Ian S. Morrison
Phone: 206-812-3388

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Ian's practice focuses on land use and permitting issues under state and local regulations, including the Growth Management Act, State Environmental Policy Act, Shoreline Management Act, and historic preservation laws, as well as local zoning codes. When necessary, Ian represents clients in administrative and judicial appeals of land use decisions. He also assists clients with corporate and transactional matters.
Prior to joining McCullough Hill Leary, Ian served in Governor Gregoire's administration as a liaison to local government, civic and business interests and as an advocate for local governments before the Legislature on municipal, economic development and infrastructure issues. He uses this local government experience to develop strategies that advance his client's interests before local legislative bodies, planning commissions and regulatory agencies.


  • University of Washington, Certificate in Commercial Real Estate, 2014
  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., concentration in environmental law, 2012
    • Washington Journal of Environmental Law & Policy, Chief Articles Editor
    • American Planning Association, Daniel J. Curtain Planning & Law Fellowship
  • Washington State University, B.A., Political Science, magna cum laude, 2006
  • Washington State University, B.A., History, magna cum laude, 2006


  • McCullough Hill Leary, P.S., 2011 - 2012
    • Legal Clerk
  • Gordon Thomas Honeywell, LLP, 2010 - 2011
    • Legal Clerk
  • Washington Court of Appeals, Division Two, 2010
    • Extern to the Honorable David Armstrong and the Honorable Christine Quinn-Brintnall
  • Office of Washington Governor Chris Gregoire, 2007 - 2009
    • Deputy Director of Outreach
  • Gordon Thomas Honeywell Government Affairs, 2006 - 2007
    • Governmental Affairs Consultant

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Member, Environmental and Land Use Law Section
  • King County Bar Association
    • Member, Environmental and Land Use Law Section
  • Urban Land Institute Northwest
    • Young Leaders Group Boardmember, 2014 - present
  • University of Washington, Certificate in Commercial Real Estate
    • Development Project Coach, 2015 - present
  • Forterra (formerly Cascade Land Conservancy)
    • Pierce County Trustee, 2012 - present
  • City of Tacoma Planning Commission
    • Commissioner, 2010 - 2012
  • 2009 Business Examiner South Puget Sound "40 under Forty" Honoree

Admitted to practice

  • Washington, 2012
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 2014
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2014

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