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Heather A. Cunningham Joins Schwabe’s Seattle Office

August 1, 2018


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt is pleased to announce that Heather A. Cunningham has joined the firm’s Seattle office, focusing her practice on condemnation, as Schwabe continues to expand its Real Estate and Construction industry group focus.

“Heather brings a depth of experience and industry leadership to our team as we continue to invest in the Puget Sound Real Estate and Construction industry on behalf of our clients,” said Joe Straus co-leader of the Real Estate and Construction industry group. “In an industry where women are historically under-represented, we are proud to have Heather on our team; not only is she a leader in the eminent domain field, but her addition to our team helps further fuel change in promoting diversity across the industry,” said Stephanie Holmberg, co-leader of the Real Estate and Construction industry group.

Heather has been representing citizens facing eminent domain issues since 1996. She has been involved in every aspect of eminent domain over the years, from pre-condemnation planning and negotiation through litigation and, when necessary, appeal. Heather has also assisted owners navigating entitlement, easement, access or other issues that impact their ability to use and develop their land. She is committed to ensuring that the compensation property owners receive when land is taken is the “just compensation” constitutionally required.

Heather has also been involved in spearheading legislative reforms designed to correct injustices in the law and balance the playing field between property owners and governmental entities.

Although Heather has significant trial experience, she knows that often the best solution can be achieved outside the courtroom. She has assisted clients with creative solutions to complex land use and takings problems, in many instances developing global solutions with multiple property owners and multiple government agencies.

Heather earned her juris doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law and holds a bachelor of arts from Hillsdale College. Heather is currently one of a few select lawyers chosen as a representative of the Owner’s Counsel of America, a national organization that focuses on representing property owners facing eminent domain.  Heather is admitted to practice in Washington, Oregon and Idaho.

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