After an exhaustive peer-review evaluation process, attorney Heather Burgess was selected for inclusion in the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of environmental law and environmental litigation. She is the only attorney listed in both practice areas for the Olympia and Tacoma areas.
Heather, co-founder of Phillips Burgess, PLLC, is a frequent speaker on Washington land use regulation at continuing legal education programs and industry seminars. In her practice, she regularly represents property owners, developers, businesses and individuals in all phases of real estate development. Heather’s experience includes permitting and zoning matters under the Growth Management Act, Shoreline Management Act and Federal Endangered Species Act.
Best Lawyers is the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, and is universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. For the 2016 edition of The Best Lawyers in America, 6.7 million votes were analyzed. Lawyers are neither required nor allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
Outside of land use, Heather is a skilled civil real estate litigator, representing clients in boundary and title disputes and real property-related claims. “We are extremely pleased with Heather’s listing and the confidence placed in her by her peers,” shares attorney Richard “Mick” Phillips, Phillips Burgess co-founder. Before entering private practice, Heather served for thirteen years on active duty with the United States Army, six as a Judge Advocate. She continues to serve as a Judge Advocate in the Washington Army National Guard.
Phillips Burgess PLLC is a boutique real estate law firm, supporting its clients’ legal and litigation needs throughout the Pacific Northwest. With offices in Olympia and Tacoma, the firm’s team has more than doubled in size since its founding in 2012 and includes a highly skilled, passionate team of experienced attorneys, many of whom who have been recognized for excellence. The firm focuses on four practice areas: Land Use, Environmental, Real Estate and Natural Resources.