Commercial Real Estate Transactions
J.D., University of Washington, 1992
B.A., University of Maryland, 1983
B.S., United States Naval Academy, 1969
Professional Associations & Publications
"Who's Who in Real Estate Law" in Washington Law & Politics magazine, 2008.
Named a "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics magazine, 2000.
Winner, U. S. National Championship, World Semifinalist, winner Best Brief in World at 1992 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Northwest Region Outstanding Oralist at 1992 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Winner, Northwest Regional Championship at 1991 Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition
Author, "Rights of Washington Junior Lienors in Nonjudicial Foreclosure," 67 Washington Law Review 235 (cited with favor in Beal Bank, SSB v. Sarich, 161 Wn.2d 544 (2007)).
Associate Editor, Washington Law Review
National Member of The Order of Barristers
Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
King County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section
Snohomish County Bar Association
Admitted to practice: Western District, United States District Court, 1992
Admitted to practice: Eastern District, United States District Court, 2003
Admitted to practice: Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1993
Admitted to practice: Puyallup Nation, 1997
BV Peer Rating by Martindale-Hubbell
Volunteer youth leader, Boy Scouts of America, Mt. Baker Council (2004-present)
Mukilteo City Councilman (2001 – 2005)
Planning Commission for the City of Mukilteo (1994 – 2001)
Board of Directors, Harbour Heights Community Organization (1992 – 1997)
U.S. Naval Academy Alumni Association, Puget Sound Chapter (1989-present)
Seattle Service Academy Allumni Business Network (1999-present); Chair (2000-2003_
Lieutenant Commander, U. S. Navy, Surface Warfare Officer (1969 – 1989)
Washington partnership's $10,000,000 acquisition from franchisor of 30 fast-food restaurants in central California, including both owned and leased real estate.
National steak house chain's leasing of numerous in-line sites and ground leasing and constructing restaurants in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Montana and Idaho.
National fast-food restaurant chain's acquisition and development of numerous restaurant sites in Washington, including both purchases and ground leases.
Out-of-state owner's $30,000,000 simultaneous refinance of four hotels located in two states.
Out-of-state limited partnership's $13,000,000 conduit loan refinance of apartment complex.
Puget Sound area developer's development of approved binding site plan for commercial/industrial park property, and subsequent sales of two undeveloped sites and one site developed with a multi-use industrial building, with total sale price of $12,000,000.
Individual owner's simultaneous $5,000,000 conduit loan refinance of four mobile home parks located throughout the state.
Advised Nevada gaming company on complex federal and state foreclosure and Indian law issues, litigated issues in federal court, tribal court and tribal court of appeals.
$2,200,000 purchase of marina.
$32,000,000 purchase of office building in Bellevue Washington.
$7,300,000 purchase of 20,000 acres of land in central Washington.
$3,200,000 purchase of two cooperative apartment penthouse units on leased land on Waikiki Beach, Honolulu, Hawaii.
$8,750,000 purchase of beach front property in Hawaii.
Purchase of aircraft hangar in Hailey, Idaho.
$28,500,000 purchase of 62 fast-food restaurants in Western Washington, including both owned and leased real estate.
National property management company's leasing of office space in 300,000 square foot high-tech building in Mukilteo, Washington.
$17,500,000 refinance of office building in Bellevue, Washington.
National energy company's acquisition of industrial park power plant in Longview, Washington.
Section 1031 tax-deferred exchange of $16,250,000 apartment building and acquisition of $22,300,000 business park with conduit loan financing.
Indian tribe's acquisition of $200,000,000 loan for casino-hotel complex.
$11,000,000 purchase of medical building on leased land in Richland, Washington.
$15,000,000 purchase of hotel in Bellingham, Washington, with conduit loan financing.
$12,000,000 purchase of winery and vineyard in Sonoma County, California.
$20,000,000 purchase of inn and spa in Sonoma County, California.
Leasing of 140,000 square foot office building in Bellevue, Washington.
Development of mixed use condominium project in Ketchum, Idaho.
Leasing of 50,000 square foot medical office building in Seattle, Washington.
$3,800,000 conduit refinance loan from mini-storage facility in Tacoma, Washington.
Represented Indian tribe in negotiating agreements with operating company for clean up and acquisition of contaminated fee land and ground leasing of fee and trust land for development of $400,000,000 international containerized marine cargo terminal on the Blair Waterway in Tacoma, Washington
$19,000,000 purchase of apartment complex in Mountlake Terrace, Washington, with Freddie Mac financing
In re Emerald Outdoor Advertising LLC, 300 B.R. 775 (E.D. Wash. 2003)
Precedent setting case establishing lien priority in foreclosure of Indian trust land
Harrison v. Emerald Outdoor Advertising LLC, 444 F.3d 1077 (9th Cir. 2006)
Upheld Bankruptcy Court decision and established federal law regarding how to apply state, tribal and federal law in a foreclosure of Indian trust land