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Shannon J. Skinner

Practice Area Leader – Real Estate
+1.206.370.7657
Fax +1.206.370.6174

Ms. Skinner's practice centers on commercial real estate and financing transactions. Her experience includes the acquisition, disposition and financing (construction and permanent) of regional shopping malls, hotels, office buildings, retail centers, redevelopment projects, apartment buildings and museums. She represents corporate owners in the acquisition, development, leasing and disposition of their real estate holdings. She has worked on a wide range of matters, including complex redevelopment projects, construction loans, multi-state portfolio loans and data center developments. Her practice includes leasing, representing landlords and tenants in leasing office and other property types, as well as build to suit projects. She has represented many lenders in making loans, developing lending policies and forms, and coordinating multi-state transactions. The restructure, workout and exercise of remedies for troubled loans is also a part of her practice. Conduit, margin, and aviation financing transactions are part of her practice. In addition, she has significant experience in public/private developments that are key to urban renewal projects.

Ms. Skinner is the former editor for the American Bar Association magazine Probate & Property and is the former co-chair of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Real Property Acts. She is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and a member of the Anglo- American Real Property Institute. She has served on the Washington State Bar Association’s Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section’s Executive Committee, the ABA Real Property, Trusts & Estate Law Section Council and the board of CREW Sound and Seattle. In addition, she is the author of “The New ALTA Title Insurance Policies: Making the Leap from 1970 to the 21st Century,” 23 The Practical Real Estate Lawyer 29 (September 2007); “A Practical Guide to Title Review, “ 21 The Practical Real Estate Lawyer 35 (July 2005) and “A Practical Guide to Survey Review,” 9 The Practical Real Estate Lawyer 45 (1993), and a co-author of the “Powers of Attorney in Real Estate Transactions” chapter in The Washington Real Property Deskbook.

Achievements

  •  Listed, Best Lawyers in America, 2006-2016
    • “Lawyer of the Year,” Seattle Real Estate Law, 2015
  • Listed, Real Estate - Washington, Chambers USA, 2002-2016
  • Listed, Washington Super Lawyers, 2000-2016
    • Top 50 Women Lawyers, 2010, 2012-2013
  • Listed, Who’s Who Legal, Real Estate, 2005-2016

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 1995-present
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Former Council Member, Real Property, Trusts & Estate Law Section Council
  • Member, Anglo-American Real Property Institute
    • U.S. Treasurer
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
    • Former Member, Executive Committee, Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section
  • Former Board Member, CREW Sound and Seattle
  • Former Co-Chair, Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Real Property Laws, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
  • Former Editor, Probate & Property (published by the American Bar Association)
  • Representation of lender in $400 million permanent acquisition financing for trophy office tower in Seattle purchased by overseas investors
  • Representation of lender in $177.5 million permanent financing for shopping center on ground lease in Phoenix
  • Representation of lender in $100 million financing for luxury hotel in Newport Beach
  • Representation of technology company in build to suit lease for the University of Washington collaboration with Tsinghua University
  • Representation of outdoor recreation retailer in acquisition and development of new headquarters campus
  • Representation of technology company in build to suit leases for new corporate campus in Seattle
  • Representation of technology company in acquisition of data center sites throughout the U.S.
  • Representation of Museum Development Authority of Seattle in its development of a joint venture to expand the downtown Seattle Art Museum.
  • Representation in connection with the acquisitions and dispositions of vacant land held for development for corporate owner
  • Representation of lender in $95.4 million construction to permanent loan on new apartment building in Seattle
  • Representation of lender in the acquisition of a 28 property industrial portfolio in lieu of foreclosure
  • Representation in connection with the $375 million permanent loan on a regional shopping center near Seattle, WA
  • Representation in connection with the $185 million construction and permanent loan for the construction of an additional tower and refurbishment of a hotel in Bellevue, WA
  • Representation of a special servicer in the short sale and restructure of a troubled loan on mobile home park
  • Representation in connection with the $187 million construction and permanent loan for the expansion of a hotel in Seattle, WA
  • Representation in connection with the $65 million loan on a hotel, office and marina complex in Kirkland, WA
  • Representation of a life insurance company in its mortgage and conduit lending program in loans in an 11-state region.
  • Representation in connection with the $300 million permanent loan on a large resort and hotel property in Orlando, FL
  • Representation in connection with the $205 million construction and permanent financing for two new international corporate headquarters complex
  • Representation of the City of Bothell, WA in the acquisition of a large downtown tract and subsequent redevelopment of downtown core, including new infrastructure, residential and hotel development
  • Representation of the Museum of History and Industry in the condemnation of existing facility and redevelopment with the city in the historic armory building
  • Representation of the Foss Waterway Public Development Authority in its sale, lease and redevelopment of environmentally challenged waterfront section of Tacoma, WA into mixed use projects.
  • Representation of special servicers in numerous foreclosures and workouts
  • Representation of a national bank in its margin lending to high net worth individuals
  • Representation of the developer of Seattle, WA’s downtown redevelopment project, including redevelopment of the Nordstrom and former Frederick & Nelson department store sites into new retail showcase.