Donald is one of the leading lawyers in land use and real estate development matters in Seattle. For over 30 years, he has guided many of the region’s significant mixed-use, office, business park, retail, and multi-family projects to successful conclusion through creative application of the law. He has assisted real estate developers and owners of property in developing commercial and residential projects in the Pacific Northwest and other regions of the county. He has represented clients in all aspects of real estate development; buying property; negotiating ground leases; obtaining land use entitlements; negotiating design, construction, and financing documents; negotiating leases; and selling fully developed properties. The skills he has developed through this legal work are varied and include structuring real estate deals, drafting and negotiating agreements and contracts, obtaining land use entitlements for real property, negotiating with government agencies, analyzing regulatory programs and requirements, and making public presentations.
As Chairman of the Government Affairs Committee of NAIOP, the commercial real estate organization, Donald is active in the crafting of legislation that affects the commercial real estate industry.