Administrative Law

Seattle & Tacoma Administrative LawyersMuch of the law which impacts individuals directly is derived from administrative codes created by federal, state, and local government agencies. Administrative law is the body of law that governs and refers to the procedures, rules, and regulations established by the various state and federal governmental agencies. While each agency’s power and authority varies depending on its size and whether it is on the state, federal, or local level, an agency’s rules and regulations can affect a wide range of matters, ranging from application and licensing guidelines and requirements, to air quality control regulations and consumer product safety.

When a federal or state legislature passes enabling legislation, governmental agencies often transform many of those laws into actionable rules which directly impact the people subject to the agency’s authority. When a person is harmed or mistreated by these rules, or the rules’ applications, however, the person is not without recourse. For example, Washington State provides procedures with which an individual may petition a state agency, and eventually the courts, for redress. These procedures are strictly enforced and generally provide a step-by-step pathway to address the administrative issue.

Before a court will hear an administrative law issue, however, the court almost always requires that the petitioner “exhaust” his or her administrative remedies. This means that the affected person must take every step possible in the administrative appeals process prior to petitioning the court for redress. Exceptions to this rule are generally limited to emergencies or futility. If an individual believes that he or she has been mistreated or issued a notice of violation or citation wrongfully, it is imperative that he or she follow the deadlines as set out in the citation documents. If you are confronted by an unjust, inaccurate, or incomplete citation from a government agency, you must act quickly, or at a minimum, act within the outlined appeals timeline.

Administrative Law Practice

At Dickson Frohlich, our attorneys offer a wealth of experience in handling issues relating to administrative agencies and law. Our administrative law attorneys have represented numerous clients in their administrative law matters and have appeared before various state, local, and federal agencies, as well as before state and federal courts. Whether you require legal assistance in obtaining a permit or license, or whether you need legal counsel to represent you before an administrative adjudication, our attorneys stand fully prepared to assist you. If you would like to speak with one of our Seattle & Tacoma administrative law attorneys, please give us a call.

Call Now For A FREE 15-minute Consultation!

Featured Testimonial

“I have never been so frustrated trying to work with my bank. I hired Dickson Frohlich to represent me and in the manner of just a couple months he was able to get everything fixed. Now due to their efforts my family and I were able to buy a new house and we could not be happier. I highly recommend Dickson Frohlich and if I ever need a lawyer again they will be my first call.”

Review by: Jeremy H.
Reviewing: Seattle Administrative Lawyer
Date published: 2014-09-14
Rating: ★★★★★ 5 / 5 stars
DISCLAIMER: Please note that every case is different and presents its own unique set of variables. Thus, no guarantee can be made that you will obtain the same or similar result as a previous client.

    our firm

    Attorney Thomas L. Dickson

    Thomas L. Dickson

    Tom is an experienced litigator and the founding partner of the Dickson Frohlich. For over 30 years, he’s helped clients prevail in their real estate, construction, and business law matters.

    attorney profile
    Attorney Robert P. Dickson

    Robert P. Dickson

    The core of Rob’s legal practice is civil litigation, with an emphasis on construction, real estate, and business law. He represents a wide range of clients, from large construction companies to individual homeowners.

    attorney profile
    Attorney Daniel J. Frohlich

    Daniel J. Frohlich

    Dan’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and probate law. He has more than 10 years of experience as an attorney serving clients throughout Western Washington.

    attorney profile
    Attorney Mark S. Johnson

    Mark S. Johnson

    Mark’s legal practice focuses on civil litigation, real estate law, business law and family law. He works tirelessly to help his clients achieve the outcome they are looking for.

    attorney profile
    Attorney Daniel E. Pizarro

    Daniel E. Pizarro

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Daniel is active in the firm’s civil litigation department. His practice is mainly centered around real estate law, landlord-tenant law, construction law, and probate law.

    attorney profile
    Attorney George Knight

    George Knight

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, George is active in the firm’s civil litigation and transactional departments. His practice is mainly centered around business law, real estate law, construction law, employment law, and probate law.

    attorney profile
    Attorney Chris J. Lindemeier

    Chris J. Lindemeier

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Chris practices in a wide range of areas, including business law, real estate law, civil litigation, and intellectual property law.

    attorney profile
    Attorney Alexander J. Wisbey

    Alexander J. Wisbey

    Alexander Wisbey comes to the firm with 5 years of experience as a litigator and trial attorney. He has first chaired several jury trials and has extensive experience handling arbitrations, mediations, depositions, and settlements.

    attorney profile
    Attorney Kerry P. Zeiler

    Kerry P. Zeiler

    Kerry P. Zeiler is an experienced trial lawyer with over 16-years of experience representing small businesses and consumer plaintiffs in litigation matters. He is admitted to practice in the States of Washington, California and Minnesota.

    attorney profile
    Attorney Jennifer Yoo

    Jennifer Yoo

    Jennifer is an associate attorney at Dickson Frohlich where her current practice focuses on real estate law, contract and commercial disputes, and business law.

    attorney profile
    Attorney Cambria A. Queen

    Cambria A. Queen

    Cambria is an Associate with Dickson Frohlich PS in the civil litigation department, where she practices primarily real estate and probate law.

    attorney profile
    Attorney Alex J. Britain

    Alex J. Britain

    Since becoming an attorney, Alex Britain has practiced extensively in the areas of estate planning, probate, and civil litigation, especially related to probate issues.

    attorney profile
    Attorney Katherine E. Baals

    Katherine E. Baals

    As an associate at Dickson Frohlich, Katherine practices in a range of areas, including real estate, construction, business, and civil litigation.

    attorney profile


    I highly recommend Dickson Frohlich and if I ever need a lawyer again they will be my first call.

    - Jeremy H.

    I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate this firm! These guys helped me through one of the most challenging legal situations I’ve faced in my life. Their skill and expertise literally saved my business. I’ve dealt with other counsel in the past but the Dickson firm was by far the most competent and tactful counsel I’ve ever received. I would recommend this group to anyone!

    - Keith D.

    It’s a pleasure to work with the guys at Dickson Frohlich. One of the first things that stood out to me was how down to earth and friendly everyone at the firm is. I would definitely recommend them.

    - Den L.