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Heather represents property owners and developers in all phases of real estate development, from pre-acquisition due diligence through local permitting and appeals. Heather has represented development clients on land use matters in jurisdictions across the state of Washington, successfully permitting and defending a variety of large residential, commercial, and industrial projects. Heather also represents property owners, businesses, and individuals in permitting and zoning regulatory matters under the Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act, and federal Endangered Species Act, including the recent listing of the Mazama pocket gopher and other prairie species for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.
Outside of land use, Heather is an experienced civil real estate litigator, representing clients in boundary and title disputes and real property-related claims. Heather is also a frequent speaker on Washington land use regulation at continuing legal education programs and industry seminars.
Heather was previously a partner at Eisenhower Carlson PLLC in Tacoma and an associate at Perkins Coie LLP's Seattle and Olympia offices. Before entering private practice, Heather served for thirteen years on active duty with the United States Army, six as a Judge Advocate. Heather continues to serve as a Judge Advocate in the Washington Army National Guard.
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|Partner||Phillips Burgess PLLC||2012 - Present|
|Partner||Eisenhower & Carlson PLLC||2007 - 2012|
|VP Development & General Counsel||Todd A. Hansen, Inc.||2007 - 2008|
|Associate||Perkins Coie LLP||2004 - 2007|
|Judge Advocate General's Corps||United States Army||1998 - 2004|
|Officer||United States Army||1991 - 1998|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County||Board of Directors||2014 - Present|
|Rotary Club of Lacey||Member||2012 - Present|
|National Association of Industrial and Office Properties||Member, South Sound Committee||2008 - Present|
|Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association||Member||2008 - Present|
|Association of Washington Business||Member, Land Use Committee||2007 - Present|
|Thurston County Bar Association||Member||2006 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||1998 - Present|
|Pierce County Bar Association||Member||N/A|
|Thurston County Chamber of Commerce||Business and Economic Development Committee||N/A|
|Olympia Master Builders Association||Government Affairs Committee||N/A|
|Lacey Rotary Foundation||President||2015 - 2016|
|YWCA of Pierce County||Board of Directors||2009 - 2015|
|Environmental and Land Use Law Newsletter||Maintaining Vested Rights in the Recession: New Local Permit Extension Measures and Practical Tips for Extension Applicants||2009|
|Washington Real Property Deskbook (4th ed. 2012)||Vols. 5 and 6||N/A|
|Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. Army||Military Law||LL.M - Master of Laws||2002|
|University of Washington School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1998|
|Harvard University||English & American Literature and Language||A.B.||1991|
|Land Use Hearing Examiner's Conference||Permit Extension Ordinances & Legal Protection of Religious Land Uses||2009|
|Land Use Hearing Examiner's Conference||Jurisdiction of the Hearing Examiner||2006|