Alexander W. Mackie - Perkins Coie LLP

Alexander W. Mackie

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2003

Sandy Mackie has been a land use and environmental lawyer for 35 years and has occupied leadership roles on the board of the Land Use and Environmental Law section of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) and as President of the Planning Association of Washington. He has been a leader in land use education around the state, and authored the initial “Short Course on Planning” for the Department of Community Development. Most recently, Sandy was appointed chairman of the Association of Washington Business (AWB) Land Use and Environmental Law committee, addressing legislative policy issues across a wide span of topics. Sandy has served on the Washington State Technical Advisory Group on climate change and is co-chairman of the Commerce, Transportation, Housing and Energy subcommittee addressing climate change response issues affecting manufacturing, commerce and housing. AWB has also appointed him to the Land Use/Land Cover committee advising the Puget Sound Partnership on target setting for the Partnership’s action plan. He is also editor in chief of the WSBA update of the Real Property Deskbook, Volumes 5 - 7, on planning, development and environmental regulation.

Sandy has been active in shoreline development related issues in Washington state for more than 35 years, including drafting legislation and litigating a wide variety of issues through the Shorelines Hearings Board and the courts. He is presently actively engaged in local Master Program updates (the local development regulations for shoreline areas) in a number of cities and counties under Washington State's Shoreline Management Act. He was also involved in the legislative discussions leading to the development of the state's Puget Sound Partnership Agency, which is an umbrella agency focusing on development and restoration related issues for Washington's Puget Sound, and is presently working on issues relating to the implementation of the agencies Action Agenda. Sandy is a frequent speaker on shoreline development related issues and continues to participate in legislative development through his work with the AWB as past chair of their environmental law section. 

Sandy has been involved in more than 20 appellate cases involving key land use and environmental law issues, including Division I and II at the Court of Appeals and the State Supreme Court. He is most active at the ground level, dealing with cities and counties, staffs, appeal boards and agencies; assuring proper implementation of the laws and regulations applicable to land, its use and regulation. Sandy's practice regularly involves environmental land use regulations and property entitlements under the State of Washington's complex land use regulations. He is actively involved in questions dealing with the state's Growth Management Act, State Environmental Policy Act and Shoreline Management Act. He represents clients at all stages of the proceedings for the acquisition and litigation of permits in cities and counties throughout the State of Washington, including related cases before all three Growth Management Hearings Boards before consolidation, Shorelines Hearings Board, Pollution Control Hearings Board and regional air quality authorities.

Claremont McKenna CollegeBA The George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D.
National Association of Industrial and Office Properties Washington State Bar Association

Case History

Other Court Admissions
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

Client Comments

"Realvest Corporation has been benefiting from Sandy Mackie's land use counsel for over 15 years. We are a development company with larger than average projects and we consider Sandy to be the most knowledgeable land use attorney in the state of Washington. He simply knows whereof he speaks; he doesn't have to look laws up - he knows them. Thus, if we need quick information, we get it. If we need detailed briefs or argumentation with Cities and Counties, he is the man to persuasively deal with the issue. He has saved our skins many times. "


"In both permitting and litigation, Sandy Macky has given us outstanding representation and counsel. We would recommend him without hesitation."

-Kyle Heaton
Executive Director
Port of Centralia

"Alexander ("Sandy") has been an invaluable member and asset to the Association of Washington Business. Our organization lobbies the Washington state Legislature and state agencies on behalf of over 6500 members on a variety of issues, including environmental issues. Sandy's legal knowledge and practical experience with land use and environmental law have been instrumental in assisting us with reviewing and commenting on a variety of legislative bills. Sandy always approaches controversial issues with a positive, constructive, and proactive attitude."

-Christian McCabe
Governmental Affairs Director/Legal Counsel
Association of Washington Business

Office Location

1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
United States

Practice Areas

Environmental Law (Land Use and Zoning, Litigation, Mining, Permitting, Washington State Growth Management Act)
Litigation - Environmental