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William E. Holt

Of Counsel

Primary Areas of Practice

Commercial and Business Law, Real Estate, Media Law, Intellectual Property Law, Internet Law, Finance Law


J.D. (with distinction), University of Iowa Law School, 1970

B.A., University of Iowa, 1967

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Professional & Bar Association Memberships

Washington State Bar Association
Sections on Corporation, Business and Banking Law, Real Property, and Probate and Trust

American Bar Association
Sections on Corporation, Banking and Business Law, General Practice, Individual Rights and Responsibilities, Property and Litigation

Professional History

  • Joined Firm in 1971
  • Clerk for Judge William T. Beeks, U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1970-71

Representative Matters

  • Represent buyers and sellers in real estate transactions involving large commercial and residential properties
  • Assist clients in both the sale and purchase of businesses
  • Prepare, review, revise, and/or negotiate a wide variety of business contracts
  • Counsel landlords and tenants on agreements concerning office space, retail shopping space, and ground leases
  • Represent Columbia State Bank in the purchase, sale and leasing of real property
  • Local counsel for The Tacoma News Tribune on matters concerning public records and access issues
  • General counsel for Pacific Lutheran University
  • Advise clients on the registration of copyrights and trademarks
  • Represent Regal West, a large warehousing and distribution company, in matters concerning warehousing law

Community Activities

  • Actively involved in the Presbyterian Church of Olympia
  • Past president, Tacoma Actors Guild

Honors, Publications & Presentations

  • Fellow, American Bar Foundation
  • Recipient of the Gordon Thomas Honeywell Founders' Award, 2010
  • Notes Editor, University of Iowa Law Review, 1968-70
  • Adjunct Professor, University of Puget Sound Law School, 1974-75
  • Author, "State Courts Commentary:  Juvenile Courts," Society of Professional Journalists' Access Guide, 2010
  • Author, "Court-Awarded Attorney Fees, Costs and Penalties," Public Records Act Deskbook, 2006
  • Author, "Documents of Title," Commercial Law Deskbook, 1982
  • Speaker on the Public Records Act at various Continuing Legal Education seminars
  • Listed in Who's Who in America
  • AV Rated by Martindale Hubbell