Region: U.S. | International
Lawyer Image

Michael A. Barrett

Listed in Best Lawyers since 2001

Perkins Coie LLP

Mike Barrett, a partner in the firm's Real Estate & Land Use practice, has more than 25 years of experience in the areas of real estate acquisitions and dispositions, leasing, joint ventures and investments, real estate aspects of mergers and acquisitions, real estate finance, and workouts. His clients have included entrepreneurs, investors, pension funds, commercial banks, investment banks, private funds, corporate owners of real estate, non-profits and governmental agencies. He has represented these clients in the development, purchase, sale and financing of raw land, office buildings, shopping centers, hotels, golf courses, resorts, marinas, bank branches, aviation-related properties, government facilities and portfolios of properties. His financing work has included the representation of lenders and borrowers in acquisition, development, construction and term financing, as well as unsecured corporate credits and synthetic leases. He regularly represents landlords and tenants in office, industrial and retail leasing.

During times of weakness in the real estate industry, Mike has handled workouts and bankruptcies involving hotels, office buildings, shopping centers, mixed-use projects and residential developments. He has worked on properties from the Pacific Northwest to Florida, New England to Southern California. His projects have ranged in size from tens to hundreds of millions of dollars.


  • Listed in Seattle Magazine, “Seattle’s Best Lawyers," 2006
  • Listed in the Madison Who’s Who
  • Listed in Washington Law & Politics, “Washington Super Lawyers," 2002 - 2013
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell
  • Ranked by Chambers USA, as “America’s Leading Real Estate Lawyers," 2004 - 2014

Client Comments

  • "Michael Barrett is one of the most professional, knowledgeable, and cost effective real estate attorneys with whom I have ever worked."


  • "As in-house counsel for two large retail corporations, I have worked with many attorneys over the years. Michael Barrett is one of the most competent, responsive, professional, and cost-effective real estate attorneys with whom I have worked. I have no hesitancy in giving him my highest recommendation."

    C. Lee Mumford
    Director, Corporate Counsel, Real Estate
    Starbucks Coffee Company

Write a client comment


1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900
Seattle, WA 98101-3099
Phone: 206-359-8615
Firm Phone: 206-359-8000

Practice Areas

  • Real Estate Law (Commercial, Finance, Foreclosures, Joint Ventures, Office Buildings, Shopping Center Transactions, Tax Certiorari, Transactions, Workouts and Restructurings)

Lawyer of the Year


  • Harvard University (AB) (1976)
  • Harvard Law School (J.D.) (1980)

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State Bar Association

Organizations & Affiliations

  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers — Member
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Washington State Bar Association — Treasurer and Chair-Elect
  • Pacific Real Estate Institute — Member


  • United States Court of Appeals