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Alexander (Sandy) W. Mackie



Sandy Mackie has been a land use and environmental lawyer for 39 years and has occupied leadership roles on the board of the Land Use and Environmental Law section of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) and as President of the Planning Association of Washington. He has been a leader in land use education around the state, and authored the initial “Short Course on Planning” for the Department of Community Development. Most recently, Sandy served as chairman of the Association of Washington Business (AWB) Land Use and Environmental Law committee, addressing legislative policy issues across a wide span of topics. Sandy has served on the Washington State Technical Advisory Group on climate change and was co-chairman of the Commerce, Transportation, Housing and Energy subcommittee addressing climate change response issues affecting manufacturing, commerce and housing. AWB has also has him advise on a broad variety of issues involving the Puget Sound Partnership.  He was also editor in chief of the WSBA 4th Ed. update of the Real Property Deskbook, Volumes 5 and 6, on land use planning, and development.

Sandy has been active in shoreline development related issues in Washington state for more than 35 years, including drafting legislation and litigating a wide variety of issues through the Shorelines Hearings Board and the courts. He is presently actively engaged in local Master Program updates (the local development regulations for shoreline areas) in a number of cities and counties under Washington State's Shoreline Management Act. He was also involved in the legislative discussions leading to the development of the state's Puget Sound Partnership Agency, which is an umbrella agency focusing on development and restoration related issues for Washington's Puget Sound, and is presently working on issues relating to the implementation of the agencies Action Agenda. Sandy is a frequent speaker on shoreline development related issues and continues to participate in legislative development through his work with the AWB as past chair of their environmental law section. 

Sandy has been involved in more than 20 appellate cases involving key land use and environmental law issues, including Division I and II at the Court of Appeals and the State Supreme Court. He is most active at the ground level, dealing with cities and counties, staffs, appeal boards and agencies; assuring proper implementation of the laws and regulations applicable to land, its use and regulation. Sandy's practice regularly involves environmental land use regulations and property entitlements under the State of Washington's complex land use regulations. He is actively involved in questions dealing with the state's Growth Management Act, State Environmental Policy Act and Shoreline Management Act. He represents clients at all stages of the proceedings for the acquisition and litigation of permits in cities and counties throughout the State of Washington, including related cases before all three Growth Management Hearings Boards before consolidation, Shorelines Hearings Board, Pollution Control Hearings Board and regional air quality authorities.

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2003 - Present: Environmental Law; Litigation - Environmental
  • Listed in Washington Law and Politics, "Washington's Super Lawyers," for more than a decade
  • Selected as a "Top Rated Lawyer" in Energy/Environmental by American Lawyer Media, 2013 
  • Peer Review Rated AV Preeminent® in Martindale-Hubbell

    (AV® Preeminent ™ and BV® Distinguished™ are certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • AWB Land Use and Environmental Law committee (AWB legislative committee advising on land use and environmental legislation), Chairman, 2011 - 2012
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP), Washington State Government Affairs Committee, South Sound Committee 
  • Washington State Bar Association, Environmental Law and Land Use Section, Director, 1982 - 1985 
  • Planning Association of Washington (1976 - 1996), President, 1995 - 1996; First Vice-President, 1996, 1993 - 1994
  • Washington, D.C. Bar, 1970 - 2010


  • The George Washington University Law School, J.D., 1970
    Topics Editor, George Washington Law Review
  • Claremont McKenna College, B.A., 1967

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington