Phil Wuest’s practice is focused on real estate and resources use and development, from project feasibility through entity formation, real estate transactions, land use and environmental permitting, and construction contracting with an emphasis on business oriented results.

Phil, who has a master’s degree in urban studies and is a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners, brings extensive experience in planning, land use and development, and government regulation to his practice, representing individual landowners, developers, builders, and corporate and institutional clients in all aspects of land use, development, real estate, and natural resource issues.

Phil’s background in the government regulation of transportation, planning, and land use gives him the expertise to carefully analyze applicable laws, regulations, contracts, and administrative practices in developing successful legal strategies and outcomes.

Phil’s work includes helping clients solve a range of land use, development, real estate and environmental challenges—from creating contracts and governing documents to working on land use, zoning entitlement, and litigation claims. He also provides tailored problem solving to clients who need help negotiating and coordinating with government entities on a project.

PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS

Phil is licensed to practice law in Oregon and Washington. He is a member of the Board of Directors for the Building Industry Association of Clark County and is a state Board Director for the Washington Building Industry Association. Phil is also on the Board of Directors of the Oregon Concrete and Aggregate Producers Association. Before becoming an attorney, Phil was a Transportation Program Development Manager, City of Vancouver, Washington, where he managed all aspects of transportation policy and programs, including extensive experience with transportation impact fees and transportation concurrency, land use entitlement and development processes. While in law school Phil participated in federal environmental litigation with the Western Resources Legal Center dealing with the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act.

REPRESENTATIVE MATTERS

  • Acquisition and sales
  • Boundary line disputes and Adverse possession
  • Breach of contract
  • Commercial construction and real estate litigation
  • Commercial and residential real estate transactions
  • Commercial leasing
  • Construction contract negotiations
  • Construction lien foreclosures
  • Covenants, conditions, and restrictions (CC&R’s)
  • Easements
  • General business disputes
  • Property development
  • Real property disputes
  • Zoning

PROFESSIONAL ASSOCIATIONS

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Multnomah Bar Association
  • American Planning Association
  • American Institute of Certified Planners (AICP)

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon
  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court of Oregon
  • U.S. District Court of Washington (Western District)

Education

  • Pennsylvania State University, B.A. (1987)
  • Portland State University, Master of Urban Studies (1997)
  • Lewis & Clark Law School, J.D. (2009)