Peter J. Eglick

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Land Use & Zoning Attorney in Seattle, WA

Eglick & Whited PLLC
 | 1000 Second Avenue, Suite 3130
Seattle, WA 98104
Phone: 206-441-1069
Fax: 206-441-1089
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019
Licensed Since: 1979
Practice Areas:
  • Land Use/Zoning (60%),
  • Environmental (20%),
  • State, Local & Municipal (20%)
Attorney Profile

Clear writing, effective oral advocacy, and tenacity are hallmarks of Peter J. Eglick's practice. Mr. Eglick represents clients in matters involving  land use/real estate, growth management, homeowner associations, environmental, and historic preservation law. He  regularly serves as outside counsel advising and representing  Washingon municipalities in need of his expertise. 

On behalf of his clients, Mr. Eglick has appeared before local hearing examiners and agencies, the Washington Shorelines Hearings Board, the Washington Pollution Control Hearings Board, the  Washington Growth Management Hearings Boards, superior courts  and courts of appeals throughout Washington, the Washington Supreme Court, Washington federal district courts, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit.

Peter J. Eglick is rated AV Preeminent* by Martindale-Hubbell's peer-review rating system. He is also both an author and invited lecturer on land use matters, including at Continuing Legal Education seminars for peer lawyers and professionals in the field. His lectures and publications focus on land use, environmental law, and the related ethical issues that confront practitioners.

Mr. Eglick has also served as a consulting expert and court-appointed referee in legal matters involving land use/real estate.  He has been a frequent speaker on planning, zoning and permitting topics as well as legal ethics at continuning legal education seminars.

* AV Preeminent and BV Distinguished are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used 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 confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas

Land Use/Zoning (60%)
Environmental (20%)
State, Local & Municipal (20%)

Land Use/Zoning (60%)

Environmental (20%)

State, Local & Municipal (20%)


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Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2019

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About Peter Eglick

Admitted: 1979, Washington

Professional Webpage:


  • Martindale Hubbell's peer review rating of "AV® Preeminent™"

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1983
  • U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia Circuit, 1978
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 1979
  • U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia, 1977
  • District of Columbia, 1977
  • Washington, 1979
  • Pennsylvania, 1975
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Section of Environmental Law and Land Use, Washington State Bar, 1984 - 1987

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • "Courts v. Land Use Regulation: Debunking the Myth of the Expansion of Environmental Rights," Third Annual Conference on the Growth Management Act, Continuing Legal Education International, 1995
  • "Shoreline Management Act," Washington Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, 1998
  • Lecturer, "The New Feudalism: Railroad Preemption of Local Government Land Use Regulation", Oregon Law Institute 1999, Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon
  • "Trying and Settling Land Use Cases," The National Judicial College (Course given to Judges to Enhance their Familiarity with Land Use Law), 1999
  • "Ethical Issues", Law Seminars International, 2002
  • "Land Use and Zoning Law Litigation in Washington," Continuing Legal Education Seminar, December, 2004
  • "Urban Densities: What the Law Does and Does Not Require", Growth Management Act, Law Seminars International, November 2006
  • “Bright Line Fever: How I Learned to Stop Questioning Four Dwelling Units Per Acre and Love the Litowitz Test,” Fall WSAMA (Washington Association of Municipal Attorneys) Conference, October, 2005
  • "Environmental & Land Use Law: What You Need to Know For 2008," King County Bar Association, December 2007
  • "Large Lot Development Patterns in Urban Areas: Is Anything Left of the "Bright Line?" Washington Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section Midyear Meeting and Seminar, 2008
  • "Selected Issues:  Administrative Appeals and Judicial Review Under SEPA," Law Seminars International SEPA & NEPA, the Latest on Compliance from Developing Proposals Through Judicial Review, 2009
  • "Ethics for Land Use: or, What Every Land Use Attorney Wished Their Ethics Professor Would Have Taught Them in Law School," Law Seminars International Land Use in Washington, New Regulatory, Legislative and Legal Developments, 2009
  • "The Myth of Mitigation Under NEPA and the Washington State Environmental Policy Act," by Peter Eglick and Henryk J. Hiller, presented at "NEPA at Twenty" conference, Lewis & Clark College, Northwestern School of Law, 1989, published at 20 ENVTL. L. 773, 776, 1990
  • "Legitimate Use of Interim Regulations and Moratoria with Emphasis on the Growth Management Act," Joint Conference of Washington State Association of County and Regional Planning Directors and City Planning Directors' Association, 1991
  • "Analysis of Capital Facilities vs. Transportation Elements Issues:  Cornerstone or Achilles Heel of County and City GMA Plans?," Law Seminars International, 1995
  • "Scoping the Subarea Plan: What's In/What's Out," King County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, 1995
  • "Standing to Maintain a Petition for Review Before Washington's Growth Management Hearings Boards," Washington Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section, 1995
  • "Summary of Key Growth Management Hearing Board Decisions Regarding Transportation and Capital Facilities Comprehensive Plan Elements," Law Seminars International, 1995
  • "Subarea Plans: Can A Jurisdiction ‘Keep Two Sets of Books?'," Law Seminars International, 1996
  • "Shoreline Management Act," Washington Bar Environmental and Land Use Law Section, 1997
  • "The Growth Management Act's Public Participation Requirements," Law Seminars International, 1997
  • "Development in Resource Lands: Agricultural Lands v. Soccer Fields," Law Seminars International, 2001
  • Partial List: "Ethics for the Environmental and Land Use Practitioner," King County Bar Association, 2010


  • Obtained rulings upholding client homeowner association's covenants and bylaws and received a $250,000.00 attorney fee award, believed to be the largest attorney fee award at that time under the Washington Homeowners Association Act
  • Successfully deployed Shoreline Act requirements to protect client Yacht Club key outstation from encroachment by proposed new dock, ensuring viability of outstation into the future
  • Convinced the Seattle Hearing Examiner, in the face of a no holds barred legal and political campaign by the applicant supported by City staff, to recommend denial of a massive major institution twenty year expansion plan as a result, the matter settled with limits on the institution's expansion and with the institution's reimbursement of $150,000.00 expense of proceeding to my client
  • Recent Outcomes: Obtained a groundbreaking federal court decision under the National Historic Preservation Act invalidating the Federal Reserve Bank's contract to sell its historic downtown Seattle headquarters building for demolition and redevelopment per the statute, the Federal Reserve Bank reimbursed my client for $140,000.00 in attorney's fees

Representative Clients:

  • City of Port Townsend
  • Jensen Motor-Boat Company
  • City of Mukilteo
  • City of Woodinville
  • City of Brier
  • Innis Arden Club
  • City of Puyallup
  • Alliance for a Livable Denny Triangle
  • UNITE HERE Local 8
  • City of Edgewood
  • Seattle Floating Homes Association
  • Lake Burien Shore Club
  • Laurelhurst Community Club
  • Fragaria Landing Homeowners Association
  • The Committee for the Preservation of the Seattle Federal Reserve Bank Building

Educational Background:

  • Judicial Lawclerk for Honorable Murray M. Schwartz, Judge, United States District Court for the District of Delaware, 1975-76.
  • Georgetown University Law Center, Washington, District of Columbia, J.D. 1975; Member, Georgetown Law Journal, 1974 - 1975
  • University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, B.A. in American Civilization, 1972
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1000 Second Avenue
Suite 3130
Seattle, WA 98104

Phone: 206-441-1069

Fax: 206-441-1089

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