Erin J. Letey,

Principal

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BIO

Erin Letey is a principal and a Chair of the firm’s Corporate Transactions and Finance practice group. Erin represents private, public and nonprofit businesses throughout the region in a full range of business transactions. In particular, she represents both buyers and sellers in transactions involving the purchase, sale or combination of businesses. She enjoys helping her successful business clients grow—both organically and through acquisition.

In addition, Erin assists her business clients of all sizes throughout the full business life cycle—including business formation, corporate governance, contract drafting and negotiation, public and private offerings of securities, and 1934 Exchange Act reporting. In recognition of her proficiency, she was selected to chair the Business Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association.

Many of Erin’s clients operate within the aerospace, retail sales and marketing, and manufacturing industries. Others come from the food and beverage, entertainment, healthcare, hospitality, nonprofit, real estate and technology industries. Erin takes the time to understand each client’s unique business and industry. She focuses not on roadblocks but on possibilities—how to make a deal happen.

In her nonprofit practice, Erin assists clients with legal issues such as formation and dissolution, application for federal tax exemption, nonprofit governance, and mergers and acquisitions. Among this group’s clients are the Bullitt Foundation, the YMCA of Greater Seattle and the Seattle Aquarium.

Representative Matters

Aerospace

  • Represented Northwest Aerospace Technologies, Inc. (NAT) and its shareholders in NAT’s sale to Zodiac Aerospace SA

Entertainment

  • Multiple private equity financings for Shadowcatcher Entertainment, LLC, a Seattle-based independent film and television production company
  • Pro bono counsel to The School of Life Project (formerly The 5000 Days Project), a video documentary and website project consisting of video interviews and images of school aged children

Food and Beverage

  • Represent the Odom Corporation in the negotiation of distribution agreements with various beverage manufacturers
  • Represented Sahale Snacks, Inc. in its sale to the J.M. Smucker Co.
  • Represented Redhook Ale Brewery (Nasdaq: HOOK), the largest craft brewer in the Pacific Northwest, in its merger with Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
  • Negotiated Master Distributor Agreement and Exchange and Recapitalization Agreement with Anheuser-Busch on behalf of Redhook

Health Care

  • Represented Assured Capital Partners and its subsidiary, Northwest Healthcare Alliance, Inc., a high quality provider of home health and hospice care, in the sale of Assured to LHC Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: LHCG)

Hospitality

  • Represented Friday Harbor House I Limited Partnership and its general partner in the sale of Friday Harbor House, a waterfront inn located on San Juan Island
  • Represented Red Lion Hotels Corporation (NYSE: RLH), a northwest-based full service hotel and hospitality company, in a $64 million public offering of common stock
  • Represented Red Lion Hotels Corporation in a $52 million public offering of trust preferred securities

Manufacturing

  • Represented Structus Building Technologies, Inc., a manufacturer of innovative, high-performance drywall corner solutions, in its sale to CertainTeed Gypsum, a subsidiary of Saint-Gobain Ltd.
  • Represented Premier Industries, Inc., a closely held northwest-based manufacturing company, in the sale of its Insulfoam and Premier Building Systems divisions to Carlisle Syntec, a subsidiary of Carlisle Companies Inc. (NYSE: CSL)
  • Represented Premier Industries, Inc. in the sale of its Premier Plastics division to Captive Plastics

Non-Profit

  • Represented The Bullitt Foundation in connection with numerous matters relating to the financing and construction of The Bullitt Center, the greenest commercial building in the world

Real Estate

  • Represented Harbor Properties, Inc. and Harbor Properties Investors, one of Seattle’s preeminent multifamily real estate developers, in their sale to a joint venture of AREA Property Partners, Urban Partners LLC, and other affiliates

Retail Sales and Marketing

  • Represented Golden Viking Sports, LLC in its sale to INA International, a division of FGL Sports Ltd. and a wholly owned subsidiary of Canadian Tire Corporation

Technology

  • Represented All Property Management
  • Represented Blue Gecko, Inc. in its sale to Datavail Corporation
  • Represented Saber Consulting, Inc., a leading provider of software solutions to state and local government entities, in connection with an equity investment by Accel-KKR

Personal

Outside of the office, Erin spends as much time as possible with her husband and two young children. They are outdoor enthusiasts and enjoy hiking, camping, cycling and skiing. In her limited free time, Erin enjoys training for and participating in triathlons, and cheering for the Seattle Sounders and Seahawks.

Speaker, Recent Amendments to Washington’s Business Entity Statutes, 2016

 

Speaker, Beverage Law: Ongoing Transactions and Business Expansion, Washington State Bar Association, 2015

 

Speaker, Planning for a Sale or Business Transition, King County Bar Association, 2012

 

Speaker, Ten Common Contracting Mistakes (or Unintended Consequences), 2012

 

Speaker, Nonprofits in an Election Year: Understanding the Lines Between Advocacy, Lobbying & Political Activities, 2012

 

Program Chair, Tips from the Trenches: Practical Advice for the Washington Transaction Attorney, 2011

 

Speaker, Washington Corporate Law Overview, Washington CLE Bootcamp, 2010

 

Speaker, Securities Law Issues in Real Estate Fund Formation, Real Estate Joint Ventures and Funds CLE, Law Seminars International, 2010

 

Speaker, Washington Corporate Law Overview, Washington CLE Bootcamp, 2009

 

Speaker, Nonprofit Board Governance and the New Form 990, 2009

 

Speaker, Back to School: Basics in Board Governance, 2008

 

Author, Policyholders’ D&O Coverage Issues After Enron/Worldcom, Business Law Section Newsletter, Washington State Bar Association, 2003

 

Author, A Review of the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002, Washington Corporate Forms, 2d Ed., 2002

Recognized as Rising Star® by Washington Super Lawyers Magazine.

 

 

  • Seattle Aquarium Society, Secretary, Member of the Board of Directors
  • Washington Attorneys Assisting Community Organizations, Past-President and Director
  • Washington State Bar Association, Past Chair of Business Law Section
  • The School of Life Project, Pro-Bono Counsel
  • Families with Children from China-NW Chapter, Pro-Bono Counsel
  • King County Bar Association, Member

Erin received her B.S., magna cum laude, from the University of Oregon in 1996 and her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School in June, 2000.

Erin J. Letey's NEWS, EVENTS, AND PUBLICATIONS

Congratulations to Ethan Stowell Restaurants: Named Outstanding Restaurateur by the James Beard Foundation

Riddell Williams congratulates our long-time client Ethan Stowell Restaurants, named Outstanding Restaurateur this week by the James Beard Foundation. Narrowed down from over 24,000 entries nationwide, Ethan Stowell … read more

Washington’s New LLC Act: Members and Managers Beware

Substantial amendments to Washington’s existing Limited Liability Company Act, Chapter 25.15 RCW (the “Act”), became effective on January 1, 2016.  These amendments create new default rules that make … read more

Washington Supreme Court Case Alert: Enforceability of Arbitration and Attorney Fee Provisions in Consumer Contracts

The Washington Supreme Court recently issued a unanimous opinion that touches on three of the topics covered last year in our Ten Common Contracting Mistakes (or Unintended Consequences) … read more

Ten Common Contracting Mistakes or Unintended Consequences

Many businesses enter into contracts day after day, and often rely upon forms and so-called “boilerplate” provisions. And while a contract may be limited in scope, it may … read more

Erin Joyce Letey Elected Chair of the Business Law Section of the WSBA

Erin Joyce Letey was elected as the Chair of the Business Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) on May 18, 2012. Erin has previously served … read more

Nonprofits in an Election Year: Understanding the lines between advocacy, lobbying and political activities

The differences between issue advocacy, lobbying and political or campaign activities How a tax-exempt nonprofit can influence legislation and safely engage in lobbying The prohibition on campaign intervention … read more

Nonprofit Board Governance and the New Form 990

Presentation date February 4, 2009. An overview of: Responsibilities of nonprofit directors A review of best nonprofit governance practices, including conflict of interest, whistleblower policies and codes of … read more

Back to School: Basics in Board Governance

Presentation date October 8, 2008. An overview of the responsibilities of corporate directors, including a review of directors’ fiduciary duties, best corporate governance practices and a discussion of … read more