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Gary focuses 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 the firm's Real Estate practice, Chambers noted Gary’s well-known representation of both owners’ associations and developers of residential and commercial condominium projects.

Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • King County Bar Association, Member
  • Washington Condominium Act Task Force, 1986-1992
    • Chairman, 1987-1992
    • Drafting Committee, 1986
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
    • Condominium Law Revision Committee, 1984-1986
    • Condominium/PUD Committee, Chairman, 1982
    • Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section
  • Washington State Chapter of Community Associations Institute, Member
    • President, 1986-1987
    • Board member, 1984-1992
  • Washington Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act, Drafting Committee, 2009-present

Community Activities

  • Friends of the University of Washington Libraries, Board Member
  • Seattle SeaChordsmen Barbershop Chorus, Lead and Board Member
  • The Book Club of Washington, Board Member

Experience

Experience

  • 2200 Westlake
  • Canyon Ridge Cohousing
  • Enso
  • Fifth and Madison
  • Market Place Tower
  • Millennium Tower
  • Olive 8
  • Puget Ridge Cohousing
  • Seaboard Building
  • Seattle Art Museum
  • The Lyric
  • The Spring District
  • Uwajimaya Village
  • Waterfront Landings
  • Westlake Center

News & Insights

News & Insights

Presentations

“Homeowners Associations: Things You Should Know,” Office of the Secretary of State, June 2013

“Legal Documentation for Commercial Condominiums,” Commercial Condominiums Seminar, August 2010

“Distressed Condominiums and Recent Cases,” 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,” Troubled Condominiums Seminar, March 2010

“Condominium Law: the Changing Landscape of Risk Management and Liability,” WSBA - 2009 Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Midyear Meeting and Seminar, June 2009

“Condominium Issues Facing Developers, Lenders and Associations,” 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,” Parking in Mixed-Use Developments, February 2009

“Drafting Issues for Condominium Projects,” National Business Institute, September 2008

“Structuring Mixed-Use Condominium Projects,” Law Seminar International, September 2008

“Condominium Legislation – 2008,” Condominium Conversions, April 2008

“Trends in Deal-Structuring: Brownfields and Condominium Projects,” Residential Redevelopment of Contaminated Property, March 2008

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

Admissions

  • Washington, 1975

Education

  • J.D., University of Michigan (with honors), 1970
  • B.A., University of Michigan, 1967

Clerkships

  • The Hon. A. Andrew Hauk, U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 1970-1971

Honors & Recognition

  • Chambers USA (Washington) Leading Individual, Real Estate Law, 2005-2018
  • Washington Super Lawyers list, 2009-2013
  • 2010 Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV rating
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