Terrence I. Danysh

Terrence I. Danysh

Of Counsel


Terrence is Of Counsel in Dorsey’s Regulatory Affairs group.

His legal experience includes:

  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP
    Firm-wide Co-Chair, Urban Redevelopment Group
  • Cairncross & Hempelmann
    Principal, 1991-2002; Associate, 1987-1990. Practice areas included land use and real estate.
  • Diamond & Sylvester
    Associate, 1984-1987

Education & Admissions

Harvard University (B.A., Government, 1980)

Vanderbilt University Law School (J.D., 1984)


  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington


  • Ukrainian


Representative Work

Principal Counsel for:

  • Muckleshoot Indian Tribe's Salish Lodge project
  • Capital One’s Western States Headquarters and Operations
  • Amtrak’s Pacific Northwest Corridor Maintenance Yard and Facilities
  • O.B. Sports’ Trophy Lake and Washington National Golf and Country Clubs
  • Robertson Properties Group’s redevelopment of the Valley Drive-In in Auburn, Washington (approx. 80 acres) and the Midway Drive-In in Kent, Washington (approx. 65 acres)
  • City of Yakima, Washington in the rezoning of the 725-acre Congdon Orchards property
  • New York State Teachers Retirement System Pension Fund Refinance of IDX Tower, downtown Seattle
  • City of Shoreline, Washington in the Point Wells and Shoreline Place projects

These projects involved negotiation with City, County, State and Federal entities, due diligence, permitting, eminent domain, administrative and judicial litigation and appeals, lobbying and legislation, water rights processing and appeals, and purchase and sale transactions.

News & Resources

Select Presentations

  • “Recent Developments in Land Use Law, 2000”, Mid-Year Meeting of the Washington State Bar Association’s Land Use Law Section
  • Co-Chair, Mid-Year Meeting of the Washington State Bar Association Land Use Section, 2001
  • “Recent Developments in Land Use Law” 2000 - 2003, Mid-Year Meeting of the Washington State Bar Association’s Land Use Law Section
  • “Land Use Law Updates” 2003 - 2005, Washington Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Annual Meeting

Industries & Practices

  • Banking & Financial Institutions
  • Construction Litigation
  • Development & Infrastructure
  • Environmental
  • Indian & Alaska Native
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate & Land Use

Professional & Civic

Professional Achievements

  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Federal Bar Association
  • Former Chair, Seattle Planning Commission
  • Member, Mayor’s Advisory Committee on Seattle Comprehensive Plan
  • Former Chair, Seattle Indian Health Board (Non-profit Health Clinic)
  • Former Chair, Seattle Indian Services Commission (City Public Development Authority)
  • Former President, Seattle Children’s Theatre
  • Former President, Seattle-King County Economic Development Commission
  • Former Professor, University of Washington (Land Use) 


  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America©, 2011-2020
  • Named a "Top Lawyer in Washington" by Washington CEO Magazine and Avvo Inc., 2008-2012
  • Listed as a Washington Super Lawyer, 2000-2009
Terrence I. Danysh