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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. 

Stanley M. Schwartz

Schwartz, Stanley M.

Spokane, WA
Phone: 509.624.5265

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Primary Practice: Land UseMunicipal Law, Real Estate, Business & Corporate


  • J.D., Gonzaga University, 1984, Gonzaga Law Review Technical Editor
  • B.A., University of Denver, 1980

Stanley Schwartz has been recognized as one of the country’s Best Lawyers in Land Use & Zoning, Municipal, and Real Estate law.  Best Lawyers, a partner publication of U.S. News & World Report, is the oldest and most respected peer-review journal in the legal profession.

Stanley practices in the areas of land use, municipal, real estate, environmental, business and corporate law. Stanley acts as the City Attorney for the Cities of Cheney and Airway Heights and handled the legal work that led to the successful incorporations of the cities of Liberty Lake in 2001 and Spokane Valley in 2003. He also serves as General Counsel to the Spokane Public Facilities District and Columbia Rural Electric Association. He has special expertise in real estate development, land use entitlements permits and related transactional, administrative, and litigation issues.

For 15 years, Stanley was employed by the City of Spokane as an Assistant City Attorney, representing the City departments of engineering and construction services, capital programs, real estate, economic and community development, zoning and planning, environmental programs, waste water management, and transportation. During his tenure, he represented the City in numerous real estate transactions, land use issues involving the development of significant public and private projects, eminent domain actions, and environmental law issues.

  • Licensed to practice in Washington and Idaho
  • Joined Witherspoon Kelley in 2000


  • Gonzaga University School of Law, Adjunct Professor of Zoning and Land Use
  • Presenter of “A Short Course on Local Planning” for the Washington State Department of Commerce
  • Author and presenter at Washington State Bar Association seminars and other professional associations

Representative Work

  • Incorporations of Liberty Lake, 2001, and Spokane Valley, 2003
  • Pinecrest Homeowners Association v. City of Spokane, Court of Appeals Case No. 20916-4 (2003) (Zoning)
  • Spokane Research and Defense Fund v. City of Spokane, 96 Wn.App. 568 (1999) (Lease disclosure)
  • Priorities First v. City of Spokane, 93 Wn.App. 406 (1998) (Legality of initiative as to reelection of public officials)
  • C.L.E.A.N. v. City of Spokane, 133 Wn.2d 455 (1997) (Spokane downtown redevelopment)

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association – Land Use and Environmental Law Section and Corporate Counsel
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington and Idaho District Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals