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Phillips Burgess PLLC


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

Firm Details

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.


Michael Kelly
Tadeu Velloso
Daniel Berner
Senior Associate
Lacey Hatch
Senior Associate
Heather Burgess
Managing Partner



Women: 1

Men: 2


Women: 2

Men: 4

Management / Department Heads

Women: 1


Women: 2

Non-Legal Employees

Women: 3


  • 2017 Boss of the Year (Heather Burgess), Thurston County Chamber of Commerce
  • 2016 Philanthropic Business of the Year, South Sound Partners for Philanthropy
  • 2015 Small Business of the Year, Thurston County Economic Development Counceil
  • 2015 Affiliate Partner of the Year, Thurston County Realtor's Association

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.


Trevor Zandell
Litigation Practice Group
(360) 742-3500
Heather Burgess
Land Use Practice Group Lead / Managing Member
(360) 742-3500
Richard "Mick" Phillips
Transactional Practice Group
(360) 742-3500

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

United States

(253) 292.6640

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