Phillips Burgess PLLC practices exclusively in business, real estate, land use, environmental, and natural resources law. Our narrow focus enables us to provide our clients with the depth of knowledge and experience in these disciplines ordinarily found only in the largest of regional firms.

Our Team

Heather Burgess, Richard Phillips, Nicole Potebnya, Leslie Clark, Rosemary Boelens, Erica Doctor and Trevor Zandell are a multidisciplinary team serving a wide range of private and public sector real estate clients. Our lawyers have handled high-value real estate transactions, significant retail, commercial, and residential development projects, and complex environmental, zoning, and land use issues in jurisdictions across Washington. 

Our Practice 

Real Estate

Real estate is the core practice of our firm. Our attorneys provide individuals, banks, businesses, landlords, tenants, real estate professionals, school districts, and property management firms with comprehensive real estate transactional and litigation services. We work with clients in all types of real estate transactions, including pre-acquisition due diligence, purchase and sale agreements, condominium declarations and documentation, homeowners association documentation, easements and deeds, real estate contracts, commercial and residential leases, evictions, loan workouts, and foreclosures. Our experienced litigators have represented clients in a variety of real estate litigation, including lease, easement, and boundary disputes, as well as eminent domain and quiet title proceedings. 

Business Law and Litigation

Our attorneys provide clients with comprehensive business advice, including entity formation and routine reporting, purchase and sale of entities and assets, and business succession planning. Our experienced team also includes litigators familiar with mediating, arbitrating, and litigating business and commercial disputes of all types and sizes in state and federal courts. We represent a wide range of business clients, from small businesses and professional practice groups to large real estate developers and contractors. 

Land Use and Environmental Law and Litigation

Our land use and environmental attorneys assist development clients with all phases of land use and environmental matters in Washington, from pre-acquisition land use planning through permitting and associated appeals process. Our firm's commitment to and leadership in state and local real estate development trade and business associations uniquely positions our attorneys to understand constantly changing land use and environmental regulations at all levels. We represent development clients before hearing examiners, planning commissions, city councils, and all Washington courts and land use administrative tribunals.


Main Location

724 Columbia Street, NW, Suite 320
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: 360-742-3500
2 offices

Phillips Burgess PLLC

Main Location

724 Columbia Street, NW, Suite 320
Olympia, WA 98501
Phone: 360-742-3500
2 offices


Managing Partner


Partners: 3
Associates: 4
Paralegals: 4
Non-Legal Employees: 4

Practice Areas

Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
Environmental Law
Government Relations Practice
Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Environmental
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Litigation - Municipal
Litigation - Real Estate
Municipal Law
Natural Resources Law
Real Estate Law