Edward A. Harley

Edward A. Harley

Ed has a transactional business and maritime practice emphasizing business acquisitions and dispositions, venture capital investments, securities, real estate investment, and general business representation, as well as worldwide yacht and vessel transactions and management.


As chair of the firm’s Yachts, Ships & Submersibles practice, he has a significant amount of experience representing yacht owners covering a broad range of issues related to the yacht industry, including new build, purchase and sale, flagging, yacht management and crew issues. Ed also has substantial legal experience related to America's Cup yacht racing syndicates.

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U.S. Superyacht Association

Northwest Yacht Brokers Association

Florida Yacht Brokers Association

Northwest Marine Trade Association Superyacht Committee

International Superyacht Society

Washington State Bar Association

King County Bar Association

Spring Family Trust Board, Board Member

Rainier Discovery Center, Trustee, 2003-2005

Puget Consumers Co-op Natural Markets

  • Trustee, 1998-2001
  • Member, Finance Committee, 1998-2000,
  • Member, CEO Evaluation Committee, 1999

Washington Trails Association

  • Trail Crew Leader, 1994-2001
  • Trail Maintenance Committee, 1994-1996

The Mountaineers

  • Member, 1993-Present
  • Climbing Instructor, 1999-2001

King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinic, Advocate, 1994-1996

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Classification Summaries and Third Party Liability

Author, Foster Pepper News, January 2013

Changes to California COFR Rules Ease Timing Requirements for Certain Vessels

Author, Foster Pepper News, November 2012

Washington Partnership and Limited Liability Company Deskbook

Author, Chapter 28, "Securities Laws Aspects of Partnership and Limited Liability Company Syndications," Washington State Bar Association Continuing Legal Education


Ask the Experts: Legal

Panelist, Global Superyacht Forum, Amsterdam, November 2014

"Taxing" Issues for Superyachts, a West Coast perspective

Speaker, Cayman Yacht Forum, Flag and Regulatory Update, Fort Lauderdale, FL, October 2012

Broker and Management Issues: Traps for the Unwary

Speaker, Northrop & Johnson Annual Meeting, Fort Lauderdale, FL, October 2012

Superyacht Legal Issues – Newbuilding Projects Contract Terms and Conditions

Issues related to superyacht building contracts, arbitration and performance guarantees, Global Superyacht Forum, Amsterdam, November 2006

Choice of Entity

Comparison of the different forms of business entities for launching and operating a new business, October 2005

Partnerships, LLPs, and LLCs: Organization and Operation

Presentation regarding the various attributes of these types of business entities, December 2002

Corporate Law – The State of the Deal

Differing outlooks on the state of deals as seen through the perspectives of in house and outside counsel, December 2002

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“Peers comment that he 'is totally knowledgeable in every aspect, not just law but tax and other issues that occur. He is kind of a one-stop shop. He is accurate on how he portrays the law to us and how it relates to American clients and yacht ownership. He has the wisdom, he treads very carefully and approaches everything cautiously. Ed is one of the best.'” - Chambers HNW

BusinessFinancial InstitutionsMergers & AcquisitionsSports Teams & FacilitiesTransportationYachts, Ships & Submersibles (Chair)


Tel: 206.447.4688Fax: 206.749.2031


Chambers High Net Worth, Leading Individual, 2017-Present

Rising Star, Washington Super Lawyers list, 2002-2005

Seattle University School of Law, Academic Scholarship Recipient, 1994-1995


J.D., Seattle University School of Law (cum laude), 1996

M.B.A., University of Washington, 1993

Cranfield School of Management, International Business Studies Program, 1992

B.A., Rutgers University, 1986

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1996


Foster Pepper PLLC

  • Member, 2004-Present
  • Associate, 1999-2003

Julin, Fosso, McBride & Barrett

  • Associate, 1996-1999
  • Law Clerk, 1996

Internal Revenue Service, District Counsel (Seattle, WA), Legal Extern, 1995

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