David D. Buck,





David Buck is Chair of the Firm’s Real Estate practice group.  David concentrates his practice in commercial real estate, business counseling, nonprofits and family offices for clients primarily doing business in the Pacific Northwest. His work includes purchases and sales, financing, leasing, development, design, construction, ownership, strategic planning, and governance matters.

Prior to entering private practice, David served as a law clerk to Judge Morell E. Sharp of the United States District Court of the Western District of Washington.

Representative Matters

David has represented many Seattle organizations in regard to the development, design, construction and operation of community focused buildings in Seattle and King County. Several of his projects are listed below.

ACT Theatre
Represented ACT in regard to its redevelopment of the Eagles Auditorium Building in downtown Seattle.

Bullitt Center
Represented the Bullitt Foundation in regard to its acquisition, design, construction and leasing of the new Bullitt Center at 1501 Madison, which includes office and non-profit uses in addition to state-of-the-art energy conservation and green building technologies.

Chief Seattle Club Day Center
This project is a mixed-use condominium development, including an apartment unit above and the Chief Seattle Club Day Center unit below. David represented the project developer who also retained ownership of the apartment unit. He assisted with planning, design, construction, condominiumization, development and leasing.

Frye Art Museum Property Consolidation
Represented the museum in aggregating adjacent properties for museum expansion and developing neighboring properties.

Harbor Steps
Represented the developer/owner in regard to development of a project consisting of four towers, an iconic public area, residential apartments, long term stay apartments, a boutique hotel, restaurants and retail. Assisted with property assembly, planning, permitting, design, financing, construction, management, and sale.

Horizon House Campus
Represented the non-profit owner of Horizon House senior living facility in regard to design and construction of campus facilities, including the development of the north tower residential project.

Methodist Church
Represented the church in regard to its relocation from Fifth Avenue downtown to the Denny Way location, assisting with the development, design and construction of the new facility.

Pratt Fine Arts Center Re-Development
Represented the developer and assisted with planning and negotiation to incorporate new Pratt facilities into a mixed-use condominium project to include apartment unit above, the Pratt non-profit unit below, and expansion units for Pratt.

Seattle Aquarium Society
Represented the Seattle Aquarium Society in regard to various renovations of the Aquarium facility on the waterfront in Downtown Seattle and in regard to the society’s assumption of aquarium management responsibilities previously handled by the city.

Seattle Chinese Garden Society
Represented the Seattle Chinese Garden Society in regard to the early development of a four acre Sichuan style Chinese Garden at the South Seattle College campus in West Seattle.

Seattle First Presbyterian Church Campus
Assisted with sale of the north lot adjacent to Town Hall and the structuring of a redevelopment plan and contract for co-ownership and redevelopment of the south site in Seattle.

South Arcade at Pike Place Market
Represented the developer/initial owner. The project is located at the south end of Pike Place Market between First Avenue and Post Alley. It was the first mixed-use condo project in Seattle and contained retail (South Arcade)/residential (98 Union)/non-profit (Sisters of Providence) condominium units. Assisted with construction, condominium issues, leasing, financing, management, and sale.

St. Mark’s Cathedral Campus Expansion
Assisted with the expansion of St. Mark’s campus to include the St. Nicholas school building. Represented the primary charitable funder/ lead owner of the St. Nicholas school building and assisted with planning, governance structure, acquisition, and ownership.

Tacoma Art Museum
Represented the Tacoma Art Museum in regard to the design and construction of museum expansion projects in recent years.

Town Hall
Represented Town Hall as it transitioned from for-profit ownership of the former church facility to non-profit ownership.

YMCA of Greater Seattle
Represented the YMCA of Greater Seattle in regard to the renovation and expansion of its Seattle headquarters building and with the development, design and construction of several YMCA neighborhood centers throughout King County.

David has frequently been named one of “Seattle’s Top Lawyers” by Seattle Magazine, one of “Seattle’s Top Business Lawyers” by Seattle Business Monthly, a Best Lawyer by The Best Lawyers in America® and a Washington Super Lawyer®. He is a Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rated™ lawyer with a rating of AV Preeminent® martindale.com/ratings, and has also received annual Pro Bono Publico Commendations from the Washington State Bar Association.

David is Vice-President and a member of the Frye Art Museum Board of Trustees, Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees of ArtsFund Foundation, a Trustee and Past Chair of the Board of Trustees of ArtsFund, and a member of the Advisory Boards of The Film School, Centrum and the Washington Arts Consortium. David is past president of The Seattle Chinese Garden board of trustees, the Chapel of Saint Martha and Mary board of trustees, and Dance Theatre Seattle (The Bill Evans Dance Company) board of trustees. He is also a co-founder of Artist Trust. David is a graduate of Leadership Tomorrow.

David received his B.A. from Princeton University, cum laude, and his J.D. from Georgetown University Law Center, with honors. He is admitted to practice in Washington.


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