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422 W Riverside Ave, Suite 1100
Spokane, WA 99201

(509) 624-5265

Spokane Coeur d'Alene Law Firm, Real Estate law, Business and Corporate law, Banking law, Tax law, Litigation, Labor and Employment. 

Nathan G. Smith


Phone: 509.624.5265

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Primary Practice: EnvironmentalLand Use & ZoningReal Estate, Business & Corporate


  • J.D., Gonzaga University, 2007, magna cum laude, Gonzaga Law Review Notes & Comments Editor
  • B.S., Management, Purdue University, 2004

Nathan Smith focuses his practice on land use and environmental issues and real estate transactions.  His experience includes representation of entities in the forest products/timber, mineral, ski facility, agriculture industries, and property owners developing their land for residential, commercial, and industrial purposes.  Nathan’s experience in land use and environmental law consists of assisting in the procurement of land use entitlements, the representation of clients before local permitting authorities, and representation in land use appeals. He has significant experience in working with Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act, Shoreline Management Act, Growth Management Act, Clean Air Act, and Model Toxics Control Act. At the Federal level, Nathan has experience with the Endangered Species Act, Clean Air Act, Clean Water Act, CERCLA, and RCRA.

Nathan's real estate practice includes sales and acquisition, leasing, management, and operations through either drafting, negotiating, or reviewing purchase and sale agreements, leases, and development agreements on behalf of clients in all industries.  Nathan also has experience drafting condominium and homeowners association documents for a variety of projects.  In addition, Nathan has experience representing parties in addressing water right issues from regulatory compliance to acquisition and disposition.

Nathan has also assisted a number of closely-held limited liability companies and corporations on formation, governance issues, mergers, and acquisitions. 

  • Licensed to practice in Washington
  • Joined Witherspoon Kelley in 2007


  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Mid-year Meeting, "Supercharging Access to Housing - Developing the tools of the Revised Code of Washington," Speaker, 2016

  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Mid-Year Meeting, Co-Chair, 2015

  • Lorman Education Services, "SEPA: State Environmental Policy Act Administrative and Judicial Appeals," Speaker, 2014

  • Spokane-Kootenai Real Estate Rental Committee, The Real Estate Report, “Protecting the Vested, The Uncertainty Surrounding Spokane County’s UGA Expansion,” Author, 2013

  • The Seminar Group, Real Estate Development, “City and State Permitting and Zoning Considerations With a Look at Water and other Environmental Factors”, 2013

  • Washington Secretary of State, Charities & Non-Profit Division, Speaker, HOA 101, 2013

  • Washington State Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Section, Mid-Year Meeting, "Ethics," Speaker, 2012

  • Building Industry Association of Washington Legal Affairs Committee Meeting, “The Evolution of Site Specific Land Use Decisions,” Speaker, 2012

  • Washington Secretary of State, Charities & Non-Profit Division, Speaker, HOA 101, 2012

  • Washington Association of Sewer and Water Districts Commissioners’ Workshop, Speaker, 2012

  • Spokane Home Builders Association, REDCON, Speaker, 2012

  • Spokane County Bar Association, “Real Estate Developments Gone Bad”, Speaker, 2011

  • Washington State Bar Association Environmental and Land Use Law Section Mid-Year Meeting, Co-Chair, 2010

  • Washington State Department of Community, Trade and Economic Development, “Short Course on Local Planning,” Lecturer

Representative Work

  • B&S Holdings LLC v. BNSF Railway Corporation, 889 F.Supp. 2d. 1252 (E.D. Wash. 2012) (Adverse possession of railroad right-of-way).

  • Tiger Oil Corp. v. Yakima County, 158 Wn.App. 553, 242 P.3d 936 (2010) (Property Taxes)

  • Spokane County, et al. v. Eastern Washington Growth Management Hearing Board, 160 Wn.App. 274, 250 P.3d 1050 (2011) (Growth Management Act)

  • Heitman v. City of Spokane Valley, 2010 WL 806727 (E.D. Wash. 2010) (Inverse Condemnation)

  • Henderson, etc. al. v. Spokane County, et. al., EWGMHB, Case No. 08-1-0002 (Growth Management Act)


  • Representation of Credit Union in acquisition of new corporate headquarters.

  • Representation of aggregate producer in the sale of water rights to the Washington Water Trust for the Spokane Valley -Rathdrum Prairie Aquifer minimum instream flow rule.

  • Representation of non-profit organization in the redevelopment of housing facility.

  • Representation of closely held limited liability company in the redevelopment of retail shopping center with multiple anchor tenants.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • United States District Court, Eastern District of WashingtonU

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Executive Committee

  • Washington State Bar Association, Environmental and Land Use Section, and Real Property, Probate and Trust Sections

  • Spokane Public Library, Trustee, Chair

  • Spokane Public Library Foundation, Vice-Chair

  • Spokane-Kootenai Real Estate Research Committee, Trustee

  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society, Inland Northwest Chapter, Board Chair, Normon G. Cohen Recipient 2013

  • Building Industry Association of Washington, Legal Trust Committee