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Charles H. Royce

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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.

In addition, Mr. Royce counsels clients on regulatory matters impacting the food, agriculture and retail industries. This includes advice on regulatory and permitting requirements for storage, transport and the retail sale of food products and other consumer goods.

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 a thorough understanding of green building practices and principles.


Mr. Royce was named to the Washington Rising Stars list (2007-2009).

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Urban Land Institute
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section

Speaking Engagements

  • “Current Sticking Points in Negotiating Reps and Warranties,” LSI Commercial Real Estate Purchase and Sale Conference, April, 2017
  • 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
Commercial Real Estate
  • Representation of lender in purchase of multi-state commercial loan portfolio.
  • Representation of client in $105,500,000 sale and leaseback of corporate campus.
  • Representation of investment and pension funds, as landlords and national tenants in negotiations and preparation of more than 400 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 public pension fund in $580 million investment in redevelopment of ground lease parcel in downtown Seattle into 58 story, 700,000 sf mixed use tower.
  • Representation of a Seattle-based multifamily developer in construction financing for projects totaling over $200 million.
  • Representation of seller of luxury branded hotel in Seattle, WA and associated parking garage.
  • Representation of client in the purchase and leasing of warehouse and distribution facilities throughout Washington state.
  • Representation of life insurance company in financing of multi-state property portfolio.
  • Representation of an owner of 210 leased retail properties located in 40 states, in numerous leasing, easement and construction issues.
  • Representation of software and gaming companies as tenants in multiple lease negotiations for premises in excess of 200,000 rsf.
  • Representation of a national REIT in the acquisition of a $53 million apartment complex in Bellevue, WA.
  • Representation of public entities including school districts, port districts and transit agencies in property acquisitions/dispositions, easement negotiations and condemnation matters.
  • Representation of a public corporation regarding regulatory compliance requirements applicable to its food distribution facilities.
  • Advised client on nutritional disclosure requirements for restaurants.
  • Representation of public company regarding operational permits and regulatory issues relating to transportation and retail sale of food products.
  • Advised client on retail sale of automotive products in multiple states.