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My practice focuses on providing advice and assistance to clients in all aspects of real estate development, including feasibility analysis, development strategy, property acquisition, environmental review, permitting, and administrative proceedings and litigation related to these areas. I have been involved in a significant number of developments in Washington and Oregon during the last two decades, representing both private and public agency clients.


Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 100%
    38 years, 400 cases

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  • Timothy J. Donaldson

    Mr. Amster has a mastery of Washington land use law. His preparation and legal briefing on land use matters is excellent. His oral presentations are well organized and expertly delivered.


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    Richard Wilson Land use and zoning Attorney
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Contact info

Kantor Taylor PC

901 Fifth Avenue
Suite 4000
Seattle, WA, 98164


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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Selected in Best Lawyers in America since 2007Best Lawyers in America2012
Washington Super Lawyer, 2001-2012Washington Law and Politics2012
Listed in Chambers USAChambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business2012
LEED Accredited ProfessionalGreen Building Certification Institute2009
Named Among Seattle's Top LawyersSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderLane Powell PC2004 - Present
PartnerHillis Clark Martin & Peterson1978 - 2004
Association namePosition nameDuration
NAIOP - WA ChapterBoard of Directors2009 - Present
Washington Research CouncilBoard of Directors2009 - Present
NAIOP - The Commercial Real Estate Development AssociationMember, State and Local Government Committee2006 - 2009
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Coffey et. al v. City of Walla Walla et. al.Joined with City in successful defense.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Seattle Business MonthlySeizing the Opportunity: Economic Crisis Brings Increment Financing to Washington2009
Puget Sound Business JournalSeattle Landmarks rules come with built-in bias2008
Washington CEO MagazineCFD Financing: A New Tool for Developing Regional Infrastructure,2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University in St. LouisN/AJD - Juris Doctor1978
Syracuse UniversityAmerican HistoryAB1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Environmental Initiatives - 2009 and BeyondState Environmental Laws and Regulations2009
New Rules on StormwaterWater Quality Regulation2008
ICSC Law ConferenceMajor Issues in Land Use Litigation - Takings and First Amendment Issues2006
Annual ConferenceGrowth Management2006