Randall Olsen

Randall Olsen
Partner
Cairncross

Randall is a member of the land use practice group at CH& and his practice focuses on real estate acquisition, development, land use permits, and appeals. His clients include property owners, developers, consultants and regulatory bodies and he guides them through each stage of real estate development. When necessary, Randall is skilled in instituting or defending against lawsuits related to land useentitlements, including subdivision approvals, conditional use and special use permits, and otherdevelopment permits. He is a creative problem solver who utilizes pragmatic solutions to navigate the legal landscape and help clients successfully achieve their project goals.

Randall is also the leader of the CH& Transit-Oriented Development (TOD)Group and guides efforts to facilitate TOD projects near the growing numberof light rail and bus rapid transit stations throughout the Puget Sound region. He is dedicated to supporting TOD projects and believes in their ability to shape the future of our cities in exciting ways by improving our quality of life through the creation of dense, mixed-use neighborhoods with convenient access to our expanding transit system. Randall understands the fundamental barriers and opportunities involved in TOD and has the expertise in the areas of land use, real estate acquisition and sale, finance, and litigationto help clients make their TOD projects a reality.Randall’s passion and commitment to TOD led him to serve as a volunteer advisor for Sound Transit and he has participated in numerous design charettes.

Experience & Results
• Representing property owners with land adjacent to future light rail stations to assure maximum development potential for their lands
• Representing a large-scale development company in its efforts to plan and develop a large and unique new community around an existing town
• Representing individuals and entities in administrative and judicial proceedings, including appeals before hearing examiners, city/court councils, and judicial tribunals
• Representing gravel mining company regarding the scope of the company’s special use permit, and defending permit against challenges from nearby property owners
• Representing developers and public entities regarding large, master plan, mixed-use communities
• Representing various landowners and developers to guide their projects through due diligence, entitlements, and when necessary, litigation

Education
• University of Washington (B.A., 2001)
• University of Washington School of Law (J.D., 2006)
o Associate Editor-in-Chief, Washington Law Review
o Magister, Phi Delta Phi
o Legal Writing Teaching Fellow

Admissions
• Washington
• Oregon