Brian E. Lawler

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Land Use & Zoning Attorney in Seattle, WA

Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard PLLC
 | 801 Second Avenue, Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98104-4028
Phone: 206-292-1994
Fax: 206-292-1995
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2014, 2016 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1978
Practice Areas:
  • Land Use/Zoning (30%),
  • Environmental (40%),
  • Real Estate: Business (20%),
  • Business/Corporate (10%)
Attorney Profile

Brian E. Lawler is of counsel with Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard PLLC. Based in Seattle, Washington, he provides representation to people and businesses throughout the state. Mr. Lawler has extensive experience in all aspects of real estate, primarily land use and zoning, environmental issues, purchases and sales, and development. He also has a background in commercial real estate litigation, including transactions, title issues, land use issues, and environmental issues. With a background in mediation, Mr. Lawler often seeks to reach an accord on many of these disputes through alternative dispute resolution.

In his business law practice, Mr. Lawler helps clients who are thinking of opening a new venture. He provides advice and counsel at the outset with respect to the appropriate choice of entity.  Mr. Lawler's fellow professionals have shown their respect for his excellent track record and high degree of ethics by awarding him an AV Preeminent* peer-review rating through Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 "Superb" peer-review rating through Avvo. He has also been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for Zoning and Land Use.

Mr. Lawler attended Dartmouth College and the University of California, Berkeley, where he received a Bachelor of Science in Natural Resource Policy. He attended Georgetown University Law Center in Washington DC and worked at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Admitted to practice in Washington and California, Mr. Lawler is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He is a member of several professional organizations.  He taught undergraduate law courses for 17 years at the University of Washington Foster School of Business. He has been a frequent seminar speaker on a wide range of real estate related topics.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Land Use/Zoning (30%)

Environmental (40%)

Real Estate (20%)

Business/Corporate (10%): Business Formation and Planning, Contracts, Business Organizations

Focus Areas

Business Formation and Planning, Contracts, Business Organizations


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2014, 2016 - 2019

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About Brian Lawler

Admitted: 1978, Washington

Professional Webpage:


  • Washington State Bar Association, “Best of the Best” CLE Award, Subdivision Law
  • AVVO Rating 10 out of 10
  • Washington SuperLawyers, 2003-Present
  • Martindale-Hubbell Preeminent AV Rating 5 out of 5, 1990-Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, Land Use and Zoning, 2015-Present

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Certfied Real Estate Instructor, State of Washington

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1978
  • Washington, 1978
  • California, 1977
  • Seattle-King County Bar Association, Member, 1978-Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member, 1978-Present

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Kumbu Dental Support, 2018
  • Nepal Rural Dentistry Project, Pro Bono Counsel, 2016-Present
  • Nepal Rural Dentistry Project, Executive Board, 2016-Present
  • Washington State Youth Soccer Association, Pro Bono Counsel, 2012-Present
  • Washington State Youth Soccer Association, Special Hearings Officer, 2010-Present
  • Puget Soundkeeper Alliance Legal Committee, Chair, 1992-1999
  • Puget Soundkeeper Alliance Legal Committee, Founder, 1992-1999

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Frequent Speaker, WSBA, NBI, 1992-Present


  • J & B Development v.King County, 100 Wn.2d 299, 669 P.2d 468 (1983)
  • Yoshio Akada v. Park 12-01 Corp., 678 P.2d 1314, 37 Wn.App. 221 (Wash.App. Div. 1 1984)
  • McClure v. Delguzzi, 767 P.2d 146, 53 Wn.App. 404 (Wash.App. Div. 2 1989)
  • Kelly v. County of Chelan, 237 P.3d 346, 157 Wn.App. 417 (Wash.App. Div. 3)
  • Dash Point Village Associates v. Exxon Corp., 937 P.2d 1148, 86 Wn.App. 596 (Wash.App. Div. 1 1997)
  • King County v. King County Dept. of Development and Environmental Services, 273 P.3d 490, 167 Wn.App. 561 (Wash.App. Div. 1 2012)
  • Association of Rural Residents v. Kitsap County, 4 P.3d 115, 141 Wn.2d 185 (Wash. 2000) (Amicus)
  • Overlake Farms B.L.K. III, LLC v. Bellevue-Overlake Farm LLC, 196 Wn.App. 922 (Div. 1 2016)

Educational Background:

  • University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, California, A.B., Major: Political Science, 1973
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Office Location for Brian E. Lawler

801 Second Avenue
Suite 700
Seattle, WA 98104-4028

Phone: 206-292-1994

Fax: 206-292-1995

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Last Updated: 8/12/2019

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