Tadas A. Kisielius





Millennium Tower
719 Second Avenue Suite 1150
Seattle, WA 98104
  • Represents the City of Seattle before the Hearing Examiner defending the City’s environmental review of several controversial land use proposals.  Tadas recently worked with the City Attorney’s office to defend the Seattle Department of Transportation’s Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for the Burke Gilman “Missing Link” project, one of the final steps in a nearly thirty-year legal dispute over the City’s plan to complete the existing gap in the famous multi-use trail.  Tadas also worked with the City Attorney’s office to defend the EISs for the City’s Mandatory Housing Affordability (MHA) policy and its changes to regulations governing accessory dwelling units, both of which seek to address the complicated issue of housing affordability in Seattle. 
  • Represented Whatcom County on Growth Management Act compliance issues specifically related to the County’s efforts to protect water resources through its development regulations.  Tadas has defended the County's legislative actions in proceedings before the Growth Management Hearings Board and state courts, including the State Supreme Court, in Whatcom County v. Hirst, 381 P.3d 1 (2016).
  • Represents Renewable Energy Group, a leading North American advanced biofuels producer and developer of renewable chemicals, in its efforts to secure approval for the expansion of its biorefinery in Grays Harbor County.  Work on this matter includes permitting, environmental review, as well as associated appeals before the Shorelines Hearings Board and appellate Courts, including the State Supreme Court on behalf of REG’s predecessor in interest, Imperium Renewables.
  • Represented Vancouver Energy in its efforts to secure approval to build a crude oil terminal and transfer facility at the Port of Vancouver USA.  The representation includes work on the ongoing environmental review and appearing in the permit adjudication hearings before the Washington State Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council, a state tribunal with exclusive jurisdiction over all major energy infrastructure projects in the State of Washington.
  • Represents the Port of Walla Walla on land use and water issues, including: drafting agency SEPA regulations; drafting, proposing and defending amendments to local jurisdictions' planning documents and development regulations that further the Port's economic development objectives; and representing the Port in its efforts to secure entitlements for port development projects, including SEPA and NEPA review, federal Rivers and Harbors Act compliance, Clean Water Act permits, local land use permits, and water rights transfers.
  • Represented the Sammamish Muslim Association (SMA) before the Sammamish Hearing Examiner and successfully defended a Conditional Use Permit in an appeal brought by neighborhood organizations opposed to the project.  The permit authorized the SMA to construct and operate a mosque in the City of Sammamish.  
  • Negotiated developer extension agreements, latecomers agreements, and development agreements pursuant to RCW 36.70B.170 to facilitate private development projects.


Rethinking Washington's State Environmental Policy Act

NW Lawyer, Vol. 68 Issue 3 pp. 50-52

Land Use Appeals

Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, Part 16, Vol. 23 (2013)

Chapter 13: Growth Management Hearings Board

Washington Real Property Desk Book, Washington State Bar Association (4th ed. 2012), Vol. 5

Wet Growth: Exploring the Intersection Between Water Resources and Land Use Law in Washington

Environmental & Land Use Law Newsletter, Washington State Bar Association, Vol. 36 Issue 3


Shoreline Regulation in Washington State

Presenter, "Recent Developments in Port Management"
The Seminar Group
Seattle, WA

2017 Environmental and Land Use Section Midyear Conference

Presenter, "At the Intersection of Water Law and Growth Management - Hirst Decision and Implications"
Washington State Bar Association
Union, WA

Arctic Encounter Symposium 2016

Presenter, "The Reality of Arctic Port Development: Challenges and Opportunities"
Seattle, WA

Growth Management Act Conference

Program Co-Chair, "Water and Growth Management"
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA

Water Law in Washington

Panel Moderator, "New Developments at the Intersection of Water Rights and Land Use"
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA

Energy Export Permitting in the Northwest

Panelist, "The Federal & State Permitting Framework"
Northwest Environmental Business Council
SeaTac, WA

2014 Environmental and Land Use Law Midyear Meeting & Conference

"Water as the Modern Key Ingredient for Rural Development: Current Legal Challenges and Strategies Towards Solutions"
Washington State Bar Association
Cle Elum, WA

22nd Annual Conference on Growth Management Act and Land Use

Conference Co-Chair, "Water Availability in Growth Management Planning and Project Approvals"
Law Seminars International

11th Annual Wetlands in Washington

Panelist, "Reasonable Use Exemptions"
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA