(206) 455-1928

Real Estate/Land Use

Mediation/Alternative Dispute Resolution

Strategic Advice & Counsel

Racial Equity


University of Oregon School of Law, J.D., 1994

Indiana University, B.A., 1990

University of Washington School of Law Professional
  Mediation Skills Program, 2009

Pepperdine University School of Law, 
  Mediating the Litigated Case, 2018



City of Seattle, Office of the City Attorney, 1999-2017

Washington Appellate Project, 1994-1996

Darby is an accomplished multi-sector lawyer with experience advising governmental, non-profit, and for-profit clients, on a range of issues.  Today her work focuses on advising clients on real estate and land use issues, serving as a mediator, and advising clients on racial equity issues.  


Real Estate and Land Use


Darby represents and advises clients on a wide range of real estate and land use matters, including:


  • Representing several downtown commercial and residential property owners challenging aspects of the City of Seattle's Waterfront Local Improvement District.

  • Assisting commercial property owners with due diligence, rezones, and permitting/entitlement issues.


  • Advising affordable housing projects, including the Seattle Girls School site and First A.M.E. Housing Association’s Bryant Manor.


  • Working on environmental protection matters, including street tree conflicts, seaplane use o Lake Union, bioswales, and the expanded Terry Pettus Park.


  • Advising economic development projects, including Handy Andy, Seattle Nissan, and Dogwood Play Park.




Darby is an experienced mediator, settlement advocate, consultant, and coach.  She co-mediates with Emerald City Mediation.  


Racial Equity


Darby provides training, counseling, and policy analysis for legal professionals, local governments, and police agencies.


Pro Bono Work


In response to Covid-19, Darby volunteers for small commercial landlords and tenants in the Central District and Southeast Seattle neighborhoods, assisting clients in resolving commercial lease disputes.