Mark Rowley has extensive experience representing domestic and foreign real estate developers and lending institutions in a variety of real estate matters, including the acquisition and sale of real property, secured lending, workouts and foreclosures, commercial leases, and complex real estate litigation.
Mark has structured entities, including general and limited partnerships and limited liability companies, formed for the purpose of acquiring real property. He represents general partners in the private placement and syndication of limited partnership interests. He negotiates earnest money agreements, options and ground leases for acquisition of property and reviews contingencies to closing, including evaluation of title and permitting requirements.
In addition, he represents lenders and borrowers in the negotiation, documentation, and administration of construction and permanent loans. He analyzes strategies for the collection of indebtedness and evaluates the risks and advantages of bankruptcy proceedings.
In addition, Mark represents parties in disputes involving real property, including rescission and specific performance of earnest money agreements, foreclosure of liens and deeds of trust, unlawful detainer actions, condemnation proceedings, partition suits, and construction litigation. Mark also negotiates construction contracts with contractors, represents owners and lenders on issues that arise during construction, including construction loan disbursement and draw requests, lien priorities, stop notices, subordination, holdbacks, and retainage.
- Chair, Board of Directors, Garvey Schubert Barer, 1994-1997
Successful defense of a seller accused of fraud in $41 million sale of Lynnwood data center to ByteGrid, a national operator of data centers.
Representation of the purchaser in connection with the purchase of improved and unimproved property, including the Emerald Downs racetrack, the Salish Lodge and Spa, and the purchase of 96,307 acres of timberland in King, Pierce and Lewis Counties in Washington for $313 million.
Representation of landlords of shopping centers negotiating leases with restaurants, fast food outlets, and coffee shops, including Applebee’s, Mitzel’s American Kitchen, Hooters, Houlihan’s, Rock Bottom Brewery, Quiznos, Burger King, Subway, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, Starbucks, Tully’s, Ben & Jerry’s, and Cold Stone Creamery.
Representation of lenders in connection with more than $150 million construction and land loans secured by real property in the Pacific Northwest, including $25 million financing for the renovation of Seattle’s Nordstrom flagship building, participation in the Seattle Millennium Tower construction loan, and Portland’s Brewery Blocks project construction loan.
Representation of developers in connection with development of condominium projects, including the development of the Meridian, a 26-story, 160-unit condominium tower in downtown Seattle; represented developer as the borrower of a $73.5 million construction loan for Summit Office Building in Bellevue; represented developer in the development and leasing of the Bellevue Galleria shopping center, including negotiation of $42 million construction loan with Wells Fargo and negotiation of equity financing with ING Baring.
Representation of owners in their negotiation with architects and contractors for the development of shopping centers, hotels, resorts, and casinos.
Representation of landlords of shopping centers in negotiating leases with retail tenants, including Walgreen, Fred Meyer, Office Depot, Home Depot, Michael’s, Big 5, Dollar Tree, Men’s Wearhouse, Sleep Train, Sleep Country, Radio Shack, Act III/Regal Theatre, Gene Juarez Salon, PCC Natural Markets, Grocery Outlet, Red Apple, Maurices, Payless ShoeSource, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Jiffy Lube, FedEx Office, and U.S. Bank.
- Northwest Real Estate Forum , 2.8.18
- Cross Border Business Law Blog, 12.28.17
- Northwest Real Estate Forum , 1.5.12
News & Insights
- 30 GSB Attorneys Named to the 2018 The Best Lawyers in America® List; Three Lawyers Named ‘Lawyer of the Year’GSB Newsroom, 8.15.17
- GSB Press Release, 8.25.16
- GSB Press Release, 8.24.15
- GSB Press Release, 8.16.13
- GSB Press Release, 9.7.12
- Garvey Schubert Barer Announces 2007 Managing Director for Seattle; Appoints New Members to its Firm-wide Executive CommitteeGSB Press Release, 1.5.07
- Illinois, 1976
- Washington, 1977
University of Michigan Law School, J.D., 1975
University of Michigan, B.A., English, 1972
- Phi Beta Kappa
Honors | Recognitions
- Named by peers to The Best Lawyers in America© in the area of Real Estate Law, 2013-2018
- Martindale-Hubbell AV/5.0 Peer Review Rated
- Named a "Top Lawyer" for Real Estate in Seattle Met magazine, 2010