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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington, 1968
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1976

John E. Keegan

John Keegan counsels clients in land use, real estate and municipal law matters, principally in the Pacific Northwest. He has extensive experience in large projects, including master plan developments, residential plats, hospital and medical facilities, shopping centers, transmission towers, warehouses, gravel extraction, and utility and solid waste handling facilities. John represents developers of residential, commercial, and industrial property as well as government agencies.

John's clients include: City of Everett, Green Crow, Hapsmith Company, Olympic Property Group/Pope Resources, Pacific Retirement Services, Plywood Supply, ProBuild, Providence Hospital Everett, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Seattle Children's Hospital, Sound Transit, Valencia Capital Management, Viacom Outdoor, Veolia Water America, and Waste Management.

A published author, John has penned the novels "Clearwater Summer" (Carroll & Graf, 1994), "Piper" (The Permanent Press, 2001), and "A Good Divorce" (The Permanent Press, 2003).

Representative Experience

Energy project development for City of Everett, Wash.

Negotiating development and licensing agreement between major municipal water supplier and hydroelectric power generator. (Ongoing)

Outdoor sign development for CBS Outdoor

Representing client in successful challenge to county sign ordinance and in numerous governmental takings cases. (Ongoing)

Real estate development for major municipality in Washington State

Relocation of BNSF Railway track and preparation of 150-acre riverfront site for mixed-use development. (Ongoing)

Real estate development for Seattle Children's Hospital

Developing, 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)

Real estate development for Sound Transit

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

New facility siting and development for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Represented Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for the siting and development of a new proton therapy center in Seattle. (2009) Read more

Additional Qualifications

  • Principal author of numerous planning, zoning and other regulatory ordinances
  • Instrumental in drafting and obtaining passage of Washington State transportation and other legislation
  • Frequent speaker in Continuing Legal Education classes on land use and real estate issues

Professional & Community Activities

  • American Bar Association
  • Seattle-King County Bar Association
  • Past Chairman, Environmental and Land Use Section, Washington State Bar Association
  • General Counsel, Economic Development Council of Seattle & King County
  • Member, Seattle Repertory Theatre Board of Trustees

Professional Recognition

  • Named one of  "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2008-2017; Received "Band 1" ranking, 2012, 2013; Named "Senior Statesmen" ranking, 2014-2017
  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Seattle's "Lawyer of the Year" in Land Use & Zoning, 2011, 2014, 2017 
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Real Estate Law by Best Lawyers, 2001-present; named in Land Use & Zoning Law, 2010-present 
  • Selected to "Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers" by Thomson Reuters, 2009-2010; "Washington Super Lawyers," 2004-2017
  • Listed in "Who’s Who in American Law"
Recognized by Chambers USA – Chambers and Partners
John Keegna names best lawyer, read press release