John W. Hempelmann - Cairncross & Hempelmann

John W. Hempelmann

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2010
Phone: 206-254-4400


John is one of the founding partners and the Chairman of Cairncross & Hempelmann, a full service Seattle law firm.  He regularly handles complicated Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects, and has over 40 years of experience as a land use, natural resources and real estate development attorney.  He has worked extensively to help form the legislation that governs Washington’s land use law. John assists clients with real estate development projects, including their land use, zoning and environmental matters, and with their natural resource permit processes. 

Examples of the many innovative projects in which John has been involved include:

  • Landmark commercial, mixed-use, hotel, residential and institutional urban developments
  • The Pine Forest TOD Master Development Plan – a million square feet at the East Link 120th Avenue Station
  • Major open space, conservation and TDR transactions in Washington and Maine
  • Development of Suncadia (Washington’s first master planned resort)
  • Development of the first Major Industrial Development under the provisions of the State Growth Management Act
  • Major mineral resource developments

Georgetown UniversityBA 1964Georgetown UniversityMA 1969University of WashingtonJ.D. 1969
Urban Land Institute District CouncilUrban Land Institute, National Transit Oriented Development CouncilQuality Growth Alliance, Zoning & EntitlementsHenry M. Jackson FoundationPuget Sound Regional Council, Growing Transit Communities Oversight CommitteeLOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, National Steering CommitteeSeattle Community Development RoundtableAssociation of Washington Business, Environmental Affairs Council, Land Use Committee, Regulatory Reform Committee, and Transportation CommitteeWashington Forest Protection AssociationSeattle Repertory TheaterCrozier Society, Archdiocese of SeattleSeattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce

Case History

Preparation and Processing of Pine Forest TOD Master Development Plan — Two million square feet of mixed use at the East Link 120th Avenue Station

Development of Suncadia Master Planned Resort — Involved in the Development of Suncadia, Washington's first master planned resort

Major Industrial Development under State Growth Management Act — Development of the first Major Industrial Development under the provisions of the State Growth Management Act

Office Location

524 Second Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, WA 98104-2323
United States

Lawyer of the Year Awards

2014 Lawyer of the Year in Litigation - Real Estate of the Seattle Metro Area
John W. Hempelmann has earned a Lawyer of the Year award for 2014!

Practice Areas

Land Use and Zoning Law
Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
Litigation - Real Estate
Natural Resources Law
Real Estate Law

Other Information

Gender: Male