About Bethany

Bethany Kelsch focuses her practice on counseling private owners and developers on various real estate and real property matters. She assists her clients through the lifecycle of real estate purchase and sale transactions with an emphasis in title due diligence, resolution of easement and boundary matters, and financing defeasances. Bethany also advises in landlord-tenant disputes and drafts and negotiates commercial leases.

Bethany started her legal career in a commercial real estate management and brokerage company where she learned both the business and legal sides of the real estate trade. This unique perspective has allowed her to understand the importance of preserving her clients’ industry relationships and troubleshoot practical solutions to the issues her clients face.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Bethany was an attorney at Carson & Noel PLLC (2017–2019); director of operations and house counsel at AGM, Inc. Commercial Real Estate (2015–2017); and a law clerk for the Municipality of Anchorage in Anchorage, AK and DC Legal located in Kirkland, WA (2014–2015).

In addition, Bethany serves as resident counsel to the BLOCK Project, a Seattle non-profit organization under the purview of Facing Homelessness. These organizations partner as a housing and community building initiative seeking to end homelessness by placing a BLOCK home in the backyard of a single-family lot within the City of Seattle.

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  • Assist Seattle-based real estate developer in multiple sales of 100+ unit low-income housing apartment buildings, including LIHTC financing redemption and defeasance processes.
  • Oversaw title due diligence process for San Francisco-based real estate investment firm during acquisitions of several industrial properties requiring coordination with surveyor for troubleshooting of various historical title encumbrance issues.
  • Serve as part of real estate leasing team for public company tenant during lease renewals, expansions and tenant improvement projects.
  • Represented landlord in the assessment of various Sound Transit Link Light Rail property acquisitions, including coordination with contractors, surveyors and appraisers in preparation of counter-valuation of to-be-acquired property.
  • Represent local bar and restaurant owner in asset acquisition, leasing and property acquisition matters.
  • Represented local cosmetics retail chain in store expansion efforts, including leasing and tenant improvement projects.
  • Represented local restaurant chain in restaurant purchase and sale, lease assignment and store closure settlements.
  • Represent family trust-landlord in trust asset liquidation, leasing, and general real property matters, including drafting and negotiation of sewer expansion easement.
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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • Included in Best Lawyers®: Ones to Watch (Real Estate Law), 2021
  • Dept. of Licensing Instructor for Continuing Broker Education, “Leasing Forms and Core Curriculum,” Commercial Brokers Association, 2020–present
  • Adjunct Professor of Advanced Legal Writing and Oral Advocacy, Seattle University School of Law, 2021
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Urban Land Institute (ULI), Young Leaders – Partnership Forum Group, 2020–present
  • Nominee, Rising Rockstar, CREW Seattle: Elevate Women’s Leadership in Commercial Real Estate, 2017
  • Mission Award Recipient, Outstanding Leadership in Justice, Seattle University, 2011

Civic Activities

  • Pro Bono Counsel, The Records Project, King County Bar Association, 2020–present
  • Volunteer Resident Attorney, The BLOCK Project, Facing Homelessness, 2018–present
  • Volunteer Attorney, King County Bar Association Neighborhood Legal Clinics, 2015–2020
  • Co-Founder, King County Juvenile Detention, MAP (My Action Plan) Re-Entry Program, 2010–2012
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Case Law Update,” Critical Legal & Regulatory Issues with Trees & Fauna, The Seminar Group, CLE Seminar, Seattle, WA, Oct. 2019
  • “Tree Liability in an Era of Urban Growth – Part I: Underground Encroachments; Part II: Timber Trespass,” King County Bar Association, CLE Seminar, April 2017

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