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Erika D. Shinpaugh

Fax +1.206.623.7022
Ms. Shinpaugh advises clients on a wide variety of real estate-related matters, such as development and construction, acquisitions, dispositions, financing, and leasing in connection with local, national, and international transactions and projects. Ms. Shinpaugh’s practice includes representing property owners, investors, developers, lenders, and borrowers in the acquisition and disposition of office buildings, malls, retail stores, agricultural land, multifamily housing communities, and senior housing properties, drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements, and preparing covenants, easements, loan agreements, and ancillary documents. Ms. Shinpaugh also has a broad range of experience in commercial leasing, including traditional office, serviced office, retail, and industrial leasing, and related documentation and negotiation.

Professional Background

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Shinpaugh served as an associate at a Seattle law firm where she advised financial institutions and private lenders in connection with commercial lending transactions, with an emphasis on construction loans, C&I financing transactions involving complex collateral, and loan syndications and participations. She also advised clients on a variety of real estate-related matters including acquisition, disposition, and leasing of real property, and forming partnerships and limited liability companies for real estate investment and development.


  • Recognized as a Rising Star by Washington Super Lawyers, 2017-2019
  • Named on the Top Women Attorneys List in Washington Super Lawyers, 2017-2018

Professional/Civic Activities

  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Volunteer Attorney, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project
  • College Scholarship Committee Member, Bellevue Chamber Foundation
  • Former Instructor, Advanced Real Estate Law

Speaking Engagements

  • “Practical and Legal Strategies for Selling a Home During the Divorce Process,” King County Bar Association, co-presenter, 2018
  • “Real Estate Forms Update” for clock-hour credit, Windermere Real Estate, co-presenter, 2015
  • Pre-Licensing Real Estate Class, Windermere Real Estate, co-presenter, 2015
  • “The Fair Housing Act,” Master Builders Association of King County, co-presenter, 2015

Additional Information

  • Author, “Ask a Legal Professional: Cross-Collateralization and Cross-Default Clauses in Commercial Loan Documents,” Puget Sound Business Journal, 2019
Real Estate Finance
  • Representation of national lenders in connection with commercial loans for large retail, health care, hospitality, and mixed-use projects throughout the western United States, including loans involving complex ownership structures.
  • Representation of a Seattle-based developer and manager in the construction and permanent financing for multi-family and senior housing.
  • Drafting of plain English form loan documents for national lender in connection with complex real estate finance transactions.
Acquisition & Disposition
  • Representation of Seattle-based developer in $6.2 million acquisition of mixed use building situated on a former dry cleaning operation, including performing due diligence, and drafting purchase and sale agreement and addenda.
  • Representation of custom fabricator in $4.7 million purchase and leaseback of warehouse including performing due diligence and title review, drafting lease, and handling closing.
  • Representation of foreign investors in $3.9 million purchase, assignment, leaseback, and subsequent lease of warehouse, including drafting and negotiating assignment and two leases.
  • Representation of purchasers of $2.25 million single family home on the Eastside including drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreement, promissory note, and deed of trust, performing due diligence and title review, and handling closing.
  • Representation of non-profit in $1.82 million sale of land to developer, including negotiation of purchase and sale agreement and easements.
  • Representation of global technology company in leasing serviced office premises around the world.
  • Representation of numerous landlords and tenants in leasing industrial, office, and retail premises.
  • Representation of landlords in reviewing leases for Fortune 500 retailer tenants.
Real Estate Syndication
  • Representation of luxury home developer in structuring real estate syndications for townhome and single-family home projects totaling $22.3 million and $24.6 million, respectively, by drafting disclosure documents and LLC and subscription agreements.
  •  Representation of multiple landowners in condemnation matters, including negotiating compensation and easements.