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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Virginia Nicholson

Virginia Nicholson



  • Land Use and Entitlement
  • Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Professional Liability
  • Land Use and Entitlement

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


Virginia was raised on a cattle ranch near Crater Lake National Park and understands both the challenges facing agriculture ventures, and the value of common sense in addressing them. She works with property owners facing regulatory roadblocks in attempts to use their land for recreation or business purposes. From obtaining a dock permit to providing advice on complex land use and environmental regulations, Virginia finds workable solutions by listening to clients and applying her diverse experience in agriculture, technology and litigation.  

Virginia navigates complex land use regulations, SEPA mitigation and entitlement issues to resolve disputes and move projects forward. She also represents clients in administrative and judicial appeals of land use decisions.     

In addition to her natural resources, real estate and construction work, Virginia has years of experience representing clients in copyright and trade secret litigation, as well as defending professionals in malpractice actions. Before becoming a lawyer, she worked with network and messaging technologies for prominent local technology firms.

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Courts
  • Washington State Courts
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington


  • Oregon State University, Bachelor of Science degree (1985)
  • Seattle University School of Law, Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude (2007)
Areas of Practice

Land Use and Entitlement | Litigation & Dispute Resolution | Professional Liability | Real Estate

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments


  • Protecting valuable farmland in Western Washington

Land Use

  • Obtaining dock permits in San Juan County
  • Successfully defending a LUPA appeal
  • Obtaining a critical area permit for a local developer


  • Successful defense of accountants, insurance agents and attorneys in malpractice litigations
  • Defending claims of copyright infringement, trade secret infringement, and protecting intellectual property
  • Contract disputes


  • Watch Out for WA LUPA Legislation
  • Schwabe in the Field: Sunshine Heifers LLC v. Department of Agriculture: The Moral of the Story - Livestock Owners Cannot Sue Brand Inspectors over Theft 
  • Indian Trust Land: Taxation of Leases and Permanent Improvements
  • Fast Ferry Service to Seattle: An Encouraging First Step Toward Regional Growth
  • Water Banks: Why You May Need One
  • The Future Commute: Ready for Crowded Skies?
  • Sky Bridges are Making a Comeback in These Pedestrian-Friendly Times
  • What Is the Future of the Workplace in the Puget Sound Region?
  • Recent Notable Land Use Decisions out of Washington
  • Bankruptcy and IP License Agreements
  • Conflict Resolution in Social Purpose Corporations


  • Central Washington Agriculture Seminar
  • Critical Areas Cases ?

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