The WaLaw Team
My wife, Kim, kids, Spencer & Delaney, and a small family of raccoons, live in the Magnolia neighborhood of Seattle. It’s our own little Mayberry and we love it. I was born and raised in Oklahoma and started my first business at the age of 10 diving for golf balls in ponds on a public course. We sold ’em for a quarter a piece and made good money doing it.
I came to Seattle in 1992 to attend the University of Washington and graduated four years later with a B.A. in Economics and a healthy appreciation of all things Seattle: grunge, flannel, coffee, and microbrews. My first job out of college was as a beer rep for one of Seattle’s fine microbreweries, the Pyramid Brewery just across from what is now Safeco Field. It was a dream job for a 22-year-old guy: expense account, tickets to every sporting event, and all the beer my friends and I could drink. That job led to a promotion and move to Texas and ultimately a career in sales, land/home development, and mortgage lending.
Ultimately, I was looking for something different and returned to Seattle to obtain my law degree. I graduated with honors from Seattle University School of Law in 2006. I joined the law firm shortly after graduation and became a partner in January 2009. I’ve handled hundreds of residential transactions, drafted countless legal documents affecting real estate, and litigated real estate disputes and had a blast along the way.
After growing up in Tennessee, I graduated from the University of Georgia School of Law, and then spent the better part of the last 10 years practicing real estate law in and around Atlanta, Georgia. During that time I handled thousands of transactions, ranging from commercial deals to first time home purchases, and everything in between. Residential real estate has always been my main area of focus, and working at WaLaw is completely a dream job come true.
My wife and I relocated to Seattle last fall, and have fallen in love with the city.
While we call Magnolia home, we spend a great deal of time exploring and enjoying many of the other unique and fun neighborhoods that make up this great city. It’s truly one of the best places to live, work, and play.
I love Seattle! I grew up here, on the Eastside, and after graduating from the University of Southern California and University of Oregon School of Law, I returned to Seattle in 2008 to begin my legal career. Prior to joining WaLaw, my practice focused on litigation and representing a variety of institutional clients. As a litigator, I spent over three years of my practice specializing in the representation of lenders and loan servicers in title disputes and real property matters.
In the summer of 2012, I discovered my calling in residential real estate. My mother was looking to buy a home in Seattle at a time when the real estate market was extremely competitive. I became tremendously invested in the process of helping my Mom find “the perfect home”; and it was during that process, that I realized my passion for residential real estate (I love architecture, design, and analyzing property values!) WaLaw has made it possible for me to integrate my passion for real estate into my legal career – I can put my law degree to use, utilize my previous title experience, and help clients find that “just right” home – all while getting to do what I love.
When I’m not checking out the latest real estate listings, I spend my free time paddle boarding, running around Lake Union, relaxing on the houseboat that I call home, and exploring Seattle’s awesome food scene.
Claire is the office manager for WaLaw Realty and Holmes Law Group.
As native Seattleite, I enjoy all things Pacific Northwest. Camping in the rain, the Nordstrom half-yearly sale, and of course…our real estate. I have spent the past seven years involved in the local markets, including 2 pre-bubble years in residential and 5 recovery years in commercial real estate. Actively involved in my little Ballard community, I never lost my passion for watching our communities grow, evolve and revitalize through business and real estate. After spending an hour a day searching new listings and keeping track of sales, I realized that WaLaw Realty is where I belong. As a real estate professional, homeowner, renter and landlord, I can relate to all phases of your transaction. Combining my knowledge of Seattle, love of real estate, and analytical brain for the legal aspects, I am thrilled to be here at WaLaw Realty and eager to help you!