Denise practices in the areas of municipal, land use, and education law. She spends a significant portion of her practice providing land use, real estate, general municipal, and public policy advice to school districts. She also has experience working on a variety of public/private joint ventures and regularly advises several special purpose, entrepreneurial public entities.
Denise has worked with clients on a range of issues, including growth management, land use planning and permitting, environmental (NEPA/SEPA) review, feasibility and site selection, facilities planning, and development and implementation of impact fee programs. She has also drafted and negotiated a variety of complex real estate documents and development agreements. In addition, she regularly counsels clients regarding the State Open Public Meetings Act and the Public Records Act, as well as general public agency compliance matters. Denise is an experienced advocate before state and local legislative bodies.
Prior to joining Pacifica, Denise was a partner at Preston Gates & Ellis LLP and its successor firm, K&L Gates.
Denise is an enrolled member of the Gros Ventre (A’aninin/White Clay) Tribe and is an active member of Seattle’s Urban Indian community. Denise has a long history with and commitment to community volunteer activities.