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Clayton P. Graham

Clayton Graham focuses his practice on real estate and land use, assisting owners, developers, and lenders with the host of issues that arise in the acquisition, development, use, and disposition of real property.

Clayton advises clients on permitting and land use issues under state and local regulations, including local zoning codes, historic preservation laws, the Shoreline Management Act, the Growth Management Act, and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and represents clients in administrative and judicial appeals of land use decisions. Clayton assists his clients with the purchase, sale, and development of real property within planned community developments, condominiums, and mixed-use projects as well as transactions involving industrial, commercial, timber, and agricultural property. He also has substantial experience with real property matters involving complex permitting issues, receiverships, and distressed properties.

Clayton’s clients include: Olympic Property Group/Pope Resources, Providence Hospital Everett, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children's Hospital, Seattle Times Company, Sound Transit, and Waste Management.

You can follow Clayton on Twitter as he tweets about land use and real estate related issues. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn or Facebook.

Representative Experience

Real estate development for major regional transit authority

Development and permitting of regional transit centers and light-rail facilities in Puget Sound metropolitan area. (Ongoing)

Real estate development for Seattle Children's Hospital

Development, permitting, and implementation of buildout, including successful challenges seeking to overturn, the long-term master plan for 1.2 million square feet of pediatric hospital and outpatient medical services. (Ongoing)

Land use and zoning litigation for Verizon Wireless

Administrative hearings and superior court appeals involving the siting of wireless communication facilities throughout the state of Washington. (Ongoing)

Plan, zoning and development agreement for Pope Resources and Olympic Property Group

Representing master developer National Historic Town of Port Gamble, Wash., on comprehensive plan, zoning and development agreement. (Ongoing)

Real estate transactions for Seattle Housing Authority

Assist master developer in sales of residential lots to commercial builders at master-planned communities. (Ongoing)

Land use litigation for national retailer

Land use litigation involving siting of retail stores throughout Washington, including successful representation in LUPA cases in Washington superior courts and courts of appeal. (Ongoing)

Real estate development siting project for Seattle Children's Research Institute

Acquisition, development and permitting for a one million square-foot medical research center in downtown Seattle. (Ongoing) Read more

Master plan hospital and medical center development

Development and implementation of, including successful defense of suits contesting, the master plan for the expansion of Providence Hospital Everett. (2011)

Suquamish Tribe v. Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board

Brief appeals challenging Kitsap County's Rural Wooded Incentive Program affecting rural cluster development of 8,000 acres of Pope Resources lands on behalf of Pope Resources. 156 Wash. App. 743 (2010)

New facility siting and development for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Assisted Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with the siting and development of a new proton therapy center in Seattle. (2009)

Landmark designation for Central Puget Sound Council of Camp Fire

Assisted with successful defense of Camp Fire against neighbors' proposed landmark designation of former Camp Fire headquarters property. Landmark designation would have prevented redevelopment of property and blocked pending sale. (2007)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board of Trustees, 2011-present; Strategic Issues Committee, 2012-present – King County Municipal League Foundation
  • Board of Trustees, King County Bar Association, 2015-present
  • Chair, 2013-2014; Vice Chair, 2012-2013; Secretary, 2010-2012 – Environmental and Land Use Law Section, King County Bar Association
  • Leadership Tomorrow, Class of 2013
  • Volunteer Attorney, Housing Justice Project
  • Board of Directors, Vice President, Community for Youth, 2008-2010
  • Asset Management Committee, St. Andrew's Housing Group, 2007- 2009
  • Washington State Bar Association   
  • National Association of Office and Industrial Properties

Professional Recognition

  • Named "Outstanding Young Lawyer of 2013" by King County Bar Association
  • Selected to “Washington Rising Stars,” Thomson Reuters, 2013-2015
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Clayton Graham named King county bar's outstanding young lawyer of 2013