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Stanley M. Schwartz

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Stanley Schwartz has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America for Land Use & Zoning, Municipal, and Real Estate law since 2007. Best Lawyers®, a partner publication of U.S. News & World Report, is the oldest and most respected peer-review journal in the legal profession. For 2020, Mr. Schwartz was chosen by Best Lawyers® as Spokane’s “Lawyer of the Year” for Municipal Law.

Stanley practices in the areas of land use, municipal, real estate, environmental, and corporate law. He represents public (cities, counties, special purpose districts) and private parties (individuals, partnerships, corporations) in the above areas of law, as well as serving as general counsel to an electric company and City Attorney for two cities in Washington.

His work ranges from public projects such as the development of sports and entertainment arenas, convention facilities and associated surface and parking garages to private commercial and industrial developments (ranging from 100,000 square feet to 2,000,000 square feet). He has extensive experience in real estate development, land use entitlements, permits and related transactional, administrative, and litigation issues.

For 15 years, Stanley was employed by the City of Spokane as an Assistant City Attorney, representing the City departments of engineering and construction services, zoning and planning, environmental programs, waste water management, and transportation. During his tenure, he represented the City in numerous real estate and land use issues involving the development of public and private projects, eminent domain actions, and environmental law issues.


Former City Attorney–Airway Heights and Cheney

Former General Counsel–Spokane Public Facilities District and Columbia Rural Electric Association

Incorporations of Liberty Lake, 2001, and Spokane Valley, 2003

Pinecrest Homeowners Association v. City of Spokane, Court of Appeals Case No. 20916-4 (2003) (Zoning)

Spokane Research and Defense Fund v. City of Spokane, 96 Wn.App. 568 (1999) (Lease disclosure)

Priorities First v. City of Spokane, 93 Wn. App. 406 (1998) (Legality of initiative as to reelection of public officials)

C.L.E.A.N. v. City of Spokane, 133 Wn.2d 455 (1997) (Spokane downtown redevelopment)


Presentation: “A Short Course on Local Planning” for the Washington State Department of Commerce

Author and presenter at Washington State Bar Association seminars and other professional associations


Law School:

Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., 1984

Gonzaga Law Review – Technical Editor


University of Denver, B.A. 1980




United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington

United States District Court, District of Idaho 

United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit


Washington State Bar Association–Land Use and Environmental Law Section and Corporate Counsel

Gonzaga University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Zoning and Land Use

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