertaining to green building and assist in evaluating and navigating the LEED certification process.


Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 34%
  2. Environmental: 33%
  3. Litigation: 33%

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Contact info

Graham & Dunn PC

Pier 70
2801 Alaskan Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA, 98121-1128


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerN/A2006
Super LawyerN/A2005
Super LawyerN/A2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Building Industry Association of WashingtonLegal Trust Committee MemberN/A
Washington Forest Protection AssociationLegal Committee MemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Western ForesterThe Spotted Owl Returns to the Spotlight2008
N/ADamages Claims: An Update on Fifth Amendment and Due Process Issues2008
N/AThe ESA and the New Spotted Owl Litigation in Washington: When a Blunt Instrument Simply Isn’t an Appropriate Tool2008
N/AUse and Misuse of Technical Data: Telling the Scientific Story to Scientific Virgins2006
UnknownUpdate on the Law of Regulatory Takings2005
UnknownForest Practices and the Non-Industrial Landowner in a Post-GMA, Post-Forest & Fish, Post-RMAP World2005
UnknownCan We Have Growth Management and Traffic Concurrency2004
UnknownKing County Eases Rules in Rural And Agricultural Areas to Encourage Wineries and Breweries2004
UnknownRipeness and Jurisdiction: When Can You Bring a Regulatory Takings Claim?2003
UnknownWetlands and the Agricultural Community Wither Boren Ranch?2003
UnknownNew Challenges to Growth Management Act Compliance Possible After September 20022002
N/ACongress Promotes ‘Brownfields’ Redevelopment2002
UnknownThe Federalization of Land Use Regulation: The 4(d) Rule for Threatened and Endangered Salmon, and NPDES Permits for Non-point Source Pollution2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Yale Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
Iowa State UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1971