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Jessica M. Clawson


Land Use Law

Primary Focus & Experience

Jessie works with private developers on land use and permitting issues throughout the state of Washington, with a specific focus on complex projects within complicated urban jurisdictions. Her depth of contacts in many jurisdictions allow for efficient and successful client engagements. She makes it her job to know all the right people. Her experience with clients has resulted in the permitting of tens of thousands of multifamily units, several million square feet of Class A office, and thousands of hotel rooms.

Recent Significant Engagements

  • Redmond Overlake Master Plan permitting approximately 2M s.f. of new development 
  • Downtown Seattle mixed-use towers involving landmark board approval 
  • Downtown Bellevue mixed-use multi-tower project 
  • Multifamily/mixed-use building in Seattle neighborhood including alley vacation 
  • Permitting/DNR lease issues for Downtown Seattle Waterfront Pier 
  • Code amendment to enable mixed-use hotel/residential tower 

Recognition & Community Involvement

  • Association of Washington Business “Heavy Lifter Award”
  • Mary's Place, Former Board Member
  • Bellevue Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors
    • Chair, Planning, Land Use, Sustainability and Housing (PLUSH) committee
  • Chambers USA: 2021 Up and Coming
  • Washington Super Lawyers, 2020 - present
    • “Top Women Lawyers in Washington”
    • Rising Star, 2012, 2017-2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2020 – present
  • Pacific Real Estate Foundation, member
  • NAIOP, member
  • Board of Trustees, Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce
  • ULI, Member, (Past Young Leaders Co-Chair)
  • Seattle 2030 District, Past Board Member
  • Environmental and Land Use Lawyers WSBA Section, Past Board Member

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • Ethics and Professional Responsibility When Working With Experts and Consultants 
  • Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat Fall Workshop “Planning for the Unplanned”
  • Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce Regional Leadership Conference: Addressing Affordability Statewide
  • Washington State Hearing Examiner Conference: Ethical Considerations when Hearings Involve an Unrepresented Party


  • Seattle University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
  • Whitman College, B.S., Politics