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I have broad experience in real estate and business transactions, including 27 years practicing at large firms in Seattle and Spokane. My practice focuses primarily on commercial real estate matters, including negotiation and preparation of leases, purchase and sale agreements, loan agreements and opinions, easements, REAs and covenants for commercial and residential developments and master documents for leasing and sale transactions. I represent homeowners associations located throughout Eastern Washington providing advice on governance, enforcement and collection matters.

I also have extensive experience in preparation and negotiation of contracts for purchase and sale of goods, equipment, and services, foreclosures and deed in lieu agreements, mechanic and other liens, and construction agreements.

Prior to opening the Law Office of G N Bergh, I was a partner at Spokane's Paine Hamblen, whcih I joined in 1990. While there I acted as:

  • Counsel to energy utility company providing services relating to real estate and commercial finance matters.

  • Counsel to energy PUD on construction and condemnation matters.

  • Counsel to private university for real estate, business, and bond financing matters.

  • Local counsel to national agricultural lender providing services relating to foreclosure, deed in lieu and settlement agreements.

  • Counsel to nonprofit hospital providing services relating to real estate, business, and bond financing matters.

  • Counsel to industrial park providing services relating to real estate sale and leasing and environmental matters.

  • Counsel to real estate development and construction company, providing services relating to project development, leasing, construction and commercial matters.

  • Counsel for US affiliates of foreign solar energy company, including real estate matters, development, drafting and review of company contracts and negotiations with US and foreign counterparties for purchase and sale of products, raw materials, equipment, and services.

  • Counsel to homeowners associations located throughout Eastern Washington.

Prior to joining Paine Hamblen, I was an associate at Perkins Coie's Bellevue, Washington office. While at Perkins Coie, I performed substantial work for the Federal Savings and Loan Insurance Corporation in sales of distressed commercial real estate throughout the western United States. Also worked on a wide variety of real estate matters for an energy utility company and its real estate affiliate, foreclosures for a commercial mortgage lender, and a wide variety of leasing, purchase and sale and other real estate transactions.


Practice areas


  1. Real Estate: 50%
    31 years
  2. Contracts: 30%
    31 years
  3. Landlord & Tenant: 20%
    31 years



Hourly ($250-300/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info

Law Office of GN Bergh

2006 South Post Street
Spokane, WA, 99203-2049


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Phi Beta KappaUniversity of Iowa1977
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Office of GN Bergh2012 - Present
AttorneyPaine Hamblen1990 - 2012
AttorneyPerkins Coie1986 - 1990
Association namePosition nameDuration
Montana Bar AssociationMember1999 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Spokane County Bar AssociationMember1990 - 2013
King County Bar AssociationMember1986 - 1990
Publication nameTitleDate
HOA Mini ReportElection Signs2016
HOA Mini ReportSober Living Homes in your HOA?2016
HOA Mini ReportPokémon Gone?2016
HOA Mini ReportGot your Goat?2016
HOA Mini ReportNew Case - Halme v. Walsh2016
HOA Mini ReportNew Case - Bilanko v. Barclay Court Owners Association2016
HOA Mini ReportTyrannical HOA Orders Man to Remove Zombie From Yard2016
HOA Mini ReportHOA Primer2016
HOA Mini ReportApril Fools2015
HOA Mini ReportTake Care with Committees2015
HOA Mini ReportDuty of Directors to Members and Others2015
HOA Mini ReportDefenses to Covenant Enforcement2015
HOA Mini ReportCase Law - The Year in Review2015
HOA Mini ReportOutsize Assessments2015
HOA Mini ReportMaking Change2015
HOA Mini ReportSelf Enforcing Covenant2014
HOA Mini ReportOh, Bother - Nuisances2014
HOA Mini ReportHOAs and the FDCPA2014
HOA Mini ReportRecent Case Update - Sudden Valley2014
HOA Mini ReportNew Law on Meeting Minutes2014
HOA Mini ReportNo Time to Lose - Collection Strategies for HOAs2014
HOA Mini ReportLimitations on Covenant Amendments and Rules2014
HOA Mini ReportFlags2014
HOA Mini ReportNew Cases - Chiwawa and Sudden Valley2014
HOA Mini ReportNo Quorum?2013
HOA Mini ReportDisclosure of Member Names and Addresses2013
HOA Mini ReportNew Laws forHOA Budget Process2013
HOA Mini ReportNew Rules on Electronic Meetings Notices2013
HOA Mini ReportFair Housing Follow-Up2013
HOA Mini ReportEverything Old is New Again2013
HOA Mini ReportParking Enforcement for HOAs2013
HOA Mini ReportBoards and the Business Judgment Rule2013
HOA Mini ReportFair Housing Discrimination and HOAs2013
HOA Mini ReportDifferences – HOA and Non-Profit Corporations Acts2012
HOA Mini ReportApril News - An HOA Goes to the Dogs2012
HOA Mini ReportThe Farm Report - Goats and HOAs2012
HOA Mini ReportCautionary Tales2012
HOA Mini ReportMore on Capital Reserves Law2012
HOA Mini ReportEmail for Association Business?2012
HOA Mini ReportLegal Authority for Fining Members2012
HOA Mini ReportAssociations Must File Federal Tax Returns2012
HOA Mini ReprotLegal Requirements for Fining Members2012
HOA Mini ReportLittle House on the Prairie - Homestead and HOA Liens .2012
HOA Mini ReportNew Foreclosure Techniques for HOAs2011
HOA Mini ReportMaintaining Corporate Status2011
HOA Mini ReportCapital Reserves Law2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
University of IowaEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1977