Law Seminars International Presents

A Comprehensive One-Day Workshop on

Government Takings

Recent court decisions, legislative reform and evolving political and legal landscapes - Featuring Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna

December 14, 2007
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

The political and legal aspects of government takings have continued to evolve. Recent court decisions and legislative reform have taken a once esoteric area of the law into the limelight and the firing line at the same time. Elected leaders, such as Washington State Attorney General Rob McKenna, are re-examining our condemnation laws and processes, seeking to find meaningful reform while balancing the interest of public progress and individual property rights. This seminar is designed to inform seasoned practitioners, real estate professionals and elected officials of the ever-changing landscape of property rights and how best to address legal and political conflict during times of explosive growth in our region. ~ Program Co-Chairs: Bart J. Freedman, Esq. and Kinnon W. Williams, Esq.

What You Will Learn

~State legislative reforms ~The Interplay between private and public rights of condemnation ~Evolving theories of valuation ~Larger parcels and special benefits ~Case experiences

What Attendees Have Said About Similar Programs

~ Great CLE! ~ Wonderful experts ~ Great series with great people


Friday, December 14, 2007

8:30 am Introduction and Overview
  Bart J. Freedman, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA
  Kinnon W. Williams, Esq., Program Co-Chair
Williams & Williams PSC / Bothell, WA
8:45 am Special Opening Address: State Legislative Reforms
  The Hon. Rob McKenna, Esq., Attorney General
Washington State Office of the Attorney General / Olympia, WA
9:15 am Roundtable on the Reforms Proposed
  Bart J. Freedman, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP / Seattle, WA
  Government perspective
  The Hon. Rob McKenna, Esq., Attorney General
Washington State Office of the Attorney General / Olympia, WA
  In-house counsel perspective
  Isabel R. Safora, Esq., Deputy General Counsel
Port of Seattle / Seattle, WA
  Landowner perspective
  S. Michael Rodgers, Esq.
Rodgers Deutsch & Turner / Bellevue, WA
10:45 am Break
11:00 am The Interplay Between Private and Public Rights of Condemnation
  An updated review of eminent domain and "In Effect" takings laws: What they look like now
  Thomas J. Greenan, Esq.
Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim, LLP / Seattle, WA
11:45 am Lunch (on your own)
1:15 pm Evolving Theories of Valuation
  Understanding the appraisal process and property under development
  Anthony Gibbons, MAI, CRE, Principal
Re-Solve / Bainbridge, WA
  Bates McKee, MAI, Principal
McKee & Schalka, Inc. / Seattle, WA
2:15 pm Larger Parcels and Special Benefits
  Intricacies of arguing larger parcels and special benefits; when to use or avoid them for the benefit of your clients
  T. Gregory Greenan, Esq.
Zender Thurston, P.S. / Bellingham, WA
  Jeffrey B. Taraday, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA
3:15 pm Break
3:30 pm Practice Session
  Share case experiences and practical advice; role play/point-counterpoint/active debate of hypothetical
  Kinnon W. Williams, Esq., Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Williams & Williams PSC / Bothell, WA
  Jeffrey A. Beaver, Esq.
Graham & Dunn / Seattle, WA
  Richard W. Pierson, Esq.
Williams & Williams PSC / Bothell, WA
5:00 pm Evaluations and Adjourn Reception Sponsored by Williams & Williams PSC and Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP


Regular tuition for this program is $595 with a group rate of $520 each for two or more registrants from the same firm. For government employees, we offer a special rate of $445. For students and people in their job for less than a year, our rate is $297.50. 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 7, 2007. 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 6.25 Washington CLE, 7.5 WA Appraiser, 7.5 Real Estate and 6.25 AICP CM credits. Upon request, we will apply for CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.


The workshop will be held at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center at 800 Convention Place in Seattle, WA 98101, (206) 694-5000. Sleeping rooms are available at the adjacent Sheraton Seattle Hotel, 1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98104, for $189-209/nt. Register on-line at or via phone at 888-625-4988 and reference SET code 352710. Rooms are on a first come, first served basis.
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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 $605. 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, is a partner at Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Preston Gates Ellis LLP and practices commercial and environmental litigation as well as dispute resolution. He 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. He was named in Who's Who in America and Who's Who in American Law, and a "Super Lawyer" in Washington Law & Politics. He has a Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating.

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.

The Hon. Rob McKenna, Special Address, Washington State's 17th Attorney General, directs 500 attorneys and nearly 700 professional staff providing legal services to state agencies, boards and commissions. His top priorities include protecting consumers and businesses from scams, ID theft and related high-tech crimes, and promoting government integrity by defending state laws and encouraging open access to government.

Jeffrey A. Beaver, shareholder with Graham & Dunn, focuses on financial institutions, condemnation and commercial litigation. He is Co-Chair of the American Bar Association Section of Litigation's Condemnation, Zoning and Land Use Committee and is on the Washington State Bar Adjunct Investigative Counsel Panel. He was named a "Super Lawyer" by Washington Law & Politics.

Anthony Gibbons, MAI, CRE, founder of Re-Solve, focuses on real estate appraisal and counseling , 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 for both government agencies and private property owners.

T. Gregory Greenan, partner at Zender Thurston, P.S., focuses on commercial law, land use and natural resources issues. Previously he was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for twelve years.

Thomas J. "Jerry" Greenan, of counsel to Gordon, Thomas, Honeywell, Malanca, Peterson & Daheim, LLP, focuses on complex litigation with an emphasis on antitrust and trade regulation, intellectual property and eminent domain. He is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and has been listed in "The Best Lawyers in America" every edition since 1987.

Bates McKee, MAI, of McKee & Schalka, Inc., a comprehensive commercial appraisal company, founded the firm in 1990. He appraises and analyzes a variety of commercial property types and provides critical consultation and litigation services.

Richard W. Pierson, of counsel at Williams & Williams PSC, focuses on eminent domain, trial practice, mediation, state and federal arbitration, and real property. He was Special District Counsel to the Washington State Bar Association on disciplinary matters and previously was a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for King County.

S. Michael Rodgers, partner at Rodgers Deutsch & Turner, has handled cases involving almost every governmental jurisdiction in the State. He specializes in representing property owners in condemnation matters and has concluded over 1200 condemnation cases. Previously he was Assistant Attorney General, lead trial attorney for WSDOT and president of the Puget Sound Chapter of the International Right of Way Association.

Isabel R. Safora, Deputy General Counsel with the Port of Seattle, focuses on real estate and development for the Airport and Seaport Divisions. She also assists the Port on commercial and municipal law matters. Previously she served as Assistant City Attorney and Administrator of the Seattle City Attorney's Office.

Jeffrey B. Taraday's practice at Foster Pepper PLLC concentrates on eminent domain, land use and municipal law. He represents both public and private clients in condemnation actions and pre-condemnation planning and negotiation. He is named as a "Rising Star" by Washington Law & Politics.