Gary N. Ackerman

Gary N. Ackerman

Gary is a member of the firm’s Real Estate practice and has a primary focus on condominium and homeowner association law, representing both owners associations and developers of residential, commercial and mixed-use condominium projects.

Gary was recently singled out by the highly-regarded Chambers USA  legal directory, which annually interviews firm clients. In addition to a top-ranking of Foster Pepper’s Real Estate practice, Chambers noted Gary’s well-known representation of both owners’ associations and developers of residential and commercial condominium projects.

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Master Builders Association

King County Bar Association

Washington State Bar Association

  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, member
  • Condominium Law Revision Committee, member, 1984-1986
  • Condominium/PUD Committee, Chairman, 1982

American Bar Association

Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act, Drafting Committee, 2009-Present

Washington Condominium Act Task Force, 1986-1992

  • Chairman, 1987-1992
  • Drafting Committee, 1986

Washington State Chapter of Community Associations Institute

  • President, 1986-1987
  • Board member, 1984-1992

The Book Club of Washington, Board member

Friends of the University of Washington Libraries, Board member

Seattle SeaChordsmen Barbershop Chorus, Lead and Board member


Homeowners Associations: Things You Should Know

Speaker, Office of the Secretary of State, June 2013

Legal Documentation for Commercial Condominiums

Program Co-Chair/Speaker, Commercial Condominiums Seminar,  August 2010

Distressed Condominiums and Recent Cases

Speaker, 2010 Real Estate & Land Use Seminar, April 2010

Staying in the Game; Getting in (or out) of the Game - Scenarios on Workouts, Receiverships, Foreclosures and Auctions

Program Co-Chair/Panelist, Troubled Condominiums Seminar, March 2010

Condominium Law: the Changing Landscape of Risk Management and Liability

Speaker, WSBA - 2009 Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Midyear Meeting and Seminar, June 2009

Condominium Issues Facing Developers, Lenders and Associations

Speaker, 2009 Real Estate & Land Use Seminar, April 2009

Addressing Rights and Obligations for Users of Mixed-Use Garages: Drafting Clear Easements, Covenants, Codes and Conditions and Mixed-Use Case Study Panel Discussion: 2200 Westlake

Speaker, Parking in Mixed-Use Developments, February 2009

Drafting Issues for Condominium Projects

Speaker, National Business Institute, September 2008

Structuring Mixed-Use Condominium Projects

Speaker, Law Seminar International, September 2008

Condominium Legislation – 2008

Speaker, Condominium Conversions, April 2008

Trends in Deal-Structuring: Brownfields and Condominium Projects

Speaker, Residential Redevelopment of Contaminated Property,March 2008

How to Avoid or Minimize Construction Claims - Condos and Town Homes

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

A Road Map for Protecting Legitimate and Competing Interests of Commercial and Residential Condominium Owners and Uses and the Declarant

Speaker, Hot Issues in Real Estate and Land Use Development, March 2007

Legislative Update: Condominiums

Law Seminars International, March 2006

Residential Redevelopment of Contaminated Property – Condominiums

Law Seminars International, March 2005

Real Estate Purchase & Sales-Condominiums

Law Seminars International, March 2005

New Condominium Legislation

Fourth Annual Multifamily Investment & Development Symposium, February 2005

Condominium Construction Liability Reform and Other Current Legal Issues

Multifamily Investment and Development Symposium, January 2003

Mixed Use Condominiums

Community Associations Institute, March 2002

Condominium Warranties - New Construction

Miller Torgerson and Associates, September 2001

Public Offering Statements

Master Builder Association Class for Certified New Home Professionals, 2001-2006

Condominiums - How to Avoid Litigation

Windermere/PNWT Seminar, April 2001

Making Real Estate Out of Thin Air

Washington State Bar Association, January/February 2001

Reducing Risks of Condominium Warranty and Other Claims from Condominium Development

Foster Pepper Annual Real Estate and Land Use Update, January 2000

Open Space Condominium Developments

Washington State Bar Association, RPPT Midyear Meeting, July 1999

Homeowner Associations: Recent Trends in Enforcement of CCRs

5th Annual WSBA Real Estate Conference, November 1998

Legal Update

Community Associations Institute, October 1998

Selected Condominium Issues

Transnation Title Company, August 1998

Homeowner Associations, New & Proposed Legislation

Washington State Bar Association, RPPT Midyear Meeting, June 1996

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Chambers USA Leading Individual, Real Estate Law, 2005-2018

Washington Super Lawyers list, 2009-2013

2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating


J.D., University of Michigan (with honors), 1970

B.A., University of Michigan, 1967

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1975


Foster Pepper PLLC

  • Member, 1979-Present
  • Associate, 1975-1979

Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy (Atlanta, GA), Associate, 1971-1975

U.S. District Court, Central District of California, the Hon. A. Andrew Hauk, Law Clerk, 1970-1971

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