Heather 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 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 served as a Judge Advocate in the Washington Army National Guard until her retirement in 2016.


  • Editor-in-Chief, Washington Real Property Deskbook, (Supplement 2016) Vols. 5 and 6

  • Author & Editor, Washington Real Property Deskbook (4th ed. 2012), Vols. 5 and 6

Admitted to Practice In:

  • Washington State

  • Oregon 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


  • Judge Advocate General's School, Charlottesville, VA, L.L.M., Commandant's List 2001

  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., Order of the Coif 1998

  • Harvard University, B.A., cum laude 1991

Awards and Honors:

  • Selected to Super Lawyers Washington Rising Stars List 2019

  • Recognized by Best Lawyers since 2016

Professional Affiliations:

  • Thurston County Bar Association

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association

  • Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Section

  • Association of Washington Business, Member, Board of Directors and Chair, Land Use Committee

  • Olympia Master Builders Association, Government Affairs Committee

  • Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, Business and Economic Development Committee

  • ICSC - International Conference of Shopping Centers

  • American Bar Association

  • Washington State Bar Association

  • Thurston County Chamber of Commerce

  • Thurston County Economic Development Council

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce

  • Oregon State Bar Association

Community Connections:

  • YWCA of Pierce County

  • Rotary Club of Lacey, Washington

  • Lacey Rotary Foundation

  • Boys & Girls Club of Thurston County