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John W. Hempelmann

524 Second Avenue, Suite 500 Seattle, Washington 98104-2323
Firm: Cairncross & Hempelmann
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Overview
Firm

Cairncross & Hempelmann


Years In Practice


Phone Number (206) 587-0700

 

John is one of the founding partners and the Chairman of Cairncross & Hempelmann, a full service Seattle law firm.  He regularly handles complicated Transit Oriented Development (TOD) projects, and has over 40 years of experience as a land use, natural resources and real estate development attorney.  He has worked extensively to help form the legislation that governs Washington’s land use law. John assists clients with real estate development projects, including their land use, zoning and environmental matters, and with their natural resource permit processes. 

Examples of the many innovative projects in which John has been involved include:

  • Landmark commercial, mixed-use, hotel, residential and institutional urban developments
  • The Pine Forest TOD Master Development Plan – a million square feet at the East Link 120th Avenue Station
  • Major open space, conservation and TDR transactions in Washington and Maine
  • Development of Suncadia (Washington’s first master planned resort)
  • Development of the first Major Industrial Development under the provisions of the State Growth Management Act
  • Major mineral resource developments


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Awards
Lawyer of the Year recognition for John W. Hempelmann
Named "Lawyer of the Year" by Best Lawyers® for:
Litigation - Real Estate, Seattle (2018)
Litigation - Real Estate, Seattle (2014)
  • BTI Client Service All-Stars Award Recipient, The BTI Consulting Group
  • Super Lawyers Award Recipient, Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers Award Recipient, Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • Best Lawyer in Land Use & Zoning Law, Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyer in Litigation - Land Use & Zoning, Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyer in Litigation - Real Estate, Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyer in Real Estate Law, Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Top Lawyer Award Recipient, Seattle Magazine
  • Top Lawyer - Real Estate Award Recipient, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
  • Top Business Lawyer Award Recipient, Seattle Business Magazine
  • Top Business Lawyer in Land Use & Zoning Law Award Recipient, Seattle Business Magazine
  • Top Business Lawyer in Real Estate Law Award Recipient, Seattle Business Magazine
  • League of Justice - Environmental & Land Use Award Recipient, Washington CEO Magazine
  • Top 100 Attorneys Award Recipient, Washington CEO Magazine
  • Butch Blum Award of Excellence, Legal Arena Award Recipient
  • Top (Band 1) Ranked Lawyer - Real Estate: Zoning/Land Use Award Recipient, Chambers USA
  • Distinguished Service Award Recipient, Seattle Junior Chamber of Commerce
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV® Preeminent 5.0 out of 5
  • Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning, The American Lawyer & Corporate Counsel Magazines
  • 2014 Lawyer of the Year in Seattle Litigation - Real Estate, Listed in Best Lawyers in America
  • Seattle Power 60 Award Recipient, 2013, Bisnow
Languages
English
Education
Graduated
Georgetown University, MA
Graduated 1969
Georgetown University, BA
Graduated 1964
Contact Details and Office Locations
Office: (206) 587-0700
524 Second Avenue, Suite 500
Seattle, Washington 98104-2323
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