Law Seminars International Presents

The Eighteenth Annual Advanced Conference on

Commercial Real Estate Leases

Practical information on negotiating and enforcing commercial leases

December 14 & 15, 2006
Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, lenders, owners, managers, brokers, leasing agents, real estate developers, and others who are involved in landlord/tenant relationships, and who deal with lease negotiation, drafting, defaults, and litigation

Why Attend

"This seminar will provide insightful, practical information useful to real estate lawyers, brokers, lenders, landlords, and tenants in negotiating and enforcing commercial leases. Basic concepts are explained to assure that those with less experience are not left behind, but the panel discussion and presentations quickly extend into more sophisticated nuances, often providing specific suggestions for lease provisions and ways to handle particular issues that frequently arise in negotiations and during the tenancy. The use of examples allows participants to apply the concepts to real world situations, based on the knowledge of experienced real estate lawyers, leasing agents, and other professionals in this area. This program has been very popular in past years, and its content continues to be updated and refined. A must for anyone who needs to make important decisions in commercial leasing." ~ Program Co-Chairs: Jennifer Dunn Cobb, Esq. and Richard A. Moore, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~ How to negotiate key lease provisions ~ Ways to avoid risks with "build to suit" and "construction law" work orders ~ Emerging issues in environmental law ~ Financing considerations for lease negotiations ~ New issues in bankruptcy ~ Insurance considerations for commercial leases ~ The dance of negotiation ~ How to avoid the deal killers ~ Ethics & strategies ~ Enforceability of particular lease provisions ~ Assignments & subleases from the landlord and tenant point of view ~ Broker ethics: Dual agency ~ Unique special leases

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ I will make this CLE a priority to attend every year! ~ Brisk, interesting and thought provoking ~ very informative, particularly for future reference ~ exceptional, very informed speakers and great subject coverage


Thursday, December 14, 2006

8:00 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Jennifer D. Cobb, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard PLLC / Seattle, WA
  Richard A. Moore, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
8:45 am Negotiating Key Lease Provisions: A Panel Discussion
  Richard A. Moore, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
  Landlord's Point of View
  Jennifer C. Cobb, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard PLLC / Seattle, WA
  Tenant's Point of View
  Thomas S. James, Jr., Esq., Founder
Opus Law Group / Seattle, WA
10:15 am Break
10:30 am Build to Suit and Construction Law Work Orders
  Drafting work letters in leases; liens; releases and waivers; ways to guard against problems and avoid risks
  John C. Dippold, Esq.
Carney Badley Spellman, P.S. / Seattle, WA
11:15 am Emerging Issues in Environmental Law
  New cases on cleanup liability; revised policy on DOE's "No Further Action" letters; indoor air toxicity; stormwater management
  Rodney L. Brown, Jr., Esq.
Cascadia Law Group PLLC / Seattle, WA
12:00 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Financing Considerations for Lease Negotiations
  Landlord/waivers and consents with regard to tenant financing; Subordination, Non-Disturbance and Attornment Agreements (SNDA) with regard to landlord financing
  Constance L. Proctor, Esq.
Vandeberg Johnson & Gandara, LLP / Seattle, WA
2:00 pm Effects of Bankruptcy - New Issues
  Affirmation of lease termination, impact of bankruptcy stay; lender's concern; changes in the bankruptcy code
  William S. Weinstein, Esq.
Weinstein & Riley, P.S. / Seattle, WA
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Insurance Considerations for Commercial Leases
  Co-insurance, waiver, and subrogation
  Larry V. Wagner, Vice President
Parker Smith & Feek, Inc. / Bellevue, WA
4:00 pm The Dance of Negotiation
  Clauses you always spend time on; what you trade; cancellation clauses; tenant improvements; delays in delivery of the premises; exclusion from operating costs; assignments; subleases; indemnities; insurance; what you really care about
  William H. Block, Esq., Director
Committee to End Homelessness / Seattle, WA
  Ellen Conedera Dial, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA
5:00 pm Reception for Faculty and Attendees Sponsored by Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard, PLLC and Buck & Gordon LLP

Friday, December 15, 2006

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Jennifer D. Cobb, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard / Seattle, WA
  Richard A. Moore, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
8:45 am Making the Deal Happen
  From letter of intent to move-in; avoiding the deal killers
  Jennifer D. Cobb, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard / Seattle, WA
  Daniel J. Ivanoff, Managing Investment Partner
Schnitzer Northwest, LLC / Bellevue, WA
  Robert C MacAulay, Esq., Co-Founder & Principal
Meriwether Partners LLC / Seattle, WA
  Paul Suzman, Principal
OfficeLease / Seattle, WA
10:30 am Break
10:45 am Ethics and Strategies
  John Strait, Esq., Professor
Seattle University School of Law / Seattle, WA
11:45 am Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Remedies and Enforcement
  Enforceability of particular lease provisions; unlawful detainer actions (with forms); dealing with abandonment
  Evan L. Loeffler, Esq.
Harrison, Benis & Spence, LLP / Seattle, WA
2:00 pm Assignments & Subleases
  Which works better for landlords, and for tenants? What rights do tenants have? What control do landlords have? How does the market impact assignments and subleases? Update on important recent case law
  Seth Gustafson, Esq.
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
2:45 pm Break
3:00 pm Broker Ethics: Dual Agency and Other Agency Issues
  Christopher R. Osborn, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA
3:45 pm Special Leases Panel
  Office leases, industrial and warehouse, retail and shopping center leases
  Richard A. Moore, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Buck & Gordon LLP / Seattle, WA
  Rick A. Osterhout, Senior Vice President
GVA Kidder Mathews / Seattle, WA
  William Pollard, Principal, Co Founder
Pacific Real Estate Partners, Inc. / Bellevue, WA
  Susan Zimmerman, First Vice President
GVA Kidder Mathews / Seattle, WA
5:00 pm Evaluations and Adjourn


Regular tuition for this program is $895 with a group rate of $795 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $695. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $447.50. All rates include admission to all seminar sessions, food and beverages at breaks, and all course materials. Make checks payable to Law Seminars International.

Cancellation & Substitution

You may substitute another person at any time. We will refund tuition, less a $50 cancellation fee, if we receive your cancellation by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, December 8, 2006. After that time, we will credit your tuition toward attendance at another program or the purchase of a homestudy. There is a $25 cancellation fee for Course Materials orders and $50 for Homestudy orders.

Continuing Education Credits

This program qualifies for 12.75 WA CLE incl. 1 ethics credits and 15 WA Appraiser and Real Estate credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The conference will be held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center at 800 Convention Place in Seattle, WA 98101. We have made special arrangements with the Renaissance Seattle Hotel, 515 Madison Street, for rooms on a first come first served basis. Call the hotel directly at (206) 583-0300 for reservations at the special negotiated rate of $159 and mention Cluster Code L64.
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If You Cannot Attend

Our complete Homestudy Course, consisting of a VHS or DVD recording and the written course materials, is available for $905. The written course materials alone are available for $100. We will ship your homestudy order via UPS ground within two weeks after the seminar or the date we receive payment (whichever is later).
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Faculty Bios

Jennifer D. Cobb, Program Co-Chair, Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard PLLC, represents developers, owners, users, purchasers, and lenders in all aspects of real estate transactions, including development, leasing, sales and acquisitions, entity formation, and financing. She also represents multiple institutional lenders in connection with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac multifamily financing.

Richard A. Moore, Program Co-Chair, partner at Buck & Gordon LLP, represents landlords and tenants in the negotiation, administration and enforcement of commercial leases. His practice also includes representing owners and developers in acquiring and selling real property and negotiating design and construction contracts.

William H. "Bill" Block is the Director of the Committee to End Homelessness in King County. In his prior life in private law practice he was a partner at Buck & Gordon LLP and represented major owners, developers and users of real property in leasing transactions across the U.S. Earlier, he clerked for Justice Harry A. Blackmun of the U.S. Supreme Court.

Rodney L. Brown, Jr., partner with Cascadia Law Group PLLC, has worked on most of the region's Superfund cleanups and the permitting of major industrial and municipal facilities. He was the principal author of Washington's Superfund law, the Model Toxics Control Act.

Ellen Conedera Dial, partner with Perkins Coie LLP, focuses her practice on real estate development and financing, conveyancing, title matters, condominium laws, leasing, land use and zoning, environmental issues and construction and financing. She is president of the WA State Bar Association, a "Seattle Top Lawyer" (2003), one of "Washington's Super Lawyers," and "America's Leading Business Lawyers."

John C. Dippold, principal, Carney Badley Spellman, P.S., concentrates his practice in the areas of construction law, construction litigation, development, real estate, and federal/state government contracts and was named a Rising Star by Washington Law & Politics magazine in 2001 after studying under Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy at the University of Salzberg, Austria.

Seth Gustafson, Buck & Gordon LLP, advises public and private clients on real estate transactions and focuses on commercial leasing, purchase and sale transactions, real estate development, and real estate finance. His leasing experience includes representing both landlords and tenants in office, retail and industrial leases.

Daniel J. Ivanoff is the co-founder and managing investment partner of Schnitzer Northwest, LLC, leading them to become the Puget Sound NAIOP Developer of the Year in 2000. Previously, he was regional Vice President of MBK Northwest, where in 1995, under his direction, they were awarded the Industrial Developer of the Year by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors.

Thomas S. James, founder and leader of the Retail Practice Group and the Litigation Practice Group at Opus Law Group, pursues both a litigation and transactional practice. He represents regional and national retail chains throughout the U.S. in connection with retail leasing, mergers, operations and dispute resolution.

Evan L. Loeffler is of counsel at Harrison, Benis & Spence, LLP, where his practice emphasizes landlord-tenant relations and real estate litigation.

Robert C. MacAulay, co-founder and principal of Meriwether Partners LLC, is experienced in the Seattle real estate industry including asset management, development, acquisitions, dispositions, leasing, and financings.

Christopher R. Osborn, member, Foster Pepper PLLC, focuses his practice on real estate transactions and dispute resolution. He is counsel to Northwest Multiple Listing Service and the Commercial Brokers Association, and represents numerous commercial and residential brokerages.

Rick A. Osterhout, senior vice president with GVA Kidder Mathews, is a real estate advisor to companies, both regionally and nationally, in the following areas: acquisitions and dispositions; redevelopment and adaptive re-use; coordination of ancillary professional services, and strategic facilities analysis.

William Pollard, principal and co-founder of Pacific Real Estate Partners, Inc., holds a tenant representation of more than 2.5 million square feet as he represents some of the largest, most active corporate users in the marketplace. He currently serves on the NAIOP Board of Directors.

Constance L. Proctor, partner, Vandeberg Johnson & Gandara, LLP, concentrates on real estate development and financing, conveyancing, construction and financing, commercial leasing, real estate arbitration and mediation, business and condominium law. She is one of "Seattle's Top Lawyers", "Best Lawyers in America" and "Washington's Super Lawyers".

Professor John Strait, Seattle University School of Law, teaches constitutional law and focuses on federal courts and issues of jurisdiction. He has a strong interest in politics, and extensive media experience. Dr. Strait is admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court and the U.S Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit and 9th Circuit.

Paul Suzman is founder and principal of OfficeLease, the first pure Tenants' Representative real estate firm in the Pacific Northwest that represents numerous companies in both the lease and purchase of facilities.

Larry V. Wagner, vice president of Parker Smith & Feek, Inc., has designed and managed insurance programs for many of the company’s most prominent clients both domestic and foreign.

William S. Weinstein, founding director of Weinstein & Riley, P.S., one of the largest national law firms focusing on the representation of creditors in bankruptcy, has lectured extensively on creditors rights and bankruptcy.

Susan Zimmerman, first vice president with GVA Kidder Mathews, specializing in retail properties and tenant representation, is currently involved in the Schnitzer Northwest's mixed use project, The Bravern, on the retail leasing anchored by Neiman Marcus. She also represents several retailers in the Pacific Northwest including REI, Cost Plus, Washington Mutual, and Men's Wearhouse.