G. Richard Hill
Phone: 206-812-3375

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Rich's practice emphasizes the land use entitlement process throughout Western Washington. He assists private and public sector clients in obtaining governmental approvals for commercial, residential, educational, life sciences and recreational developments.
  • University of Minnesota, B.A.,  magna cum laude, 1973
  • University of Minnesota, M.A., 1975
  • Yale University School of Law, J.D., 1978

Professional Recognition
  • 2012 Seattle Land Use Lawyer of the Year (Best Lawyers in America)
  • Best Lawyers in America (Since 1995)
  • Chambers USA:  America’s Leading Lawyers for Business
  • Seattle Magazine: Best Lawyers in Seattle
  • Washington Law & Politics:  Top 100 Lawyers
  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Faculty, University of Washington Law School

Areas of Emphasis
  • Land use, growth management and zoning
  • Landmarks and design review
  • Impact fees and exactions
  • Land use and constitutional litigation

Representative Projects
  • 1700 Seventh Avenue:  Downtown Seattle office building
  • Corixa Life Sciences Building:  Downtown Seattle biotechnical office and research building
  • Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center:  biomedical research campus on South Lake Union
  • Seattle Housing Authority:  Hope VI redevelopment of High Point Community in West Seattle
  • Seattle School District Building Excellence Construction Programs I, II and III 
  • Space Needle Landmark Renovation
  • Woodway Highlands Residential Community

Professional and Civic Activities
  • NAIOP, Governmental Affairs Committee
  • Pacific Real Estate Institute – Founding Member and Past President
  • American Bar Association Land Use Committee – Member and Past Chair
  • WSBA Environmental and Land Use Section – Member and Past Chair
  • BIAW Legal Committee


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