Darby N. Ducomb


About Darby

Darby's practice focuses on real property, land use, mediation, and general counsel services. Darby is a hardworking analytical lawyer that finds solutions to complex problems. She is an accomplished litigator, mediator, and transactional lawyer, with over 17 years of experience at the City of Seattle, including 13 years in the Seattle City Attorney's Office and Department of Construction and Inspections. Best known for her high achieving drive to get things done and amicable creative style, Darby resolves complex matters in dynamic and political environments.


  • University of Washington School of Law, Professional Mediation Skills Training Program, 2009
  • University of Oregon School of Law, Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation, Assoc. Editor, 1994, J.D.
  • Indiana University, 1990, B.A.
  • New York University, 1988

Licensed Courts

  • Washington State Courts
  • US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • US District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • US District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

Areas of Practice

  • Real Estate
    • Acquisition, purchase and sale, due diligence, breach of contract, and foreclosure
  • Land Use
    • Due diligence, project advice, permits, council decision-making, street vacations, and rezones
  • Mediator
    • Complex litigation and private business disputes
  • Outside General Counsel
    • Legal team management and business advice

Professional Memberships

  • Legal team management and business advice
  • NAIOP Washington
  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Land Use and Environmental Mediation Committee
    • Corporate Counsel Section
    • Environmental and Land Use Law Section
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section


  • Seattle Excellence in Management Award 2012
  • Seattle Excellence in Management Award 2008
  • Rainier Chamber Community Service Award 2008

Speaker & Lecturer

  • Planning Association of Washington, March 2017
  • Part-time Adjunct Law Professor (University of Washington School of Law), Spring quarters 2012 & 2013
  • Continuing Legal Education Instructor, 2012 to the present