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James A. Greenfield

For over 30 years, Jim Greenfield has represented private, nonprofit, and public clients on a wide variety of real estate transactions and land use proceedings. Jim has particular expertise and experience with large, complex public infrastructure projects and is a well-recognized authority in crafting creative natural resource conservation transactions. Jim focuses his practice on public/private partnerships, real estate and development transactions; land transactions with or on behalf of public agencies by negotiation or eminent domain (including public relocation assistance for businesses and residences); and land use matters and administrative proceedings. Jim also has substantial experience with historic preservation and landmark designation, telecommunications, municipal law, government relations, and sports law.

Jim's clients include: Alaska Airlines, 4Culture (Cultural Development Authority of King County), American President Lines, City of Burien, National Basketball Association, PATH, Sound Transit, and Seattle Theater Group.

Representative Experience

Public Private Partnerships

Transit oriented development PPP

Represented Sound Transit in the negotiation of a disposition and development agreement and ground leases for the transit oriented development of a mixed-use private project on property adjacent to Sound Transit’s Capitol Hill light rail station.

Public private partnership for redevelopment of Burien Town Square

Work-out and reconveyance of developer’s interest in City-Developer agreement for the redevelopment of property for the City of Burien, Washington.

SeaTac Airport Terminal public private partnership

Development and implementation of a public private partnership for the redevelopment of the North Satellite Terminal and other improvements at Sea-Tac Airport.

Public private partnership for Sound Transit

Public private partnership with City of Redmond and Microsoft for joint use and development of Overlake Transit Center.

Public private partnership for King County Library System

'63-20' financing of regional library services facility with $22.85 million tax-exempt lease revenue bonds.

Commercial Real Estate Transactions

Purchase of seven-acre site for Alaska Airlines

Located in SeaTac, Washington, the property will be used for the development of a new four-office building campus with a parking garage.

Public art design and development agreement

Represented major New York developer in the successful contract negotiation with Heatherwick Studios for the design of a major, large-scale public artwork for Hudson Yards, a $15 billion commercial and residential development on the West Side of Manhattan.

Transferable development rights for Seattle Theater Group and Seattle Art Museum

Sale of transferable development rights in downtown Seattle from Paramount Theater and from Olympic Sculpture Park.

Ground lease and facility financing for ProCure Treatment Center

Local counsel for development and financing of $234 million proton therapy facility.

Office lease for Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH)

43,000 square foot office lease in the District of Columbia.

Portfolio acquisition for Emeritus Corporation

$140 million acquisition financing of 24 assisted living properties. Read more

Government-Related Real Estate Transactions

Marine terminal lease for American President Lines

Negotiated termination of long term marine terminal lease at Terminal 5 and new marine terminal sublease at Terminal 18.

Municipal lease/leaseback for Wallace Properties

Municipal lease/leaseback development under RCW 35.42 with the City of Snoqualmie, Washington of a community center.

Restaurant lease for University of Washington

Lease of 3,000 square feet of retail restaurant facilities (Agua Verde).

Data center lease for University of Washington

Lease of 6,500 square feet of data center facilities.

Office sublease for 4Culture

Office sublease with King County with significant 'public works' tenant improvements.

Relocation and sale for StockPot/Campbell Soup Company

Agreement providing $25.5 million for the relocation and sale, in lieu of condemnation, of StockPot Soup's 100,000 square foot culinary campus by King County for the Brightwater sewage treatment facility.

Laboratory lease for University of Washington

Lease of 27,000 square feet of laboratory facilities (Global Health).

Acquisition of railroad property for Sound Transit

Acquisition of $260 million railroad use easements and $32 million railroad right of way from BNSF.

Natural Resource Conservation Transactions

Sale of conservation easement and transferable development rights for Central Puget Sound Council of Camp Fire

Sale of 100 acre conservation easement and associated transferable development rights on Camp Sealth to King County, Washington.

Conservation development for Port Blakely Tree Farm

Sale of property to King County in complex transaction associated with sale of conservation easement and reservation for conservation development (Treemont).

Sale of conservation easement and transferable development rights for Port Blakely Tree Farms

Sale of conservation easement and associated transferable development rights to King County (Ames Lake).

Conservation development for Uplands Reserve LLC

Creation of King County demonstration conservation project and sale of conservation easement to King County (Uplands Reserve).

Land Use Proceedings

Development agreement

Represented Alaska Airlines in the negotiation of a development agreement with the City of SeaTac, Washington for the development of 528,000 gross-square-foot, four-building office campus with a 1,270-space parking garage to be developed in four phases over 20 years.

Rezone for StockPot/Campbell Soup

Successful opposition before City of Everett planning commission to proposal to rezone industrial land to mixed commercial/residential.

Landmark designation for Central Puget Sound Council of Camp Fire

Successfully defended 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.

Tree protection for residents

Successful opposition to residential building permit before City of Medina hearing examiner to assure protection of client/neighbor's trees.

Essential public facilities for Sound Transit

Successful appeal to Growth Management Hearings Board of City of Tukwila development regulations precluding siting of Sound Transit Link Light Rail route.

Floating homes

Successful opposition on behalf of floating home moorage tenants before Seattle Hearing Examiner to moorage fee increases under Seattle floating home ordinance.

Noise for King County Jet Center and Classic Helicopter

Successful defenses before King County Hearing Examiner of building permits for new terminals at King County Airport against citizen opponents.

Preliminary plat for Uplands Reserve

Preliminary plat approval before KC Hearing Examiner.

Professional & Community Activities

  • Board of Directors, 1997-present; Board Chair, 2013-2014 – Forterra (formerly, Cascade Land Conservancy)
  • Board of Directors, Leadership Tomorrow, 2010-2016
  • Executive Council Member, Green Seattle Partnership, 2004-2012
  • Viaduct Taskforce, Downtown Seattle Association, 2009 -2010
  • Trustee, Municipal League of King County, 1990-1993, 1999-2002
  • Administrator, King County Office of Open Space, 1993-1997
  • Board Member and President, Pike Market Senior Center and Downtown Food Bank, 1987-1991
  • Deputy General Counsel, Seattle Goodwill Games Organizing Committee, 1988-1990

Professional Recognition

  • Named as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" in Real Estate (Washington) by Chambers USA, 2007-2018
  • Named as one of the "Best Lawyers in America" in Real Estate Law by Best Lawyers, 2009-present; named in Land Use & Zoning Law, 2011-present
  • Selected to "Washington Super Lawyers," Thomson Reuters, 2009-2014
"It always feels like a true partnership; he genuinely wants to set me up for success." -Client Quote, Chambers USA 2018
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