Steve's practice focuses on a broad range of real estate transactions, representing clients of all sizes from mom-and-pop businesses to very large corporations. He advises clients on purchase negotiations and sale agreements, construction and permanent financing, development and management agreements, leases and operational documents. As the Puget Sound region has become increasingly urbanized, the drafting of community governance documents for condominiums, timeshare projects and master planned communities has become an area of emphasis in his practice.
Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company — Represented Weyerhaeuser Real Estate Company and its subsidiary The Quadrant Corporation in negotiating and documenting the sales of millions of dollars of real estate to home builders in their master planned communities, Snoqualmie Ridge and Redmond Ridge. In addition to negotiation of sales, my work has included serving as local counsel with regard to all aspects of drafting and implementing community governance documents for these communities.
Condominium Development — Served as counsel to a local developer from land acquisition to financing to construction to condominiumization to sale of a 75-unit luxury residential condominium project in Kirkland, Washington. All units were successfully sold and control of the buildings has been transferred to the owners association.
King County Bond Issuer — Served as lead counsel for the issuer of $78 million in tax-exempt bonds for the construction of a 310,000 square foot office building for King County offices. Our work included the negotiation of a complex development agreement with a private developer and a 30-year lease with King County. The project was successfully completed and has been considered a model for public-private developments as well as innovative construction techniques.
Union Station Development — Represented the developer of an innovative office development at the site of Seattle's historic Union Station. The project involved the creation of air-space condominium units over an existing parking garage. The units were then sold to office developers and Union Station was converted to the headquarters for Sound Transit.
Glacier Northwest, Inc. — Represented Glacier Northwest, Inc. in a variety of land transactions including the sale of a $42 million site to Pierce County for development of a utility facility. The transaction included a creative lease-back of the site for continued operation of our client's sand and gravel mining operations in order to accommodate financing constraints faced by the County.