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Shannon J. Skinner

Shannon's practice centers on commercial real estate and financing transactions. Her experience includes the acquisition, disposition and financing (construction and permanent) of office buildings, industrial properties, retail centers, hotels and mixed use developments. She represents companies in the acquisition, development, leasing and disposition of their real estate holdings. She has worked on a wide range of matters, including data center developments, complex redevelopment projects and multi-state portfolio transactions. Her practice includes leasing, representing landlords and tenants in leasing office and other property types, as well as build to suit projects. She has represented many lenders in making permanent and construction loans, including multi-lender facilities and developing lending policies and forms. The restructure, workout and exercise of remedies for troubled loans is also a part of her practice. In addition, she has significant experience in public/private developments that are key to urban renewal projects.

Shannon is the former editor for the American Bar Association magazine Probate & Property and is the former co-chair of the Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Real Property Acts. She is a fellow of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers and the past chair of the Association for Real Property and Infrastructure. She has served on the Washington State Bar Association’s Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section’s Executive Committee, the ABA Real Property, Trusts & Estate Law Section Council and the board of CREW Seattle. In addition, she is the author of “The New ALTA Title Insurance Policies: Making the Leap from 1970 to the 21st Century,” 23 The Practical Real Estate Lawyer 29 (September 2007); “A Practical Guide to Title Review, “ 21 The Practical Real Estate Lawyer 35 (July 2005) and “A Practical Guide to Survey Review,” 9 The Practical Real Estate Lawyer 45 (1993), and a co-author of the “Powers of Attorney in Real Estate Transactions” chapter in The Washington Real Property Deskbook.

  • Named to "2022 Women of Influence” by Puget Sound Business Journal
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® since 2006 for Real Estate Law
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Commercial Finance Law (2023-2024)
  • Received the Best Lawyers® Real Estate Law “Lawyer of the Year” in Seattle (2015, 2017, and 2020)
  • Recognized by Chambers USA for Real Estate in Washington since 2002
  • Named to the Washington Super Lawyers list, 2003–2021
    • Named to Super Lawyers Top 50 Women Lawyers list (2010, 2012-2013)
  • Recommended by Who’s Who Legal in the area of Real Estate (2005-2019)
  • Fellow, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 1995-present
  • Member, American Bar Association
    • Former Council Member, Real Property, Trusts & Estate Law Section Council
  • Member, Association for Real Property and Infrastructure
    • Chair 2019
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
    • Former Member, Executive Committee, Real Property Probate & Trust Law Section
  • Former Board Member, CREW Sound and Seattle
  • Former Co-Chair, Joint Editorial Board for Uniform Real Property Laws, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws
  • Former Editor, Probate & Property (published by the American Bar Association)
Additional Thought Leadership Pages
Additional News & Event Pages
  • Interview, “Women of Influence: Shannon Skinner, K&L Gates,” Puget Sound Business Journal (November 2022)
  • Quote, “Welcome to your new office. A lot has changed here due to COVID-19,” Puget Sound Business Journal (July 2020)
  • Quote, “With rent due, tenants, landlords turn to Bellevue-based bartering platform,” Puget Sound Business Journal (June 2020)
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