Gary E. Fluhrer
Member

Gary E. Fluhrer

Gary is a member of the firm’s Real Estate practice and has more than 40 years of experience representing local, national, and international investors and developers doing business in the Northwest. His practice focuses on the development, leasing, financing, acquisition, and disposition of projects, portfolio and multistate acquisitions, and workouts of distressed projects.

He has worked with a variety of developers and investors, including commercial and residential developers, clients in the hospitality, industrial, and healthcare industries. Gary has also worked on loan restructurings in Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii, Texas, and California.

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 as “one of the deans of the real estate Bar” with clients describing him as “extremely smart and totally dedicated to client service.”

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Activities

Cornish College of the Arts, Board of Trustees

American College of Real Estate Lawyers

  • Member, 1993-Present
  • Investment Entity Committee
  • Various committees

Pacific Real Estate Institute, Past President and Trustee

American Bar Association

  • Business Law Section, Member
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member

Washington State Bar Association

  • Business Law Section, Member
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member

King County Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section, Member

Washington Athletic Club

Sand Point Country Club

Publications

Liquidated Damages in Washington State Purchase and Sale Agreements

Co-author, The Practical Real Estate Lawyer, American Law Institute CLE, Volume 35, Number 5, September 2019

Liquidated Damages in Washington State

Co-Author, ACREL News & Notes, November 2018

Regional Real Estate Practice Guide: Washington

Author, Chambers USA: Regional Real Estate guide, 2018

Non-Recourse Carveout Guaranties in Commercial Loans: Drafting Tips to Avoid Unintended Liabilities

Co-Author, ALI Presentation, February 2013

How ‘Non-Recourse’ is Your Loan?

Co-Author, The ACREL Papers, October 2012

Observations on the Current U.S. Commercial Real Estate Market

Author, International Bar Association, October 2010

The Changing World of Real Estate Equity Investment

Co-Author, The ACREL Papers, March 2008

Multi-Party Limited Liability Company Operating Agreement

Co-Author, The ACREL Papers, March 2004

Until the Tax Lawyer Arrives: Understanding Tax Provisions in LLC Agreements

Co-Author, The ACREL Papers, March 2004

Preforeclosure Counseling and Workouts

Author, Washington State Bar Association, July 2003

Current Real Estate Financing Issues

Author, Washington State Bar Association, December 2001

Limited Liability Companies – Management Structures and Selected Issues in Using LLCs

Co-Author, The ACREL Papers, October 2000

The LLC Vehicle – Is There Ever a Reason Not to Use It?

Co-Author, The ACREL Papers, April 2000

Washington Partnership Law and Practice Handbook

Contributing Author, 1993 Revision

Practical Considerations for Workouts

Author, Washington State Bar Association, February 1989

Nuisance Actions Against Municipal Airports

48 Washington Law Review 904, 1974

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Presentations

Recent Developments in Lending

Speaker, Foster Pepper 2017 Real Estate/Land Use Briefing: Essential Industry Updates, November 2017

Legislative and Case Law Update

Speaker, Foster Pepper 2016 Real Estate/Land Use Briefing: Essential Industry Updates, November 2016

Current Trends in Financing

Speaker, Foster Pepper 2015 Land Use/Real Estate Briefing: Essential Industry Updates, October 2015

Foster Pepper 2014 Land Use/Real Estate Briefing: New Regulatory Developments and their Impact on the Future of Land Use and Real Estate

Speaker, November 2014

  • Current Trends in Joint Ventures and Equity Financing
  • Commercial Real Estate Lending and Guaranties

Personal Guaranties — Recent Developments in Post-Foreclosure Liability

Speaker, WSBA: 2014 Real Property, Probate and Trust Midyear Meeting and Conference, June 2014

Guaranties, Non-Judicial Foreclosures, Carve-Outs and Post-Foreclosure Liability

Speaker, Washington State Bar Association, 20th Annual Fall Real Estate Conference, December 2013

Carveout Guaranties in Commercial Loans: Drafting Tips to Avoid Unintended Liabilities

Speaker, ALI Presentation, February 2013

Real Estate Secured Loans and Remedies

Washington State Bar Associate CLE, January 2010

Commercial Credit Workouts Forum (In-House Government)

Washington Bankers Association, April 2009

Buying & Selling Hotels

Law Seminars International, August 2008

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"Gary receives his praise from interviewees, who cite him as 'one of the deals of the real estate bar.' His clients describe him as 'extremely smart and totally dedicated to client service.'" - Chambers USA

Real EstateBusinessCommercial & Real Estate Finance (Chair)Financial InstitutionsHospitality (Chair)

Contact

Tel: 206.447.8896Fax: 206.749.1942

Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America© Real Estate Law, 1995-present

Washington Super Lawyers list, 1999-2019

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

Best in the Business: Leading Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region, Seattle Business magazine, Real Estate, 2013

Top 100 Lawyers, Washington Law & Politics, 2006

University of Washington Law Review, Editor-in-Chief, 1973-1974

Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating

Education

J.D., University of Washington School of Law

B.S., Iowa State University, Aerospace Engineering

Bar Admissions

Washington

Experience

Foster Pepper PLLC, Member, 1979-Present

The Boeing Company (Seattle, WA), Engineer, 1969-1971

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