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Clayton P. Graham

Clayton Graham represents clients in real estate transactions and land development projects, 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 code enforcement matters as well as land use approvals and appeals. He has assisted clients on significant, high-profile, and contested development projects in the Puget Sound region and beyond. Clayton assists 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. 

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

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 and Lynnwood Link Extension Projects through multiple Puget Sound cities. (Ongoing)

Acquisition of Tilt49 office tower

Represented purchaser of approximately 300,000 square feet of office space in condominiumized mixed-use development project in Seattle. (2017)

Health care facilities development

Assisting various clients with the siting, acquisition, permitting, and development of psychiatric evaluation and treatment (E&T) centers and other medical facilities throughout Washington, including successful defense of challenges to local land use approvals. (Ongoing) 

Hotel development

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

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

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

Land use permitting and litigation

Land use approvals and litigation involving the siting of developments and expansions to existing uses, including essential public facilities, natural resource uses, wireless communications facilities, “big box” retail, and other projects throughout Washington, including successful defense of administrative and judicial (LUPA) appeals. (Ongoing)

Receivership representation for Pacific Crest Realty Advisors

Represented receiver in the management and disposition of multimillion-dollar portfolio of assets, including the disposition of long-term lease, land, and condominium ownership interests in projects in varying stages of development. (Ongoing)

Master planned hospital and medical center development for Providence Everett

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

Major institution master plan for Seattle Children's Hospital

City approvals and successful defense of challenges contesting master planned development of 1.2 million square feet of pediatric hospital and outpatient medical services in Laurelhurst neighborhood of Seattle. (2010)

New facility siting and development for Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

Represented Seattle Cancer Care Alliance for 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

  • President, 2017-present; Board Member; 2011-present – King County Municipal League Foundation
  • Board of Trustees, King County Bar Association, 2015-present
  • Growth Management Policy Board, Puget Sound Regional Council, 2015-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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