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Anthony L. Rafel

Real estate Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   4 reviews

also known as Tony Rafel


Licensed for 40 years

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5
Practice areas
  1. Real estate
    30%

    39 years

  2. Construction and development
    20%
    Construction Defect Litigation, Building Products Defect Litigation, Warranty Enforcement, Insurance Coverage Litigation and Recovery Actions, Municipal Liability Litigation

    39 years

  3. Defective and dangerous products
    20%

  4. Insurance
    20%

  5. Wrongful death
    10%

Tony Rafel is an experienced trial lawyer and a trusted client advisor. His litigation practice focuses on representing condominium and homeowner associations and other property owners in disputes involving construction defects, product defects, warranty enforcement, breach of contract, insurance bad faith, easements, and other property-related issues. He also represents parties in business and partnership divorces and wrongful death actions. As general counsel, he advises many boards of directors of common interest communities on covenant interpretation and enforcement, corporate governance, and dispute resolution. With 34 years of experience, he has an active practice in Washington and Oregon.  

Licensed for 40 years
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 2006
Updated 10/09/2022
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 1983
Updated 11/25/2022
State NJ
Status Active
Acquired 1983
Updated 11/04/2022
State NY
Status Currently Registered
Acquired 1982
Updated 07/18/2022

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Rafel Law Group PLLC
600 University Street #2520
Seattle, WA, 98101
Rafel Law Group
1100 SW Sixth Avenue
Suite 1600
Portland, OR, 97204
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Posted by anonymous | September 26, 2017
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Condo Litigation Went Well
I chair the board of a large condo building in Portland that hired Tony to reach attractive settlements in two separate building issues. I recommend him for his willingness to help legal committees avoid the intra-building anger that accompanies such unfortunate events and his readiness to settle as soon as attractive terms can be achieved. The first complaint we had was for a piece of building equipment. We had initially retained a different lawyer but quickly became concerned that her desire to litigate until all appeals were exhausted wasn't in keeping with the low-drama solution our owners wanted. After switching, Tony negotiated a settlement that avoided court by tying any future payments to actual future repairs instead of insisting on an upfront check. Our second issue was much larger in both dollars and breadth but the board wanted to go with an attorney that would guide the case to a good compromise and try to avoid spiraling into never ending appeals. Tony prepared for trial throughout the case and pre-trial motions were a big part of setting the stage for a very successful settlement but always focused on the goal: a pre-trial settlement that would fully protect owners. Our owners wanted the pain that litigation causes to be recognized by their counsel and have that counsel deliver results; Tony did so.
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Posted by Dave | July 10, 2016
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Encore Condo Owners Assn (Portland, OR)
I chair the Board of Directors at the Encore (177 unit high-rise condo in Portland, OR). The Encore condo owners association entered into an engagement agreement with Tony Rafel in August 2012 for general counsel and other legal services following turnover of condo association responsibility from the developer to owners. Since that time Mr. Rafel has provided very effective legal service to the Encore on a wide range of important matters, including negotiating successful agreements on building defect, mechanical and plumbing system problems, as well as advising and supporting the Board on contracts, resolutions and policy and rules matters. As volunteer Board members, we appreciate Tony's solid knowledge and experience in condo association law and especially defect claims. He is able to communicate complex legal and technical issues in a way that homeowners can understand and take appropriate action through the condo owners association and the Board. Tony is very responsive to telephone and email inquiries and readily available to meet with the Board or property management staff, often during evening meetings. He is also respectful of our association's limited budget for legal support and very effective at helping us to balance cost and benefit considerations when approaching legal matters. His sound judgment and excellent legal advice has greatly benefited the Encore and its owners. He has enabled the Encore to weather the inevitable bumps and conflicts in first few years following owner control of the condo association and put us on a more stable path for success. On behalf of the Encore Board of Directors, I commend Tony Rafel for his great partnership with the Board and Encore owners during the past four years and recommend him to other condo associations seeking legal support and services.
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Posted by David | June 1, 2016
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Helped me salvage my IRA gone bad
I had an IRA investment that had gone bad due to the neglect of the manager of the hedge fund in which the IRA was invested. Tony met with me, and quickly got up to speed on the 6" stack of documents supporting my complex situation. Since the hedge fund was located in Oregon, and I live in Washington state, it was imperative that my attorney be licensed in both states, which Tony is. Thanks to his comprehensive grasp of the situation, he wrote a compelling letter to the hedge fund manager on my behalf. Fortunately, we did not have to resort to filing a lawsuit, but Tony instead was able to negotiate an excellent settlement. The settlement took several months to negotiate, but Tony kept after it, and made sure it didn't languish. After the settlement agreement was signed, he kept on top of the payment schedule, and even had to press for payment in a couple of instances. At this point, all but the final payment have been received, and I fully expect to receive that final one as well! Throughout the process, Tony responded quickly to my emails, and was very professional. He provided sound advice, and was a firm negotiator on my behalf. He was a delight to work with, and I highly recommend him!
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Posted by anonymous | June 6, 2007
Council Director
Tony Rafel is a top-tier attorney and a force to be reckoned with in and out of the courtroom. He is wise, experienced, talented, incisive, deliberate, and deeply committed to his clients. I've been in two cases with Tony and have always been very proud to have him on my side. He was intensely dedicated to my case, even though it was a pro bono effort. I highly recommend him.
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Work Experience

  • Managing Member
  • Rafel Law Group PLLC
  • 2005 - Present
  • Chair, Litigation & Alt. Dispute Res. Prac. Group
  • Riddell Williams P.S.
  • 2002 - 2005
  • Partner
  • Riddell Williams, PS
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Principal
  • Rohan Goldbarb Rafel Shapiro PS
  • 1995 - 2000
  • Partner
  • Culp, Dwyer, Guterson & Grader
  • 1983 - 1995
  • Judicial Clerk
  • United States District Court Western Dist. Of Wa
  • 1981 - 1983
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Education

  • Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law at Yeshiva University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1981
  • University of Rochester
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1977

Legal Cases

  • Serenity at Juanita COA
  • Favorable settlement
  • Tidewater Cove
  • Favorable settlements
  • Defoor Litigation
  • Judgment in favor of client
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Associations

  • WSCAI Business Partners Committee
  • Member
  • 2013 - Present
  • WSCAI Business Partners Committee
  • Co-chair
  • 2011 - 2012
  • Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington Nominations Committee
  • Chair
  • 2000 - 2000
  • Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington Website/Communications Committee
  • Chair
  • 2000 - 2002
  • Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee for the Western District of Washington
  • Member
  • 2000 - 2004
  • Federal Bar Association (Western District of Washington)
  • President
  • 1999 - 1999
  • Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference
  • Member
  • 1998 - 2001
  • Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee (WD Wash)
  • Member
  • 1993 - 1998
  • Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington Local Rules Committee
  • Chair
  • 1984 - 1994
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer, Construction Litigation
  • Seattle Met Magazine
  • 2016
  • Super Lawyer 2003-2016
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2016
  • Top Contracts/Agreements Lawyer
  • Washington CEO Magazine
  • 2008
  • Boss of the Year
  • National Association of Legal Support Professionals
  • 2007
  • Top 100 Lawyers in Washington State
  • Washington Law & Politics Magazine
  • 2007
  • Top 152 Lawyers in Seattle
  • Seattle Magazine
  • 2005
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Publications

  • WSCAI's Community Association Journal
  • Budget Ratification Best Practices
  • 2013
  • Community Associations Journal
  • Tying Up Loose Ends: End of the Year Checklist for Self-Managed Communities
  • 2010
  • Community Associations Journal
  • Dispute Resolution: The Many Methods of Getting Along (Legally Speaking)
  • 2009
  • Community Associations Journal
  • Reserve Studies in Washington - The New Standard
  • 2008
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Speaking Engagements

  • 4th Annual Pacific Northwest Construction Defect Seminar
  • Washington Industry Trends and Case Law Review
  • 2013
  • 18th Annual Construction Defect & Insurance Coverage Conference
  • Pacific Northwest Breakout Session: Coverage & Current Trends
  • 2012
  • ORCAI Monthly Members Luncheon
  • Navigating Management Changes in Community Associations
  • 2011
  • WSCAI Managers Only Day
  • Advanced Tools for Managers- Unlocking Powerful Secrets of the Nonprofit Corporation Act
  • 2011
  • WSCAI Law Day
  • Common Board Member Mistakes
  • 2011
  • WSCAI Law Day
  • Allocating Responsibility for the Cost to Repair Damage to Units and Common Elements: Who's Responsible When the Pipe Bursts
  • 2010
  • ORCAI Seminar
  • The Essentials of Community Association Volunteer Leadership
  • 2009
  • WSCAI Seminar
  • Annual Meetings that Bust Quorum and Snap Volunteers
  • 2009
  • Annual Meeting of Oregon-Washington Community Association Managers
  • Legal Update on Oregon and Washington law
  • 2009
  • Homeowners Association Services Group seminar
  • Managing Communities in a Difficult Economic Environment
  • 2009
  • CA Day
  • Allocating Responsibility for the Cost to Repair Damage to Units and Common Elements: Who's Responsible When the Pipe Bursts
  • 2009
  • Federal Bar Associaiton Western District of Washington
  • The Nuts and Bolts of Commencing Cases in Federal Court from Filing to Discovery Conferences
  • 2009
  • Lorman's Legal Aspects of Condominium and Homeowners' Associations in Washington seminar
  • Condominium and Homeowner Associations: Understanding the Issues in Washington
  • 2008
  • WSCAI program
  • Parking Spaces - What a Tangled Web We Weave
  • 2007
  • Continuing Legal Education program
  • Condominium Construction Defect and Warranty Claims
  • 2007
  • Mealey's Pacific Northwest Construction Defect Conference
  • Construction Defect Litigation
  • 2006
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Seattle Real estate Lawyer Anthony L. Rafel
Anthony L. Rafel
Real estate Attorney
Seattle, WA
Licensed for 40 years