Joseph E. Delaney

Joseph E. Delaney

Joe’s practice focuses on commercial real estate sale, leasing and financing transactions. His experience includes the acquisition, disposition and financing of commercial office properties, residential and mixed-use projects and since late 2012, he has represented purchasers and sellers in the sale of more than $4.5 billion of commercial real estate, including transactions that broke numerous records for price-per-square-foot. Joe’s practice includes leasing, representing landlords and tenants in leasing office, biomedical and technology space, including representing landlords in the lease of more than 6.5 million-square-feet of space in the South Lake Union neighborhood.

He also has experience in environmental law and land use and has represented clients in transactions involving contaminated properties.


Greater Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Environmental Policy Committee, member

Washington State Bar Association

  • Corporate Law Department, member
  • Environmental and Land Use Law Section, member

American Bar Association

King County Bar Association

American Inns of Court, William B. Bryant Chapter, Student member, 1987-1988


Regional Real Estate Practice Guide: Washington

Author, Chambers USA: Regional Real Estate guide, 2018


Wrap Up Case Studies: War Stories with Real Lessons

Speaker, Environmental Due Diligence, Law Seminars International, May 2016

Focus on an Ever-Shifting Landscape: Annual Spring Real Estate Update

Seminar Co-Chair, WSBA Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, April 2015

How to Minimize Costs and Project Delays Caused by Environmental Contamination

Speaker, Foster Pepper Client Briefing, October 2006

Brownfields Redevelopment in Washington

Speaker, Law Seminars International, August 1996

Redeveloping Contaminated Properties: Tools to Minimize Risk

Speaker, Contaminated Properties Seminar, Foster Pepper, May 1996

"Sources consider him to be 'a great business lawyer who has been practicing for 30 years and thus knows where the real risks are.'" - Chambers USA

Real EstateCommercial & Real Estate FinanceEnvironmental & Natural ResourcesLand Use, Planning & Zoning


Tel: 206.447.8940Fax: 206.749.1924


The Best Lawyers in America© Real Estate Law, 2008-2019

Chambers USA Leading Individual, Real Estate Law, 2017-2018

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

2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine

Martindale-Hubbell AV rating

Order of the Coif

Law and Policy in International Business, 1986-1987


J.D., Georgetown University Law Center (magna cum laude), 1988

B.A., University of Vermont, 1982

University of Washington, Certificate in Commercial Real Estate, 1998

Bar Admissions

Washington, 1988

U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1988

9th Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, 1991


Foster Pepper PLLC, Member, 1988-Present

Seattle University

  • Environmental Law, Adjunct/Guest Lecturer, 1995-1997
  • Real Estate Law, Adjunct/Guest Lecturer, 1994-2005

Breed, Abbott & Morgan (Washington, D.C.), Summer Associate, 1987-1988

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