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Clayton P. Graham

Clayton Graham focuses his practice on real estate and land use, assisting owners, developers, and lenders with the host of issues that arise in the acquisition, development, use, and disposition of real property.

Clayton advises clients on permitting and land use issues under state and local regulations, including local zoning codes, historic preservation laws, the Shoreline Management Act, the Growth Management Act, and the State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA), and represents clients in administrative and judicial appeals of land use decisions. Clayton assists his clients with the purchase, sale, and development of real property within planned community developments, condominiums, and mixed-use projects as well as transactions involving industrial, commercial, timber, and agricultural property. He also has substantial experience with real property matters involving complex permitting issues, receiverships, and distressed properties.

Clayton’s clients include: Olympic Property Group/Pope Resources, the Port of Seattle, Seattle Times Company, Sound Transit, and Waste Management.

You can follow Clayton on Twitter as he tweets about land use and real estate related issues. You can also connect with him on LinkedIn or Facebook.

Representative Experience

Real estate development for Sound Transit

Assist Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit) with development and permitting of transit-oriented mixed-use developments, light-rail stations, tracks, and related facilities, including Sound Transit’s East Link Extension Project through the City of Bellevue. (Ongoing)

Real estate development for Seattle Children's Hospital

Developing, permitting, and implementation of buildout, including successful challenges seeking to overturn, the long-term master plan for 1.2 million-square feet of pediatric hospital and outpatient medical services. (Ongoing)

Hotel development

Assist various clients with the siting, acquisition, permitting, and development of hotel projects in Washington and Oregon, including mixed-use high-rise projects in Downtown Seattle and Portland.

Land use and zoning litigation for Verizon Wireless

Administrative hearings and superior court appeals involving the siting of wireless communication facilities throughout the state of Washington. (Ongoing)

Plan, zoning and development agreement for Pope Resources and Olympic Property Group

Representing master developer National Historic Town of Port Gamble, Wash., on comprehensive plan, zoning, and development agreement. (Ongoing)

Land use litigation for national retailer

Land use litigation involving siting of retail stores throughout Washington, including successful representation in LUPA cases in Washington superior courts and courts of appeal. (Ongoing)

Real estate development siting project for Seattle Children's Research Institute

Acquisition, development, and permitting for a one million square-foot medical research center in downtown Seattle. (Ongoing) Read more

Receivership representation for Pacific Crest Realty Advisors

Represented receiver in the management and disposition of assets totaling approximately $15 million in value, including the disposition of long-term lease, land, and condominium ownership interests in projects in varying stages of development. (Ongoing)

Master plan hospital and medical center development

Development and implementation of, including successful defense of suits contesting, the master plan for the expansion of Providence Hospital Everett. (2011)

Suquamish Tribe v. Central Puget Sound Growth Management Hearings Board

Brief appeals challenging Kitsap County's Rural Wooded Incentive Program affecting rural cluster development of 8,000 acres of Pope Resources lands on behalf of Pope Resources. 156 Wash. App. 743 (2010)

New facility siting and development for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Assisted Seattle Cancer Care Alliance with the siting and development of a new proton therapy center in Seattle. (2009)

Landmark designation for Central Puget Sound Council of Camp Fire

Assisted with successful defense of Camp Fire against neighbors' proposed landmark designation of former Camp Fire headquarters property. Landmark designation would have prevented redevelopment of property and blocked pending sale. (2007)

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board of Trustees, King County Bar Association, 2015-present
  • Board of Trustees, King County Municipal League Foundation, 2011-present
  • Chair, 2013-2014; Vice Chair, 2012-2013; Secretary, 2010-2012 – Environmental and Land Use Law Section, King County Bar Association
  • Leadership Tomorrow, Class of 2013
  • Volunteer Attorney, Housing Justice Project
  • Board of Directors, Vice President, Community for Youth, 2008-2010
  • Asset Management Committee, St. Andrew's Housing Group, 2007- 2009
  • Washington State Bar Association

Professional Recognition

  • Named "Outstanding Young Lawyer of 2013" by King County Bar Association
  • Selected to “Washington Rising Stars,” Thomson Reuters, 2013-2017
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