Heather Burgess - Phillips Burgess PLLC

Heather Burgess

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2016

Heather represents property owners and developers in all phases of real estate development, from pre-acquisition due diligence through local permitting and appeals.  Heather has represented development clients on land use matters in jurisdictions across the state of Washington, successfully permitting and defending a variety of large residential, commercial, and industrial projects.  Heather also represents property owners, businesses, and individuals in permitting and zoning regulatory matters under the Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act, and federal Endangered Species Act, including the recent listing of the Mazama pocket gopher and other prairie species for protection under the federal Endangered Species Act.

Outside of land use, Heather is an experienced civil real estate litigator, representing clients in boundary and title disputes and real property-related claims.  Heather is also a frequent speaker on Washington land use regulation at continuing legal education programs and industry seminars.

Heather was previously a partner at Eisenhower Carlson PLLC in Tacoma and an associate at Perkins Coie LLP's Seattle and Olympia offices.  Before entering private practice, Heather served for thirteen years on active duty with the United States Army, six as a Judge Advocate. Heather continues to serve as a Judge Advocate in the Washington Army National Guard.

Harvard UniversityBA 1991University of WashingtonJ.D. 1998The Judge Advocate General's School U.S. ArmyLL.M 2001
Thurston County Bar AssociationPierce County Bar AssociationNational Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use SectionAssociation of Washington Business, Land Use CommitteeOlympia Master Builders AssociationWashington Real Property Deskbook (4th ed. 2012), Vols. 5 and 6Thurston County Chamber of CommerceYWCA of Pierce CountyRotary Club of LaceyLacey Rotary FoundationBoys & Girls Club of Thurston County

Office Location

724 Columbia Street, NW, Suite 320
Olympia, WA 98501
United States

Practice Areas

Environmental Law
Litigation - Environmental