PHILLIPS
BURGESS

PLLC

Heather L. Burgess

Heather L. Burgess

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 land use and zoning regulatory matters under the Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act, and federal Endangered Species Act, including the ongoing update to Olympia’s Shoreline Master Program and the proposed 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.

Admitted to Practice In:

Washington State
U.S District Courts, Eastern & Western Districts of Washington
9th Circuit Court of Appeals
Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces
U.S. Supreme Court

Education: 
L.L.M, the Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, VA, 2001, Commandant's List
J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1998, Order of the Coif
B.A., cum laude, Harvard University, 1991