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Phillips Burgess PLLC


724 Columbia Street, NW, Suite 320
Olympia, WA 98501
United States
(360) 742.3500

Firm Details

Our Philosophy

An established and expanding regional law firm, Phillips Burgess focuses its practice primarily on real estate, land use, and environmental law.  Real estate is at the center of all that we do.  With more than a century of combined legal experience, our talented attorneys bring enthusiasm, business savvy, and a healthy dose of common sense to every case we handle.  The result?



Statewide real estate experience. Regional Focus. Local Knowledge.  When it comes to real estate development in Southwest Washington, no other law firm has a better handle on regional and local issues than Phillips Burgess.  Our attorneys combine statewide real estate experience with in-depth local knowledge of jurisdictions extending from South King County to the Oregon border, making us increasingly the firm of choice for real estate clients and projects in the South Sound.

Our highly skilled team is passionate about what we do. Our commitment is to provide client-focused legal services, managing each case with meticulous care and attention. By getting to know our clients and their businesses, we are able to provide each client with the best possible legal counsel. Our experience shows that attorney-client relationships based on trust and partnership deliver both the best value and the best results.

Our Practice

Our firm practices exclusively in real estate, land use, environmental and natural resources. 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. We offer comprehensive advice to clients in all matters related to real estate from the ground up—from transactions to land use and environmental compliance. Our attorneys are experienced in navigating the complex web of laws and regulations governing the use and development of real estate in Washington, as well as environmental compliance and appeals.

Our Team

Phillips Burgess provides clients with a rare combination of large firm experience and small firm personal service.   With a cadre of outstanding professionals devoted to serving the legal needs of the region's families, businesses, and industries, we offer each of our valued clients the in-depth knowledge and personalized attention that have become hallmarks of the Phillips Burgess brand.

We 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, land use and appeals in jurisdictions across Washington.

Exceptional Legal Professionals.  Honors graduates of the Northwest's leading law schools, Phillips Burgess attorneys devote extensive attention to the inner workings of the industries they represent.  They actively participate in a wide range of professional organizations, including, among others, the Association of Washington Business, NAIOP, ICSC, and Olympia Master Builders.

Experienced Advocates.  Prior to joining Phillips Burgess, our attorneys practiced law in small and solo settings, metropolitan megafirms, governmental agencies, and corporate offices.  Today, they represent public ports, private banks and credit unions, small and large business owners, landlords and property owners, commercial real estate developers and contractors and more.  Because our attorneys possess more than a century of combined legal experience, Phillips Burgess clients can be confident that for us, no case is entirely new.

Engaged Community Leaders.  Complementing their memberships in local, state and national bar associations, our attorneys are active in a variety of civic organizations, holding leadership positions in many of them.  The Community Foundation of South Puget Sound, Thurston County Chamber of Commerce, Boys and Girls Clubs of Thurston County, Providence St. Peter Hospital Foundation, and United Way of Thurston County.  Our firm also sponsors the work of numerous charitable groups, ranging from the Pierce County YWCA to Sidewalk Homeless Services, SafePlace, and the Hands on Children's Museum.  When it comes to community involvement and impact, Phillips Burgess sets the standard.




Women: 1

Men: 1


Men: 5

Management / Department Heads

Women: 2


Women: 3

Non-Legal Employees

Women: 2

About Our Clients

"What they already know about your industry, atop their extensive law experience, makes them valuable and unique." ~ Tamarah Knapp Hancock, P.E., and General Counsel, Scarsella Brothers Construction, Inc. 

"Offering legal advice that includes business-risk perspective, Phillips Burgess is a good choice for entrepreneurs." ~ Jim Gibbons, President, Seattle Shellfish, LLC

"When working with large firms, your business can get lost in their process.  Phillips Burgess offers the same expertise without all the fuss." ~ Don Moody, First Vice President, CBRE

"Their skills, competency and professionalism is made clear immediately." ~Frank Sanborn & Pastor David Kegley, Head Pastor, Westminster Presbyterian Church

"They're ahead of the curve on emerging issues.  Their leadership strengthens the health of our communities." ~ David Schaffert, President and CEO, Thurston County Chamber of Commerce

"Our business model requires a team approach and their attention to detail and willingness to listen brings people together." ~ Gus Erikson, President, Puget Western, Inc.


Larissa Stewart
Firm Administrator
(360) 742-3500
Heather Burgess
Land Use Practice Group
(360) 742-3500
Trevor Zandell
Litigation Practice Group
(360) 742-3500
Richard "Mick" Phillips
Transactional Practice Group
(360) 742-3500


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Olympia, Washington
Recognized For:
Litigation - Environmental, Environmental Law

Firm Practice Areas

  • Administrative / Regulatory Law
  • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
  • Construction Law
  • Environmental Law
  • Government Relations Practice
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Litigation - Construction
  • Litigation - Environmental
  • Litigation - Land Use and Zoning
  • Litigation - Municipal
  • Litigation - Real Estate
  • Municipal Law
  • Natural Resources Law
  • Real Estate Law
  • Timber Law

Office Locations

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Olympia, WA

724 Columbia Street, NW, Suite 320

Olympia, WA 98501

United States

(360) 742.3500

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Tacoma, WA

505 Broadway Street, Suite 408

Tacoma, WA 98402

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