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I have been an attorney at HCMP since 1982, having arrived in Seattle from the boom town of Buffalo, N.Y., following law school and college on the east coast. As dictated by the then prevailing real estate environment, I spent my first seven years dealing primarily with workout and bankruptcy matters. As the real estate sector of the economy improved, I shifted to transactional work, mostly financing transactions and loan syndications.  I have found that, working through some troubled times has given me a great perspective on what's really important when "push comes to shove" in a transaction and, with the recent turn in the economy, my early experience has been a true resource in handling the restructuring and workout of troubled loans and in advising clients in creating effective strategies for realizing on their security. I regularly advise our clients, including a number of financial institutions, in lending, real estate, and related debtor-creditor matters, and supervise attorneys and paralegals providing assistance in the full spectrum of financing and real estate-related areas.

In addition to almost 30 years of experience assisting our clients in addressing their legal concerns, I have spent considerable time working with industry and trade groups in ways that have helped me gain a broader perspective on the issues my clients face on a daily basis. Those in the lending industry have even shown enough confidence in my judgment to elect me President of the Seattle Mortgage Bankers Association and an Associate Director of the Washington Mortgage Lenders Association, and I continue to be involved with both organizations on an ongoing basis as Chair of their joint legal-legislative committee.


Practice areas


  1. Debt Agreements: 70%
    34 years
  2. Real Estate: 20%
    34 years
  3. Bankruptcy: 10%
    34 years

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Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson

999 Third Avenue
Suite 4600
Seattle, WA, 98104


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV (Very High to Preeminent) RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
Who's Who in Land Use, Real Esate, and Environmental LawN/A2004
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Vice PresidentHillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S.1982 - Present
Association namePosition nameDuration
United States District Court for the Eastern District of WashingtonMember1982 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember1982 - Present
United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth CircuitMember1982 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1982 - Present
Seattle Mortgage Lenders AssociationMemberN/A
Washington Mortgage Lenders AssociationMemberN/A
Habitat for Humanity Seattle/South King CountyPresidentN/A
St. Joseph Parish CommissionCommission Member2004 - 2009
Washington Mortgage Lenders AssociationAssociate Director1999 - 2007
Seattle Mortgage Bankers AssociationPresident1998 - 1999
Northwest BookfestSecretary1995 - 2000
Seattle Mortgage Bankers AssociationDirector1992 - 2000
Yale UniversityClass Secretary ('79)1984 - 1994
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington State Bar Association"Drafting and Foreclosing Deeds of Trust After the Amendments to the Deed of Trust Act," Washington State Bar Association,1998
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Yale UniversityHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment AgreementsSNDA's2012
Pacific Northwest Mortgage Lenders ConferenceSenior Lobbyist Panel2012
The Impact of Master Community Developer Covenants on Builder FinancingCan't We All Just Get Along? The Impact of Master Community Developer Covenants on Builder Financing2003
Ninth Annual WSBA Fall Real Estate ConferenceReal Estate Finance2002
9th Annual Real Estate InstituteDeeds of Trust2001