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Marisa is a member of Graham & Dunn’s Condemnation Team.  As part of her real property valuation practice she advises and represents governmental agencies, property owners and lenders involved in condemnation and relocation actions.  Her representation of governmental agencies has included Sound Transit, the Port of Seattle, the City of Everett, the City of Federal Way, the City of Lacey, the City of Olympia, the City of Tumwater, and the Bethel School District.  She also has been involved in attaining favorable verdicts or settlements for property owners, including the condemnation of a major water dependent property, the condemnation of a small shipyard on Bainbridge Island, and the relocation of a former Harbor Island business.  


Marisa is also a member of Graham & Dunn’s Real Estate and Litigation Teams.  Her real property litigation practice includes representation of individuals and businesses regarding boundary disputes and landlord-tenant issues, contract and construction disputes, restrictive covenants, land use, and zoning issues.  She also counsels and represents financial institutions and financial services companies in connection with commercial collection actions and lenders’ rights litigation.


Practice areas


  1. Condemnation: 70%
    27 years, 250 cases
  2. Commercial Litigation: 15%
    27 years, 100 cases
  3. Real Estate: 15%
    27 years, 100 cases

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Graham & Dunn PC

Pier 70
2801 Alaskan Way Suite 300
Seattle, WA, 98121-1128


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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderGraham & Dunn, PC1988 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1988 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar AssociationLaw and Procedure of Eminent Domain in the 50 States (Washington)2011
Nichols on Eminent DomainChapter 14 Partial Takings - General Concepts2008
Nichols on Eminent DomainChapter 14A Partial Takings - Calculation of Damages2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Puget Sound School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor, cum laude1988
University of Washington -SeattleCommunicationsBA - Bachelor of Arts1984
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Appraisal Institute Fall Real Estate ConferenceTrial Testimony Preparation and Exhibits for Appraisers2014
Second Annual Issues in Condemnation ConferenceThe Interplay Between Impact Fees and Dedications in Condemnation2011
Appraisal Institute Fall Real Estate ConferencePresenting and Defending Your Appraisal in Litigation2011
Seattle Chapter of the IRWA - Fall ConferenceCondemnation, Valuation and Mock Trial2010
Appraisal Institute Fall Real Estate ConferenceCondemnation Disputes in a Weak Market2010
Washington Water Law ConferenceAcquisition of Water Rights Through Condemnation2009