Colette Kostelec was born and raised in San Francisco, California, but her heart is firmly rooted in Jefferson County where she has lived for over 20 years. Her legal experience builds on a 16-year career as a registered Professional (Civil) Engineer in Washington and California and a law degree from the University of Washington (go Dawgs!).

Colette spent 7+ years as an attorney at the Helsell Fetterman law firm in Seattle where she worked on the following cases:

  • Complex lawsuits against King County and Seattle for misuse of utility funds
  •  Land use cases including adverse possession, timber trespass, trespass by water, restrictive covenants
  • Construction defect cases
  • Major real estate deals involving leases, purchase and sale agreements, due diligence, property management agreements, easements

As much as she appreciates her time at Helsell, Colette is happy to be back in Jefferson County full-time providing legal services to her community.

Her engineering background provides Colette with a unique ability to help real estate and land use clients evaluate their options and navigate the maze of local, state and federal regulations. Her engineering experience includes:

  •  Development Review Engineer for City of Port Townsend
  •  U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Superfund Project Manager
  •  Private practice designer of street and utility improvements for new developments

At the University of Washington, Colette received mediation training under Professor Alan Kirtley and later served several years as a volunteer mediator in King County small claims court.  She also served as a Foreclosure Mediator for the Department of Commerce. Colette has experience facilitating large group discussions between stakeholders with disparate interests seeking common ground on highly-charged land use and environmental issues.