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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.


Practice areas


  1. Land Use & Zoning: 50%
  2. Real Estate: 25%
  3. Litigation: 25%

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Phillips Burgess PLLC

724 Columbia St. NW, Suite 320
Olympia, WA, 98501

505 Broadway, Suite 408
Tacoma, WA, 98402



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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPhillips Burgess PLLC2012 - Present
PartnerEisenhower & Carlson PLLC2007 - 2012
VP Development & General CounselTodd A. Hansen, Inc.2007 - 2008
AssociatePerkins Coie LLP2004 - 2007
Judge Advocate General's CorpsUnited States Army1998 - 2004
OfficerUnited States Army1991 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
Boys & Girls Club of Thurston CountyBoard of Directors2014 - Present
Rotary Club of LaceyMember2012 - Present
National Association of Industrial and Office PropertiesMember, South Sound Committee2008 - Present
Tacoma Pierce County Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Association of Washington BusinessMember, Land Use Committee2007 - Present
Thurston County Bar AssociationMember2006 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Pierce County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Thurston County Chamber of CommerceBusiness and Economic Development CommitteeN/A
Olympia Master Builders AssociationGovernment Affairs CommitteeN/A
Lacey Rotary FoundationPresident2015 - 2016
YWCA of Pierce CountyBoard of Directors2009 - 2015
Publication nameTitleDate
Environmental and Land Use Law NewsletterMaintaining Vested Rights in the Recession: New Local Permit Extension Measures and Practical Tips for Extension Applicants2009
Washington Real Property Deskbook (4th ed. 2012)Vols. 5 and 6N/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Judge Advocate General's School, U.S. ArmyMilitary LawLL.M - Master of Laws2002
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1998
Harvard UniversityEnglish & American Literature and LanguageA.B.1991
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Land Use Hearing Examiner's ConferencePermit Extension Ordinances & Legal Protection of Religious Land Uses2009
Land Use Hearing Examiner's ConferenceJurisdiction of the Hearing Examiner2006