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 Ms. Shallbetter is a magna cum laude/Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Princeton University, and a graduate with highest honors from the University of Washington School of Law where she was Managing Editor for the Washington Law Review and a member of the Order of the Coif.  As a Partner at Davis Wright Tremaine LLP in Seattle, and during her solo practice, Ms. Shallbetter has assisted clients in facilitating real estate projects, and resolving real estate and land use dispute.  Representative projects in which Ms. Shallbetter has served as legal counsel include:



Strategize and negotiate development agreement, annexation agreement, and entitlements for seminal Northland Resources' (dba Sapphire Skies) 800+ unit, mixed use development project on ~350  acres in the City of Cle Elum.


SUNCADIA RESORT, Roslyn/Cle Elum, WA.   Served as counsel and consultant for Suncadia, LLC (Lowe Destination Development) on all aspects of development of ~6500 Master Planned Resort in the Roslyn/Cle Elum, Washington area.  Responsibilities included assistance with master planning, platting, site development, mitigation, easement and covenant drafting, water right transfers and strategy, and land aquisition and negotiations.   


EVERETT  SPECIAL EVENTSCENTER.  Represented the City of Everett in the planning, design, procurement and land use review process for the City’s 10,000 seat Special Events Center in the heart of Everett’s downtown.  This $72 million project, which was completed in the Fall of 2003, involved a bidder-design RFP procurement process and a multi-governmental development and financing package between the City, Snohomish County, and the Public Facilities Districts.


ISSAQUAH HIGHLANDS MASTER PLANNED DEVELOPMENT (Issaquah & King County).  Assisted with agreements associated with development of the 2,200-acre project: 3,250 homes; 30% of units as affordable housing; 3.75 million square feet commercial/residential; 1,500 acres of parks, trails and open space in Issaquah and King County.  These development agreements allow extra project vesting (i.e., 20-year vesting), set forth specific development standards tailored to the site, and implement public-private partnerships for infrastructure construction and delivery.  Development includes developer extension agreements, utility franchises and agreements, access agreements, latecomer reimbursement agreements, and construction agreements and consultant agreements for grading, drainage, landscaping, and transportation. 


PURCHASE AND SALE OF PORT LUDLOW RESORT.  On behalf of Pope Resources and its affiliates, successfully assisted with negotiationation and preparation of documents associated with multi-million dollar sale of Port Ludlow Resort, including hotel, golf course, marina, restaurant, shopping center, vacant lots, undeveloped parcels, and sewer and water utility company.


PURCHASE AND SALEOF BITTERMAN BUILDING.  Represented high-tech company Zombie, Inc. in purchase of the Bitterman Building in Pioneer Square, drafting purchase and sale agreement, and handling aspects of due diligence. 

 CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL. Worked with Children’s Hospital in developing and obtaining City of Seattle approval of its Major Institution Master Plan, which represents a 15-year blueprint for the continued development of Children’s Laurelhurst campus.  Represented Children’s in obtaining Master Use Permits for the hospital expansion projects, including a medical pavilion, in-patient beds, clinic facilities, and a helistop for critically ill patients.  


        SEATTLE ART MUSEUM - OLYMPIC SCULPTUREPARK (Seattle waterfront).  Assisted with permitting for the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park on Elliott Bay, a three block site just south of Myrtle Edwards Park.  Development required master use permits, shoreline permits, beach and salmon habitat enhancement, street vacations, aerial street vacations and the coordination with the City and WSDOT for transportation improvements. 


                       SHORELINE MORATORIUM LITIGATION.   Prevailed at the Court of Appeals and Supreme Court levels in Biggers v Bainbridge Island, a challenge to the City of Bainbridge Island’s imposition of a shoreline moratorium on applications for shoreline development, including exempt developmens.  Prevailed before the trial court, the Division II Court of Appeals, and the State Supreme Court.


               LITITGATION OF LAND USE DISPUTES-RESTRICTIVE COVENANTS, BOUNDARY LINE DISPUTES, HOA MANAGMENT, EASEMENTS.  Successfully represented homeowners in superior court and Court of Appeals against enforcement of height restriction.  See, e.g., Dennison v Rubatino, 119 Wash. App. 1054 (2004).          


             EVERETT SPECIALEVENTS CENTER LITIGATION.  Prevailed on behalf of City of Everett against initiative and other challenges from opponents to formation of public facilities district and construction of special events center. Summary judgment obtained to dismiss the initiative without an election.


         ESSENTIAL PUBLIC FACILITIES/CRC HEALTH APPEAL.  Successfully defended, at superior court and appellate levels, vested status of building permit application, and right of client to site an essential public facility in the City of Lynnwood.  WCHS v Lynnwood, 120 Wn.App. 668, 86 P.3d 1169 (Div. I 2004).


       WASTE MANAGEMENT, ET. AL. V. PORT OF SEATTLE  Challenged Port of Seattle’s compliance with competitive bidding laws and negotiated successful settlement.

       CITIZENS V. SOUND TRANSIT.  Successfully defended Sound Transit’s application to site Transit Center and parking facility in Federal Way.


       CENTRAL PRE-MIX COMPREHENSIVE PLAN AMENDMENT, REZONE, AND APPEALS. Assisted Central Pre-Mix in obtaining comprehensive plan amendment and rezone to allow mining of round rock in Yakima vicinity.  Represented Central Pre-Mix against legal challenges from opponents, and facilitated permitting process associated with mineral extraction.                                                                                                              


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