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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington

Marco de Sa e Silva

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Chair, Real Estate and Land Use Practice Group
Marco de Sa e Silva chairs the firm's real estate and land use practice group and represents clients in real estate transactions and land development projects. His work includes commercial real estate purchases and sales, subdivisions, aquatic projects, wind energy projects, surface mines, timberland transactions, SEPA environmental review, land use code interpretations and zoning letters, development agreements, condominium creation, and mixed-use projects. He helps clients resolve ownership and use issues and create easements, restrictive covenants, ground leases, and licenses. Marco’s land use planning background includes frequent representation before government agencies and extensive work in acquisition due diligence and permitting. He has represented clients in land use hearings before more than 50 different administrative agencies and courts throughout Wash.


Commercial Real Estate Purchases and Sales
Represented seller of Port Ludlow Resort (golf course, marina, hotel, platted lots, development parcels, and other property) in Jefferson County, Wash.

Represented purchaser of 520-stall parking garage in downtown Seattle, Wash.

Represented purchaser of former Coca Cola distribution facility in Tacoma, Wash.

Represented seller of hundreds of commercial and residential lots and parcels in Gig Harbor, Wash.

Represented purchaser of aircraft hangar condominium unit in Tacoma, Wash.

Represented purchaser of five-floor commercial portion of mixed-use condominium project in Seattle, Wash.

Represented seller of mixed-use project development site on Aurora Avenue, Seattle, Wash.

Represented purchaser of office building in Gold Canyon, Ariz.

Represented seller of movie theater in Seattle, Wash.

Agricultural, Timberland, and Vacant Land Purchases and Sales
Represented timberland investment fund in purchase from Weyerhaeuser of 12,759-acre Copper Creek and Table Rock tree farms in Clackamas and Marion Counties, Ore.

Represented timberland investment fund in purchase from Rayonier of 12,759-acre Morton and Riffe Lake tree farms in Lewis County, Wash.

Represented charitable organization in purchase and lease back of more than 800 acres of Camp Korey facilities and agricultural land in King County, Wash.

Represented seller of 210-acre residential development site in Bremerton, Wash.

Represented timberland investment fund in purchase from Forest Capital of 5,297-acre tree farms in Tillamook and Yamhill Counties, Ore.

Represented timberland investment fund in purchase from Green Diamond of 6,378-acre Rockaway tree farm in Tillamook County, Ore.

Represented seller of industrial development parcels in Bremerton, Wash.

Represented timberland investment fund in purchase from Giustina Resources of 15,465-acre Green River Tree Farm in King County, Wash.

Represented seller of 426 acres of park land to Kitsap County, Wash.

Represented purchaser of 1,339 acres of timberlands in Jefferson County, Wash.

Represented seller of 22,783 acres of timberlands in Glenn, Lake, and Tehama Counties, Calif.

Represented seller of 76,300 acres of timberlands in Mendocino and Sonoma Counties, Calif.

Provided land use due diligence review for purchaser of residential development lands in Snohomish County, Wash.

Condominium Projects
Created multiple residential condominiums in Seattle, Bellevue, Richland, Sequim, Vancouver, and Port Ludlow, Wash.

Created office condominium in Seattle.

Created parking garage condominium in Auburn, Wash.

Create and amend condominium governing documents, including association articles and bylaws, condominium declarations, rules and regulations, and public offering statements.

Surface Mine Projects
Represent landlord in multiple surface mine leases and amendments, Jefferson County, Wash.

Wind Energy Projects
Represented wind energy project owner in land use due diligence for $125 million project financing of a wind project in Walla Walla County, Wash.

Represented lender as local counsel in $635 million financing of wind energy project in Klickitat County, Wash.

Represented wind energy project owner in analysis of title and survey issues and creation of amendments to wind energy lease and access, transmission, and substation easement agreements for $220 million wind energy project in Klickitat County, Wash.

Commercial and Residential Subdivisions
Represent property owners and developers in obtaining preliminary plat approval and creating final plats, declarations of restrictive covenants, declarations of easements, public offering statements, and forms of purchase and sale agreements, for the creation and sale of commercial and residential building lots.

Create owner associations and amend owner association governing documents.

Land Use Planning and Development
Represented owner and developer of Port Ludlow Master Planned Resort, a mixed use project in Jefferson County, Wash., in multiple land use proceedings for commercial and residential projects, including residential subdivisions, marina expansion, attached housing, and mixed use development.

Represented developer of Mercer Island retail project in six successful contested hearings, including design review approval, environmental review approval, court approval following appeal under Land Use Petition Act, and city council approval of development agreement.

Represented owner and developer of 225-unit multi-family and mixed-use building on Aurora Avenue in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle in land acquisition, design review, master use permit, street vacation and project sale.

Represented shopping center owner in successful opposition to proposed Kirkland comprehensive plan and zoning code amendments.

Represented other clients in land use hearings before more than 50 different administrative agencies and courts throughout Washington.

Negotiated development agreements and amendments with the Cities of Bremerton, Mercer Island, and Gig Harbor, and Jefferson County, on behalf of various project developers.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Visiting Lecturer, Real Estate Transactions, University of Washington School of Law, 2016
  • Board of Trustees, Bellevue Schools Foundation, 2011-2014
  • Executive Committee and Chair of Governance Committee, Bellevue Schools Foundation, 2012-2014
  • Pro Bono Attorney, Habitat for Humanity, 2003-2010 
  • Pro Bono Attorney, Friends of Youth, 2002-2010 
  • Executive Committee, International School PTSA, 2004-2009
  • Board of Directors, SPLASH, 2006-2016
  • President, Board of Trustees, Norwood Village Corporation, 2007
  • Executive Committee, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Washington State Bar Association, 2005-2007

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Real Estate (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2010-2016
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers" in Real Estate, Thomson Reuters, 2012-2013 
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating:  AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5, 1999-2016
Recognized by Chambers USA