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Brian D. Hulse


Brian Hulse focuses his practice on real estate finance, commercial lending, finance and business transactions, loan workouts, realization proceedings, and bankruptcy.

Representative Experience

Construction and term loans for financial institutions

Representing national financial institution in hundreds of construction and term loans on wide variety of commercial properties throughout the U.S., including hotels, office buildings, retail projects, assisted living facilities, hospitals, apartment buildings, tax credit and tax-exempt affordable housing projects, and condominium projects. (1996-present)

Loan documentation for national financial institution

Representing national financial institution in structuring program-level loan documentation and procedures for various types of national lending programs. (1997-present) Read more

Commercial lending for integrated manufacturing company and subsidiaries

Led team handling real estate collateral (over 100 properties in 25 states) for $1 billion+ financing. (2009-2011)

Construction loan for agent bank

Represented agent bank in two $100-million-plus construction loans for office buildings on headquarters campus of Fortune 100 company. (2014)

Debt financing for JELD-WEN, Inc.

Acted as issuer’s real estate counsel in connection with the 144A offering of JELD-WEN, Inc.’s $460,000,000 of senior secured notes. (2011)

Commercial lending for financial institution

Represented financial institution in connection with defaulted financings of tract home developers. (2008-2009)

Commercial lending for banks*

Numerous commercial lending transactions including agented multi-bank lines of credit and equipment lease financing. (1993-2008)

Corporate finance for European bank*

$99 million credit facility secured by real and personal property collateral in California. (2008)

Corporate finance for European bank*

Various issuances of letters of credit to provide credit enhancement to tax-exempt bonds. (2006-2008)

Loan purchases/sales for national financial institution*

Numerous purchases and sales of loan portfolios. (2005-2008)

Bridge loan financing for national bank*

Bridge loan financing of site for development of high-rise residential project in Bellevue, Wash. (2007)

Corporate finance for European bank*

$235 million credit facility secured by real and personal property collateral in California. (2007)

Corporate finance for European bank*

$40 million credit facility to Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Portland, Ore. to provide takeout financing for Chapter 11 plan. (2007)

Corporate finance for photo archive company*

Represented borrower in $350 million credit facility. (2007)

Loan purchase for national financial institution*

Purchase of approximately $300 million portfolio of commercial real estate loans. (2007)

Commercial lending for high-rise real estate developer*

Represented joint venture entity as borrower of $106 million syndicated construction loan for high-rise mixed use condominium project in downtown San Jose, Calif. (2006)

Corporate finance for national financial institution*

Represented bank in realization on defaulted $80 million credit facility secured by 25 assisted living facilities in 10 states, including agreed sales, foreclosures, and deeds in lieu of foreclosure. (2005)

Real estate finance for hedge fund*

$25 million loan to finance acquisition of Brownfields project in Utah. (2005)

Sale of loans for national financial institution*

Sale of approximately $300 million portfolio of franchise finance loans. (2003)

Corporate finance for national financial institution*

Restructuring of defaulted $49 million credit facility secured by eight assisted living facilities in seven states. (2002)

Corporate finance for National Football League team*

Represented NFL team as borrower in $60 million syndicated credit facility. (2001)

Project financing for communications company*

Acted as Washington counsel to communications company in $75 million project financing of fiber optic cable line from Seattle to Alaska, which involved structuring of security in on-shore and underwater cable line through multiple counties. (1999)

Project financing for investment bank*

$185 million project financing of the Miami Heat's arena in Miami, Fla. (1998)
* Denotes experience completed at a prior firm

Professional & Community Activities

  • Co-chair of the State Law Survey Task Force of the Commercial Finance Committee of the American Bar Association (editor-in-chief of 50-state survey of commercial lending laws and author of Washington chapter)
  • Fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys
  • Member, Board of Regents; Fellow – American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers
  • Member of the Legal Opinions Committee of the Washington State Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Received the John M. Davis Award, Davis Wright Tremaine, 2012
  • Selected by Best Lawyers as Seattle's "Lawyer of the Year" in Banking Law, 2010, 2014, 2017
  • Named one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Banking Law by Best Lawyers, 2007-present
  • Selected to "Top 100 Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2010
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers" in Banking Law, Thomson Reuters, 2003-2017