Testimonials

“I’ve known and worked with Lee as my personal and professional lawyer for over 15 years. He’s helped me tremendously in both my professional & personal lives. His knowledge & advice has been invaluable on all matters involving any kind of real estate, purchase & sales, development, easements & liens, and enforcement of claims. He’s a diligent and passionate advocate for his clients, while it the same time “tells it like it is” so that there’s no needless attorneys fees or litigation costs. He’s a great person and attorney. Highly Recommended.”
James Garner, Housing Director, Snoqualmie Indian Tribe

“As a national franchise company we need to hire local counsel in the states in which we operate from time to time.  We prefer working with efficient law firms rather than big name firms to avoid spending money needlessly on the unnecessary overhead inherent in those firms. Recently our General Counsel hired Brettin Law Office to represent us in a litigated matter. Lee worked hard for us.  He was knowledgeable and well versed in the RCW 19.100, the Washington Franchise Investment Protection Act (FIPA), 16 C.F.R. 436 ( the Amended FTC Franchise Rule) related case law and legislative history.  In representing us, He uses a commons sense approach, explains the fact and law in an understandable manner and left no stone unturned. In the end he saved us tens of thousands of dollars in fees and costs and got us the results we were seeking.  Lee is courteous, timely and worked well with everyone in our organization.  Highly recommended.”
JS

“I’m writing to say how satisfied I was with the service I received from Brettin Law Office. As a first-time buyer of a residential lot in Seattle, I had many questions, and Mr. Brettin took the time to answer all of them and make sure I was comfortable with the whole process. He was always quick to respond to my phone calls and emails, and his fixed rate helped me keep my legal costs under control. In fact, by not charging me for extra services I didn’t need, he was able to prepare all the required documents for less than half the price that other area real estate lawyers had quoted me. I would not hesitate to recommend him.”
Eric T., Ballard

“After we made an offer for our first home, we found out that it would be a short-sale. We started looking for help from a real estate lawyer, and were fortunate enough to find Lee Brettin. We ended up deciding not buying the short-sale property after home inspection was less than satisfactory. Lee was great in staying on top of all the legal aspects during the process. A few months later we found a home that was ’For Sale by Owner’. We immediately contacted Lee again, and he walked us through the entire process without a real estate agent. This saved us lots of money, and happened to be much easier and more transparent than working with a real estate agent. Lee has a straightforward way of communicating, and is very clear with his explanations. He is a pleasure to work with! Highly Recommended!”
Judith K., Sammamish, WA

“Thank you so much for all your kindness in helping me with my case and giving all suggestions and help. Especially, thank you for being very helpful and having a great heart in helping me. I really everything and will definitely recommend you to other people & let you know if I need legal help in the future. Thank you again!”
Pricilla, S, Seattle, WA

“This year I decided to break away and start a new business. I had a location but wanted to make sure I covered my bases from unnecessary liability. I contacted Lee Brettin at the Brettin Law Office. He sent me a new client intake form and was able to meet me at my convenience. We discussed setting up a corporation and limited liability company and he explained the basics of both to me and I decided to go with the Washington Limited Liability Company. Lee prepared and filed a Certificate of Formation and agreed to be the Registered Agent for the company. After we received the certificate back from the Secretary of State, Lee drafted a Limited Liability Company Agreement for me and my husband. We had a follow up meeting and a couple calls to discuss particulars and it was done. Lee also prepared a letter as a guide outlining the best practices to operating my new company. The process went very smooth from start to finish and Lee finished the work on a flat fee and timely basis. Lee help me understand the process and agreement, using plain English instead of “legalese.” His price for the work was very reasonable. I was happy with the outcome and highly recommend Lee and the Brettin Law Office to anyone wanting to set up a limited liability company to get their business off to a good start. Highly Recommended.”
Sandy Roden, Managing Member, Wax Sabbath Spa LLC, Seattle, WA

“I’ve known and worked with Lee Brettin for over 15 years. Commonwealth is the largest manufactured home community management company in the Pacific Northwest. As Director of our Washington office, I’ve used Lee and the Brettin Law Firm for unlawful detainer actions and recently to represent my company as legal counsel in a case where we acted as court appointed custodial receiver. Lee has always been prompt, courteous and has worked well with our staff and clients. His fees are reasonable and a very good value considering his range of experience. Highly recommended.”
Craig Hillis, Managing Director, Commonwealth Real Estate Services, Inc.

“My wife and I relocated to Washington State in 2008 to open a “The Bar Method” studio franchise along with our business partner. We were referred to Lee from another lawyer. Ours is the only Bar Method franchise in Washington State. Lee first met with us to understand our business goals. Lee then reviewed our franchise disclosure documents (the FDD), and worked with our franchisor to negotiate our franchise agreement. Prior to negotiating and finalizing our franchise agreement, Lee advised us on important issues for our successful operation and ability to expand to other locations. During the franchise negotiation process Lee set up a limited liability company for our franchise and assisted in negotiating the legal points in our first commercial lease at Redmond Town Center. We are now expanding our business to a mixed use development located in South Lake Union. Lee has met with our tenant improvement team and general contractor at the site to understand the issues we were presented with in our negotiation with the owner and has worked with us in negotiating our lease. Lee has worked very well with our team. We are delighted with his work product. We highly recommend Lee and the Brettin Law Office for entity formation, general business matters and commercial lease negotiations.”
Luke Currier Member
Raising The Barre LLC d/b/a The Bar Method

“I have worked with Lee Brettin at Brettin Law Office since 1992. Prior to that, I worked with Lee when he was a commercial real estate broker. As a lawyer, Lee has provided legal services for me in a number of areas of law, including reviewing and revising a key independent contractor agreement that led to a very successful relationship with a Bellevue based company that owns substantial commercial real estate as well as other assets. Lee worked with us to form a limited liability company as a vehicle to acquire eight free standing Key Bank branch buildings in Colorado and Alaska valued in excess of $16,000,000. In addition to drafting and assisting the negotiation of the limited liability company agreement, Lee worked with us in developing the purchase agreements, assisted with due diligence, reviewed and negotiated title, clearing title for the acquisition and worked with us on closing. I have also worked with Lee has on a number of valuable commercial lease transactions and commercial unlawful detainer actions. Lee is personable, professional and diligent in his approach to the legal issues I have presented to him. During my working relationship with Lee, I found him to employ a common sense approach to law to avoid our incurring unnecessary legal fees. I have since relocated my business to Colorado. If I were still in Washington State, I would continue to use his legal services. I highly recommend Lee for commercial real estate matters.”
James H. Moilanen, Vice President
STRATEGIC REAL ESTATE ADVISORS
6025 S. QUEBEC SUITE 250
CENTENNIAL, CO 80111

“I am the director of Agape Family Counseling. I recently hired Lee Brettin and the Brettin Law Office to handle a dispute we encountered. Lee was aggressive in his approach to this matter; he explained the issues to me in a matter-of-fact and easy to understand manner, avoiding a lot of “legalese.” He employed a swift response to the other parties involved and used common sense backed by well researched and written legal correspondences that solved our problem and dispute. I will hire Lee again when and if I have a legal dispute or business matter. Highly recommended.”
Rev. Dr. Philip “Gene” Anderson.
Agape Family Counseling

“Lee was a pleasure with work with. I would have been lost without him. He took care of all the paperwork for us and answered all our questions. If I need any legal work in the future I will be sure to call. I would not hesitate to recommend Lee to anyone looking to buy or sell real estate.”
M.C.

“I was referred to Lee Brettin by a lawyer who was familiar with Lee’s real estate law background. My wife and I were facing a short sale on our home. If the short sale didn’t go through then we were certain the bank would foreclose on our home. Our home was encumbered with a first and home equity line of credit (HELOC). In addition to our home, we own a large building lot where we planned to build our retirement home. We didn’t want to take any unnecessary risk with our building lot as it was paid for with our retirement money. Lee met with me and carefully reviewed my predicament. He set up a limited liability company for us and helped his transfer title to our building lot. We were successful with our short sale. Lee reviewed the final documents from the lender and HUD-1 closing statement. When we need a lawyer in the future, which we hope we won’t, I will not hesitate to call Lee. We were happy with his work and our results and highly recommend Lee.”
M.F., Duvall, WA

“I met Lee Brettin in 2003 when he represented a local restaurant chain seeking to put a restaurant on a site owned by my company. We presented Lee with our company’s standard form lease. He turned around lease comments expeditiously, concentrating on issues pertinent to the transaction. Both the tenant and the landlord quickly achieved a mutually beneficial lease that will stand for many years. Lee was instrumental in getting the deal done.

I was impressed with Lee’s professionalism and representation for his client. I later retained him for commercial unlawful detainer work. Lee approached each case aggressively with fees in line with our expectations, reporting his progress on a regular basis through conclusion.

Lee is well versed in commercial real estate, including matters such as tenant mix, rent, property management and the probability of a retail tenant’s likelihood of success or failure depending on economic, experience and competition. I recommend him without reservation.”
Allen Gray, CPM®,
President, Lakeshore Investment Corporation