Linda White Atkins focuses her practice on helping clients across a diverse spectrum of industries achieve their business goals for real estate transactions, land use permitting, and local, state, and federal regulatory policy advocacy. Linda has served as Acting Legal Planner for the City of Bellevue, Washington, and has decades of experience navigating site development and project permitting challenges throughout the Puget Sound region, with a special focus on Eastside communities.
She has substantial experience assisting clients with water rights and agricultural lands management, and with natural resource impacts management under state and federal regulatory schemes related to infrastructure siting and development. Linda's broad background in commercial real estate deals and decades of experience in natural resources and land use permitting gives her a "big picture" view of the multiple factors that can complicate a project, and deep insight into crafting the best path to reach the desired goal.
Linda's many years of experience in engaging with local government and the public to permit complex and controversial projects makes her an effective communicator and advocate in public meetings and administrative land use hearings. She has represented telecommunications clients in complex and controversial land use permitting and entitlements matters for over 25 years.
Extensive experience in telecommunications real estate transactions and land use permitting, including purchases and sales of network facilities, wireless facility siting deals, and contested land use hearings. Helps telecommunications clients obtain government permits, and resolve public opposition. Also assists radio broadcast licensees with NEPA compliance issues and HAM radio operators with a variety of land use disputes.
Agriculture and natural resources
Focuses on management and acquisition/disposition of agriculture, aquaculture and rural resource lands. Advises on water rights transactions and inventory and management of water rights. Experienced with permitting and resource use issues, including NEPA, SEPA, and the Shoreline Management Act. Represents clients with respect to legal issues related to radiofrequency energy, FCC regulations, MBTA, and communications structures.
Nonprofits and small businesses
Advises and represents nonprofit organizations, small businesses, and individuals in real property purchase and sale and leasing transactions. Provides strategic planning and legal advice for nonprofit real estate operations management and development, including securing site and easement rights for Washington State Horse Park.
Admitted to Practice
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 1988
- Recipient, Vivian Carkeek Memorial Prize
B.A., English, University of Washington, 1976, magna cum laude
- Phi Beta Kappa
Memberships & Affiliations
- Board of Directors, Together Center
- ABA Section of Environmental, Energy, and Resources
- KCBA Environmental and Land Use Section
- WSBA Real Property, Probate & Trust Section and Environmental and Land Use Law Section
- Named one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" by Chambers USA in Energy: Electricity (Regulatory & Litigation) (Nationwide), 202-2023