Gordon W. Tanner

Gordon W. Tanner

Retired Partner
Seattle, WA
Overview

About Gordon

Gordon Tanner practiced primarily in the areas of business counseling, general real estate, commercial real estate leasing, secured lending, and commercial and financial transactions, with an emphasis on the agribusiness industry. In addition to broad experience in office, retail and industrial real estate leasing, joint ventures, sales, acquisitions and related financings, he also has experience with secured transactions, title insurance and community property. Gordon was involved in the application of technology to delivery of legal services.

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Experience

Experience

  • Represented Versacold in connection with its acquisition of a portfolio of cold storage warehouses from P&O Logistics, the company’s subsequent sale to Eimskip Holdings Inc. and the related acquisition financing, the subsequent sale of an interest in Versacold to Yucaipa Companies, LLC, and the resulting real estate portfolio loan transactions. Versacold is a global cold storage warehouse and logistics company with over 4,100 employees at 72 locations in the United States, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Argentina.
  • Represented Versacold in its resolution of fire damage and related claims that occurred in October 2008 at a leased cold storage warehouse facility in Avon, Massachusetts.
  • Represents Versacold in its commercial warehouse services agreements with its customers who include major global food companies, which include the major global food suppliers.
  • Represents Eddie Bauer in its ongoing real estate portfolio work, negotiated the move of its headquarters to Lincoln Square in Bellevue, Washington, and lead the team that modified almost all of the leases in its real estate lease portfolio both times Eddie Bauer went through Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. Established in 1920 in Seattle, Eddie Bauer is a specialty retailer that sells high-quality casual sportswear and accessories in approximately 370 stores, through catalogs and online.
  • Represented Darigold, Inc. in the completion of the sale of its Olympic Foods Inc. plants located in Spokane, Washington and Fontana, California, and in the relocation of its headquarters. Seattle-headquartered Darigold is the fourth-largest dairy cooperative in the United States based on milk volume, producing a full line of dairy and whey products for wholesale, retail, grocery and food service customers.
  • Represented Cray Inc. in negotiating the lease and contracts for construction of tenant improvements both at its new headquarters in Seattle and at its new offices in St. Paul, Minnesota. Cray is a global leader in supercomputing and employs approximately 800 people worldwide.
  • Represented Del Monte Foods in the creation and maintenance of its company-wide contracts system to document its purchase of the fruits and vegetables it uses in its canning operations. Del Monte is one of the country’s largest and most well-known producers, distributors and marketers of premium-quality branded food and pet products for the U.S. retail market.
  • Represents the Dovex family of companies, generally including its real estate, commercial and finance needs, and has done so since its inception in 1982, most recently assisting Dovex in securing its long-term loan from the Prudential Insurance Companies. Dovex is a leading provider of Northwest fruits and organic fruits to North America and markets around the world.
  • Serves as local Washington counsel for the Archon Group in connection with servicing its real estate portfolio in Washington.
  • Represents Philips Oral Healthcare in connection with its real estate matters pertaining to its headquarters and manufacturing facility located in Snoqualmie, Washington. Philips Oral Healthcare is the manufacturer of the well-known Sonicare toothbrush.
  • Represented Parametric Portfolio Associates in the relocation of its headquarters in Seattle.
  • Represented The Cobalt Group Inc. in its consolidation and relocation of its headquarters to over 100,000 square feet at Seattle Union Station in Seattle.
  • Represents Pacific Bioscience Labs Inc. in its ongoing real estate portfolio work, including both office and industrial real estate needs. Pacific Bioscience Labs, is the manufacturer of the Clarisonic skin care products.
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Real Estate Law), 2004-2019
  • Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Business” (Washington) by Chambers USA (currently: Real Estate), 2004-2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Washington Super Lawyers® (Real Estate), 2003-2013
  • American College of Real Estate Lawyers – Board of Governors, 2008-2011, 2015-2018; Executive Committee, 2009; Chair of Practice Technology Committee, 2005-2008; Co-Creator of “ACREL Shares!” – an enterprise-wide committee collaboration and institutional memory tool, 2010-2016
  • Member, Practice Technology Committee, American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2001-present
  • Member, Pacific Real Estate Institute, 1996-present
  • Director, American Agricultural Law Association, 1995-1998
  • Member, American Agricultural Law Association, 1990-present
  • Vice Chair, Agri-Business Subcommittee, Commercial Financial Services Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association (ABA), 1993-1999
  • Member, Agri-Business Subcommittee, Commercial Financial Services Committee, Business Law Section, ABA, 1985-present
  • Chair, Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Deed of Trust Act Revision working group, directly involved in drafting, reviewing and giving testimony on legislation affecting revision of the Washington Deed of Trust Act, 1996-1997
  • Chair, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, WSBA, 1997-1998
  • Chair, Real Property Council, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, WSBA, 1995-1997, providing drafting, comments and testimony related to adoption of Washington legislation regarding commercial real estate broker’s liens (Ch. 60.42 RCW, 1997), real estate broker relationships/dual agency (Ch. 18.86 RCW, 1997), electronic authorization of agreements (Ch. 19.34 RCW, 1999) and adoption of Revised Article 9 of the UCC (Ch. 62A.9A RCW, 2001)
  • Executive Committee, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, WSBA, 1990-1998
  • Executive Committee, Business Law Section, WSBA, 1994-1998
  • Chair, Agricultural Law Committee, WSBA, 1994-1998
  • Member, Agricultural Law Committee, WSBA, 1994-2004
  • Member, UCC Committee, WSBA, 1985-present
  • Member, Commerce in Cyberspace Committee, WSBA, 1997-2004
  • Member, Law Practice Management Section, ABA, 1981-present

Civic Activities

  • Executive Board Member, Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1990-present
  • Member, J.Reuben Clark Law Society, 1990-present; Seattle Chapter Executive Committee, 2006-present; Chair, Seattle Chapter, 2008-2009
  • Past Chairman, youth and adult local church sports and cultural arts programs
  • Frequent speaker to civic and church groups on the topics of real estate and estate planning
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Annual Review of Agricultural Law: Commercial Law Developments,” Annual American Agricultural Law Association Conference, 2007
  • “Sublime to Ridiculous: Insurance Issues in Real Estate Transactions,” American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2006 and International Council of Shopping Centers Law Conference, 2007
  • UCC Revised Article 9 Deskbook, Chapters 1 and 8, WSBA, 2003
  • “Why Should I Care About UCC Revised Article 9? I Lend to Fishermen!,” Pacific Northwest Seafood Credit Association, 2002
  • “Why Should I Care About UCC Revised Article 9? I Do Real Estate!,” 9th Annual Real Estate Institute, King County Bar Association (KCBA), 2001, and at 12 other conferences in 2000
  • “Perfection: How Do You Perfect a Security Interest Under UCC Revised Article 9?,” WSBA, 2000
  • Chair and speaker, “Agricultural Law,” WSBA CLE, 2000, “Getting to Know the Revisions to UCC 9,” WSBA, 2000
  • “UCC Developments in Agricultural Law,” Annual American Agricultural Law Association Conferences, 1992-1997, 1999
  • “What You Need to Know About the 1998 Amendments to the Washington Deed of Trust Act,” WSBA, KCBA, 1998
  • Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, 1996-1998
  • “Digital Signatures,” WSBA, 1997
  • University of Nebraska Law Review, 1993



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