Duana Koloušková is a partner at Johns Monroe Mitsunaga Koloušková PLLC, a law firm in Bellevue, Washington, representing a variety of public and private clients on land use, real estate, and construction issues. Ms. Koloušková represents developers, builders, property owners and developer/builder organizations in all aspects of land use law as well as related environmental, municipal, construction, and real estate law matters. She has more than a decade of experience in administrative law and litigation before tribunals, boards and courts throughout Washington.
Ms. Koloušková has extensive experience in permitting and local administrative processes. She appears on a regular basis before municipal, county and state agencies, hearing examiners and boards on a variety of residential land development and construction issues. She practices regularly before Washington trial and appellate courts, the Growth Management Hearings Board, Shoreline Hearings Board and other administrative hearings boards. She also has broad experience representing clients in lawsuits brought under the Land Use Petition Act and related land development litigation statutes.
Ms. Koloušková represents clients in all stages of land development. Ms. Koloušková works regularly on a range of development projects, including small and large-scale residential, master plans, mixed use, small-scale commercial, light industrial, and natural resource projects. A representative sample of her clients includes DR Horton, Pacific Properties, Lozier Homes, CamWest, Conner Homes, Polygon Northwest, Pacific Ridge Homes, Lennon Investments, and Menzel Lake Gravel, as well as numerous medium and smaller scale builders and developers. She also represents the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish County (“MBA”) in a number of land use appeals and as a consultant for local legislative changes. She represents private property owners in resolving land use, environmental and real estate issues and disputes involving other property owners, local jurisdictions and state or federal agencies. Ms. Koloušková has also successfully represented groups of private developers and property owners in challenging attempts by local jurisdictions to impose regulations or fees that either have a disproportionate impact or artificially limit or preclude growth. She has been successful both in persuading local legislative bodies to act and through bringing formal appeals to hearings boards and the courts.
BACKGROUND and associations
Before she joined Johns Monroe Mitsunaga Koloušková, Ms. Koloušková was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for Snohomish County in the Civil Division. She represented the Planning and Development Services and Public Works Departments, the Hearing Examiner and the County Council in long and short range planning, environmental, and land development issues, including a wide variety of cases heard by Superior Courts, the Court of Appeals, Division I, and the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board.
Ms. Koloušková is a member of the Environmental and Land Use Law section of the Washington Bar Association and regularly speaks at and chairs land use and environmental Continuing Legal Education seminars on a wide range of land use and environmental law topics. She and her partner, Bob Johns, are co-authors of the Chapter on Subdivisions in Washington Lawyer’s Practice Manual. Mr. Johns and Ms. Koloušková are also the authors of the subdivisions chapter in the forthcoming comprehensive update of the Washington Real Property Deskbook.
Ms. Koloušková sits on the executive board of the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, where she is the Board Secretary for 2011. She is active with the MBA King County and Snohomish County developer/builder groups, and provides ongoing legal advice and representation to the Master Builders. She also sits on the Board of Governors for the Master Builders Career Connection, a nonprofit organization which raises funds and provides training for tomorrow’s construction workforce.
Ms. Koloušková is 2010-2011 co-Chair of the Center for Women and Democracy, a nonprofit group focused on supporting and enhancing women leaders, both locally and globally. In 2009, she traveled with the Center to Morocco on a citizen’s leadership delegation. In 2010, she helped create the Center’s biennial, multi-day women’s leadership training institute.
Ms. Koloušková received her J.D. cum laude from Seattle University School of Law in 1997. While pursuing her legal education, Ms. Koloušková was a moot court participant as well as a coach for the school’s regional moot court team. She was an intern for the Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board, where she assisted in writing the Board’s first Digest of Decisions.
Ms. Koloušková graduated from Western Washington University in 1994 where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in History, with an emphasis in Africa and Classical Studies.