Who We Are

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Aliza Allen, the founder and owner of Allen Law PLLC, has served the Puget Sound region for more than 25 years representing clients in commercial and residential real estate development, ownership and finance matters. Her experience includes both private practice (Aliza was previously a partner with Buck & Gordon LLP) and corporate in-house experience (Aliza previously served as legal counsel to developer Lorig Associates, LLC, and its property management affiliate). Throughout her career, Aliza has provided strategic, business and legal advice to property owners on a wide array of real estate related issues including development services agreements, corporate and project financing, property management issues, contract analysis, investor relations and litigation management. Representative clients include real estate developers, institutional clients, quasi-governmental entities, non-profit developers and individuals in all aspects of real estate ownership and development including:

  • Representation of urban infill developer in property acquisitions, preparation of Covenants, Conditions, Restrictions and Easements, resolution of retail client issues and other development issues.
  • Developer representation to update development documents to comply with Washington’s Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act (WUCIOA) effective on July 1, 2018 including CCRs for a 15 unit plat development and a Condominium Declaration for an air space condominium and multiple ground leases.
  • Retail leasing work including representation of landlord in negotiation with national telecommunications company and representation of tenants for prime ground floor retail space in a South Lake Union mixed use building. Experience also includes ground leases (with both private and public property owners) and a single tenant retail lease.
  • Negotiated, documented and closed $20M sale of a 128-unit apartment building and assignment of air rights lease to public entity. Transaction included defeasance of existing loan and complex ownership structure with master lease back to ground lessor and early termination of tenant leases to make way for buyer use. Work included issuance of opinion of borrower’s counsel for loan defeasance.
  • Negotiated, documented and closed seller-financed conveyance of LLC membership interest in commercial development secured by pledge of LLC interests and personal guarantees.
  • Negotiated, documented and closed sale of $15M mixed use, multi building ground leased development with additional commercial unit in adjacent condominium building. Complicated transaction included two loan assumptions (private and public financing), low-income housing units (with accompanying regulatory agreement) and amendments to both a reciprocal easement agreement and the condominium declaration required by the buyer.
  • Negotiated, documented and closed sale of $2.1M commercial site to public entity for fleet repair and maintenance facility. Transaction included drafting covenants to protect client-owned adjacent property from post-closing impacts of public use. Worked with two generations of family members.
  • Negotiated multiple tenant leases for local real estate investor with franchise businesses in food and fitness services.
  • Advised family on development and management of $10M real estate portfolio including formation of property specific LLCs to hold title with accompanying lease assignments.
  • Negotiated and closed construction loan for local independent school. Work included resolution of title issues and coordination between lender and modular contractor for security interest in asset.
  • Title review for quasi-governmental coalition’s acquisition of former White River – Lake Tapps Reservoir as future municipal drinking water supply.

Aliza’s experience through years of private practice and in-house work, coupled with her focus on delivering cost-effective results in a prompt, professional manner, makes Allen Law PLLC uniquely qualified to help you on your next real estate project.

 

Education / Memberships / Other

  • King County Bar Association, Real Property Section, May 2, 2018 Presentation Housing the Homeless.
  • Memberships: Washington State Bar Association, American Bar Association, King County Bar Association, Community Associations Institute
  • ULI Center for Sustainable Leadership Program, Seattle Chapter, 2013-2014
  • ULI Real Estate Finance Course Work, 2012, 2015
  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 1987
  • Washington State University, B. A., 1984, summa cum laude; Outstanding Senior Woman of the Year (1984)