Law Seminars International Presents:

The 28th Annual Advanced Conference on

Commercial Real Estate Leases

Practical tips and strategies for negotiating and enforcing commercial leases in the current market

December 8 & 9, 2016

Seattle, WA

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Seattle - WA


Who Should Order

Attorneys, landlords, tenants, brokers, lenders, property managers, and other real estate professionals who are involved in landlord/tenant relationships, and others charged with negotiating, documenting and solving challenging lease transactions

Why You Should Order

The Annual Leasing Conference provides practical information and insights for real estate business representatives, attorneys, brokers, lenders, and other professionals involved with negotiating, documenting and enforcing commercial leases. Each year, we select topics that are especially relevant in today's real estate environment, including market and business trends, and keep it fresh by covering new and emerging points of contention. By offering unique perspectives from a variety of industry experts, we enable you to receive valuable and practical tips and strategies for resolving issues that are commonly encountered in lease transactions, but not always fully understood by the parties.

Now in its 28th year, this program continues to be updated and refined. Do not miss this annual gathering of the Region's leading commercial real estate leasing professionals.

~ Program Co-Chairs: John A. Fandel, Esq., Foster Pepper PLLC, and Richard A. Moore, Esq., Pacifica Law Group LLP

What You Will Learn

  • Annual market updates from owners and brokers
  • Current most contested lease provisions
  • Environmental issues in leasing
  • Use of isurance to mitigate risk in commercial leases
  • Techniques for measuring space and common issues to resolve
  • Case law trends for defaults and remedies
  • Ethical issues for lawyers in leasing transactions

What Attendees Said

  • "Exceptional 2-day class event. Well organized and tremendously helpful."
  • "Found speakers very knowledgeable in their area of expertise. I would attend future courses and recommend others do too."
  • '"As a real estate broker it was good to get some legal perspective on the business points we negotiate on a regular basis."
  • "Great panels. Appreciate staying on time and on task. Thanks for the reception."
  • "Substantively program was very good."

Agenda Day 1

Thursday, December 08, 2016

8:00 am

Registration Opens

8:30 am

Introduction & Overview

John A. Fandel, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA

Richard A. Moore, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Pacifica Law Group LLP / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

Annual Market Update: Broker Perspectives

Current challenges and opportunities

John A. Fandel, Esq. , Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA

Landlord perspective

Laura Ford , Senior Vice President
Colliers International / Seattle, WA

Retail property considerations

Susan Zimmerman , Senior Vice President, Retail
Kidder Mathews / Seattle, WA

Industrial property considerations

Patricia J. Loveall, SIOR , Senior Vice President
Kidder Mathews / Tukwila, WA

10:15 am


10:30 am

The Current Most Contested Issues in Negotiating Lease Provisions

Tenant and landlord perspectives on key lease provisions that are frequently negotiated: How to find compromises to settle difficult negotiations and how lease provisions tie together

John A. Fandel, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA

Richard A. Moore, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Pacifica Law Group LLP / Seattle, WA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

The Current Use of Insurance to Mitigate Risk in Commercial Leases

Recent cases on contractual provisions to govern liability and application of insurance proceeds following a casualty

Dwight W. Jarvis, CIC , Senior Vice President & Principal
Parker Smith & Feek, Inc. / Bellevue, WA

Edward G. Rhone , Claims Manager & Principal
Parker Smith & Feek, Inc, / Bellevue, WA

Risk management clauses: Drafting tips for translating client desires into workable language

Nicholas D. Drader, Esq.
Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP / Seattle, WA

2:15 pm

Environmental Issues in Leasing

Tips from due diligence to contract drafting

Kurt B. Peterson, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA

3:00 pm


3:15 pm

Retail Leases: Landlord & Tenant Perspectives

Landlord's perspective on exclusives; commencement and termination terms; operating covenants; limits on uses; common area maintenance; assignments and subleases; parking; other issues

Anne DeVoe Lawler, Esq.
Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard PLLC / Seattle, WA

Tenant's perspective

Brian J. Danzig, Esq. , Director, Corporate Counsel
Starbucks Coffee Company / Seattle, WA

4:15 pm

Airport and Marina Leasing

Katrin Gist, Esq. , Attorney
CBRE - Brokerage Services / Seattle, WA

5:00 pm

Continue the Exchange of Ideas: Reception for Faculty and Attendees

Sponsored by Foster Pepper PLLC and Pacifica Law Group LLP

Agenda Day 2

Friday, December 09, 2016

8:30 am

Introduction to Day 2

John A. Fandel, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA

Richard A. Moore, Esq. , Program Co-Chair
Pacifica Law Group LLP / Seattle, WA

8:45 am

Annual Market Update: Owner Perspectives

Demand for the major types of commercial space today and available supply

Richard A. Moore, Esq. , Program Co-Chair, Moderator
Pacifica Law Group LLP / Seattle, WA

Stephen Penn , President of Management Services
KG Investment Properties / Bellevue, WA

William Leedom , Director of Investments
Talon Private Capital / Seattle, WA

Jeanette L. Henderson , Executive Director of Real Estate
UW Real Estate Office / Seattle, WA

10:15 am


10:30 am

Commercial Leasing Defaults and Remedies

Lessons from recent litigation

Christopher I. Brain, Esq.
Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC / Seattle, WA

Bradley P. Thoreson, Esq.
Foster Pepper PLLC / Seattle, WA

12:00 pm

Lunch (on your own)

1:15 pm

Measuring Space for Office Buildings

Standard Methods of Measurement (ANSI/BOMA Z65.1 2010) and the common issues that arise

Amie Joyce , Interior Designer & Project Manager
Weaver Architects PS, Inc. / Seattle, WA

Paul Grundhoffer , Project Manager & Designer
Weaver Architects PS, Inc. / Seattle, WA

2:00 pm

Ethical Issues for Lawyers Involved with Commercial Real Estate Leasing Transactions

Serena S. Carlsen, Esq.
Perkins Coie LLP / Seattle, WA

3:00 pm

Evaluations and Adjourn

Faculty Bios

John A. Fandel, John A. Fandel, Program Co-Chair, is the Chair of Foster Pepper PLLC's Real Estate Practice. He focuses on commercial leasing with industry clients, such as data center tenants, shopping center owners, national retailers, office property landlords and tenants and mixed-use projects.

Richard A. Moore, Richard A. Moore, Program Co-Chair, partner, Pacifica Law Group, serves as leasing counsel to some of the top institutional landlords in the country, overseeing a portfolio of over 5,000,000 rentable square feet in the region.

Christopher I. Brain, a co-founder of Touseley Brain Stephens PLLC, focuses his practice on complex real property, commercial and class action litigation.

Serena S. Carlson is a partner at Perkins Coie LLP. She has been guiding major commercial real estate transactions in Seattle, the Puget Sound region, the Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Her experience includes advising clients on land acquisitions, facility purchases, leases, financing and construction of facilities,

Brian J. Danzig, Director, Corporate Counsel, Starbucks Coffee Company, advises Starbucks and Teavana Corporation in real estate and related business transactions.

Nicholas D. Drader, partner, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn LLP, represents lenders, owners, developers, tenants and property managers, in various debt finance, real estate (purchases, sales, and leasing) and real estate finance transactions.

Laura Ford, Senior Vice President, Colliers International, is a recognized leader in office leasing and sales including some of the largest Class A office buildings in the region and many of Seattle's highest profile leases.

Katrin Gist is the chairwoman of CBRE's Airport Properties Group. She focuses on representing clients in their purchase, sale and leasing of airport properties.

Paul Grundhoffer is a Project Manager & Designer at Weaver Architects, PS, Inc. He has provided measurement and calculations for hundreds of thousands of square feet of commercial office properties utilizing the BOMA Standard Methods of Measurement.

Jeanette L. Henderson is Executive Director of Real Estate at the University of Washington, where the UWRE team handles property transactions, asset management, project management, finance and accounting, and data management.

Dwight W. Jarvis, CIC, Senior Vice President, Principal, leads Parker Smith & Feek Inc.'s Commercial Department. He is an expert in structuring programs for mixed-use, commercial, retail, industrial and residential real estate exposures.

Amie Joyce, Interior Designer & Project Manager at Weaver Architects PS, Inc., has nineteen years of design experience. She works with Property Owners and Landlords to compile area surveys and calculate rentable areas for lease documents.

Anne DeVoe Lawler, managing member, Jameson Babbitt Stites & Lombard PLLC, is an AV rated transactional lawyer representing owners, landlords, developers, lenders and business owners in a wide variety of real property transactions.

William Leedom is Director of Investments at Talon Private Capital. He joined Talon after working at Metzler Real Estate where he had day to day asset management responsibilities for a portfolio of trophy class properties in New York, Washington DC, Chicago, Seattle and San Diego.

Patricia J. Loveall, SIOR, Senior Vice President and Partner, Kidder Matthews, specializes in Corporate Real Estate Services and her practice includes both leasehold and fee acquisitions, as well as dispositions.

Stephen Penn joined the KG Investment Properties team as President of Management Services. He is experienced in the areas of leasing, property and asset management, development and construction.

Kurt B. Peterson, member, Foster Pepper PLLC, focuses his environmental law practice on hazardous waste cleanup, cost recovery and allocation of environmental liabilities under federal and state Superfund laws.

Bradley P. Thoreson, member, Foster Pepper PLLC, focuses on all phases of litigation and negotiation related to financial institutions and real property, commercial transactions, workouts and dispute resolution.

Susan Zimmerman is Senior Vice President of Retail for Kidder Matthews. She is considered one of the top retail specialists in Seattle and is widely known for her expertise in regional retail activity and the downtown Seattle and Bellevue urban retail markets.


Continuing Education Credits

Live credits: This program qualifies for 11.25 WA CLE credits (inc. 1 ethics) and 14.00 WA Real Estate credits. Upon request, we will apply for, or help you apply for, CLE credits in other states and other types of credits.

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