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Marc Winters’ practice encompasses a wide range of real estate and business transactions, predominantly involving the financing, acquisition, development, management, restructuring, and disposition of commercial real estate projects and branded assets. He also counsels pension fund advisory firms and tax-exempt investors on a variety of issues relating to the structuring of business transactions and all aspects of real estate investments.

Mr. Winters has negotiated, documented, and closed eight- and nine-figure deals for many types of clients, including joint venture groups, pension funds, public development authorities, school districts, state agencies, banks, lenders, developers, and other businesses.

In the course of his transactional and investment structuring practice, Mr. Winters has gained extensive experience in real estate investment trust, limited liability company, limited partnership, and other entity formation. He also has significant experience with construction and permanent loans, leasing, development and management agreements, and secured land transactions (including covered and uncovered construction loans, securitized loans, interim loans, permanent loans, wraparound financing, and subordinated and unsubordinated leasehold financing).

Mr. Winters has been designated as a LEED Accredited Professional by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Mr. Winters is able to advise owners, developers, lenders, contractors, and architects on a variety of legal issues pertaining to green building and assist them in evaluating and navigating the LEED certification process.

Representative Transaction

  • Served as counsel with regard to the acquisition, development, and $285 million sale of the W Hotel – Union Square in Manhattan.

  • Mr. Winters has been counsel to some of the most noteworthy real estate developments in the Northwest, including the Pacific Place retail complex, the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, and the Washington SuperMall.

  • Outside the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Winters has provided significant legal representation on a multitude of development projects, including the development of W Hotels in California and New York, and many urban and suburban projects in Alaska, California, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.


Languages spoken: Spanish

Practice areas


  1. Construction & Development: 20%
  2. Limited Liability Company (LLC): 20%
  3. Corporate & Incorporation: 20%
  4. Real Estate: 20%
  5. Business: 20%

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    I endorse this lawyer. Marc is experienced, conscientious, and, in the ultimate test for a real estate attorney, knows how to close the deal.


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Contact info

McNaul Ebel Nawrot Helgren & Vance P.L.L.C.

600 University Street, Suite 2700
One Union Square
Seattle, WA, 98101-4151


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
AV PreeminentMartindate-Hubbell2010
Accredited ProfessionalLEED2010
2010 Top LawyersSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2010
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyMcNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren, PLLC1990 - Present
AttorneyWitherspoon, Kelley, Davenport & Toole, PS1984 - 1990
Financial AccountantWilshire Associates1979 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember1984 - 1995
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1984 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Handling Real Estate Transactions with ConfidenceStep by Step Through the Purchase Contract2011
Urban Land InstituteRetrofitting Office Buildings to be Green and Energy-Efficient2009
National Business InstituteKeys to Success in a Real Estate Transaction2004
Lorman Educational ServicesReal Property Security Instruments in Washington2001
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1984
University of OregonFinanceBS - Bachelor of Science1980
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Seattle School District Carreer DayLegal Carreers2014
Lunch and LearnTitle Insurance2014
East Side King County Bar Association Annual MeetingEnvironmental Aspects of Real Estate Transactions2014