Kantor Taylor

Glenn J. Amster

Of Counsel

Glenn Amster’s practice focuses on providing advice and assistance to clients in all aspects of real estate and real estate development, including due diligence and feasibility analyses, development strategies, property acquisition and leasing, environmental review, permitting and administrative proceedings, including litigation related to these areas. For the last three decades, he has represented private and public agency clients in hundreds of real estate projects throughout the Pacific Northwest.

In addition to his experience with real estate purchase and sale, leasing and other transactional matters, Glenn regularly advises clients on a wide range of policy and regulatory issues.  These issues include compliance with national and state environmental laws; climate change analysis; wetlands; Endangered Species Act compliance; shorelines; water rights; Growth Management and zoning. He has helped clients prepare and process development proposals for vacant property, expansion or renovation of developed sites, due diligence and analysis for lenders and borrowers in restructurings or workouts, as well as the documentation necessary to implement these strategies.

As one of the few LEED® accredited attorneys in the Pacific Northwest, Glenn is particularly well-suited to advise on the most current practices, public policies and emerging regulations related to sustainability. Representative projects include subdivisions, planned unit (PUD) and master planned communities, commercial shopping centers, office buildings and business parks, apartments and mixed use complexes, and all varieties of industrial, commercial, residential, recreational and resort developments.

Professional Affiliations and Community Activities:

      • LEED® Accredited Professional, U.S. Green Building Council
      • Senior Lecturer, University of Washington College of Built Environments (2011-2014)
      • Former Member and Chair, Board of Trustees, Cornish College of the Arts (1998-2014)
      • Counsel to the Board of Directors, NAIOP Washington Chapter
      • Member, Board of Directors, Washington Research Council
      • Member, WSBA Section of Environmental and Land Use Law (1978 to Present)

Bar Admissions:

      • State of Oregon
      • State of Washington
      • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
      • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
      • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
      • U.S. Supreme Court


      • Washington University School of Law (J.D., 1978)
        • Order of the Coif (National Society of Honorary Law School Graduates)
        • Article and Book Review Editor, Washington University Law Quarterly  
      • Syracuse University (B.A., 1971)


    • Named as one of The Best Lawyers in America® 2007-2015
    • Ranked in Chambers USA
    • Named as Washington “SuperLawyer,” Washington Law & Politics, 2001-2020
    • Named among “Top 40 Environmental/Land Use Super Lawyers,” Washington Law & Politics
    • Named in “Best Lawyers” Survey, Real Estate, Land Use and Zoning Law, Seattle Metropolitan Magazine
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