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)
  • Hugo House, Board of Directors (2017-present)
  • Seattle University, Adjunct Professor/Ethics 2016-2017 academic year




Washington State Courts

Oregon State Courts

Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

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

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

Outside The Office