Kari Larson is an associate in the firm’s Seattle office. Her practice focuses on commercial real estate including the acquisition, disposition, leasing, financing, and development of commercial, timber and agricultural holdings. Kari regularly represents both borrowers and lenders (foreign and domestic) in lending transactions secured by commercial and agricultural properties, with a particular focus on the negotiation of intercreditor and co-lender arrangements. Kari is also certified in Legal Project Management.
Kari grew up on a dairy farm in Skagit Valley, Washington. With this background in mind, Kari regularly counsels clients with respect to purchase and sale agreements, agricultural leases, recreational use agreements, hunting license agreements, access and utility easements, water rights transfers, and other issues related to the various aspects of ownership and operation of timber, farmland and other agribusiness assets. Additionally, Kari has developed particular experience in advising clients on regulatory issues impacting the growing, processing, manufacturing and distribution of food products, including issues under the Food Safety Modernization Act, supply chain management issues, and transportation issues. Further, Kari regularly advises on jurisdictionally-specific permitting, licensing, certification, and product-specific requirements for producers, processors and retailers (including online retailers) of food. Kari also counsels clients on filing requirements for foreign investors under the Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act and analogous state statutes.
In the renewable energy sector, Kari has experience in addressing real property and title issues arising in the acquisition, development and financing of wind, solar, and other renewable energy projects across the United States. Kari also reviews and negotiates wind and solar leases on behalf of landowners.
In the general commercial real estate sector, Kari regularly represents clients in drafting and negotiation of financing documents, commercial leases, purchase and sale agreements, easements, covenants, and other documentation related to the financing, leasing, development, and acquisition or sale of office buildings, warehouse, distribution and fulfillment centers, condominiums, hotels, shopping centers, industrial facilities, and other commercial mixed-use properties.
Prior to joining K&L Gates, Kari was a real estate associate at a regional law firm with one of the largest real estate practices in New York.
- CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Property
- Nominee, American Bar Association On the Rise - Top 40 Young Lawyers Award 2020
- American Bar Association Real Property Trust and Estates Section Fellow 2019-2021
- Legal Project Management Certification
- Membership Committee, Crew Seattle & Sound
- Member and Co-Chair, American Agricultural Law Association Symposium Planning Committee In-House Counsel Tract, American Agricultural Law Association
- Member, American Bar Association Real Property Trust and Estates Section Mortgage Lending Committee
- Member, American Bar Association Real Property Trust and Estates Membership Section Committee
- Presenter, “Trouble at the Park Hotel: The Fictional Challenges of a Luxury Hotel Struggling to Stay Afloat and Avoid Foreclosure During a Global Pandemic,” ABA 33rd Annual RPTE Conference (April 2021)
- Moderator, “Not all Lenders Are the Same: What is a Nonbank Lender and What Difference Does It Make Anyway?,” ABA 33rd Annual RPTE Conference (April 2021)
- Moderator, “Distressed Real Estate and Loan Work Outs - Nuts and Bolts on Navigating Forbearance Negotiation and More,” American Bar Association CLE (February 2021)
- Presenter, “PACA and Real Property: Follow the Fruit, Washington State Bar Association New Developments in Real Property CLE,” (August 2018)
- Presenter, “Farm to Retail: Food Supply Chain Liability and Supply Agreements,” American Agricultural Law Association Annual Agricultural Law Symposium (October 2017)
- Presenter, “Food Safety: What Do Clients Need to Know in 2017?,” Oregon State Bar Agricultural Law Section Ag Law Round Up (May 2017)
- Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, Chapter 15 - Commercial Practice, Part Three: Secured Transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code, 2014-present
- Co-author, “Real Property Practice Tip: Don’t Be Misled By the Title - The Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act of 1978 Applies to More Than Just Agricultural Transactions,” WSBA Real Property Probate & Trust Newsletter, Winter 2017