Jon Sitkin


Jon Sitkin’s practice concentrates on land use, zoning, shoreline and critical areas regulation, State Environmental Policy Act compliance, water rights, and real estate transactions. His practice involves all aspects of compliance with federal, state and local laws, regulations and policies relating to land development, project permitting and real estate transactions. Jon coordinates and supervises all aspects of the firm’s clients in matters involving land development, development entitlement and the siting and permitting of public facilities and private developments, including intergovernmental agreements such as annexations and/or joint service agreements for public entities. As the land use, real estate, and municipal issues in Northwest Washington become increasingly complex and challenging, clients willingly turn to Jon’s solution-oriented practice. Jon limits his practice to the representation of property owners, developers, governments and water associations.


  • Western Washington University
    (B.A., Political Science with Honors, Minor Russian Language, 1984)
  • Seattle University (formerly University of Puget Sound) (J.D., 1987)

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • Washington State Bar Association (admitted 1988)
  • United States District Court — Western District of Washington
  • Whatcom County Bar Association

Community Involvement


  • Peace Heath/St. Joseph Medical Center Foundation, President and Board member


  • Rotary Club of Bellingham Foundation, Treasurer
  • Whatcom Business Alliance, Board Member
  • Bellingham Golf and Country Club, Board Member, President
  • Whatcom County/Bellingham Chamber of Commerce, Board Member
  • Mt. Baker Kidney Center, Board Member, Board of Trustees
  • Whatcom County Museum, Board Member, Board of Trustees
  • Washington State Bar Association Rules of Professional Conduct Committee, Member
  • Whatcom County Development Standards Technical Advisory Committee Member
  • Whatcom County Environmental Task Force Chair
  • Whatcom County Hearing Examiner Pro Tem
  • Island County Hearing Examiner Pro Tem
  • City of Bellingham Board of Adjustment Chair/Vice-Chair

Practice Areas

Land Use

Municipal Governments

Real Estate


Water Law


Office: 360.671.1796

Direct: 360.306.3007