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I love to help people grow their businesses and real estate enterprises. No matter how big or how small, each client is important to me.

My dad was an entreprenuer and an investor, so I have been around business owners my whole life. I would be delighted to listen to your plans and see if I can be of service.


 ROBERT S. KLEIN is a partner at Short Cressman & Burgess.  He co-chairs the firm's Business Practice Group.


In his 33 years of practicing law, Mr. Klein has acquired broad experience in litigation, business and real estate. His current practice focuses primarily on representing business owners and real estate developers, lenders and contractors. Mr. Klein also assists clients with planning their long-term business strategies and negotiating business transactions; structuring and documenting corporations, joint ventures, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability companies, tenancies in common, and trusts; negotiating, drafting and reviewing business contracts and financing; and negotiating the purchase and sale of assets, services and businesses.

Mr. Klein's business and intellectual property experience is extensive, including negotiating and documenting spin-offs, licensing and manufacturing agreements, international sales, development contracts for start-up software firms, non-compete agreements, acquisitions, mergers, shareholders' agreements, marketing agreements, formation of LLCs, stock option agreements, and more.

In complex commercial and residential real estate transactions and planning, Mr. Klein deals with purchases and sales, title and title insurance questions, tax-deferred exchanges, reorganizations, financing, refinancing, loans, loan workouts, foreclosures, landlord and tenant matters, leases, permits, design, construction, and land use planning. His real estate dealings have included retail/office centers, office buildings, commercial land development projects, residential plats, apartment buildings, restaurants, service stations, road improvements, and hotels.


Practice areas


  1. Business: 55%
    41 years
  2. Real Estate: 30%
    41 years
  3. M & A: 15%
    36 years

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  • Niloufar Ahdi Park

    Mr. Klein is a well respected and experienced corporate attorney. He provides practical legal and business advice and understands importance of business relationships. It is a pleasure to know Mr. Klein.


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  • Teresa B Daggett

    Bob Klein is one of the finest business lawyers in Seattle. His experience in transactions, agreements and intellectual property makes him a valuable and trusted advisor to his clients. In addition to his experience, he's also a really nice guy. I highly recommend working with Bob.


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Contact info

Short Cressman & Burgess PLLC

999 Third Avenue, Suite 3000
Seattle, WA, 98104


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerShort Cressman & Burgess PLLC2007 - Present
Of CounselMcNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren P.L.L.C.2000 - 2006
PartnerSonkin & Klein1987 - 2000
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMember, Continuing Legal Education Committee2013 - Present
Hart Crowser, Inc.Director2011 - Present
Central Waterfront Partnerships CommitteeMember2009 - Present
Northwest Entrepreneur NetworkMember2007 - Present
Tax Law Section, Washington State Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
Business Law Section, Washington State Bar AssociationMember1990 - Present
Real Property Probate & Trust Section, Washington State Bar AssociationMember1980 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember1980 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present
Municipal League FoundationPresident2007 - 2011
Municipal League of King CountyVice Chair2007 - 2009
American Jewish Committee (Seattle Chapter)President1988 - 1990
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
DGHI Enterprises v. Pacific Cities, Inc., et al, 137 Wn.2d 933, 977 P.2d 1231 (1999)Case remanded for retrial.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Washington State Bar Association Bar NewsIn Praise of Share Transfer Restrictions2008
WSBA CLE ProgramA Heavily Footnoted Tale of Greed, Deception and Collection1998
Creditors’ Rights Section Newsletter, Commercial Law League of AmericaModel Wholesale Credit Application, Sales Agreement and Personal Guaranty1997
Puget Sound Business JournalLetters of Intent: For the tie that clarifies, write a letter of intent1992
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Georgetown University Law CenterLawJD - Juris Doctor1974
Gettysburg CollegePhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Title Insurance WorkshopTitle Endorsement Basics2014
Company Dissolution & LLC Member DisputesNon-Judicial Dissolution2012
Chair, The Art of the Graceful Exit: Valuation and Succession Planning for the Closely Held BusinessSuccession Planning for the Closely Held Business2010
The Ethics of AspirationLawyering as Public Trust: Must An Ethical Attorney Do Substantial Pro Bono Work?2003
Overview of Creditor-Debtor LawCollection: Theory, Practice and the Available Tools1998