January 19, 2018

Robert D. Johns

BOB JOHNS has retired from the practice of law.  As of August 1, 2014, Bob no longer is practicing law, but has gone on to pursue and enjoy other interests and travel plans.  We miss working with him very much, but Bob will always be a huge part of our JMMK family.  We wish him the best in all he chooses to do.

Mr. Johns was one of the founding partners of Johns Monroe Mitsunaga Koloušková PLLC.  He represented a variety of private and public clients in all phases of land use and real estate development law and practice.

Land Use

Mr. Johns has 37 years’ experience with the processes necessary to obtain approvals for land development and construction projects, consulting on the feasibility of potential development projects, preparation and processing of permit applications, negotiation with agencies, and represents clients at public hearings before hearing examiners, city and county councils, and other public agencies.  He also litigated numerous judicial challenges to land use approvals in the trial and appellate courts of Washington.

Mr. Johns was legal counsel to the Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties from 1996 to 2014 and, in that role, lobbied local and state agencies on behalf of the homebuilding industry on a variety of issues including legislation on growth management, traffic, stormwater regulations, shoreline regulation, zoning and construction codes, environmental regulation, permit processes and utility issues.
Real Estate

Mr. Johns also has substantial experience in preparing and negotiating documents for real estate transactions associated with development projects, including  purchase and sale agreements, financing documents, easements, restrictive covenants, leases, and  formation and maintenance of homeowners associations.


Before he started Johns Monroe Mitsunaga Koloušková PLLC, Mr. Johns was the manager of the Land Use, Construction and Environmental Law section of the Seattle law firm of Reed McClure.  Before he joined Reed McClure in 1984, Mr. Johns was a Senior King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney representing the Building and Land Development (now known as DEPD), Planning, and Public Works Divisions of King County.
Mr. Johns is admitted to practice in the State of Washington, United States Supreme Court, United States District Court, Western District of Washington, and the United States Court of Federal Claims.


•    University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1976
•    Gonzaga University, B.A., magna cum laude, 1971

Major Clients

Mr. Johns has represented a wide variety of property owners, residential and commercial developers, and builders, including Polygon Northwest, Conner Homes Company, McCormick Land Company, the King County Housing Authority, CamWest Development, Murray Franklyn, William Buchan Homes, Natural and Built Environments, Lexington Fine Homes, Lozier Homes, JayMarc Development, Fred Hill Materials, Black Equities Group, Goldsmith & Associates, and Lennon Investments.