Sarah Smyth McIntosh is licensed to practice law in Washington and Oregon. In 1989 she established the firm that has evolved into Smyth McIntosh in Olympia, Washington, and its branch office, Law Manzanita in Manzanita, Oregon. The firm’s emphasis is on real estate, land use, banking, corporate, business, and environmental and natural resource law.
Smyth McIntosh also has extensive business experience, as a leading redeveloper of industrial waterfront properties into mixed use projects in the historic West Bay area of Olympia. Having seen both sides – borrower from a regional bank, legal counsel for a community bank – Sarah is particularly skilled at understanding and meeting the banking, property and related needs of Smyth McIntosh and Law Manzanita clients.
Smyth McIntosh has represented a variety of Washington businesses, mostly in the Thurston County/South Puget Sound area, including two major forest products industries, Delson Lumber and Hardel Mutual Plywood Corporation. The firm also has been active in the development of every major land use plan and regulation that affects urban waterfront revitalization in Olympia’s Budd Inlet.
Sarah has been active in Olympia community organizations, such as the American Red Cross chapter’s board of directors, the local YWCA board, and the Olympia Chamber of Commerce board. She has served on the Washington State Bar Association Law Section Board and was among a group of freeholders elected in 1989 to draft a city-county charter.
In Oregon, Smyth McIntosh provides counsel to members of the business community in Manzanita and North Tillamook County, and is addressing estate planning needs for those who have retired to the area. Sarah is on the board of the Manzanita Business Alliance and active in the North Tillamook Rotary Club.
In addition to heading the law practice she founded, Sarah is owner and developer of Smyth Landing, a 54,000-square foot, mixed-use office-condominium complex that exemplifies the future of the state capital’s West Bay area. Through a sub-area “urban waterfront” plan, shoreline enhancement and public access to the waterfront will be emphasized through mixed-use developments that incorporate parks and trails for the community.
Smyth McIntosh earned her B.A. degree from the University of Washington in 1982 and her J.D. degree from Seattle University (formerly University of Puget Sound School of Law) in 1985. She began practicing law in 1986.
Law Firm without Walls. Ms. Smyth McIntosh has a relationship with a large law firm in Seattle, Perkins Coie that allows her to assist almost any size client with their particular needs. Ms. Smyth McIntosh has worked with Perkins Coie for 25 years as out of house counsel for Delson Lumber, her family business, and now uses Perkins Coie as co-counsel on a number of other larger cases for other clients of her law firm in Olympia.