About Joe

Joe McCarthy helps private and public schools, colleges, and universities with the acquisition, leasing, development, financing, and operation of real estate and facilities. He has represented education clients in the acquisition of land, the ground leasing of campus real estate for development, tax-exempt bond financing of student housing and campus facilities, fair housing issues, and the creation of non-profit organizations.

Joe was a founding partner of Kantor, Taylor & McCarthy (1998–2008) and an associate and partner at Reed McClure (1985–1998).


Joseph McCarthy offers particular prowess in condominium transactions. He has further strength in affordable housing projects.

“‘Joe is one of the most creative-thinking lawyers with the strongest technical skills we have had the pleasure to work with.’ ‘He is a super nice guy and very smart.’”
Chambers 2022         


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  • Tax-exempt bond financing for development of campus buildings for various private high schools.
  • Lease of athletic fields from a public school district to a private secondary school.
  • Ground lease of a structured parking facility from a private university to a 501(c)(3) support organization.
  • Tax-exempt bond financing of student housing facilities for  private universities.
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Honors & Activities

  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Washington) by Chambers USA (currently: Real Estate), 2016–2022
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Real Estate Law), 2011–2023
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers, member of Common Interest Ownership Committee and Public-Private Partnership Committee, 2015–present
  • Real Property Probate and Trust Section of the Washington State Bar Association, Past Chair, Chair, Chair-Elect and Treasurer, 2013–present; Director of Real Property Council, 2011–2013; Executive Committee Member, 2009–2011; Newsletter Editorial Board, 2005–2008
  • Washington State Bar Association, Uniform Common Interest Ownership Act Drafting Committee, Chair, 2009–present
  • American Bar Association, Affordable Housing Forum, HUD Committee and LIHTC Committee, 2008–present
  • NAIOP Washington, Government Affairs Committee, Member, 2010–2015
  • ULI Northwest, Housing Task Force, Member, 2012–2015; Delegate to Quality Growth Alliance, 2013–2015
  • Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, Housing Policy Committee, Member
  • Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish Counties, Warranty Committee, Chair
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