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As a paralegal, I provide direct support to the Real Property Law Group team on various aspects of the commercial real estate transaction. With several years of experience in assisting attorneys with real estate and corporate matters, it is my goal to provide efficient, responsive, and thoughtful service to clients.


Cairncross & Hempelmann, P.S. 2008 to 2015 Legal Assistant
B.A., Law, Societies and Justice, University of Washington, 2008
B.S., Public Health, University of Washington, 2008


Contact information:
Caroline Louie, Paralegal
Real Property Law Group, PLLC
1326 5th Avenue, Suite 654
Seattle, Washington 98101
Direct: 206.625.0048
Fax: 206.625.0376
Email: clouie@rp-lawgroup.com

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Law Firm Administrator

Law Firm Administrator

Loretta Otero is the firm’s Law Firm Administrator where she ensures the daily operations run smoothly. Loretta brings over 20 years of administrative experience in Office Management, Human Resources, Accounting, and Records and Information Management. She assists in the development and implementation of firm policies and procedures. She manages and oversees the administration of HR policies, payroll, accounts payable, accounts receivable and financial reports; essentially overseeing every aspect of the finance department. Formerly, Loretta worked with Tousley Brain Stephens PLLC where she worked 11 years and found her passion in accounting. She attended Griffin Business College where her studies focused on Business Administration Management.


Contact information:
Loretta Otero, Law Firm Administrator
Real Property Law Group, PLLC
1326 5th Avenue, Suite 654
Seattle, Washington 98101
Direct: 206.452.1247
Fax: 206.625.0376
Email: lotero@rp-lawgroup.com

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Practice: With over 25 years of practicing law, Staci has developed a deep expertise in commercial real estate transactions and has a track record of success representing clients in a variety of complex real estate matters, including acquisitions, dispositions, ground leases, financing, leasing and development. She has a strong understanding of the local real estate market and is skilled at negotiating the legal landscape to achieve the best possible outcomes for clients. Staci’s clients have included entrepreneurs, investors, pension funds, family-owned real estate businesses, and corporate owners of real estate across all asset types. Staci has negotiated millions of square feet of office, industrial, warehouse, and retail leases for both landlords and tenants and has negotiated and closed acquisitions/dispositions ranging in size from $1 million to over $100 million. She has also specialized experience representing clients in transactions with various Port authorities in Washington and Oregon including the Port of Portland, Port of Benton County and Port of Everett.

In addition to her technical skills, Staci is known for her excellent communication and interpersonal abilities, which allow her to build and maintain strong relationships with clients and stakeholders.  She is a skilled negotiator and is adept at finding creative solutions to complex legal problems.

Areas of focus: Real Estate; Joint Ventures, Purchase and Sale transactions; Industrial, Office, and Retail Leasing; Ground Leases; Build-to-Suit Leases; Subleases; Landlord-Tenant; Real Estate Operations.

Representative Transactions:

  • Represented institutional owner in connection with complex sale of hotel and mixed use pad sites situated partly on ground leased property with an aggregate sales price in excess of $70 million
  • Represented institutional investor in connection with $90 million sale of an industrial facility.
  • Represented institutional landlord in connection with a build-to-suit lease transaction with Subaru of America for over 400,000 square feet.
  • Represented local real estate developer in connection with packaged sale of two mixed use multi-family properties in excess of $45 million.
  • Represented local real estate developer in connection with the acquisition of multi-family properties in excess of $170 million.
  • Represented local family-owned real estate investment group in connection with sale of storage facility in excess of $18 million.
  • Represented pension fund in connection with multiple joint venture projects with Trammell Crow Company and other regional and national developers for different asset types.
  • Represented local manufacturing business in connection with aggregation of vacant land for future development of new headquarters.
  • Represent local recreational company in connection with its portfolio of leased office and manufacturing facilities.
  • Represent various investors in connection with ground leases and ancillary transactions with the Port of Portland, Port of Benton and Port of Everett.
  • Represented local family-owned real estate investment group in connection with negotiation of 99-year ground lease of property near Sea-Tac Airport.
  • Represented local developer in connection with negotiation of multiple ground leases with Port of Everett.
  • Represented local family-owned real estate investment group in connection with acquisition of agricultural land with structure in place for future residential development.
  • Represented developer of mixed use project in connection with negotiating anchor grocery store lease critical for obtaining financing and investor commitments to fund construction.
  • Represented various landlords in connection with retail leases with ULTA, Ross Dress for Less, CB2, Madewell, and MOD Pizza among other national retailers.
  • Represented online retailer in connection with a build-to-suit warehouse facility.
  • Represented a national homebuilder in connection with the negotiation and acquisition of over 40 properties in a 10-month period.
  • Represented institutional landlord in connection with a warehouse lease for Amazon.
  • Represented landlord in connection with a 50,000 square foot lease with Wells Fargo N.A. in less than two weeks including requirement to obtain the ground lessor’s approval.
  • Represented owners and landlords in leasing transactions with numerous Fortune 100 and other repeat players and sophisticated parties such as Chrysler, Fort James Corporation, Colgate-Palmolive, IKEA, T-Mobile, Mondolez, Mission Foods, Ernst & Young, Cummins Inc., Washington Capital Management, BentallGreenOak, Trammell Crow Company.

Seattle University School of Law, J.D. 1994
Oakland University, B.A. 1990
Member, Oregon State Bar since 2008
A/V rated by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory
Seattle’s Top Lawyers by Seattle Met Magazine for 2010
Seattle’s Top Lawyers by Seattle Magazine for 2003

Staci Snyder is licensed to practice in the State of Washington and State of Oregon

Contact information:
Staci Snyder, Partner
Real Property Law Group, PLLC
1326 5th Avenue, Suite 654
Seattle, Washington 98101
Direct: 206.972.4980
Fax: 206.625.0376
Email: ssnyder@rp-lawgroup.com

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Of Counsel

Practice: I have a business undergraduate degree and worked in business for 10 years before attending law school. I have been a lawyer since 1991; I spent my first 7 years in practice as a litigator, sorting out bad deals and representing clients in the federal, state, and bankruptcy courts. These experiences influence my approach to our clients’ deals and problems: I am a member of each client’s business team; my job is to craft the deal or the workout in a way which minimizes disputes, while remaining cognizant of the business forces influencing my client’s decisions. At the same time, I appreciate the need for a careful, meticulous eye for the intricacies of the law.

Practice Style: I enjoy working on complex, real estate and personal property transactions, financings, leasing, and workouts. I draw on my business background to assist our clients with all phases of their projects: due diligence, acquisition, financing, leasing, sales, and troubled properties matters. My clients include both buyers and sellers, lenders and borrowers, developers and contractors, landlords and tenants, creditors and debtors.

Professional Interests: I enjoy working with professional legal organizations, such as the American Bar Association (ABA), to improve the ethical and professional development of lawyers and create opportunities for lawyers to give back to the community. I served on the ABA’s Board of Governors, where I chaired its Investments Subcommittee.  I subsequently chaired the ABA Standing Committee on Publishing Oversight, and then chaired the Board of Editors of the ABA Journal.  I have also served as Editor-in-Chief of the ABA’s Business Law Today Magazine, co-chair of its Commercial Law Newsletter, and on the editorial board of the ABA’s GPSolo magazine.  Additionally, I am a past-chair of ABA Business Law Section’s Commercial Financial Services Real Estate Financing Subcommittee. Locally, I serve on the King County Bar Association’s Public Policy Committee.

I am a past national chair of the American Bar Foundation Fellows and a special advisor to the Foundation’s Board of Directors. I am a fellow and former regent for the American College of Commercial Finance Lawyers, a fellow of the American College of Mortgage Attorneys, and a member of the American Law Institute (currently serving on Restatement of Property (4th)- Consultative Group).  I am also a frequent writer and speaker on commercial real estate and finance matters, and am the co- editor of Real Estate Closing Deskbook (3d ed).

Awards:  In 2011 I received the ABA Presidential Pro Bono Publico Citation. In 2013 the ABA Business Law Section presented me with the 2013 Jean Allard Glass Cutter Award, which recognized me as the woman business lawyer of the year.

Legal Background:

Real Property Law Group, PLLC 2001-present (member)

Tousley Brain Stephens, PLLC (Seattle)1998-2001, Commercial Real Estate Department (member)

Graham & James/Riddell Williams (Seattle)1991 to 1998, Commerical Bankruptcy, Real Estate and Litigation Departments (associate)

J.D., with honors, University of Washington, 1991 (Moot Court Honor Board; Order of the Barristers)

B.S., Business Management & Industrial Relations, 1988, summa cum laude, Seton Hall University

Kathleen Hopkins is licensed to practice in the State of Washington

Contact information:
Kathleen Hopkins, Of Counsel
Real Property Law Group, PLLC
1326 5th Avenue, Suite 654
Seattle, Washington 98101
Direct: 206.625.0404
Fax: 206.625.0404
Email: khopkins@rp-lawgroup.com

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In my nearly 25 years of practicing law, I enjoy serving as a strategic business partner to executive teams on a comprehensive array of business and real estate transactions and strive to bring both sound business judgment and interpersonal skills to the role. In addition to private practice, I have substantial in-house expertise and now provide both growing and mature businesses with corporate counsel services, including serving as outside corporate counsel for clients who are not yet ready to hire a full time General Counsel. Additionally, my real estate practice includes transactions and acquisitions, contract and lease negotiations, financings, new construction projects and operations, entity formation, and joint ventures.

Before joining Real Property Law Group, I served as General Counsel for Aegis Living for over a decade, a privately held real estate development and senior living operator with over 2,500 employees in 3 states, and nearly $250 million in annual operating revenues. In this role, I oversaw all legal aspects of 17 ground up developments, from acquisition, to construction, to opening and leasing, including construction and permanent financing at each stage. I was a key partner in negotiating a joint venture with a private equity investor to acquire 14 properties (over 1,000 units) in a series of transactions valued at over $640 million. In addition to my real estate work and overseeing all legal functions in my role, I enjoyed an active role on the executive leadership team, helping the company to “peek around corners” and meaningfully impact the organization’s profitability and culture.

Prior to joining Aegis Living, I was a partner at Cairncross & Hempelmann, where my business practice ranged from advising founders to counselling established companies on myriad corporate issues, including start-up, formation and governance issues, capital raising and acquisitions, general business counselling, and contract negotiations. I also worked with Microsoft Corporation, MSNBC and Aegis Living on various domestic and international business transactions, including a significant mergers and acquisitions practice. In particular, I served as lead counsel to Microsoft Corporation and MSNBC in 25 acquisitions and securities investments.

Background and Education:

• General Counsel, Aegis Living 2011-2023
• Partner, Cairncross and Hempelmann 1999-2011
• J.D., University of Washington, with High Honors, 1999
Activities and societies: Order of the Coif; Executive Editor, Washington Law Review; Moot Court Honor Board Member
• B.A., Dickinson College, Magna Cum Laude 1993
Activities and societies: Phi Beta Kappa, Women’s Varsity Soccer (Div. 3)

Elizabeth Chambers is licensed to practice law in the State of Washington

Contact Information:
Elizabeth Chambers, Partner
Real Property Law Group, PLLC
1326 5th Avenue, Suite 654
Seattle, Washington 98101
Direct: 206-617-1755
Fax: 206.625.0376
Email: echambers@rp-lawgroup.com

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Practice: Heidi York focuses her legal practice on commercial and residential real estate transactions. She represents clients in a wide range of matters including preparation and negotiation of commercial lease agreements for landlords and tenants and real property purchase and sales including office buildings, industrial parks, retail locations including restaurants, laboratories and medical offices.  Heidi also assists clients with cell tower agreements, CC&Rs, easements, title matters, and lease dispute resolutions.

Education and Memberships:

Willamette University College of Law, cum laude, Dean’s Honor List, 2001

University of Portland, cum laude, 1998

Arizona State Bar, member since 2021

Washington State Bar, member since 2006

Oregon State Bar, member since 2001 (inactive)

Licensed to practice in the State of Washington and the State of Arizona


Previous Practice At:

Cairncross and Hempelmann PS, Seattle, Washington Of Counsel 2012-2014

The York Law Firm PLLC, Seattle, Washington Sole Member 2009-2012

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP, Seattle, Washington Associate 2006-2009


Activities Outside The Law Office Include:

  • Make-A-Wish, Alaska and Washington Chapter, Corporate Counsel Position, 2014-2016
  • Make-A-Wish, Alaska and Washington Chapter, Corporate Council Chairperson, 2015-2016
  • Walk-For-Wishes Team Captain, 2012-2015
  • Make-A-Wish Wonder of Wishes Committee Member 2020
  • Interests include playing tennis and ice hockey, hiking, and enjoying the great outdoors

Contact information:
Heidi York, Partner
Real Property Law Group, PLLC
1326 5th Avenue, Suite 654
Seattle, Washington 98101
Direct: 206.457.2516
Fax: 206.625.0376
Email: hyork@rp-lawgroup.com

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Practice: Over the last 17 years, my law practice has developed to serve clients active in real estate, hospitality and business. Having worked closely with business owners and general counsel over many years, I understand our clients need to make prompt and well informed business decisions based on trust and confidence in my analysis of the pertinent issues. I use my market knowledge, communication skills and experience working on a variety of high profile, complex projects to advocate for clients, close transactions and achieve fair results.

Real Estate: My primary practice is commercial real estate transactions, including retail, office and industrial leasing, acquisitions, dispositions, real estate finance, real estate development, transit-oriented development, design professional services agreements, and construction contracts.

Hospitality/Business: Further, I assist hospitality and business clients with corporate formation and governance, limited liability company operating agreements, management agreements, franchise agreements, master services agreements, vendor contracts, and liquor licensing.

Construction: Over many years, I have represented owners, developers, design professionals, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in a wide variety of construction claims. This construction litigation experience has assisted in preparing and negotiating comprehensive construction contracts, master subcontractor agreements, architect agreements, engineering contracts and other construction project documents.

Representative Transactions:

  • Assisted large technology company in many corporate campus activities, including negotiating leases and vendor agreements with retailers, restaurants and specialty food vendors, advising on food and beverage regulatory issues and preparing operational agreements with businesses such as AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, Compass USA, Wolfgang Puck and others
  • Represented Nordstrom in retail lease negotiations in several shopping centers and mixed use projects
  • Negotiated hotel acquisition, financing, franchise and management agreements on behalf of hotel owners and developers
  • Represented online retailer in leasing over 1,500,000 square feet of office space and fulfillment facilities
  • Prepared corporate merger and governance documents for the Washington Restaurant Association and Washington Lodging Association to become the unified Washington Hospitality Association
  • Represented regional healthcare provider in securing over 250,000 square feet of office space and urgent care facilities in downtown high-rise buildings
  • Drafted construction contracts and design professional service agreements for Aegis Living, ABKJ, developers, regional healthcare provider, outdoor recreational equipment retailer and other clients
  • Closed the acquisition and financing of hotel properties, assisted living facilities, multifamily buildings, single-family residential plats and vacant land
  • Restructured financing arrangements and leases in workout conditions for a wide variety of clients in retail, office, industrial    and agricultural contexts
  • Advised the Washington Hospitality Association and its members on a variety of restaurant, liquor and hospitality issues


Cairncross & Hempelmann, P.S., Principal, Real Estate Practice Chair, Retail Hotel Restaurant Industry Leader

Carney Badley Spellman, P.S., Associate, Real Estate, Construction, Litigation

University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1999

University of Washington, B.A., with Honors, 1996

Washington State Bar Association, Member

Best Lawyers Award Recipient, U.S. News & World Report

Super Lawyers Award Recipient, Super Lawyers Magazine

Sandip Soli is licensed to practice in the State of Washington

Contact information:
Sandip Soli, Partner
Real Property Law Group, PLLC
1326 5th Avenue, Suite 654
Seattle, Washington 98101
Direct: 206.625.0049
Fax: 206.625.0376
Email: ssoli@rp-lawgroup.com

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Cheryl’s practice is focused on commercial leasing for both landlords and tenants, commercial and residential property management, commercial real estate and personal property transactions, and financing as well as transactional legal services for small businesses and family offices.

Prior to becoming an attorney, Cheryl was a marketing director at Microsoft, small business owner, engineer at Boeing Commercial Airplane Group, and founding council member of City of Shoreline. She obtained her JD, MBA and undergraduate in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Washington.  Her education and breadth of professional experiences enable her to bring a unique perspective, insight, and approach to assisting her clients.  Cheryl’s clients have praised her out-of-the-box thinking and practical legal solutions.  She leverages over two decades of business experience to holistically understand the clients’ issues to deliver legal counsel. One of her clients wrote “your energy is infectious, and your solution orientation is something that I admire greatly.”

Background and Education:

In-House Counsel to Ballmer Group, 2017-2021
Legal Advisor to Korean Consulate General in Seattle, 2018-2019
Helsell Fetterman LLP, Associate, Business and Real Estate
Legal Intern at Amazon
Recipient of Northwest Asian Weekly Foundation’s “Living Pioneer Award” and International Examiner’s “Community Voices Award”
J.D., University of Washington School of Law
MBA, University of Washington Foster School of Business
BSME, University of Washington School of Engineering

Cheryl is licensed to practice in the State of Washington

Professional and Community Service:

Washington State Bar Association, Member
Korean American Bar Association, Member

  • President (2019-2020)
  • Chair & Volunteer, KCSC Pro Bono Legal Clinic (2017-Present)
  • Board Member (2018-present)

Asian Bar Association of Washington, Member
American Bar Association, Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services
Seattle Symphony, Secretary of the Board of Directors (2019-present)
Shoreline Community College Foundation, Board Member (2017-present)
University of Washington School of Law, Moot Court Contracts Negotiation Competition Judge
University of Washington Foster School of Business, MBA Mentor

Contact information:
Cheryl Lee, Of Counsel
Real Property Law Group, PLLC
1326 5th Avenue, Suite 654
Seattle, Washington 98101
Direct: 206.584.2594
Cell: 206.234.4412
Email: clee@rp-lawgroup.com

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