Arthur T. Lane, et al. v. The City of Seattle, Washington State Supreme Court Decision, No. 80204-1 October 16, 2008. Successfully litigated in Washington State Supreme Court on behalf of King Fire Protection Districts 2, 4, 11, 16 and 20, to establish that hydrant costs cannot be imbedded in water utility rates and that those costs are the responsibility of the general municipal government. Unanimous (9-0) decision.
City of Lynnwood v. Video Only, Inc. 118 Wn. App. 674, 77 P.3d 378 (2003), review denied January 7, 2004. Successfully argued in a challenge to public use and necessity in an eminent domain action that the project must be considered as a whole and not be limited to the single property named in the suit)
King County Fire Protection Districts Nos. 16, 36, and 40 v. The Housing Authority of King County, 123 Wn. 2d 819, 1994. Won a unanimous (9-0) decision in which the Supreme Court held that held that benefit charges imposed by Fire Protection Districts are not taxes and that the Housing Authority must contract with Fire Protection Districts for fire protection services.
On behalf of the City of University Place, negotiated acquisition of more than a dozen, separate parcels of real estate with a value of approximately $8 million within a three month period for an economic revitalization project, University Place Town Center. All parcels were acquired without resort to litigation.
Negotiated a crucial, fire and emergency medical service agreement between King County Fire Protection Districts 44 and 46 (Mountain View Fire and Rescue, serving Auburn) and the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe. Knowledge of state and federal law was essential, as was the ability to work cooperatively with the fire service, tribal legal council, numerous municipal boards, and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in a highly charged political environment.
Negotiated and facilitated a highly complex asset transfer including millions of dollars in facilities and equipment from King County Fire Protection District 40 to the City of Renton, and developed financial plan allowing city and fire department a mutual benefit under the law.
Publications & Presentations
Author, Washington State Bar Association Real Property Deskbook Chapter on Eminent Domain,
(4th ed., 2012 and supplement 2015)
Author, "Fine-Tuning the Contract," Right-of-Way Magazine (July/August 2015)
Author, "Appealing a Relocation Decision," Right-of-Way Magazine (March/April 2016)
Author, Taking Fear Out of Land Acquisition, Fire Chiefs Magazine, Denver. CO. (May 2007)
Contributor, Washington Fire Chiefs newsletter, 2011, 2012, 2013
Speaker, “Ethics for Municipal Officials,” Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts, 2014
Program Co-Chair & Speaker, “Easements in Washington” Seattle, Seminar Group, 2013
Program Co-Chair & Speaker “Issues in Condemnation” Seattle, Seminar Group, 2013
Speaker, 81ST Washington Fire Chiefs EXPO, “Municipal Ethics,” “Social Media & the Fire Service,” 2013
Speaker, “The Process of Condemnation,” Seminar Group 2010
Speaker, “Road Easement Law from A to Z,” National Business Institute, 2010
Speaker, Fire Chief Magazine’s National Station Style Conference, Denver Colorado, Featured Speaker
Speaker and Facilitator, International Right of Way Association, numerous seminars
Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2013 - 2016, Super Lawyer Honoree
Honors, Awards & Special Recognition
Selected, Super Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine, 2013 - 2016
Professional & Civic Involvement
Washington State Bar Association, Member
WSBA Solo and Small Practice Executive Committee, Member
King County Bar Association, Member
King County Bar Association, Judicial Campaign Fairness Committee, Chair
King County Bar Association, Judicial Conferencing Committee, Co-Chair
King County Bar Association, Judicial Evaluation Screening Committee, Co-Chair
Washington State Association of Fire Chiefs, Associate Member
Washington Fire Commissioners Association, Associate Member
Evergreen Health Foundation Board, Kirkland, Washington, Vice Chair
The Washington Center Alumni Advisory Board, Washington D.C., Member
Enjoys bicycling, hiking, golfing, theater and spending time with family.