Jay P. Derr

Jay P. Derr, Van Ness Feldman Law Firm, Seattle, Real Estate and Environmental Law Attorney
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Professional Biography

Having practiced real estate, land use, and environmental law in the Pacific Northwest for over thirty years, Jay Derr enjoys and excels in applying his experience to help clients identify options, create opportunities, and develop and implement planning and permitting strategies to achieve successful and sustainable use and development of natural resource and real estate assets.

Working for both public and private sector clients, Jay’s comprehensive understanding of market, economic, and public interests and environmental protection allows him to guide clients and their projects through to completion. Increasingly, Jay’s practice has focused on land use and environmental representation with regard to the development and operation of energy export infrastructure at marine terminals and West Coast ports.

Jay balances various factors and considerations to successfully negotiate the appropriate scope of SEPA and NEPA environmental review and mitigation; to present concise, complete, and convincing records for state and local agency decision makers; to prepare complete and enforceable development mitigation agreements implementing those decisions; and, when necessary, to aggressively defend his client’s interests and decisions before state environmental administrative tribunals, superior courts, and the Washington Court of Appeals and Supreme Court. 

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