Law Seminars International Presents

A Comprehensive Two-Day Conference on

Government Takings

The Latest on Eminent Domain and "In Effect" Takings Law

December 7 & 8, 2006
Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, WA
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Who Should Attend

Attorneys, lenders, owners, managers, brokers, real estate developers and others who are impacted by eminent domain issues

Why Attend

Public/private partnerships retain their dominance in the public's eye as we move forward through the next century. What do these partnerships mean for property owners standing in the path of progress? When is a use public or private? How do master plan developments integrate themselves with open space parks and public roadways? This seminar explores how these issues will affect you, your client's rights, your practice, and how we will view eminent domain in the coming years. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Bart J. Freedman, Esq. and Kinnon W. Williams, Esq.

What You Will Learn

- The impact of Takings Initiatives - Issues facing public/private partnerships - Eminent domain and "In Effect" takings laws - Local and national perspectives on the Kelo ruling - The government trend toward limited usage rights - Hot Issues in valuation - Practical solutions to loss of income and other damages - Relocation update under state and federal law - The neutral's view on mediation and arbitration of takings disputes - Litigating the eminent domain case

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ Wonderful experts. ~ Great series with great people. ~ An excellent and experienced faculty. They seemed to be truly motivated and enjoying themselves, wanting to truly communicate their views. This kept it very interesting for the "students."


Thursday, December 07, 2006

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction & Overview
  Bart J. Freedman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Preston Gates & Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA
  Kinnon W. Williams, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Williams & Williams PSC / Bothell, WA
8:45 am Special Address: The Issues & Challenges Facing Public/Private Ownership
  Relying on public support to finance private development: Is the partnership working?
  Matthew J. Griffin, Managing Partner
Pine Street Group LLC / Seattle, WA
9:15 am The New Face of Public/Private Partnerships
  Land assembly in support of economic development
  Jay A. Reich, Esq.
Preston Gates & Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA
  Navigating the tepid waters following the Kelo and Sinking Ship decisions
  Kinnon W. Williams, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Williams & Williams PSC / Bothell, WA
10:45 am Break
11:00 am The Interplay Between Private & Public Rights of Condemnation
  A review of eminent domain and "In Effect" takings laws: what they looked like in the past and what's different now
  Thomas J. Greenan, Esq.
Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim LLP / Seattle, WA
11:45 am The Impact of Kelo v. New London
  Looking back on the Supreme Court's decision from a local and national perspective
  Bart J. Freedman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Preston Gates & Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA
12:15 pm Lunch (on your own)
1:30 pm Relocation Under State and Federal Law
  Standards; opportunities for additional compensation in relocations; tips for lawyers including attorney's fees
  Regina A. Raichart, Owner
Certified Land Services / Seattle, WA
2:00 pm Lessons from Monster Projects
  Taking a look at notable projects from the public and private sides: Brightwater and Sound Transit
  Bart J. Freedman, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Preston Gates & Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA
  S. Michael Rodgers, Esq.
Rodgers Deutsch & Turner / Bellevue, WA
  Kathi Thompson, SR/WA, Project Manager
PHAROS Corporation / Edmonds, WA
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Tips & Strategies: The Eminent Domain Case
  A panel discussion on litigating an eminent domain case from discovery through trial
  Kinnon W. Williams, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Williams & Williams PSC / Bothell, WA
  The Hon. Richard D. Eadie, Judge
King County Superior Court / Seattle, WA
  Keith A. Kemper, Esq
Ellis, Li & McKinstry PLLC / Seattle, WA
  Susan Delanty Jones, Esq.
Preston Gates & Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA
5:30 pm Reception Sponsored by Preston Gates & Ellis LLP and Williams & Williams PSC

Friday, December 08, 2006

8:00 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:30 am Introduction to Day Two
  Bart J. Freedman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Preston Gates & Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA
  Kinnon W. Williams, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Williams & Williams PSC / Bothell, WA
8:45 am Evolving Theories of Valuation
  Understanding the appraisal process
  Bates McKee, MAI, Principal
McKee & Schalka, Inc. / Seattle, WA
  Anthony Gibbons, MAI, CRE, Principal
Re-Solve / Bainbridge, WA
10:00 am Break
10:15 am The Aftermath of I-933
  What led to it and what may be coming in the future
  Roger A. Pearce, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA
10:45 am Ethics
  An entertaining and informative Ethics CLE program. Using newly available technology, you will gain insight into the nuances of ethical rules never before available in an educational setting.
  Peter L. Buck, Esq.
Buck & Gordon, LLP / Seattle, WA
11:30 am Evaluations & 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 1, 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 9.5 WA CLE credits including 1.25 ethics and 11 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. For a listing of nearby hotels, please see:
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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

Bart J. Freedman, Program Co-Chair, partner at Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, where his practice encompasses a broad range of commercial and environmental litigation as well as dispute resolution. He currently represents the Port of Seattle in condemnation actions arising from the development of the third runway at SeaTac, and has also represented King County and Sound Transit on condemnation matters.

Kinnon W. Williams, Program Co-Chair, of Williams & Williams PSC, focuses on the general representation of special purpose districts. He represents boards and commissions on matters involving real estate acquisitions, public works projects, taxation, impact fees and financing issues. As special counsel, he has defended and prosecuted eminent domain actions related to a variety of public works projects.

Matthew J. Griffin, Special Address, managing partner at Pine Street Group LLC, an urban development company, oversees management of Pacific Place, the Fifth & Pine Building, 1505 Fifth Avenue Building and the Seaboard Building. He has played a leading role in the transformation of downtown Seattle's skyline.

Peter L. Buck, founder of Buck & Gordon, LLP, is a nationally known expert in real estate, land use, environmental law, and litigation, and represents both property owners and land developers. He is former Chair of the Environmental and Land Use Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association, and lectures looking at land use and environmental permitting throughout the country in a new way.

The Hon. Richard D. Eadie, Judge, King County Superior Court, serving as Presiding Judge from 2002-2006 and President of the National Conference of Metropolitan Courts in 2004. Judge Eadie is involved in many community organizations and is on the Board of Trustees for the King County Library System.

Anthony Gibbons, MAI, CRE, founder of Re-Solve with real estate appraisal and counseling experience, is president of the Seattle Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate, and a contributing author to the Real Property Deskbook. He has been an expert witness in eminent domain cases on the side of both government agencies and private property owners.

Thomas J. "Jerry" Greenan, partner at Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim LLP, focuses on complex litigation with an emphasis on antitrust and trade regulation, intellectual property and eminent domain. Mr. Greenan is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America."

Susan Delanty Jones, partner at Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, emphasizes municipal, commercial and administrative cases for public and private clients in her litigation practice. She regularly represents large municipal corporations and other government agencies in eminent domain proceedings to acquire property for large public projects.

Keith A. Kemper, partner at Ellis, Li & McKinstry PLLC, and a partner in its litigation section, practices civil litigation in state and federal courts. He represents landowners involved in government takings, persons injured by the negligence of government or others, and those who have been deprived of religious liberties.

Bates McKee, MAI, of McKee & Schalka, Inc., founded the firm in 1990. It is a comprehensive commercial appraisal company currently employing ten professional appraisers. In his appraisal experience, he has appraised and analyzed a variety of commercial property types, and provided critical consultation and litigation services to a diversified range of clients.

Roger A. Pearce chairs Foster Pepper PLLC's Environmental and Land Use Practice Group and focuses his practice on land use law and land use litigation.

Regina A. Raichart is owner and president of Certified Land Services, one of the leading real estate consulting firms in the Pacific Northwest providing planning, project management, acquisition, relocation and property management services to state agencies, municipalities large and small and private developers.

Jay A. Reich, partner at Preston Gates & Ellis LLP, advises cities on public/private redevelopment project. His clients include state issuers of private activity bonds as well as cities, counties, special purpose districts and regional and national bond underwriters.

S. Michael Rodgers, partner at Rodgers Deutsch & Turner, has handled cases involving almost every governmental jurisdiction in the State, and continues to specialize in representing property owners in condemnation matters. He was former Assist. Attorney General, former lead trial attorney for WSDOT (1968-73), and former president of the Puget Sound Chapter of the Int'l Right of Way Assoc.

Kathi Thompson, SR/WA, Project Manager at PHAROS Corporation, handles complex project management, siting, alignment assessment, negotiations, commercial and residential relocations. Previously, she was a Senior Real Estate Representative with Sound Transit and managed the real property consultant team for the King County Brightwater Project.

^^ Kinnon W. Williams ^ Program Co-Chair ^ Williams & Williams PSC