Emily represents sophisticated owners and developers in complex commercial real estate transactions, including the acquisition, disposition, leasing, and financing of multifamily mixed-use, retail, and office projects. Emily keeps projects on track and helps clients protect real property investments and mitigate risk in order to achieve their business objectives.

Emily enjoys working with clients to reach practical and business-driven solutions to complex legal issues. She has significant experience advising clients on the development and leasing of life sciences, biomedical, and technology space. She has also negotiated numerous complex ground leases on behalf of tenants and landlords.

Emily’s clients include private developers, technology and life sciences companies, real estate investment trusts (REITs), nonprofit organizations, institutional investors, and government entities.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Emily was a corps member with Teach for America in Washington, D.C.


Boston College Law School, J.D. 2013, cum laude; Staff Writer, Executive Comments Editor, Boston College International and Comparative Law Review

George Mason University, M.E., 2009

Tufts University, B.A., 2007




  • Represented a developer in a transaction involving the $117 million acquisition of a 285-unit 239,000 square-foot multifamily apartment project located in Scottsdale, Arizona, acquisition financing and a reverse 1031 exchange.
  • Represented a real estate investor and developer in the $802 million sale of two lakefront blocks in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood to a German investor. The sale price for the 635,000-square-foot property set a per-square-foot record for a Seattle office asset as of February 2022.
  • Represented a life science and technology real estate investment trust in the $126 million acquisition of a 1.6-acre parcel of land in Seattle, Washington, to be developed into over 600,000 square feet of research and lab space.
  • Represented a life science and technology real estate investment trust in a $138 million acquisition of a 2.8-acre development site in Seattle, Washington. 
  • Represented a real estate investor on the development of four high-rise office towers in Bellevue, Washington. Significant work included pre-leasing almost two million square feet of the property’s office space during the pandemic and, more recently, completing retail tenant leases for ground level spaces.
  • Represented the Port of Everett on its 65-acre, $650 million Waterfront Place Central mixed-use development, including negotiating a complex ground lease option agreement with a private developer covering three separate parcels of land in the Millwright District, expected to be developed into 56,518 square feet of retail and 181,894 square feet of commercial and office space and approximately 200 apartments.
  • Represented a developer in the $118 million acquisition and development of two new mixed-income 345-unit multifamily apartment buildings on a 1.8-acre site in Seattle, Washington, including acquiring the land, negotiating the leases, and obtaining the financing.
  • Represented a private developer on an $86 million construction financing of a 407-unit multifamily project in Avondale, Arizona.
  • Represented a private developer on the $46.5 million complex sale of a 190-unit multifamily community in Auburn, Washington involving six different investor owners.
  • Represented a borrower in a significant capital loan ($300+ million) related to the office component of an extensive multi-use development.


Insights & Presentations

  • Notarization No Longer Required for Commercial Leases in Washington” (co-author), Stoel Rives LLP, June 6, 2024
  • “Subleasing and Assignment,” Commercial Real Estate Leasing, Law Seminars International, December 14, 2023
  • “Key Considerations in Negotiating Commercial Sale-Leasebacks and Leasing Purchase Options,” WSBA Real Property Fall Seminar, December 13, 2023
  • “Ownership and Cleanup of Contaminated School District Property and Neighboring Properties,” Co-Speaker, AWSP/WASA Summer Conference, June 2018


  • Included in Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch in America (Real Estate Law), 2022–present
  • Listed among GlobeSt. Commercial Real Estate Aspiring Leaders, 2024
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Real Estate: Business), Washington Super Lawyers®, 2022–2023
  • Recognized in Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Next Generation in Law” series, November 2022



  • Commercial Real Estate Women (CREW) Seattle, Board of Directors, January 2024–present
  • Washington State Bar Association 2024 Real Property, Probate and Trust Section Midyear Meeting and Conference, co-chair, June, 2024
  • Stoel Rives Real Estate Training Series, co-chair, 2021–2023
  • CREW Seattle Leadership Series 2022–2023


  • John J. Curtin, Jr., Justice Fund Fellowship for Commission on Homelessness and Poverty
  • Northwest Children’s Foundation, Board of Directors, 2017–2020
  • Teach for America, corps member, 2007–2009
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