Lisa J. Chaiet Rahman

Lisa J. Chaiet Rahman


Direct: 206-470-7671

Main: 206-623-1745

Fax: 206-623-7789

Phone: 206.470.7685

Professional Overview

Lisa’s practice focuses on land use, real estate, and environmental matters. She has handled a broad range of real property related matters, including purchases and sales, extensive diligence investigations, construction disputes, environmental cost recovery actions, and land use appeals. Lisa counsels clients on the risks and opportunities of buying, selling, and redeveloping contaminated property. She can help clients undertaking development projects of all sizes to navigate federal, state, and local land use regulations.

Prior to becoming a lawyer, Lisa was a nonprofit program director and outdoor educator. Her experience with international human rights groups, the LGBTQ community, and youth-serving organizations has informed her active civil rights pro bono practice.

  • Represented institutional investor in negotiating, closing, and documenting $50 million sale of a five self-storage-facility portfolio.
  • Participate in representation of a real estate investment firm with environmental matters and purchase and sale relating to its national portfolio of industrial and commercial properties.
  • Draft and negotiate complex access, utilities, storm-water, and construction easements and maintenance agreements.
  • Represent a commercial property owner in MTCA cleanup action of dry cleaner business in Silverdale, Washington.
  • Represent a nonprofit corporation in defending against MTCA cost recovery claims in a petroleum cleanup action in Seattle, Washington.
  • Represent a former mill owner in insurance action for claim of cleanup costs along shorelands in Seattle, Washington.
  • Represent residential developer with creation and negotiation of necessary easements.
  • Represent home owner in MTCA cost recovery action and enforcement of purchase and sale terms.
  • Participate in representation of residential developer in land use appeal of subdivision project in Duvall, Washington.
  • Participate in representation of a regional healthcare network in connection with purchases, sales, and related environmental matters.
  • Participate in representation of a real estate joint venture in connection with acquisitions of commercial office and mixed-use properties and related environmental matters along Puget Sound.
  • Author, Ask a Legal Professional, Puget Sound Business Journal, (Pollution Liability Under the Model Toxics Control Act), December 2018
  • Author, Ask a Legal Professional, Puget Sound Business Journal, (Petroleum Technical Assistance Program), December 2017
  • Presenter, “Know Your Rights,” Idriss and Abu Bakr Mosques, Winter 2017
  • Presenter, “Culturally Competent Incident Analysis,” Wilderness Risk Management Conference, Boston, 2011
  • Book Note, Michelle Alexander, The New Jim Crow, 36 Berkeley J. Emp. & Lab. L.
  • Center for Nonprofit and Public Leadership, Haas, et. al., Sexual Violence Against Women During Social Unrest & Armed Conflict in India
  • Young Lawyers Division, Board of Trustees, King County Bar Association
  • ACLU, Cooperating Attorney
  • Northwest Outward Bound School, Safety and Risk Management Committee Member
  • Member, American Bar Association, King County Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association, and Federal Bar Association
  • YMCA Outdoor Leadership Programs, Risk Management Committee Co-Chair (Former)
  • California Asylum Representation Clinic Member (Former)
  • Program Director, Girls Outdoors Leadership Development (GOLD), Seattle Metrocenter YMCA
  • Associate Program Director/Acting Program Director, Outward Bound, Oregon
  • Extern, Federal Public Defender’s Office, Western District of Washington
  • Legal Intern, International Human Rights Law Clinic, Berkeley Law
  • Summer Law Clerk, United States Attorney’s Office, Western District of Washington
  • Women and Minority Trial Lawyer Fellow, Susman Godfrey, L.L.P.
  • J.D., University of California, Berkeley School of Law
  • B.S. in Environmental Science, University of Idaho, 2003

Although I attended law school in California, my heart and soul belong to the Northwest. I’ve climbed mountains around the world, but my favorite adventures are with my spouse in the North Cascades. I’ve played music at the only coffee shop in Antarctica, but prefer living room performances at my home in Columbia City. I love to travel by bicycle, trail run, knit, pick fruit and grow tomatoes.