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  • News Alert: Seattle City Council Passes a Housing Tax Resolution to Fund Affordable Housing

    HCMP Law Offices October 29th 2014

    On October 20, 2014, Seattle City Council passed a resolution that directs City staff to draft legislation for a housing tax, or "linkage fee," that would impose a new tax on every net square foot of new residential and commercial development in Seattle. The tax could be as high as $22 per square foot of new development. The idea behind the tax (which many have questioned) is that new development creates a demand for low-wage jobs, and these new jobs create a demand for affordable housing. read more

  • Will Singer Joins HCMP Lender Services & Finance Group

    HCMP Law Offices October 16th 2014

    Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson (HCMP) welcomes Will Singer as an associate in the firm's Lender Services & Finance group. Will's practice focuses on public finance, securities and municipal law, with projects including general obligation and revenue bonds offered by a variety of governmental entities. Prior to joining HCMP, Will served as law clerk to Judge Lisa R. Worswick of the Washington State Court of Appeals, Division Two. Before attending law school, he spent six years working in local government and politics in the District of Columbia, most recently as budget director to then-Mayor Adrian Fenty and City Administrator Dan Tangherlini. read more

  • Lender Services Update: Lender Liability for Forbearance and Foreclosures

    HCMP Law Offices September 26th 2014

    A summary of three new legal developments affecting financial institutions related to forbearance and foreclosures. read more

  • HCMP Regulatory Alert: Clean Water Act Jurisdiction

    HCMP Law Offices September 17th 2014

    Did you know that low-lying area on your property that occasionally holds water in the winter or after a rain storm could trigger Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction? Did you know filling or modifying that low-lying area without a permit could result in substantial fines and penalties? These are the very issues the EPA and the US Army Corps of Engineers are grappling with in a rulemaking that will define the scope of their jurisdiction. read more

  • Holly Golden to Present at KCBA Future of Seattle Waterfront Seminar

    HCMP Law Offices September 12th 2014

    HCMP lawyer Holly Golden is scheduled to present "Historical Considerations of Waterfront Development: Pike Place Market and Beyond" at the King County Bar Association's Future of the Seattle Waterfront seminar on September 24, 2014. read more