About Beth

Beth Clark brings more than 30 years of experience to providing counsel to her real estate and transportation-related clients in all aspects of property acquisitions, entitlement, development, and disposition. Beth is involved in property acquisitions, leasing, dispositions, intermodal, and logistics center development, including infrastructure development and management for major public and private developments.

Beth has been lead Washington real estate counsel to a Class 1 railroad and in that capacity has worked on corridor acquisitions, dispositions, track management issues, franchise agreements, and intermodal facilities development.

The transportation projects Beth has worked on include the Port of Vancouver bypass project funded by WSDOT and designed to speed rail movements along this vital north/south rail corridor. She is well versed in the unique title issues associated with historic rail properties, freight/passenger issues and the challenges of multiple track users. Beth was also lead real estate counsel for the Seattle Monorail Project with responsibility for all aspects of the negotiation and acquisition (and later disposition) of fee and easement interests for the right-of-way corridor.

Beth is listed in The Best Lawyers in America® and was recently described by a source in the highly regarded Chambers USA legal directory as “recognized for her extensive experience with real estate developments, acquisitions and disposals,” with another noting “she has a great reputation as a real estate attorney.”

Beth’s strong background in land use and permitting contributes to her abilities to work with local and national real estate clients in all phases of property due diligence, entitlements, acquisition and disposition. She enjoys being part of comprehensive and pragmatic solutions to challenging and complex projects.

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  • Represented King County Metro in negotiating a complex development agreement, long-term ground lease, and ancillary easements and agreements for a transit-oriented development project that will include 232 affordable housing units on King County Metro-owned property in the Northgate neighborhood in Seattle.
  • Represented public/private joint venture in disposition and redevelopment of several military housing communities and historic properties throughout the Pacific Northwest.
  • Represented major Puget Sound municipality in disposition of municipal property and design/development controls for mixed-use redevelopment project.
  • Represented Class 1 railroad in major rail-bypass project, including public/private land exchanges, acquisitions, and condemnation.
  • Represented private freight-handling company in due diligence, permitting, and acquisition of local waterfront brownfield site.
  • Represented King County in connection with rail corridor projects involving railbanked trail and disposition of use of the corridor for public transportation, utilities, and recreational uses.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Washington) by Chambers USA (currently: Real Estate), 2009–2021
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (currently: Real Estate Law), 2011–2022
  • Listed in Washington Super Lawyers® (Real Estate, Land Use/Zoning), 2003–2013, 2017–2018
  • Best in the Business: Leading Lawyers in the Puget Sound Region, Seattle Business magazine, Real Estate, 2013
  • Top Lawyer, Seattle Metropolitan magazine, 2010
  • “Top 50 Women Lawyers,” Washington Law & Politics, 2006
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated with Martindale-Hubbell®
  • Association of Transportation Law Professionals
  • American Railway Development Association
  • Transportation Lawyers Association
  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW)
  • Former Executive Committee member, Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate & Trust Section
  • Member, Washington Women Lawyers, Seattle-King County Chapter

Community Service and Pro Bono Activities

  • Board Member, Friends of the University of Washington Libraries, 2017–present
  • Board of Trustees, The Epiphany School, 2004–2010
  • Board of Trustees, MoPop (formerly known as the Experience Music Project, 1998–2006
  • Board of Trustees, Camp Fire of Central Puget Sound, 2004–2007
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Key Challenges in Siting/Permitting Coal Export Facilities,” Association of Transportation Law Professionals 83rd Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, 2012
  • “Developing Your Real Estate Practice,” University of Washington Annual Graduate Event, 2011–2013
  • “Marvin M. Brandt v. United States of America: Implications of Supreme Court Ruling that 1875 Act Railroad Right of Way Constitutes ‘Bare Common Law Easement,’” The Transportation Lawyer, Vol. 16, July 2014

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