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Real Estate and Land Use

The Real Estate Group provides full service real estate support to companies doing business in the Northwest. We have a regional focus and a national reach. In addition to sales, leasing, management, financing and development, we provide assistance with environmental, land use, entity formation, strategic planning and dispute resolution matters. The group is supported by the firm's corporate, tax, employment, creditors’ rights, intellectual property and litigation groups, and provides planning, counseling, transactional and dispute resolution services, striving always to provide exemplary assistance in a quick, efficient and practical manner.
Chair:  David Buck

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Our Skills


Our real estate attorneys are experienced in providing the following services:


Acquisitions and Sales

Assist sellers and purchasers of all types of real estate including office buildings, hotels, shopping centers, industrial properties, high-rise residential complexes and resorts. Most transactions are in the $2,000,000 to $300,000,000 range.



Represent borrowers and lenders in regard to acquisition and construction financings and refinancings for office, commercial and high-rise residential properties, shopping centers, hotels and resorts. We also represent lenders in work-outs, real estate-secured financing and conduit financing. Loan amounts typically range between $5,000,000 and $100,000,000.



Represent landlords and tenants in all types of leasing transactions, including with regard to office, apartment and retail properties, warehouse and light industrial facilities and "build to suit" projects. Typical transactions involve 10,000 square feet to 250,000 square feet.


Land Use and Permitting

Develop land use strategies and provide permitting advice to developers and owners dealing with city, county and state administrative authorities throughout the Northwest.



Represent property owners and developers in redevelopment of environmentally-impaired "brownfield" properties and assist businesses in transactions that raise environmental and natural resource issues, including matters arising under the Model Toxics Control Act, the federal “Superfund” statute and the Endangered Species, Growth Management and Shoreline Management Acts. Major environmental projects in which we are or have recently been involved include sale of real properties on Port Angeles Harbor and adjacent to Seattle’s Green Lake, purchase of a square block in downtown Anchorage, sale of the Elwha River Hydroelectric Projects and cleanup of the Thea Foss Waterway in Tacoma. All of these projects presented environmental issues important to a successful closing or resolution of post-closing matters.


Development, Design and Construction

Represent owners in regard to development, design and construction activities. Our projects include office buildings, apartment buildings, transit facilities, bank buildings, distribution centers, convention centers and resorts.



Help investors and developers to form and finance special purpose entities to own, develop, convert and dispose of apartment, office, recreational and industrial properties. Advise owners of real estate companies regarding business operations.


Dispute Resolution

In conjunction with the Construction and Real Estate Litigation group, we assist parties in the negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation of real estate disputes.


Our Experience

Clients with whom we have worked on real estate projects and disputes include:


  • Crane Co.
  • Expedia
  • Old Republic Title
  • RealNetworks
  • Redhook Ale Brewery
  • United Airlines
  • Arena Sports
  • Bristol Bay Native Corporation
  • Columbia West Properties
  • Commonwealth Land Title Company
  • Cummins Northwest
  • Diadora America
  • Duty Free Americas
  • Investco
  • K & L Distributors
  • Nichimen America
  • Pineapple Hospitality
  • Petrocard Systems, Inc.
  • Puget Sound Energy
  • REI
  • Vance Corporation
  • WestCoast Hotels
  • A Contemporary Theatre
  • Civic Light Opera
  • Frye Art Museum
  • Horizon House
  • Northwest Kidney Centers
  • Pioneer Human Services
  • Seattle Aquarium Society
  • Seattle Chinese Garden Society
  • Tacoma Art Museum
  • The Bullitt Foundation
  • Trust for Public Land
  • United Cerebral Palsy
  • YMCA of Greater Seattle