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Land Use & Municipal Law

Our Land Use and Municipal Law practice includes public and private client representation in permitting, administrative actions, regulatory advocacy, and litigation. Our clients include regional and local businesses, commercial developers, landowners, municipalities, governmental agencies, corporations, partnerships, and individuals.

Land Use Law

Land Use Law

Our Land Use attorneys have extensive experience in all aspects of land use and zoning, starting with the initiation of a project through anticipating obstacles to obtaining the necessary regulatory approvals to entitle and develop a project. Our attorneys work in partnership with clients, and cooperatively with state and local governments, as well as agencies in the following areas:

  • Land use due diligence and analysis
  • Conditional uses, variances, and nonconforming uses
  • Annexations and boundary extensions
  • Administrative and judicial proceedings
  • Drafting, modifying, and updating city zoning ordinances
  • Financing arrangements
  • Development and implementation of Special Improvement Districts
  • Appeals and enforcement of impact fee issues
  • Development agreements
  • Transit-oriented developments
  • Eminent domain and condemnation
  • Mixed-use projects
  • Zoning, conditional use permits, building permits, architectural and site approvals

Municipal Law

Our Municipal Law attorneys serve as general and special counsel to counties, cities, and towns throughout the Puget Sound area.  With extensive experience and legal insight in this unique area, we advise clients on all aspects of the law that impact municipalities.  We represent clients needing a range of services including:

  • Drafting and revising local codes and ordinances
  • Reviewing contracts including construction and intergovernmental contracts
  • Assisting in public records and open meetings compliance
  • Drafting or prosecuting zoning and land use regulations
  • Providing legal and risk management services
  • Land use and environmental compliance
  • Growth Management Act compliance
  • Development permits and approvals
  • Annexations and assumptions of districts by cities
  • Code enforcement
  • Public records disclosure
  • Fair housing
  • Finance and taxation
  • Eminent domain and condemnation
  • Utility regulation
  • Water law issues
  • Employment and labor relations
  • Real estate
  • Litigation and legislative concerns

Our Attorneys


Our Paralegals

Our Professional Staff

Payton Baespflug Payton Baespflug Billing Specialist (425) 990-4049
Tiah N. Branson Tiah N. Branson Firm Administrator (425) 990-4034
Cloe Chin Cloe Chin Operations Coordinator (425) 990-4030
Tim Dang Tim Dang Accounting Manager (425) 990-4028