Jemima J. McCullum, Partner
  • Jemima McCullum is a Partner in Gordon Thomas Honeywell’s Tacoma office and a member of the Firm’s Real Estate and Land Use Practice Group.  Ms. McCullum has over 19 years of legal experience in transactional real estate and real estate finance.  Ms. McCullum represents a broad variety of institutional and private developers, builders, investors, lenders, landlords, tenants and others involved in commercial and residential asset transactions.   Her work includes assisting clients with retail, industrial, office and residential developments and projects, including hotel and resort development, town centers, high-rise condominium and mixed-use developments, shopping centers, grocery stores, restaurants, funeral homes and mortuaries, recreational facilities, assisted-living facilities, church and other nonprofit expansions, and development operations.  Ms. McCullum is also recognized as an expert in the area of cannabis law in the State of Washington.  She regularly advises her cannabis clients on leasing, financing, ownership and LCB regulatory compliance matters. 

    Ms. McCullum is listed as one of Washington Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars for “Real Estate Transactions,” and was named Among their list of Washington’s “Top Women Attorneys.” Presently she is serving on the Executive Committee of the Washington State Bar Association for the Real Property Probate and Trust Section.  

    Outside of work, Ms. McCullum has donated substantial time and resources serving as a Board Member to a number of community organizations, including the Tacoma Art Museum, Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region (fka Tacoma Goodwill Industries), Washington Women Lawyers and the Highline College Foundation. 

  • Education

    • J.D., Seattle University School of Law, 2001
    • magna cum laude
    • B.A., University of Washington, 1996
    • magna cum laude

    Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice

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

    Professional & Bar Association Memberships

    • American Bar Association

    • Washington State Bar Association

    • Tacoma-Pierce County Bar Association

    • King County Bar Association

    Professional History

    • Joined Firm, 2002
    • Equity Partner, 2004
    • Board of Directors Member, 2007-2014, Vice-Chair, 2013-2014

    Honors & Awards

    • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale Hubbell® for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
    • Superb 9.4 Rating by Avvo™
    • Named to the 2006 and 2008-2015 Rising Stars lists for Real Estate Transactions by Washington Super Lawyers™
    • Named among "Top Women Attorneys" by Washington Super Lawyers™ for 2012 & 2013
    • Named “Partner of the Year” for 2010 by Gordon Thomas Honeywell LLP
    • Named “Top 40 under Forty in South Puget Sound” for 2009 by The Business Examiner™
    • Named “2008 Chapter Member of the Year,” Washington Women Lawyers

    Community Activities

    • WSBA RPPT Executive Committee, 2019 – Present.


      Tacoma Art Museum (2011-2017): Board Member, Board of Governance Committee Member & Audit Committee Member.


      Goodwill of the Olympics and Rainier Region (2008-2014): Board Member & Finance Committee Member.

    • Pierce County Washington Women Lawyers (2002 – 2011): Board Member, Past President, and WWL State Board Liaison.

    • Highline College Foundation (2004-2010):  Board Member and Finance Committee Member.

    Articles & Presentations

    • Speaker at Medical and Recreational Marijuana in Washington State Conference, held November 30, 2017 & December 1, 2017 on the topic of, “Real Estate and Land Use Concerns in the Cannabis Industry.”
    • Speaker at Meydenbauer Center, CBA Educational Forum, May 10, 2016 on, “Landlord Concerns and Practice Tips in the Cannabis Industry”
    • Speaker at Medical & Recreational Cannabis in Washington State Conference held December 8 & 9, 2015 on the topic of, "Real Estate Concerns in the Cannabis Industry."
    • Speaker at Cannabis in Washington State Conference held July 30, 2015 on the topic of, "Landlord/Tenant Issues and Concerns Regarding Criminal Exposure and Asset Forfeiture."
    • Speaker at Cannabis in Washington State Conference held May 28, 2015 on the topic of, "Negotiating Tips for Real Estate Lease Transactions in the Marijuana Industry."
    • Speaker at Cannabis in Washington State Conference,held December 3-4, 2014, on the topic of "Real Estate and Land Use Law"
    • Speaker at the 2009 Annual NALS Convention held January 11, 2009, on the topic of "Foreclosure Law 2009."
    • Speaker at the Washington Condominium Law Seminar, held October 7, 2005, on the topic of "Creating and Converting Condominiums."
  • Representative Matters

      • Representation of developers in the purchase or sale of residential lots and plats 
      • Representation of private school and universities with bond financing relating to expansion projects
      • Representation of private investors with conversion of multi-family housing into condominiums
      • Representation of religious and secular nonprofit organizations with 501c(3) applications 
      • Representation of nonprofit organizations with property tax exemption applications
      • Representation of private landowners with general real estate advice as to asset management, retention, financing and sale
      • Representation of homeowners associations with creating and amending governing documents, collecting debts, resolving member disputes, easements, and other matters
      • Representation of developers in the creation of mixed-use development and condominiums in large scale town centers
      • Representation of builders and developers in contractual negotiations, construction financing, permanent financing, refinancing, collection, liens, covenants, easements and more
      • Representation of subcontractors and other contractors in their general business matters, including subcontractor agreements, contractor agreements, filing liens, and project bid proposals
      • Representation of private developers in the purchase and sale as well as leasing real estate investments
      • Representation of private investors and landowners in 1031 exchanges involving the deferral of tax on relinquished properties for replacement property exchanges
      • Representation of clients seeking to create new businesses and serving as general counsel on business and real estate matters
      • Representation of nonprofits in real estate matters, development, expansion, including bond financing, leasing, purchasing, property management, contractual and other business, and real estate needs
      • Representation of developers in golf, hotel and mixed-use resorts involving public-private partnerships in development agreements
      • Representation of landlords and tenants in lease negotiations, lease management, lease amendments, and other lease matters including expansion
      • Representation of restaurant owners with their real estate needs and other business concerns, including liquor license and other LCB compliance related matters
      • Representation of franchisees with a variety of contract negotiations
      • Outside general counsel to community and national banks with documentation needs for their business banking lines and commercial real estate departments 
      • Representation of borrowers in loan modifications, refinances, and other loan workout programs or situations
      • Representation of private lenders and investors foreclosing on real property and personal property assets
      • Representation of clients with a variety of real estate problems including environmental contamination, public eminent domain and private condemnation, septic leaks, and other matters
      • Representation of shareholders or members looking to sell their interest or purchase an interest in the company
      • Representation of cannabis tenants or landlords with LCB compliance and real estate matters
      • Representation of borrowers in loan transactions including where the delivery of an opinion letter is required
      • Representation of landowners with a variety of land use compliance matters
      • Representation of religious organizations with disaffiliations
  • Fireboats on the Seattle Waterfront
  • Duwamish Waterway and brown field cleanup
  • Pioneer Square
  • Reflection pond by the Tacoma Glass Museum
  • Tacoma Arches at the History Museum
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