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“Heather is always extremely thorough. She’s also incredibly quick to respond—regardless of   the time of day. And she speaks in a language that non-attorneys can understand…When our former land use attorney, who practiced with one of Seattle’s largest, most prestigious law firms, was ready to retire, he recommended we retain Heather Burgess. We took his advice and we’ve never looked back.”

Jeff Gundersen, CFO
Seabrook Land Company
Pacific Beach, WA

HEATHER BURGESS | MANAGING PARTNER

When it comes to developing strong, sustainable relationships with clients, few attorneys are more accomplished at the craft than Heather Burgess, who represents local, regional, and national property owners and developers in all phases of real estate development.

“The most rewarding aspect of my work lies in becoming a trusted legal advisor to the people I serve,” says the co-founder and managing partner of Phillips Burgess. “That begins by getting to know my clients and their companies from the ground up—visiting their businesses and project sites, meeting regularly with the principals, and interacting with all members of the larger project teams, from architects to engineers, biologists to transportation specialists.”

Complementing her thorough, far-reaching approach to client representation are Heather’s exceptional intellect, her deep and wide-ranging knowledge of real estate, land use, and environmental law, and her longstanding relationships with key Southwest Washington industry professionals. It’s a winning combination for this gifted attorney (repeatedly listed among The Best Lawyers in America®), her law firm, and the growing roster of clients represented by Phillips Burgess.

“Being a good lawyer is not enough to develop and maintain a successful law practice. It is critical to remain active and engaged in the business world, in the community, and with peers in practice.”

— HEATHER BURGESS


EDUCATION

  • 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


IN THE COMMUNITY

  • Association of Washington Business | Board of Directors | Past Chair, Land Use Committee

  • Thurston County Economic Development Council | President-Elect, Board of Directors

  • Thurston County Chamber of Commerce | Business & Economic Development Committee

  • Boys and Girls Club of Thurston County | Board of Directors

  • Gateway Rotary Club | Member

  • YWCA of Pierce County | Board of Directors 2009 - 2015


IN THE PROFESSION

  • Pierce County, Thurston County, Washington State Bar Associations

  • Thurston County Bar Association |Chair, Real Estate & Land Use Section

  • 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


AT THE BAR

  • Admitted to practice Washington | U.S. District Court for the Western &
    Eastern Districts of Washington | 9th Circuit Court of Appeals Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces | U.S. Supreme Court


CONTACT HEATHER BURGESS

hburgess@phillipsburgesslaw.com
360.742.3500
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