· Bill Clarke ·
...is an attorney and lobbyist in Olympia, Washington representing clients in the Washington State Legislature, before state agencies and local governments, as well as in environmental and land use permitting and appeals. Bill is a former member and chair of the Washington State Pollution Control Hearings Board and Shorelines Hearings Board, which hear appeals of state and local government environmental and land use permit decisions.
Bill represents clients in the Washington State Legislature on a variety of issues such as taxes, land use, real estate, utility regulation, energy, local government, and budget matters. He assists clients in analyzing legal and policy issues, developing effective legislative strategies, and in monitoring and addressing proposed legislation.
Environmental and Land Use Permitting
From individual homeowners to large project developers, Bill assists clients in obtaining a variety of land use and environmental permits relating to water rights, water system planning, storm water, land use, shorelines, and other matters. He works closely with environmental consultants, engineers, and other attorneys to develop permitting strategies that navigate local, state, and federal permitting requirements.
Environmental and land use matters often involve appeals to defend permit approvals, challenge permit denials or improper permit conditions, or address enforcement and compliance issues. Bill will appear before administrative hearings boards such as the Pollution Control Hearings Board, Shorelines Hearings Board, and Growth Management Hearings Boards, as well as superior and appellate courts.
Regulatory and Legal Affairs
In addition to the State Legislature, Bill's government affairs work also includes the executive and judicial branches of government. He works with clients as agencies interpret and implement laws through policies and rule making, and also advise them on cases of importance moving through the court system. This work often involves legal research, analysis, and development of materials to develop legislative proposals, educate policy makers or industries, or simply to better understand developing regulatory and legal issues.