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The house warming gift that I received from my new neighbors was a lawsuit claiming adverse possession to a large portion of my property! I felt violated, bullied and was unable to use my own property. The first attorney that I hired handed my case over to her two year associate and urged me to settle. I fired that attorney and hired Sam. He made winning my case a top priority. For the first time, I felt like someone truly cared about me and my case. In researching the facts of my case and the applicable law, Sam left no stone unturned. As a result of his diligence, Sam was able to develop a novel legal theory that persuaded the judge to rule in my favor. All the while, Sam was personable, easy to talk to, incredibly bright and engaging. Hiring Sam made all of the difference in my case!
Although I am an experienced real estate agent, when it came to purchasing my own home, my wife and I turned to Sam for assistance. During the feasibility period of our purchase and sale agreement, Sam reviewed the title documents and applicable development regulations to determine if we could make certain improvements to the property. Sam's work resulted in the discovery of various issues that would have precluded making these improvements. This information allowed us to make an informed decision to forego purchasing the property. In short, Sam helped us avoid a very expensive mistake. His discovery also opened the door to locating a much more desirable property that we now call home.
I have personally know Sam for several decades. During this time, he has proven himself to be worthy of my trust in all circumstances. Because of my line of work, I have utilized Sam's services on many occasions. These overwhelming positive experiences have also given me the confidence to refer many of my own clients to Sam which, in my mind is the highest compliment that I can give him.
My wife and I owned a dilapidated beachfront home on the Puget Sound. We wanted to demolish it and replace it with a new one that would better serve our needs through our retirement years. Initially, however, both the regulatory complexities of developing within shoreline jurisdiction and opposition to our project by County staff, proved too much to overcome. When our permits were denied, we were despondent. We turned to Sam for help.
Sam carefully reviewed our project and charted an entirely new course that involved applying for different permits altogether. Despite continued opposition from County staff, Sam remained adamant that they were misapplying the law, and that an appeal to the Hearing Examiner would likely result in the necessary permit approvals. We placed our trust in Sam and we were not disappointed! Sam’s appeal to the Hearing Examiner was masterful and, not surprisingly, resulted in the necessary permit approvals. Thanks to Sam's efforts, my wife and I will now be able to enjoy our new retirement home for years to come. We were extremely pleased with Sam's work and his effective advocacy on our behalf.
Sam represented me in a code enforcement matter. He was able to assess a very complicated and longstanding dispute and recognize a potential resolution. After discovering that we were caught between two government agencies that weren't communicating with each other, Sam cut through the bureaucratic red tape and solved our problem. If anything similar ever arises again we will be sure to go directly to Sam, he's worth every penny!
Our nightmare began after installing a new sports court. Because the court replaced an existing lawn, we were stunned when the local government issued us a Notice of Violation for constructing in a wetland buffer, fined us thousands of dollars, recorded a notice on the title to our property, and conducted random searches of our property. For the next three years, we were given the run-around. Multiple after-the-fact permits and limitless fines were not enough to satisfy the local government. My wife and I finally hired Sam. Hiring Sam was the best decision we ever made. He quickly assessed the situation and aggressively challenged the local government. Thanks to Sam, a nightmare that spanned several years, was resolved in just a few weeks. Sam got the government off our backs for good. We would recommend him to anyone in need of a good attorney.
I manage approximately 15 acres of urban, commercial property in the greater Seattle area. Sam represented us in our local jurisdiction's development and adoption of a new Shoreline Master Program. When we retained Sam, the Program was nearing completion, and the draft under consideration by the local jurisdiction severely threatened the viability of future commercial development of our property. Sam provided excellent representation in recommending and drafting proposed amendments to the Program. He had an expert ability to deal with the personalities involved and, more importantly, was able to persuade the legislative body to adopt his proposed amendments. Negotiations with the local jurisdiction had essentially stalled until Sam became involved. He got things moving again and saw them through over the course of several months to a much better solution. Thanks to Sam, the Program that was adopted preserved millions of dollars of development potential on our commercial property, while at the same time meeting the stringent regulatory requirements of the Shoreline Management Act.
The City told me that I didn't need a permit to remove a diseased tree that threatened my home and personal safety. After the tree was removed, a neighbor complained and the City issued me a code violation for removing the tree without a permit and imposed a $23,000 fine! I was terrified.
After trying to resolve the matter on my own, I realized that I was outmatched. The City seemed determined to make a public example out of me. When I called Sam, he made the critical decision to begin working on my case the very same day. In doing so, he discovered that I had contacted him on the last day to appeal the Notice. Sam immediately dropped everything, drafted an appeal, and personally drove it to the City to ensure that it was timely filed. Ultimately, it was the City that was outmatched. Sam successfully persuaded the City to withdraw the notice and fine. I found Sam to be incredibly responsive, competent, affordable, and above all, very effective.