Ross Law Advisors is a small firm with a sophisticated practice. We represent national, regional and local businesses as well as individual entrepreneurs in matters ranging from simple two-party transactions to large, complex development projects. We are proud to team with the finest owners, developers and managers of real estate in the State of Washington. In addition, principals of Ross Law Advisors develop real estate and fully live the day to day issues and concerns real estate developers.

Our Practices and Services

Entity Structuring

• Formation
• Reorganization
• Dissolution
• Private Placements
• Limited liability companies
• Corporations
• Joint ventures/general partnerships
• Limited partnerships
• Limited liability partnerships
• Professional service corporations

Purchase and Sale

• Analyzing business terms
• Preparing letters of intent
• Drafting and negotiating purchase and sale agreements
• Analyzing title and survey
• Evaluating feasibility and environmental studies
• Forming and structuring ownership entities
• Reviewing tenant leases
• Negotiating financing terms and documents, and satisfying lender conditions
• Preparing closing documents and opinion letters
• Tax deferred exchanges


• Project planning
• Entity selection
• Joint ventures
• Development agreements
• Due diligence
• Title insurance
• Financing
• Construction and design contracts
• Ground leases
• Covenants, conditions and restrictions and other operational agreements
• Project management


• Office
• Retail
• Industrial
• Build to suit
• Ground leases
• Mixed use
• Biotechnology
• Restaurants


• Office
• Retail
• Industrial
• Build to suit
• Ground leases
• Mixed use
• Biotechnology
• Restaurants


• Loan modifications and assumptions
• Forbearance agreements
• Collateral substitutions
• Deeds in lieu of foreclosure
• Loan purchases
• Foreclosure and other debt enforcement
• Broken condominiums



Michael’s practice focuses on commercial real estate including, purchase and sales, leasing, financing and private placement offerings. Michael works closely with his clients with respect to the full range of issues related to real estate – from entity formation to disposition, and, of course, problem solving along the way. Practical and sensible solutions are as important to Michael as they are to his clients. Michael considers himself fortunate to work with clients who are preeminent in their field – from institutional owners of high rise CBD office buildings to developers of master planned communities and business parks. He also provides general business advice and represents a number of entrepreneurial clients outside of the real estate industry. Michael has been a seminar speaker on leasing transactions and drafting of real estate documents and has served on numerous professional and charitable boards.

Honors and Distinctions

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Value and Billing

We recognize that legal services are not inexpensive, and we are sensitive to our client’s desire for cost effective representation. We commit to bring value to every transaction and to meet our client’s legal needs in an efficient, productive and practical manner.

Flat Fees

Traditionally law firms have billed by the hour. The more time spent on the file, the greater the cost. The more bumps in the road, the greater the cost. We are willing to take the uncertainty out of most transactions by offering our clients a flat fee option. With a flat fee, we agree to the scope of the legal service to be provided and the fee for that service. Both the client and the law firm risk that they would have been better off under a traditional hourly billing option in exchange for the certainty of the fee to be paid or received. The flat fee will cover the normal issues and complications that are associated with the legal service offered.

Unit Billing

We also often offer our clients the option of picking and choosing the particular legal service instead of full representation. An example of this would be where a buyer would chose to hire the law firm to have just a real estate consultation to answer the questions they might have regarding the transaction they are contemplating and either decide not to go forward with the transaction or feel comfortable proceeding with the transaction without further legal representation. The client may decide that they need a consultation and a review of the closing documents but nothing more.

Hourly Billing

We are always willing to represent our clients on an hourly basis.