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Schwabe Joins Forces with Highly Regarded Boutique Real Estate, Land Use Law Firm

January 6, 2014


Pacific Northwest regional law firm Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt recently announced the addition of prominent land use attorneys Keith Dearborn and Alison Moss to its Seattle office. The addition will enhance an already-strong Puget Sound area commercial real estate and land use practice. Prior to joining Schwabe, the two attorneys practiced at their own firm of Dearborn & Moss PLLC.

"This is truly a stellar team and we are very excited about the additional depth that Keith's and Alison's experience brings to Schwabe's real estate and land use practice," said Troy Greenfield, the firm's partner-in-charge in Seattle. "Our current clients will gain from this addition and we're enthusiastic about working with them to continue to grow our land use and real estate practice."

Moss focuses her practice on land use law and alternative dispute resolution. She is a frequent speaker on a full range of land use issues including growth management, wetlands, fish and wildlife, transportation and impact fees, development agreements, and transfer of development rights. In addition to her land use practice, Moss acts as a mediator with the Kitsap County Dispute Resolution Center. She has been distinguished in Martindale-Hubbell's bar register of preeminent women lawyers, and is listed as one of the publication's top-rated lawyers in land use and zoning; she has also received the President's Special Recognition Award from the Association of General Contractors (AGC) of Washington. Moss received her juris doctor degree from the University of Chicago Law School and her bachelor of arts degree from Radcliffe College.

Dearborn comes to Schwabe with over 40 years of experience in practicing land use law. Throughout his career, he has been an active force in environmental and planning issues in the Pacific Northwest. He helped establish King County's award-winning farmland preservation program and is currently involved in the first transfer of development credits from King County to the City of Seattle. He played a significant role in paving the way for the Columbia River Gorge Scenic Area and worked on the State of Washington's first master planned community. His work has twice won the American Planning Association's Outstanding Merit Award. He has been recognized by Washington Super Lawyers, who ranked him as one of the top 20 real estate and land use attorneys in Washington State. He serves on the board of directors of Master Builders of King and Snohomish Counties, and is a board and executive committee member of King County Housing Partnership. Dearborn is an alum of the University of Washington, where he obtained his juris doctor degree, his master of urban planning degree, and his bachelor of science degree.

"Expanding our competitive presence in the Puget Sound region is a priority for the firm," said Mark Long, Managing Partner of Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt. "We are pleased to welcome these very talented and experienced attorneys to Schwabe's Seattle office and look forward to continuing to expand our presence in the area."