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Robert Spitzer is an experienced real estate, finance and business problem solver. He has practiced in these areas for over 30 years, and has also personally developed real estate properties, overseen manufacturing and real estate lending businesses and bought and sold a number of enterprises. Robert has advised companies acquiring hundreds of commercial properties, negotiated leases for millions of square feet of space and organized hundreds of companies. He has been involved in workouts with tens of banks, and has served as trustee on almost a thousand deeds of trust involving commercial real estate. He counsels a number of dynamic business enterprises in Washington state.
Robert has worked for the U.S. Justice Department in Washington D.C., served on the staff of Senator John V. Tunney (D-Calif.) and clerked for Chief Justice Robert Brachtenbach of the Washington State Supreme Court.

Professional Activities

  • Washington Partnership & LLC Deskbook, Executive Editor, 2020
  • University of Washington, Commercial Real Estate Certificate Program, Faculty, 1994-2018
  • Washington State Bar Association, Real Property & Probate Section, Member, 1983-present

Community Activities

  • BBYO, Inc., Vice Chairman, 2004-2009
  • B'nai B'rith International
    • Chair, Strategic Planning, 2018-present
    • Senior Vice President, 2015-2018
    • National Fundraising Chairman, 2000-2002
  • Jewish Federation of Greater Seattle, President, 2002-2004
    • Chair, Community Relations Committee, 2018-present
  • King County Library System
    • Board of Trustees, President, 2012-2013, and 2016-2017
    • Board of Trustees, 2008-2018
  • United Way Ambassador

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Speaking Engagements

Past Appearances


  • Washington, 1981


  • J.D., Columbia University School of Law, 1980
  • B.A., Stanford University (with honors), 1976

Honors & Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America© Real Estate Law, 2018-present
  • "Top Lawyer" Corporate in Seattle Met magazine, 2010
  • Washington Super Lawyers list
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rating
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