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CATHERINE C. CLARK is a sole practitioner in Seattle, with over 25 years of experience in eminent domain, commercial/business and real estate litigation at both the trial and appellate courts. She is the responsible attorney for several appellate decisions on real estate and adverse possession, including Gorman v. City of Woodinville decided by the Washington Supreme Court in 2012; and Kelley v. Tonda, from Division One in 2017. In addition to litigation, Ms. Clark also acts as a mediator in real estate disputes. She received the Rising Star Award in 2001 and the Super Lawyer recognition beginning in 2011. Ms. Clark earned her B.A. degree from the University of Washington and her J.D. degree from Gonzaga University School of Law, where she was a member of the Law Review and the Moot Court Council.
SHAWN A. ELPEL is senior underwriting counsel for Stewart Title Guarantee Company in Seattle, Washington, and holds more than 20 years of combined legal experience in the commercial real estate and title industry. Mr. Elpel has provided commercial underwriting support on numerous multi-site high liability transactions, which involve the disposition, acquisition and financing of real estate transactions. While in private practice, Mr. Elpel represented corporate, institutional, developer and contractor clients in complex real estate transactions. He also litigated construction law and mechanic’s lien disputes, which included arguing cases in front of both the Washington and Oregon State Court of Appeals. Mr. Elpel is a frequent presenter and lecturer for continuing legal education and real estate seminars. He is certified by the Washington Department of Real Estate to teach in the areas of real estate law; taxation; real estate sales & marketing; real estate practices; real estate fundamentals; real estate finance; real estate closing practices; principles & essentials, legal aspects of hazardous waste and other environmental issues; ethics & standards of practice; current trends & issues; and construction & land development. Mr. Elpel is licensed to practice law in Washington, California and Arizona. He graduated, cum laude, with his Juris Doctorate degree from Gonzaga University; and he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in communications, minoring in political science, from Eastern Montana College.
MICHAEL R. GARNER is a shareholder with Stokes Lawrence, P.S., where he guides his clients through the complexities of commercial real estate transactions. Property owners, buyers, sellers, tenants, and lenders seek his counsel on development, financing, purchases and sales, property management, and leasing. Mr. Garner also represents clients in commercial litigation. He was honored by the King County (Seattle) Bar Association as Mentor of the Year, and has also served as special disciplinary counsel to the Washington State Bar Association. Mr. Garner is a frequent speaker on real estate topics. He has addressed two annual meetings of the American Bar Association (Real Property, Probate and Trust Section), and made presentations at local seminars on purchases and sales, financing, and leasing. Mr. Garner is a certified real estate instructor. He is a member of the Washington State and King County bar associations. Mr. Garner earned his A.B. degree from Stanford University and his J.D. degree from Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley.
ERIN G. HOWSHAR is of counsel with Stokes Lawrence, P.S. Her full-service real estate practice includes transactional real estate, financing and business law both inside and outside the state of Washington. Ms. Howshar represents land owners at all stages of real estate projects from the property purchase stage through development and construction into leasing. She has successfully negotiated commercial purchase and sale agreements, development and construction agreements, joint venture agreements, property management agreements, listing agreements, and complex commercial leases. Ms. Howshar graduated magna cum laude from St. Louis University and earned her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. She is a member of the Member Commercial Real Estate Women (Seattle and Sound), attorney mentor/coach for Mercer Island High School Mock Trial Team and member of the Seattle Yacht Club. She is admitted to practice in both Washington and Wyoming.
JOSHUA D. KREBS is an attorney in the Seattle office of Van Ness Feldman LLP. Mr. Krebs handles a range of transactional matters for purchasers, sellers, developers, landlords, tenants and lenders. He negotiates purchase and sale agreements, leases, and numerous other agreements related to the development, ownership, and use of real property. Mr. Krebs also counsels clients in the evaluation, financing, acquisition, development, sale, and leasing of both residential and commercial real property, as well as business entity formation and maintenance. In addition to his transactional practice, he assists in the representation of clients involved in complex disputes, as he previously worked in the litigation practice group of a major international law firm and has a broad range of complex litigation experience involving real estate, commercial, environmental, and consumer product regulation issues. Mr. Krebs received his B.A. degree from California State University, Fresno and his J.D. degree from Pepperdine University School of Law. He is a member of the King County Bar Association and the Washington State Bar Association.
SUSAN A. SHYNE is a partner in the Seattle office of Van Ness Feldman LLP. Ms. Shyne has nearly 30 years’ experience representing public and private clients in a wide variety of real estate transactions. Her practice includes counseling owners, buyers, and sellers in the evaluation, financing, acquisition, development, sale, and leasing of residential and commercial real property. Ms. Shyne’s extensive experience in real estate transactions includes work with colleges and universities, private developers, public agencies, and associations. Ms. Shyne also provides clients with a strategic business perspective, having previously earned her CPA and worked as a legislative auditor. She received her B.S. degree in business from Montana State University and her J.D. degree from the University of Washington School of Law. Ms. Shyne is a member of the King County Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, the American Bar Association, Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW), Washington Women Lawyers (WWL), and Higher Education Real Estate Lawyers (HEREL). She is licensed in Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota and Alaska.
JON WARREN, P.L.S., currently serves as the Land Survey Division manager for the City of Bellevue, Washington, and a professional land surveyor in the state of Washington since 1983. He has built a broad-based hybrid career, with experience in the private and public sectors, as the Snohomish County surveyor (1994-2006); survey business line manager for WHPacific (2006-2009); senior associate and Puget Sound region survey manager for David Evans and Associates, Inc. (2009-2014); and currently with the City of Bellevue. Mr. Warren has served both the Land Surveyors Association of Washington (LSAW) for more than 30 years and the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS) for more than 20 years. After his term as LSAW president in 1994, he represented LSAW on the NSPS Board of Governors (1994-1999), served as NSPS Area 10 director (2000-2006), and as NSPS president (2015-2016). His efforts have resulted in receiving several awards, including multiple NSPS Presidential citations, and the NSPS Surveying Excellence Award. He also represents LSAW on the Architects and Engineers Legislative Council (AELC), and has for most of the past 30 years.