Lee Brettin's Background and Experience

I have been an active real estate lawyer since 1992 and real estate broker since 1980.  My real estate career began in shopping center management, leasing and development.   In 1985 I obtained my Certified Property Manager designation from the Institute of Real Estate Management managing a number of community shopping centers for institutional investors while attending law school at night.   I transitioned out of real estate management and began representing local and regional chain-store operators first as a broker and later as a lawyer in regional mall and community shopping center lease negotiations with all of the national regional mall developers and owner of that era in most all of the prominent regional malls in the Western States.

As general counsel for a local and very well-respected retail and coffee bean company, I had the honor and responsibility for retail store leasing, site selection, franchise operations, business acquisitions, partnerships, trademarks and other intellectual property, working with various team captains and outside specialty legal counsel.   We were opening stores in Washington, Oregon, Northern and Southern California, Arizona, Texas, Illinois, Massachusetts, NY and DC.

Other general counsel work has included the negotiation and drafting of purchase option agreements for development parcel assemblages, commercial purchase agreements, complex easements, CC&Rs and other entitlement and development covenants, development agreements, Walgreen and store leases, entity formation, capitalization and loan documents for development projects in Washington and Oregon.  In summation, everything that goes into developing a successful neighborhood shopping center.

I have been at my current business address since 2005, during which time I have had the privilege and pleasure of representing  individuals and families, local business owners and national business interests in transactions in Washington State, as well as engaging in all manner of real estate, business and franchise transactions and litigation.

I was an active volunteer at the King County Bar Association Country Doctor Legal Clinic for over 10 years assisting individuals who cannot afford lawyers and Wayfind, a KCBA outreach program counseling entrepreneurs and micro-enterprises.

I am a graduate of the University of Oregon Business School majoring in Finance and Real Estate, and the University of Puget Sound School of Law, and a member of the Washington State Bar Association, the King County Bar Association, the Northwest Multiple Listing Service and the Commercial Broker’s Association of Washington.

In a prior life I completed an apprenticeship to become a journeyman carpenter and am a former member of the now defunct United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners – Local 1453 – Huntington Beach, California.