PATRICK J. SCHNEIDER
Member

Patrick J. Schneider

Pat has more than 30 years of experience assisting private companies, public entities and individual landowners in negotiating local and state regulatory processes. Prior to entering private practice in 1997, Pat was the lead land use attorney for the City of Seattle, as well as serving as a senior land use attorney for King County. For many years he has actively participated in efforts to reform state and local regulatory processes, and helped draft the Land Use Petition Act and reforms to both the Growth Management Act and the State Environmental Policy Act.

Activities

Association of Washington Business Land Use Committee, Current Chair

King County Landmarks & Heritage Commission

  • Chair, 2004-2005
  • Member, 1998-2005

Environmental and Land Use Section, Washington State Bar Association

  • Chair, 1996-1997
  • Executive Committee Member, 1992-1998

Publications

Ecology Requires Unprecedented Global SEPA Analysis

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News, August 2013

U.S. Supreme Court Decision Expands Scope of Takings Clause

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News, June 2013

Department of Ecology Adopts SEPA Rule Amendments, Effective January 28, 2013, Increasing the Levels of Certain Categorical Exemptions, as Required by 2012 Legislation

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News, January 2013

Foster Pepper Attorneys Dick Settle and Pat Schneider Appointed to Advise State on Increasing SEPA Exemptions and Revising Checklist

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News, August 2012

Governor Acts on Bill Amending Environmental and Natural Resource Laws

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News, May 2012

Legislature Amends Important Environmental and Natural Resource Laws

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News, April 2012

Supreme Court Sheds Light on Perils of Appealing a County’s Refusal to Amend its Comprehensive Plan

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News, March 2012

Court Clarifies SEPA Planned Action Provision that Expedites Sustainable Communities

Co-Author, Foster Pepper News, February 2011

Overview of the Land Use Petition Act

University of Washington CLE, 2000-2002

Washington’s Vested Rights Doctrine

University of Washington CLE, 2000

Subdivisions

Land Use & Environmental Law: A Checklist Approach to the Fundamentals, Washington State Bar Association, February 1998

Overview of the Law of Takings

Law Seminars International, November 1997

1995 Regulatory Reform Legislation

Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys, Annual Fall Conference, October 1995

Growth Management Act, Regulatory Reform and Initiative 164

Washington State Bar Association CLE, September 1995

The New Frontier of Takings Law and What It Means to You

University of Washington CLE

Land Use Litigation: The Government’s Perspective

March 1995

Vested Rights and Substantive Due Process/Takings Challenges to Land Use Regulation

Washington State Bar Association’s Annual Convention, September 1991

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Presentations

Recent Developments in Land Use Law

Speaker, 15th Annual CLE Bootcamp, The Seminar Group, December 2016

Land Use Hot Topics 

Speaker, Foster Pepper 2016 Real Estate/Land Use Briefing: Essential Industry Updates, November 2016

Recent Developments in Land Use Law

Speaker, 14th Annual CLE Bootcamp, The Seminar Group, December 2015

Land Use Hot Topics

Speaker, Foster Pepper 2015 Land Use/Real Estate Briefing: Essential Industry Updates, October 2015

Divergent NEPA and SEPA EIS Scopes for Proposed Coal Terminals: Implications beyond Coal and Oil

Speaker, 12 Annual SEPA & NEPA Seminar, January 2015

Impact Fees, Linkage Fees and Capacity Charges

Speaker, Foster Pepper 2014 Land Use/Real Estate Briefing: New Regulatory Developments and their Impact on the Future of Land Use and Real Estate, November 2014

Recent Developments in Land Use Law

12th Annual CLE Bootcamp, December 2013

The Role of State and Local Government in the Approval Process for Energy Export Projects

Speaker, Energy Exports in the Northwest: The Public Policy and Legal Issues at Play and their Likely Outcomes, October 2013

Shoreline Master Program Updates: What Effect on Shoreline Properties?

Presenter, 2012 Land Use & Environmental Seminar, October 2012

Perspectives on Whether SEPA/NEPA Impede Job Creation

Speaker, The Ninth Annual Advanced One-Day Workshop on Washington's SEPA & NEPA, January 2012

Recent Developments in Land Use Law

Speaker, 10th Annual Washington CLE Bootcamp, December 2011

How Greenhouse Gases and Climate Change are Impacting Entitlements

Speaker, Land Use/Environmental Group Seminar, May 2011

The New Project Killer? Greenhouse Emissions and SEPA

Speaker, Washington State Association of Municipal Attorneys Spring Conference, April 2011

SEPA and Climate Change Impacts

Speaker, The Eighth Annual Advanced One-Day Workshop on SEPA & NEPA: The Latest on Compliance from Developing Proposals Through Judicial Review, January 2011

Recent Developments in Land Use Law

Speaker, 9th Annual Washington CLE Bootcamp, December 2010

Land Use Case Law and Legislative Update

Speaker, 2010 Real Estate & Land Use Seminar, April 2010

Issues in the 2010 Legislative Session

Speaker, 11th Annual Conference on Land Use in Washington, April 2010

Administrative Appeals and Judicial Review Under SEPA: What has been Working Best for Project Opponent and Proponents?

Speaker, Eighth Annual Advanced One-Day Workshop on Washington's State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), January 2010

Recent Land Use Cases and Legislation

Speaker, 2009 Real Estate & Land Use Seminar, April 2009

Administrative Appeals and Judicial Review under SEPA

Speaker, SEPA & NEPA: The latest on Compliance from Developing Proposals Through Judicial Review, January 2009

Inclusionary Zoning: How Far Can Jurisdictions Go Under State Law?

Speaker, Incentive Zoning, June 2008

2007 Land Use Legislative Update

Speaker, Hot Issues in Real Estate and Land Use Development, March 2007

Land Use Petition Act-Nuts & Bolts

Speaker, Law Seminars International, April 2006

Administrative Appeals and Judicial Review

Speaker, SEPA/NEPA Workshop, Law Seminars International, January 2006

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Land Use, Planning & ZoningEnvironmental & Natural ResourcesEnvironmental LitigationInfrastructureMunicipal GovernmentPorts

Contact

Tel: 206.447.2905Fax: 206.749.1915

Recognition

Washington Super Lawyers list, 2000-2017

Association of Washington Business, Heavy Lifter Award, 2013

2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine

National Merit Scholar

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating

Education

J.D., University of Washington School of Law (with honors)

Graduate Study, Emory University

B.A., Macalester College (Phi Beta Kappa)

Bar Admissions

Washington

9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals

Experience

Foster Pepper PLLC, Member, 2002-Present

Stoel Rives LLP, 1997-2002

Seattle City Attorney’s Office, Director, Land Use Section, 1990-1997

King County Prosecutor’s Office

  • Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 1987-1990
  • Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 1981-1986

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