Groff Murphy


Land Use and Environmental Experience and Services: Groff Murphy lawyers have extensive experience assisting land developers, builders and owners in securing their development objectives in a timely and cost effective manner. Groff Murphy lawyers have been involved in a wide range of projects, from one of Washington State's largest master planned communities to one of the state's largest private residences. They have been involved in a broad range of commercial development projects as well, including gravel pits, apartment projects, mixed use facilities, industrial sites and commercial projects. The firm's experience spans all stages of projects, from feasibility evaluation and acquisition through land use appeals. The firm provides services in each of the following areas:
  • Advice and assistance on permit application and processing
  • SEPA compliance
  • Growth Management issues
  • Endangered Species Act compliance
  • Development impact fees
  • Administrative hearings
  • Land Use Petition Act (“LUPA”) appeals
Real Estate Transactions Experience and Services: Groff Murphy lawyers have substantial experience with all types of transactions that involve dirt and the improvements on it. Our lawyers have real world business experience as developers, builders and owners of commercial real estate, as well as extensive experience as legal counselors to owners, developers and contractors. The breadth of this experience permits our lawyers to provide not only traditional legal solutions, but to provide creative solutions to non-legal challenges. The firm's experience includes:
  • Negotiating and drafting purchase and sale agreements for commercial, industrial and residential properties
  • Locating, negotiating terms of, and documenting financing for, real estate purchases
  • Negotiating and performing due diligence for financing of real estate transactions
  • Negotiating and drafting leases for shopping centers, office buildings, restaurants and warehouses
  • Negotiating and drafting construction contracts for owners and builders
  • Negotiating and drafting architect and engineer services contracts for owners
  • Negotiating permitting and other entitlement issues with government entities on behalf of owners
  • Serving in an on-going role as advisors to real estate management companies dealing with day-to-day issues ranging from tenant disputes to capital improvement and modernization decisions

Preventative Practices/Dispute Resolution: The firm believes that preventive practices are particularly important, especially in the area of land use. We are familiar not only with real estate forms and contracts, but also with the laws of local jurisdictions within the state. We provide advice and preventive legal counseling on a daily basis and our first priority is to keep our clients out of trouble. However, when that is not possible, we have both the experience and the resources necessary to successfully handle any size dispute in any forum.

Geographic Scope: Groff Murphy's real estate and land use practice is regional in scope. We handle matters throughout the states of Washington and Oregon. Our lawyers are admitted to practice in California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and Alaska.

Representative — Matters

  • Stonehorse Bluff Residential Development, Spokane, Washington
  • Bridgeview at Sunset Point Residential Development, Tacoma, Washington
  • Lakeland Hills Planned Community, Auburn, Washington
  • Grayhawk Development, Spokane, Washington
  • $28,000,000 private placement for Commerce Rate, Inc.
  • Purchase of Arends Communication
  • Purchase of Marin Produce Company
  • Licensing of software for numerous clients
  • VAR, Reseller and Partnering agreements for software and internet companies
  • Software development deals for Fusion, Inc., Garden Street Software and others