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Real Estate Litigation

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We represent property owners, commercial developers and brokers in real estate and land use disputes and litigation, as well as premises liability cases.  Most of these engagements involve providing counsel and advice and negotiating resolutions without litigation.  The following are representative of the litigated cases we handle in this area:

  • Allenmore Medical Investors v. City of Tacoma: Won $2 million victory at trial against City of Tacoma for wrongful attempts to prevent and delay development of shopping center; also recovered $1 million attorney fee award
  • Defoor Litigation: Represented claimant in complex dispute over ownership of real property and corporate assets; after 19-day trial won award of $5.5 million in assets valued by the court; judgment affirmed on appeal in all significant respects
  • Auburn Marketplace Association v. Latitude: Represented association of shopping center property owners in claim against one parcel owner for failure to comply with conditions of approval for site development
  • Yorokopi v. RP Bellevue: Represented tenant in restaurant lease dispute
  • Clear Channel v. Schrem: Obtained judgment dismissing claims by billboard operator for wrongful removal of billboards and awarding full attorney fees and costs; successfully defended appeals to court of appeals and state supreme court
  • Times Square v. Loudeye: Represented landlord in $3 million commercial lease dispute; after favorable ruling case settled with full award of unpaid rent and fees to landlord
  • Sound Mind and Body v. City of Seattle: Obtained judgment dismissing claims brought against Fremont Sunday Market by nearby business
  • Oewel v. Super Valu: Obtained multimillion dollar trial verdict and judgment against anchor tenant for intentional interference with shopping center development
  • Odegard v Gardner: Represented buyer in suit against seller for nondisclosure of asbestos in shopping center
  • Zen Center v. Ross: Represented property owner in suit to obtain easement of necessity
  • Mill Creek Meadows HOA v. Henry: Suit to quiet title and for ejectment from HOA common area
  • Sunrise Master Association v. MS Emerald Ridge: Action by master association against developer for failure to pay assessments following plat approval; won arbitration ruling confirming developer’s obligation to pay upon recordation of plat; negotiated resolution of dispute following arbitration
  • Washington Commercial Real Estate v. Newman Development: Represented commercial broker in action for refusal to pay commission