Jamila A. Johnson


Jamila Johnson primarily represents businesses with retail, warehouse and other commercial properties when the ‎government uses its power of eminent ‎domain. She helps her clients through this potentially stressful process by:

  • Developing creative approaches to prevent the government from taking her clients’ property;
  • Advising clients how to plan for the potential loss of their property;
  • Negotiating on her clients’ behalf about compensation/scope of the taking; and
  • Taking to trial cases against the government to secure just compensation.

Jamila also has experience developing claims of ‎inverse and regulatory takings and working against government overreach. ‎

While Jamila’s first passion is constitutional law, she also ‎works with companies in the midst of open government disputes ‎under ‎the Washington Public ‎Records Act or the Open Public ‎Meetings Act. Frequently these cases involve claims regarding trade secrets and proprietary data. Her clients in this area have ranged from Fortune 500 technology companies to international manufacturers.



  • Helped the owners of a large customized retail, warehouse and office space in Bellevue obtain just compensation and address environmental contamination concerns when Sound Transit condemned their property.
  • Successfully brought an inverse condemnation case against Washington State Department of Transportation to a jury to compensate homeowners adjacent to SR-520 when the government built a stormwater treatment facility and public park into their high-end subdivision.
  • Worked with a national retailer to address impacts of a public project on the remainder of its property after Puget Sound Energy condemnation.
  • Successfully tried Public Records Act case in Thurston County relating to trade secret and security issues.
  • Represented a Fortune 500 company in obtaining public records relating to a competitor’s contracts with the State of Washington.

Memberships & Awards


  • American Bar Association, Section of Litigation (Condemnation, Zoning & Land Use)
  • Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (2014)
  • Oregon Bar Association, Member


  • King County Bar Association Outstanding Young Lawyer Award (2011)‎
  • Washington Rising Stars List, General Litigation (2012-2016)

Resources & Ideas

Seminars & Speaking Engagements


  • Discover What It Means to Be Part of the Schwabe Team

Community Activities

Community Activities

  • ACLU of Washington, Board of Directors/Executive Committee/Cooperating Attorney/ ‎Litigation Committee (2013 - present)
  • Washington Housing Alliance Action Fund, Board of Directors/Endorsement Chair (2011 - present)
  • Tabor 100, Government Affairs Chair (2015 - present)
  • Institute for a Democratic Future, Board of Directors (2014 - 2015)
  • Legal Voice, Board of Directors (2012 - 2015)
  • Seattle Women's Commission, Chair (2010 - 2013)




Washington State Courts

Oregon State Courts

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington

U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

Outside The Office