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 and resolution of easement and boundary matters. Bethany also advises in landlord-tenant disputes and drafts and negotiates commercial leases. Her clients also include homeowners associations seeking counsel on association governance, including drafting of CC&Rs.

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 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, 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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Honors & Activities

Professional Honors & Activities

  • 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

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