Tadas helps public- and private-sector clients secure and defend state and federal environmental permits and local land use approvals for controversial or complex development projects throughout the state, including marine terminal development projects. Tadas provides strategic counsel at the permitting stage, working with the client, consultants and regulators on permit applications and environmental review. When a permit is appealed, Tadas appears on behalf of clients in local adjudicative proceedings (including hearing examiner proceedings), in state and federal court, and in state administrative adjudicative proceedings, including appearances before the Growth Management Hearings Board, the Shoreline Hearings Board and the Pollution Control Hearings Board. Additionally, he represents public clients in drafting, adopting and defending regulations required by the Growth Management Act (GMA), the Shoreline Management Act (SMA), and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA). Drawing from his experiences in both land use and water law, Tadas also represents clients in the evolving area of law at the intersection of those two practice areas and has specifically counseled clients on the ways in which water law and water availability impact long-range planning decisions and specific development projects.
Tadas is a retired musician, but still manages to find time to play music with his two children. He also enjoys camping and backpacking with his family and participating in marathons and triathlons.
Tadas serves as a member of the firm's Executive Committee.
Northwestern University School of Law
J.D., cum laude, 1998
Articles Editor, Northwestern Journal of International Law & Business
University of Michigan
B.A., cum laude, 1995
"Best Lawyers in America" by Best Lawyers
Environmental Law, 2018
Land Use and Zoning Law, 2013-2018
"Super Lawyers" by Washington Super Lawyers Magazine
Rising Star, 2005-2013
Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use, 2018
American Bar Association
Contributing author - Washington Correspondent (Water Resources), Environment, Energy, and Natural Resources Section, 2007-present
Washington State Bar Association
Editorial Board Member, Environmental and Land Use Law Section, 2010-present
Washington Public Ports Association
Legal Committee Member
Volunteer coach for community little league baseball program
Volunteer coach for elementary basketball team
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Judicial Extern for the Honorable Brian Barnett Duff, 1996