Kent van Alstyne

Kent grew up in Southwest Washington and went to law school specifically to become a land use and environmental law attorney. He complemented his classroom studies at Lewis & Clark Law School with clerkships for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals.

“Practicing law is about more than simply practicing law. It’s about seeing the issues of a case from your client’s perspective, and understanding the practicalities behind the law. Without that understanding, it is impossible to evaluate the risks, appreciate the potential consequences, and provide the best possible legal advice.”
          — Kent van Alstyne

When he is not hard at work in the firm’s Tacoma office, the University of Washington honors graduate—who served as a Pierce County Housing Justice Project staff attorney prior to affiliating with Phillips Burgess and in 2016 received the Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association’s Pro Bono Leadership Award—can be found on the tennis court at Pacific Lutheran University, where he is assistant tennis coach. 

Admitted to Practice In:

  • Washington State

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

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


  • 2016 Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Pro Bono Leadership Award presented by Justice Charles K. Wiggins


  • Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D., cum laude 2015

    — Environmental Law Review | Associate Editor

  • University of Washington, B.A. with Honors in Biological Anthropology 2012

Professional Affiliations:

  • Washington State Bar Association

  • Thurston County Bar Association

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association

  • Housing Justice Project, Pro Bono Counsel

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association Volunteer Legal Services Committee

  • Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce

Community Connections:

  • Pacific Lutheran University

  • Lewis & Clark Law School Alumni Association

  • University of Washington Alumni Association