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I represent individuals and businesses in commercial and residential real estate
transactions. I also represent real estate brokerages, escrow companies, title companies and lenders in litigation, disciplinary proceedings, standards of practice, education, risk management, mergers and acquisitions and affiliated business relationships.

I serve on industry boards, consult with regulatory agencies and occasionally participate in lobbying efforts concerning legislation. I also serve as trial consultant and expert witness to attorneys in litigation concerning the standards of practice of members of the real estate industry.

I serve as arbitrator/mediator in disputes concerning commercial and residential
real estate; including claims between buyers and sellers (e.g. earnest money disputes, claims of misrepresentation, etc.) claims by or against real estate brokers, escrow agents, appraisers, inspectors, title insurance companies and lenders. I was named as one of Seattle’s Top Lawyers in Residential Real Estate for 2003 and 2005 by Seattle Magazine.


Practice areas


  1. Residential: 30%
  2. Commercial: 30%
  3. Litigation: 20%
  4. Arbitration: 10%
  5. Mergers & Acquisitions: 10%

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Williams Kastner

601 Union St Ste 4100
Seattle, WA, 98101-1368


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Seattle's Top Lawyer, Residential Real EstateSeattle Magazine2005
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
Seattle's Top Laywer, Residential Real EstateSeattle Magazine2003
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerWilliams Kastner1997 - Present
Of CounselWilliams Kastner1995 - 1996
PartnerRevelle Hawkins1990 - 1995
AssociateRevelle Hawkins1988 - 1989
AssociateJeremiah M. Long & Associates1981 - 1988
N/ALaw Offices of Edward J. Bellen, Frankfurt, West Germany1977 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
Williams KastnerMember, Marketing Committee2007 - Present
Washington Association of REALTORSAgency Taskforce1994 - 1995
Washington State Insurance CommissionerAdvisory Committee1990 - Present
Eastside Regional Escrow AssociationPresident1989 - 1990
Escrow Association of WashingtonLegislative Chair1988 - 1991
Williams KastnerBoard of DirectorsN/A
Williams KastnerChair, Real Estate Practice GroupN/A
Limited Practice Board of the State of WashingtonMemberN/A
Limited Practice Board of the State of WashingtonChair, Grievance CommitteeN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington Real Property Deskbook, Volume 3: Interests in Real Property and Duties of Third PartiesChapter Editor2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawN/AJuris Doctor1976
University of Washington -SeattleEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1973
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Limited Practice Officers Clock Hour Class SeminarDo's and Dont's for LPOs2006
Coldwell Banker Regional Educational ConferenceLegal Update2006
Quarterly Region CORE Curriculum ClassQuarterly Region CORE Curriculum Class2005
Quarterly Region CORE Curriculum ClassQuarterly Region CORE Curriculum Class2005
NAPMW Fall 2005 LPO SeminarCommon Mistakes in Closing & What Can Be Done To Prevent Them2005
NAPMW Fall 2005 LPO SeminarRisk Management & Liability2005
Coldwell Banker Bain Association LPO Clockhour ClassShort Salesd and Seller Financing2005
CLE BootcampReal Estate Purchase and Sale Agreements/Issues in Reviewing Residential Purchase and Sales Agreements2005
Chelan APMW SeminarLiability Issues Re: Practice of Law and Update on the Limited Practice Board2005
Peninsula Regional Escrow Association APMW/Kitsap Educational ConferenceSelller Financing, Deeds of Trust and Liabilities for PDO's2004
NAPMW Seattle Puget Sound LDO SeminarLiability Update for Limited Practice Officers2004
NAPMW Northwestern Region Fall LPO SeminarRisk Management/Liability of an LPO2004
CLE BootcampReal Estate Purchase and Sale Agreements2004
NAPMW Fall SeminarClearing Title2003
Escrow Association of Washington ConventionLiability Update for LPO's2003
CLE BootcampReal Estate Purchase and Sale Agreements2003
NAPMW SeminarUnauthorized Practice of Law for LPOs2002
Coldwell Banker Bain Clock Hour ClassDisclosure Issues, PreSales and Short Term Rentals2002
CLE BootcampReal Estate Purchase and Sale Agreements2002
Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education SeminarReal Estate Broker/Agent Liability Issues1999
Washington Law School Foundation Continuing Legal EducationAnatomy of a Residential Real Estate Transaction and Overview of the Lawyer's Role1999
King County Bar Association 3rd Annual Real Estate Institute Continuing Legal Education SeminarPractice Tips for Real Estate Agents & Attorneys1995
King County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education SeminarIssues and Trends for Limited Practice Officers and Escrow Agents1994
East King County Bar Association Continuing Legal Education SeminarThe Changing Practice of Real Estate Professionals1994
East King County Bar Association Continuing Education Legal SeminarReviewing Residential Purchase and Sale Agreements1990