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Terry Lynn Brink

Real estate Attorney at Tacoma, WA

5.0   5 reviews
  • Licensed for 35 years
    State WA
    Acquired 1988
    Active No misconduct found

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About Terry

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Before becoming an attorney in 1988, I bought, developed and sold real property, served on the Tacoma Pierce County Multiple Listing board as a member and president and was active in the Tacoma Board of Realtors where he served on the governing board. After beginning practice as an attorney, I continued to be involved in the real estate industry as a member of the board of directors for the Master Builders Association of Pierce County for 10 years, and am now a lifetime board member.


Among my many community activities, one of my most recent was perhaps the most rewarding. I served as a past president of The Tacoma Rescue Mission, where I also served as a Board Member for seven years.


My practice includes a broad range of real estate related legal services that are identified below in four (4) categories:


 Real Estate

 Boundary disputes


 Conditions, covenants and restrictions


 Environmental threshold determinations

 Dispute resolution

 Land use planning

 Leases and rental agreements

 Platting and subdivision of real property

 Purchase and sales agreements

 Real estate and asset based financing

 Title insurance

 Water rights and transfers

 Zoning hearings

 Quiet Title actions


 Land Use and Zoning

 Amnesty permits (Pierce County)

 Annexation and related agreements

 Bulkhead permits

 Compliance with requirements of real property development under the Growth           management Act

 Conditional use permits

 Critical areas (e.g., wetlands, flood hazard areas, steep slopes, fish and wildlife habitat, geological hazards, shoreline management and other critical areas regulations)

 Dock permits

 Environmental remediation

 Formal plats

 Large lot plats

 Non-conforming use permits

 Planned development districts

 Rezones, conditional use permits, variances, development agreements and other land use entitlements

 State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA)

 Shoreline substantial development permits, variances, conditional use permits, etc.

 Short plats


 Water rights, transfers and other issues



 Breaches of contract

 Change orders

 Construction agreements

 Construction claims

 Construction delays

 Cost overruns

 Dispute resolution

 Leasing agreements

 Labor disputes

 Mechanics’ liens

 Sales agreements


 Inverse Condemnation/Eminent Domain

 Full payment for property rights to be taken by condemning agency

 Full payment for diminution in value of remainder property, if applicable

 Pre-condemnation land planning

 Proof of Highest and Best Use of affected property

 Reimbursement of relocation expenses, if applicable

 Settlement objective usually significantly exceeding initial offers



Terry L. Brink, Attorney at Law, PLLC
1201 Pacific Ave Ste 2100
Tacoma, WA, 98402-4314

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Posted by Brian | October 11, 2013
For Real Estate legal advise in the Puget Sound area, this is your guy.
I have used Terry's services for over 20 years. He has helped me through Commercial Real Estate purchase contracts as well as the leases for these properties. Being from this area, he is in touch with the local Real Estate market place and his clients' needs. If you want sound advice and all of the I's dotted and the T's crossed, this is your guy.
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Posted by Steve | October 11, 2013
Our firm has used Terry for several years on a variety of land use issues. Terry has always produced great results, very thorough and detail oriented. Always responsive and has given great advice over the years.
Posted by Carl | July 8, 2013
Excellent Attorney
Carl Wade - Caliber Company, Inc. Mr. Brink is an outstanding real estate attorney. His years of experience enable him to provide thorough and knowledgeable legal advice. I have hired Mr. Brink for several land developing issues and would highly recommend Mr. Brink to anyone.
Posted by David | July 1, 2013
Terry has been very helpful in working through real estate isssue's as will as wading through issues of zoning platting and dealing with federal state county and city laws and ordinances.
Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2013


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Work Experience

  • Owner/Manager
  • Terry L.Brink, Attorney at Law, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Member
  • Eisenhower & Carlson, PLLC
  • 2007 - 2011
  • Partner
  • Gordon Thomas Honeywell
  • 1992 - 2006
  • Associate
  • Gordon Thomas Honeywell
  • 1988 - 1991
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  • University of Puget Sound School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1988
  • Pacific Lutheran University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1983

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Westside Business Park, LLC v. Pierce County
  • affected Washington's vesting doctrine
  • Graham Thrift Group, Inc. v. Pierce County
  • Payment of filing fee was jurisdictional


  • Tacoma Pierce County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1988 - Present
  • Washington Real Estate Broker
  • Designated Broker
  • 1963 - Present
  • The Rescue Mission
  • Past President/Board Member
  • 2008 - 2015
  • Pierce County Master Builders Association
  • Lifetime Director
  • 1992 - 2002
  • Tacoma Pierce County Multiple Listing Board
  • Past President/Board Member
  • 1976 - 1978
  • Tacoma Pierce County Association of Realtors
  • Board Member
  • 1976 - 1978
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2018
  • Membership
  • Beta Gamma Sigma
  • 1983

Attorney endorsements

Received (3)
Given (4)
Endorse Terry
Real estate Attorney | Feb 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Best dad I've ever had. Also the hardest-working and most vociferous advocate a client could ask for."
Real estate Attorney | Jan 03
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Terry Brink is a highly knowledgeable attorney in many areas of real estate, development, lending and land use issues, He is also extremely thorough. In the matters we have worked on together, I have found his communications to be thoughtful, clear, and correct. I wholeheartedly recommend him."
Real estate Attorney | Jul 28
Relationship: Other
"Terry is as knowledgeable as they come, and a great negotiator."

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Tacoma Real estate Lawyer Terry Lynn Brink
Terry Lynn Brink
Real estate Attorney
Tacoma, WA
Licensed for 35 years