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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Aaron M. Laing

Aaron M. Laing



  • Land Use and Entitlement
  • Real Estate
  • Land Use and Entitlement

WSG Practice Industries


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Washington, U.S.A.


Aaron Laing helps property owners, developers and investors navigate Washington’s increasingly complex land use regulatory framework. He is known for his thoughtful, comprehensive, and strategic approach to land use and entitlement issues.

Aaron has significant experience with a broad range of entitlement issues including vesting, title disputes, SEPA mitigation, rezones, shoreline regulations and regulatory takings. His statewide practice covers projects ranging from master planned resorts, urban core high-rises, and multifamily/mixed-use infill, to residential subdivisions and custom homes.

Although Aaron frequently represents clients in administrative appeals and state and federal courts, he prefers to help clients avoid litigation and move projects forward in a timely, efficient manner. As a trained mediator, Aaron provides valuable insight on when and how alternative dispute resolution methods may benefit his clients. 


"Aaron Laing provides exceptional, diligent, loyal representation and serves as a good point of contact to other lawyers in the firm that provide services I need."

-Wallace Properties

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Courts
  • United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington


  • University of Washington, Master of Arts degree
  • University of Washington School of Law, Juris Doctor degree
  • University of New Mexico, Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi
Areas of Practice

Land Use and Entitlement | Real Estate

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Negotiated a development agreement and rezone to allow phased development of a large master-planned resort community on the Washington coast.
  • Obtained a rezone to allow for additional height to support the viability of a large mixed-use project in north Seattle.
  • Assisted in amending a conditional use permit to increase student enrollment at a nonprofit private school in east King County.
  • Defended a SEPA appeal brought against a subdivision in Pierce County, which allowed the project to proceed on time and as proposed.
  • Resolved an easement dispute with a large public utility that threatened to halt a project.


  • Bellevue’s Downtown Livability Initiative
  • New Business in Bellevue
  • Real Estate: SEPA Update Streamlines Urban Infill Development
  • TOD Projects Not Always the Perfect Solution

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