J.D., Gonzaga University School of Law, 1985, summa cum laude

  • Comments Editor, Gonzaga Law Review

  • Thomas More Scholar

  • Dean's Award, First in Graduating Day Class

Admitted to Practice

Washington, 1985

U.S. Supreme Court, 1989

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 2000

U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1986

U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1988


Clerk to Justice Robert Brachtenbach, Washington State Supreme Court


Chief of the Land Use Section, Civil Division, King County Prosecutors’ Office


Partner, Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

Representative Cases

Telecommunications law

Lead counsel in administrative hearings and superior court appeals involving the siting of wireless communication and broadcast facilities throughout the state of Washington including successful defense of a LUPA appeal in Nickum v. City of Bainbridge Island, 153 Wn. App 366, 223 P.3d 1172 (2009)

Land Use and zoning for Pope Resources

Comprehensive plan amendment and rezone of more than 14,000 acres of forest land in Skamania County to permit residential development. (2014)

Land use and zoning for Marriott hotel

Development agreement and permit approvals for 17-story, 378-room hotel in downtown Bellevue, Wash. (2013)

Land use litigation for national retailer

Lead counsel in land use litigation involving siting of retail stores throughout Washington, including LUPA cases in Washington superior courts and courts of appeal. (2012)

Land use and zoning for Providence Regional Medical Center Everett

Defense of appeal to Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board challenging City of Everett's approval of comprehensive plan, rezone, and master plan for major expansion of hospital onto adjoining 9.6-acre property. (2011)

Land use for Seattle Children's Hospital

Development, permitting, and implementation of major institution master plan for 1.2 million square feet of pediatric hospital and outpatient medical services in Seattle. (2010)

Land use and zoning for Seattle Children’s Bellevue Clinic and Surgery Center

Comprehensive Plan amendment, rezone, and permits for major ambulatory health care center in Bellevue, Wash. (2009)

Land use litigation for Green Crow Properties, Inc.

Successful settlement of LUPA appeal involving residential subdivision in Port Angeles, Wash. (2009)

Land use litigation for S-R Broadcasting

Lead counsel in successful defense of shoreline appeal to the Washington State Shorelines Hearings Board and of LUPA appeal to superior court challenging siting of AM radio antenna facility in Snohomish County. (2007)