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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 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”
  • Washington Super Lawyers, 2020 - 2021
  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2020 – 2021
  • Board of Directors, Bellevue Chamber of Commerce
    • Chair, Planning, Land Use, Sustainability and Housing (PLUSH) committee
  • Previous Board member, Seattle 2030 District
  • Previous Board member, Environmental and Land Use Lawyers WSBA Section
  • Member, Pacific Real Estate Foundation
  • Member, NAIOP
  • Member, ULI (Past Young Leaders Co-Chair)

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 University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2005 
  • Whitman College, B.S., Politics, 2001