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David A. Bricklin

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Representative Experience
Extensive litigation experience representing environmental groups, individuals, municipalities, and Tribes in a wide variety of environmental and land use matters. Argued Methow Valley case in the United States Supreme Court. Frequent appearances before the Growth Management Hearings Boards, Shorelines Hearings Board, and other judicial and administrative tribunals. Provides consultation services to municipalities in the development of land use regulations and comprehensive plans and defending municipalities when challenged by dissatisfied land use applicants.

Assist environmental organizations in drafting legislation. Co-authored Model Toxics Control Act (State Superfund law) and Initiative 547 (precursor to Growth Management Act).

Past President of Washington Environmental Council and past Co-Chair of Washington Conservation Voters. Founding Member/Board Member, Futurewise (formerly 1000 Friends of Washington) (1991-present).

Formed Bricklin & Gendler partnership with emphasis on environmental and land use law in 1982. Formed Bricklin Newman Dold partnership in 2002.

Frequent lecturer at continuing legal education seminars including presentation on land use law to the Washington State Appellate Judicial Conference.

Practice Areas


  • Harvard Law School, Cambridge, Massachusetts
    • LL.B. - 1977
  • Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
    • B.A. - 1974

Bar Admissions

  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Representative Cases

  • Methow Valley Citizens Council v. Regional Forester, 833 F.2d 810, 1987, C.A.9 (Or.), 1987147759
  • Starrett v. U.S., 847 F.2d 539, 1988, C.A.9 (Wash.), 1988068009

Professional Associations

  • Washington Conservation Voters, Co-Chair, 1991 to 1998
  • Washington Conservation Voters, Board Member, 1987 to 1998 and 2010 to present
  • Futurewise, Board Member, 1991 to 2020
  • Washington Environmental Council, General Counsel, 1990 to 2000
  • Seattle Commons, Board Member, 1994 to 1996
  • Washington Environmental Alliance for Voter Education, Founding Member/Secretary
  • Washington Environmental Council, President, 1986 to 1990
  • Citizens for Balanced Growth, Co-Chair
  • Citizens Toxic Clean-up Campaign, Co-Chair, 1987 to 1988
  • Washington Environmental Council, Director, 1983 to 1990 and 2017-2021
  • Legislature's Advisory Committee on State Environmental Policy Act, Member, 1982 to 1983
  • Climate Solutions Board, 2014 to 2020
  • State Bar Association
  • Idaho State Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association

Current Employment Position

  • Partner


  • "Lifetime Member", National Registry of Who's Who
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Certificate of Appreciation from Western Public Interest Law Conference

Representative Clients

  • Historic Seattle, Friends of Discovery Park, Olympians for Ecosystem Protection
  • Puget Sound Water Quality Defense Fund
  • Sierra Club