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Professional Experience

Sam Jacobs’ practice focuses on real estate and land use law with an emphasis on residential, mixed-use and infill development issues. He represents developers, housing cooperatives including floating home communities, condominiums and homeowner associations on matters of land use and municipal law matters. Additionally, he advises and represents clients on general real estate matters including negotiating and documenting real estate transactions.Prior to his private practice, Sam was an attorney within the City of Kirkland’s Department of Planning and Community Development. There he served as primary author of new zoning code, developed and drafted other land use regulatory codes and ordinances, advised the Planning Staff, Planning Commission, Community Council and City Council on land use and environmental law issues.

Community Involvement

  • Board member of Hilltop House, 2007 – Present
  • Member of Leadership Committee of Seattle Council, Master Builders Association, 2009 – Present
  • Board Member and Past President of Capital Hill Housing Improvement Program, 1982 – 2009
  • Member and Chairperson (1986) of the Legal Aid Committee, Washington State Bar Association, 1984 – 1986


  • Antioch School of Law (J.D., 1976)
  • Emory University (B.A., 1971)

Admitted to Practice

  • D.C. Bar, 1976
  • Washington State Bar, 1978

Contact & Links
  • 800 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3200
    Seattle, WA 98104
  • University of the District of Columbia, JD, graduated 1976
  • Emory & Henry College, BA, graduated 1971
Bar Admissions
  • Washington, 1978
  • District of Columbia, 1976

Helsell Fetterman LLP
Headquarters: Seattle, Washington

13 The Best Lawyers in America® awards

10 Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch® in America awards

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Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® 2024 for work in:
  • Land Use and Zoning Law
  • Real Estate Law
Special Focus:
  • COVID-19
Additional Areas of Practice:
  • Environmental Law


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