Bradley P. Thoreson

Bradley P. Thoreson

Brad maintains an active trial practice representing plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation. Since 1988, Brad has handled a wide variety of disputes, including high-stakes jury and non-jury litigation. He has successfully tried more than 40 cases to verdict, both in state and federal courts. His practice includes ‘bet-the-company’ litigation, securities fraud, troubled investments, complex contract disputes, and real estate and construction matters. Much of Brad’s practice has focused on resolving particularly contentious disputes with complicated real estate, contractual and financial issues. He represents clients from a diverse range of industries, including financial services, health and wellness, pension funds and institutional investors, real estate development and more.

He also contributes significant time and effort to civic and charitable causes. Brad currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Seattle Pacific University and the Board of Governors for the Washington Athletic Club. He recently completed a two-year term as Board Chair of the Corporate Board of Directors for the Boys & Girls Clubs of King County and continues to be involved in the organization as co-chair of its annual key events.  

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Boys and Girls Clubs of King County

  • Board of Directors
    • Immediate Past Chair, 2015
    • Chair, 2012-2014
    • Member, 2007-2012
  • Finance Committee, Member
  • Executive Committee, Member
  • Resource Development Committee, Member
  • Board Development Committee, Member
  • Youth in Need Task Force, Member

Seattle Pacific University, Board of Trustees, Member, 2010-Present 

Pacific Real Estate Institute, Member

Washington Athletic Club

  • Athletic Membership Review Board, Chair
  • Board of Governors, Member
  • Marketing & Membership Committee, Committee Member
  • 101 Club, Member
  • Athletic Committee, Former Member

Urban Land Institute

  • Office Development Counsel (National), Member
  • Membership Committee (Seattle Chapter), Chair

Friends of Hoop of Washington, Advisory Board of Directors, Chair

Washington State Bar Association

  • Best of CLE Speaker, 1999
  • RPPT mid-year meeting, Chair, 2003
  • Speaker, Numerous times on various Real Estate topics for the WSBA and WSTLA

Seattle Rotary Club No. 4, Former Member

Seattle Golf Club, Member


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Upcoming: Commerical Leasing Defaults and Remedies: Lessons from Recent Litigation

Panelist, Commercial Real Estate Leases, Law Seminars International, December 2017

Development Easements: Crane Easements, View Easements, Solar Easements

Speaker, 6th Annual Easements in Washington, The Seminar Group, November 2017

Symposium on Current Issues in Credit Union Board Governance

Panelist, Foster Pepper Client Briefing, September 2017

Commercial Leasing Defaults and Remedies

Speaker, 28th Annual Advanced Conference on Commercial Real Estate Leases, Law Seminars International, December 2016

Easements, CCRs, and Development Agreements: Sophisticated Approaches for Drafting Provisions and Litigating Disputes

Program Co-Chair and Presenter, Law Seminars International, September 2015

  • "Easements and CCRs as Restrictions on Use"
  • "Litigation Strategies for Disputes Over Easements and CCRs"

Noise and View Obstruction; Construction and Air Easements

Speaker, 3rd Annual Easements in Washington Conference, October 2014

“The Exchange” Seattle, e-Discovery for the Corporate Market

Moderator, Today’s General Counsel Institute’s (TGCI), October 2014

Easements and CCR: Sophisticated Approaches for Drafting Provisions and Litigating Disputes

Program Chair and Co-Presenter, Law Seminars International, April 2014

  • "Easements and CCRs as Restrictions on Use"
  • "Litigation Strategies for Disputes Over Easements and CCRs"

Monetizing Your IP: Current Trends Towards Strategic Use and Maintenance

Panelist, Association of Corporate Counsel (ACC) America, April 2013

Litigation of Disputes Over Easements and CCR's

Speaker, Development Agreements, Easements and CCR's, September 2006, 2007 and 2008

Drafting Language to Stand the Test of Time: What Recent Cases Tell Us About Changes in Circumstances Arising from Intensification of, and Changes in, Land Use?

Speaker, Developments in Real Estate in 2007, December 2007

How to Effectively Position and Negotiate Contractual Disputes

Speaker, Construction and Development of Condos, Multi-Family Housing, and Mixed Use Building, April 2007

REA's and CCR's

Speaker, Construction and Development of Condos, Multi-Family Housing, and Mixed Use Building, April 2007

Title Insurance Coverage and Litigation Update

Speaker, How to Avoid or Minimize Construction Claims, Mixed Use Developments, October 2006

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Bona Fide Purchaser Doctrine

Author, Chapter 3, Washington Real Property Deskbook, 2009


Investment ManagementFinancial Institutions (Chair)Litigation & Dispute ResolutionReal Estate


Tel: 206.447.3867Fax: 206.749.1923


Washington Super Lawyers list, 2001-2017

Top Rated Lawyers in Banking and Finance Law, Martindale-Hubbell® 2013

Nominated Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, 2014

2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine 

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating


J.D., University of Puget Sound, 1988 

B.S., Seattle Pacific University, 1985

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1988


Foster Pepper PLLC, Member, 2003-Present

Short Cressman & Burgess, PLLC

  • Partner, 2000-2003
  • Real Estate Department Chair

Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard PLLC, Partner, 1994-2000

Ferguson & Burdell, Associate, 1998-2003


Seattle city pension investment mired in legal limbo

The Seattle Times, May 2013

Local biotech inventor gets $95M verdict in patent suit

The Seattle Times, March 2013

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