A successful real estate development project incorporates an understanding of the complexities of the project as well as the local processes and laws involved. Developers can face countless issues during the real estate development phase. The bigger the project, the more problems that could arise and bring the project to a halt. Our Washington real estate development lawyers understand this and possess the skill, local knowledge, and attention to detail necessary to assist on North Central and Eastern Washington real estate development projects, and beyond.


For the savvy investor, real estate development in Washington can be lucrative. Washington boasts an expanding economy, strong workforce, and plentiful development opportunities. In addition, many areas have been designated “Opportunity Zones,” where investors can qualify for preferential tax treatment for land purchases.

There is no substitute for experience and local knowledge. We are able to apply this knowledge to development projects and provide unique insights and solutions that non-local practitioners might not be able to. Whether your project is in Chelan, Douglas, Grant, Adams, Kittitas, Okanogan or Walla Walla Counties or beyond, we are ready to assist you.

In real estate development, it’s not only what you know, but who you know. We have developed working relationships with many other professionals across the industry. The benefits of this may be, when possible, passed directly on to the client by providing a smooth and successful development project while avoiding common pitfalls and problems associated with these projects.

JDSA is one of the largest firms in North Central and Eastern Washington. Our firm is comprised of lawyers from many different legal disciplines. Each real estate development project is unique and can touch on many different legal issues, such as water rights, construction law, environmental law, and others. If an issue arises, we can consult with our greater legal team to get you the answers you need quickly and efficiently, providing a seamless, cost-effective approach.


Real estate development can include a full range of legal issues to consider such as:

  • Are there any tax benefits associated with this development?

  • Would it be advantageous to create a new business entity for tax purposes?

  • Are there zoning, permitting, and/or other land use issues associated with this property?

  • What other construction or development is planned on adjacent land?

  • Are there any common resources (water, power, roads) that will need to be managed?

  • Are there any water rights issues associated with this property?

  • Are there any environmental concerns or barriers to development?

  • If a party backs out of their agreement, can specific performance be enforced?


Documentation: In a development project, there are many different legal agreements that can be required, including construction contracts, leases, permits, purchase contracts, and much more. JDSA is able to negotiate, draft and prepare, and review and evaluate all legal agreements necessary for a real estate development project.

The following are examples of areas that we can assist you with in your real estate development project:

Construction Law: Construction law can be implicated in the development process. Our Washington real estate development attorneys are available to negotiate, draft and prepare, review and evaluate, and enforce any construction law issues as they arise.

Agricultural Issues: Our depth of experience enables us to anticipate and discuss any agricultural issues involved in your property development project.

Title Insurance: Our business relationships with title insurance companies help us to identify and resolve any problems promptly.

Environmental Law: Environmental problems can create a significant roadblock to your project. Our understanding of local codes and our relationships in the industry can assist in addressing land use, permitting, and zoning questions.

Water Rights: Water rights may be implicated in conjunction with agricultural properties, as well as technological industries, timber, ranches, and dairy operations. We can assist clients in navigating complex regulatory systems in dealing with water rights for these properties.

Zoning and Permitting: We are able to help with all aspects of zoning and permitting, including obtaining zoning permits, variances, building permits, conditional use permits, and reasonable use permits.

Breach of Contract/Dispute Resolution: Should a dispute arise at the local, state, or federal level, our legal team is able to respond quickly to resolve the problem and assist in keeping your project moving forward.

If you are considering real estate development project, contact our Washington real estate development lawyers for guidance. We are dedicated to providing our clients quality legal services and represent their best interests. Our 150 years of combined legal experience, local knowledge, and commitment to excellence are a successful combination.


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