||Land Use & Property Law, PLLC, is the only firm in Gig Harbor and
Kitsap County that specializes exclusively in property rights and land
use issues. We also represent individuals, businesses, developers and
homeowners associations in the Puget Sound area with the complex issues
of zoning and permitting, government compliance and enforcement actions,
property rights, and disputes.
The attorneys in our firm each
have over thirty years of experience addressing such issues. We offer
efficient, high quality legal services at affordable rates. For many
years our firm has protected clients’ property rights from extensive
government regulations. We also have substantial experience in
resolving neighbor disputes.
When dealing with such complex legal
matters, it is crucial for a lawyer to have the knowledge and
experience necessary to allow for the fashioning of a creative solution
to a problem. Our firm is successful at facilitating settlement
agreements when appropriate. When settlement is not in the best
interest of our clients, we are fully prepared to aggressively litigate
and pursue a successful outcome through trial and appellate courts.
For the past 30 years, she has represented businesses and individuals interfacing with the government; she helps businesses and individuals obtain all types of zoning and land use permits, assists individuals facing government compliance and penalty actions and represents individuals with property disputes about easements, boundaries and adverse possession. She also obtains licenses for all types of business enterprises. Ms. Koler frequently challenges arbitrary requirements associated with government compliance and land use permitting. See Guimont v. Clark, 121 Wn.2d 586 (Washington Supreme Court invalidated state law imposing mobile home relocation fee on developer); Berst v. Snohomish County, 114 Wn. App. 245 (Forest Practices Act penalty moritorium invalidated because it violated due process).
Jane Koler graduated from Whitman College and then got her M.A. from the University of Washington in Art History. She graduated from Seattle University Law School cum laude and clerked at the Court of Appeals before going to work at Casey & Pruzan, a boutique real estate firm in Seattle, Washington. She worked there for 15 years where she was a partner. She opened her own law office in 2001. Her practice has always focused exclusively on land use permitting, government enforcement and penalty actions, and real property issues.
Jane Koler has practiced before Washington State administrative tribunals, superior courts, the Court of Appeals Division I and II, and the Washington State Supreme Court. She has also been admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit, the United States District Court Western District of Washington, and the United States Supreme Court. Because Jane Koler has recognized expertise in the field of land use, she has been asked to speak at numerous continuing education conferences for attorneys.
Ms. Koler is an active member of the Gig Harbor community -- she has served on the Gig Harbor Chamber of Commerce Board as well as its Executive Board. She presently is a Board Member of the Gig Harbor Film Festival, as well as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Harbor History Museum.
A former Commissioner and Staff Attorney with the Washington Court of Appeals, Division Two, Mark Adams combines a solid legal background with a strong sense of civic responsibility, balancing his professional duties with extensive community service. Mark Adams is a skilled appellate litigator.
Mark Adams began his professional legal career as an Assistant City Attorney in Tacoma, Washington. In this role, he advised a number of municipal departments, including a public housing agency, Tax and License, and Fire Department, while serving as prosecutor for the City of Tacoma. He has written a variety of articles, pamphlets, and handbooks. His written work has appeared in the American Bar Association Journal, Washington State Bar News, and the University of Puget Sound Law Review. He has presented at many continuing legal education seminars for attorneys. He completed his undergraduate work in economics at Portland State University and the University of Oregon Honors College. He received his Juris Doctor from the Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley, and later completed a certificate course at Harvard Law School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He has also earned a certificate from the Episcopal Diocese of Olympia's School of Theology, granting him a unique perspective on human behavior and beliefs.
Mark Adams is an arbitrator for the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and maintains membership in the Washington State Bar Association. He contributes extensively to his church and civic communities, and has volunteered with youth sports organizations, elementary schools, community colleges, a food bank, Habitat for Humanity, and his church.