|Executive Director||State Council on Environmental Policy||1973 - 1974|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Laurelhurst Beach Club||President||2010 - Present|
|Wedgwood Swim Club||President||2006 - 2008|
|Chinatown/International District Special Review Board||Board Member||1990 - 1992|
|Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce||Past Chair||1981 - 1984|
|Scott v. Cingular, 160 Wn.2d 843||Won 6-3 before State Supreme Court|
|See all legal cases|
|Freedom from Contracts||"Condominium earnest money deposits"||2009|
|Washington State Bar CLE publication||Real Property Deskbook||1988|
|University of Washington School of Law||N/A||LL.M - Master of Laws||1974|
|University of California, Hastings College of the Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1972|
|"Freedom from Contracts"||Real estate earnest money deposits||2009|
Posted by Donald
Back in the early or mid-1980’s, I was one of eight apartment owners who sued the local County for requiring that all property owners in the entire local area connect their property to the new sewer system and stop using the existing, approved and functioning on-site septic systems.
Attorney Steve Crane sued on behalf of Eight Apartment Complex owners and won! I was one of Steve's clients with my apartment complex of 28 units in that lawsuit against the County to not hook-up to the County sewer system. Steve’s argument was that the Local Improvement District that the County adopted stated that everyone in that area of the County must hook-up to the new sewer system and by doing so each property would have an increase in value thereby supporting the County’s argument requiring all property owners to hook-up to the sewer system. However, Steve, along with testimony and documentation from the eight apartment owner’s, Steve proved that tenants don’t care where their sewage goes once they flush; they will never pay more for the sewage going down to a County Sewer System rather than it going to an on-site septic system. As long as it flushes and the sewage goes down the drain, no one would pay any increased rents based on those facts. Additionally, since sewers would likely bring new apartments with more competition to the existing owners who would likely have to reduce rents to stay competitive with the new construction; thereby actually lowering the value of our apartment buildings.
Steve’s arguments won. I avoided paying the approximately $28,000 in sewer hookup fees to the County sewer assessment, plus I avoided the costs of tearing up my lawns and existing septic system to put new pipes to the sewer system in the street; estimated savings at about another $28,000. With the time value of money, the approximately $56,000 at an inflation rate of just 3% would be equal to approximately $165,000 today! However, the biggest factor is the right to continue use of the on-site septic system thereby avoiding us from paying the on-going, monthly sewer fees of $19.00 per month per apartment unit or $532 per month for my 28 unit complex. In Today’s dollars, Steve Crane’s lawsuit saved us approximately another $405,000 in monthly sewer service fees! So Steve Crane saved me about $600,000 over these past years.
Thanks Steve Crane for being such a strong Attorney.
Posted by Kathleen
Stephen helped me when I was sued on a real estate issue. Luckily a friend recommended Stephen and he saved me from going to court. We were able to reach a fair settlement and I am feel that Stephen was able to negotiate with the other side because of his experience in real estate. I could not be happier.
Posted by James
As a long time real estate investor and broker, I have used many real estate attorneys and what I like about Mr. Crane is that he has real world sensibility. You can't get a deal done if your attorney is too conservative, but he has to let you know of the pitfalls so you can make accurate assessments of legal risk. I have recommended Steve to many of my clients and colleagues.
Roger Townsend, Lawsuits and disputes Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
Steve Crane is a knowledgeable and experienced lawyer who we have worked with on a consistent basis. His experience and insights are invaluable and have directly contributed to obtaining good results for our mutual clients.
Imanta Holmquist, Real estate Attorney
Relationship: Worked together on matter
I endorse this lawyer. Stephen is an astute and well experienced litigation and real estate attorney. In cases we have worked on, Stephen demonstrates the highest understanding of the law and how to obtain the best result for his clients in the most efficient manner.