Joel M. Gordon

Partner

206.623.9372

jmg@vnf.com

Assistant

Millennium Tower
719 Second Avenue Suite 1150
Seattle, WA 98104
  • Represented Amazon.com in the acquisition of its primary Seattle campus - the transaction that was described in the press as the largest office transaction in the United States in 2012.
  • Represented Amazon.com in the acquisition of the downtown Seattle land for its proposed 3 million square-foot expansion of its corporate headquarters campus.
  • Represented Cascade Water Alliance, a consortium of cities and utility districts, as its real estate counsel in the acquisition and subsequent management of Lake Tapps and the decommissioned Puget Sound Energy’s White River hydroelectric facility for use as a regional municipal water supply project. This work has included negotiation and preparation of acquisition documents, title review, and due diligence evaluation of over one hundred parcels of property, eight miles of canal, a 4.5 square mile lake with 45 miles of shoreline, a diversion dam, lake embankments, and other assets.
  • Represents the Washington State Convention Center Authority as real estate counsel for its potential 1 million square-foot $650 million expansion of the State Convention Center located in downtown Seattle.
  • Represented the Tacoma Housing Authority as their primary real estate counsel for the development and dispositions of portions of its award winning $225 million New Salishan HOPE VI redevelopment project.
  • Representation of a major Pacific Northwest regional retailer acting as their development director with responsibility for locating potential sites, preparation of all acquisition documentation and real estate closings, management of project consultant teams, and entitlement processes for nearly 2 million square feet of retail development.
  • Representation of an international REIT in its acquisition to date of nearly one million square-feet of selective properties office/laboratory space in the Seattle area.
  • Representation of Puget Sound Energy in the acquisition of rights to develop wind-powered electric generation facilities. The Hopkins Ridge Wind Project involved acquisition of all property interests, including wind energy leases needed for the development of a 150-megawatt, $200 million power-generating facility on approximately 11,400 acres of land in Columbia County, Washington. The Wild Horse Wind Project involved similar work for a 230-megawatt, $300 million power-generating facility on a 9,710-acre parcel in Kittitas County, Washington.

Presentations

22nd Annual Real Estate Purchases & Sales Conference

Panelist, "Buyer's Due Diligence / Lease terms and their impact on valuation: How the nature of the property affects the way the buyer should analyze the P&L for the property"
Law Seminars International
Seattle, WA
03/21/2016