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C. Kent Carlson

Senior Of Counsel
Fax +1.206.370.6026
Mr. Carlson’s practice is focused on corporate law. After more than three decades of focus on merger, acquisitions, joint venture, and financing work. Mr. Carlson’s current practice focuses on matters of corporate governance and complex strategic relationships. He serves as special counsel to boards and independent board committees, as counsel for private foundations, and as counsel for private profit and non-profit entities in public-private projects.

Mr. Carlson is active in the legal community in Washington and nationally. He is a member of the Committee on Corporate Laws of the American Bar Association’s Business Law section. He has served as the chairman of the Business Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association and long–term member of the Section Executive Committee. He is a founder, past chair, and long–term member of the Washington State Bar Association Corporate Act Revision Committee. He is also a life fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Mr. Carlson is also active in the broader community. He is chairman of the board of directors of the Washington Research Foundation, member of the University of Washington Foundation Board, past president of the University of Washington Law School Foundation, past chairman and member of the board of trustees of Cornish College of the Arts, past chairman and current trustee of the Pilchuck Glass School and was a two term member and vice chair of the Washington State Arts Commission.

Professional Background

Before joining the firm, Mr. Carlson was an assistant professor of law at George Washington University Law School. He has regularly presented at continuing legal education programs for the Washington State Bar Association, the University of Washington Law School, the Seminar Group, Seattle University Law School and Donnelly “Financial SEC Hot Topics”.


  • Named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Seattle Corporate Law “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Named the Best Lawyers' 2011 Seattle Merger and Acquisition “Lawyer of the Year”
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than thirty years
  • Listed in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business - Tier one and currently Senior Statesman Corporate Seattle
  • Named in International Who’s Who of Corporate Governance Lawyers
  • Named “SuperLawyer – Top 100,” Washington Law & Politics
  • Selected to the Washington Super Lawyers List (2003–2019)
  • Named in “Top 100 Lawyers in Washington” Seattle Met Magazine
  • Recipient University of Washington Law School, Service Recognition Award Recipient 2015
  • Recipient University of Washington Law School, Law Review “Outstanding Graduate of the Year” in 2011
  • Listed in Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent Rating Judicial Edition
  • Represented The Everett Clinic, P.S. in its strategic alliance with DaVita Healthcare Partners Inc.
  • Sale of McAdams Wright Ragen, Inc. to Robert W. Baird & Co.
  • Sale of Microsoft interest in MSNBC.com to NBC Universal
  • Sale of Pacific Bioscience Laboratories, Inc. to L’Oréal USA, Inc.
  • Sale of Heath Tecna, Inc. to Zodiac Aerospace S.A.
  • Acquisition of Todd Shipyards Corporation by Vigor Industrial LLC
  • Sale of facilities and joint venture formation by Merrill Gardens LLC with Health Care REIT
  • Acquisition of Puget Energy by Puget Holdings LLC
  • Sale of Insitu Inc. to The Boeing Company
  • Acquisition of Freestone Capital entities by The Sienna Group LLC
  • Acquisition of Newsvine by Microsoft Corporation
  • Sale of Merrill Gardens LLC Eastern Properties to CHS Master Care USA Inc.
  • Sale of Microsoft interest in MSNBC cable joint venture to NBC Universal
  • Sale of Cascade Natural Gas Corporation to MDU Resources
  • Sale of Russell/Mellon Analytical Services to Mellon Bank Corporation
  • Sale of Milgard Manufacturing to Masco Corporation
  • Sale of LineSoft Corporation to Itron, Inc.
  • Sale of VitaMilk Dairy, Inc. to Wilcox Farms, L.L.C.
  • Sale of Optiva Corporation (Sonicare) to Philips Holdings U.S.A., Inc.
  • Merger of CheckFree Holdings Corporation and TransPoint L.L.C.
  • Acquisition of Torch Health Care, Inc. by Merrill Gardens L.L.C.
  • Merger of OnHealth Network Company and WebMD, Inc.
  • Sale of Physio-Control International Corp. to Medtronics, Inc.
  • Tender offer by Microsoft Corporation for stock in WebMD, Inc.
  • Sale of The Trust Company of Washington to the Boston Company
  • Sale of MetaInfo, Inc. to CheckPoint Software
  • Sale of Sun Media assets to The Lamar Corporation
  • Acquisition of Lithium Battery Division by GP International Ltd. from Duracell, Inc.

Joint Ventures
  • Northwest Seaport Alliance (a marine cargo operating partnership between the Ports of Seattle and Tacoma)
  • 191 II RDM Holdings (joint venture between RDM Housing Strategies IV and Heitman Capital Funds)
  • MG Landlord LLC (joint venture between Health Care REIT and Merrill Gardens LLC)
  • Catchlight LLC (formation of bio fuels joint venture between Weyerhaeuser and Chevron)
  • MSNBC: MSNBC Cable LLC and MSNBC Interactive LLC (formation and restructuring of joint venture cable and internet news operations between Microsoft and NBC)
  • Microsoft Corporation – CarPoint: Joint venture for CarPoint Service
  • MSNBC - Dow Jones: formation and restructuring of Interactive Desktop Video LLC for desktop business video
  • TransPoint, L.L.C., TransPoint Technology & Services, L.L.C. and TransPoint Accounting, L.L.C.: formation of joint ventures for electronic bill presentment and payment services between Microsoft Corporation, First Data Corporation and Citicorp
  • Microsoft Corporation and Publishing and Broadcasting Limited (PBL): formation of Australian joint venture for interactive news

Public-private Project Experience
  • Represented Seattle Art Museum and Museum Development Authority in the museum expansion/office tower project in Seattle with Washington Mutual Bank
  • Represented Pine Street Associates, the private developer of the Pacific Place retail mall and the City of Seattle owned garage in Seattle
  • Represented Public Facilities District in Safeco Field project
  • Real Estate Investment Funds