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Charles H. Royce

Partner
+1.206.370.6743
Fax +1.206.370.6236
Charles “Chuck” Royce is a partner practicing real estate and finance law in the firm’s Seattle office. Mr. Royce represents clients in the areas of commercial real estate transactions and leasing. His practice includes representing property owners, investors, developers, lenders, and borrowers in the acquisition and disposition of commercial and public properties, drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, and preparing covenants, easements, and financing documents.

Mr. Royce also has experience in all aspects of commercial leasing, including office, retail, and industrial leasing and related documentation.

Mr. Royce is a LEED Accredited Professional (LEED-AP), a distinction he earned through the Green Building Certification Institute. As a LEED-AP, he has demonstrated a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles, as well as the LEED Rating System.

Achievements

Mr. Royce was named a Rising Star by Washington Law & Politics 2007-2009.

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, International Council of Shopping Centers
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section

Speaking Engagements

  • Real Estate Case Law and Legislation Update", Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Midyear, co-presenter with Brian Lewis, June, 2011
  • "Mistakes to Avoid in Tenant Improvement Work Letters", continuing legal education seminar, December, 2010
  • Program Chair, "Real Estate Boot Camp", Washington State Bar Association, June, 2009
  • "Purchase and Sale Agreements," Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section Midyear, June, 2008
  • Representation of investment and pension funds, as landlords and national tenants in negotiations and preparation of more than 300 leases for office, industrial, and retail premises.
  • Representation of a technology company in a $200 million acquisition of a data center leasehold estate.
  • Representation of an owner of a historic arts theatre in Seattle, WA in the commercial condominiumization of the building, the restructuring of financing, and in lease negotiations with a prospective tenant
  • Representation of a Seattle-based multifamily developer in construction financing for projects totaling over $200 million.
  • Representation of a microchip company in the sale of a $33 million facility in Puyallup, WA.
  • Representation of a client in the purchase of a $15 million warehouse and distribution facility in Kent, WA.
  • Representation of life insurance company in financing of multi-state property portfolio.
  • Representation of an owner of approximately 210 leased retail properties located in 40 states, in numerous leasing, easement and construction issues.
  • Representation of software and gaming companies as tenants in numerous lease negotiations for premises of up to 181,304 rsf.
  • Representation of a national REIT in the acquisition of a $53 million apartment complex in Bellevue, WA.
  • Representation of public entities including: (a) school districts in property acquisitions/dispositions; (b) public housing authorities in lease, financing, and construction contract issues, including materialmen and mechanic's liens and low-income housing financing issues; (c) a municipal port district in the sale of port property to a private developer; (d) a transit agency in property acquisition and easement negotiations; and, (e) a municipality in acquisitions in-lieu-of-condemnation of numerous commercial properties and in associated lease negotiations and lease assignments.