STEVEN J. GILLESPIE
Member

Steven J. Gillespie

Steve helps private and public clients obtain and defend land use entitlements. He advises Seattle’s Major Institutions (hospitals, universities and colleges) obtain master plan approvals as well as project-level permits. Steve also litigates land use, environmental, real estate and general matters in tribunals ranging from local hearing examiners to state administrative bodies to courts.

Activities

Downtown Seattle Association, Urban Experience Committee

Downtown Seattle Families, Steering Committee Member

Bayview Manor Retirement Community

  • Case Development Committee, Member
  • Citizens’ Advisory Board, Member

Foster Pepper Associates’ Committee, 2011-2013

Foster Pepper Pro Bono Committee, 2010-Present

SAT Tutor

Publications

The Seattle City Council Upzones Downtown, South Lake Union, and University District in Exchange for Mandatory Housing Affordability

Author, Foster Pepper News Alert, April 2017

Washington Supreme Court Levels the Playing Field in Real Estate and Land Use Litigation

Co-author, Foster Pepper News Alert, June 2015

Seattle may have an affordable option for a downtown school

Op-Ed, Crosscut.com, June 2014

 

Presentations

Land Use Hot Topics

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

Land Use Hot Topics

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

Current Constraints on Developers and the Impact on Commercial Brokers

Moderator, Commercial Brokers Association, May 2015

Constitutional and Statutory Limitations on Funding Society's Needs Through Development Fees

Speaker, Focus on an Ever-Shifting Landscape: Annual Spring Real Estate Update, WSBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, April 2015

Case Update: Important Lessons from Recent Washington Cases

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

Shoreline Master Program Updates: What Effect on Shoreline Properties?

Presenter, 2012 Land Use & Environmental Seminar, October 2012

Legislative Update

Speaker, Land Use/Environmental Group Seminar, May 2011

Hoods and Woods: Land Use and Environmental Law at Foster Pepper

Speaker, Firm Survey Training Course CLE, November 2010

SEPA and GMA Integration – Where the Law Meets the Land

Speaker, State Environmental Policy Act Seminar, CLE, June 2010

Land Use Case Law and Legislative Update

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

Land Use and Environmental Law at Foster Pepper – Why Steve Gillespie’s Job is Better than Whatever it is You Do

Speaker, Firm Survey Training Course CLE, December 2009

Recent Land Use Cases and Legislation

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

SEPA and GMA Integration – Where the Law Meets the Land

Speaker, State Environmental Policy Act Seminar, CLE, March 2009

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Land Use, Planning & ZoningEnvironmental & Natural ResourcesEnvironmental LitigationInfrastructureSports Teams & FacilitiesTransportation

Contact

Tel: 206.447.5942Fax: 206.749.1946

Recognition

Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers list, 2013-2016

Order of the Coif, University of Washington School of Law, 2007

Education

J.D., University of Washington School of Law, 2007

  • Washington Law Review, Managing Editor

B.S., Mechanical Engineering, University of Washington, 1997

Bar Admissions

Washington, 2007

U.S. District Court

  • Eastern District of Washington, 2012
  • Western District of Washington, 2010

Experience

Foster Pepper PLLC

  • Member, 2015-Present
  • Associate, 2007-2014
  • Summer Associate, 2006

Washington State Attorney General’s Office, Consumer Protection Division, Extern

Quoted

Seattle Park District: Investing in People and Parks

Panelist, Seattle Channel, September 2016

Civic Cocktail: New Mayor and Downtown Families

Panelist, Seattle Channel, February 2014

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