Real Estate Litigation

  • Obtained successful settlement for national bank in lien priority/stripping and professional negligence bankruptcy adversary proceeding against another national bank and escrow/closing company.
  • Outside general counsel to residential homebuilder advising on issues related to development contracts, purchase and sale agreements, easements, land and property rights acquisitions, financing, permitting, CC&Rs, homeowners’ associations and boundary line disputes.
  • Successfully validated Puget Sound Energy’s utility easement rights in an action brought by adjacent property owners to invalidate those easement rights in a formerly used railroad corridor that had been “railbanked” under Rails-to-Trails Act.
  • Obtained dismissal of all claims on behalf of Puget Sound Energy in a lawsuit brought by property owners adjacent to “railbanked” corridor alleging inverse condemnation, trespass, slander of title and conspiracy.
  • Obtained successful settlement on behalf of rural property owner in litigation involving a boundary line dispute and claimed removal of lateral support.
  • Successfully defended national bank in bankruptcy adversary proceeding brought by Chapter 7 trustee to establish lien priority between competing lenders.
  • Represented Puget Sound Energy in multiple condemnation actions to obtain power line easement corridors, including assisting in one jury trial where the just compensation verdict was much less than property owners’ final pre-trial settlement demand.
  • Defended Puget Sound Energy in quiet title, prescriptive easement, ejectment action related to vacated street adjacent to electrical substation.
  • Quieted title in favor of married couple against mentally ill individual attempting to fraudulently obtain ownership of property by forged deeds and instruments.
  • Represent commercial and residential landlords in variety tenant and lease disputes, eviction proceedings, lien claims, and premise liability claims.
  • Prosecute and defend property owners in title, easement, adverse possession, boundary line, trespass, nuisance, and timber trespass disputes.