Cairncross & Hempelmann, PS

John W. Hempelmann

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Practice Areas

Real Estate, Land Use, Transit-Oriented Development, Natural Resources.


Recognized as premier real estate development, land use & natural resources attorney. Worked extensively to help form the legislation that governs Washington’s land use law. Involved in many innovative projects including major open space and conservation transactions, transit-oriented developments, development of Washington’s first Master Planned Resort and first Major Industrial Development under the Growth Management Act.

Professional Memberships

Up for Growth National Coalition, LOCUS: Responsible Real Estate Developers and Investors, National Steering Committee, Seattle Mayor’s Affordable Middle-Income Housing Advisory Council (City of Seattle), Urban Land Institute, Transit-Oriented Development Council Chairman, Association of Washington Business Land Use Committee, Washington Forest Protection Association Legal Committee. Washington State Bar Association, Washington Supreme Court, United States Supreme Court.