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Marc O. Winters, LEED AP

McNaul Ebel Nawrot & Helgren PLLC

Seattle, WA, USA


Marc Winters’ practice encompasses a wide range of real estate and business transactions, predominantly involving the financing, acquisition, development, management, restructuring, and disposition of commercial real estate projects and branded assets. He also counsels pension fund advisory firms and tax-exempt investors on a variety of issues relating to the structuring of business transactions and all aspects of real estate investments.

Mr. Winters has negotiated, documented, and closed eight- and nine-figure deals for many types of clients, including joint venture groups, pension funds, public development authorities, school districts, state agencies, banks, lenders, developers, and other businesses.

In the course of his transactional and investment structuring practice, Mr. Winters has gained extensive experience in real estate investment trust, limited liability company, limited partnership, and other entity formation. He also has significant experience with construction and permanent loans, leasing, development and management agreements, and secured land transactions (including covered and uncovered construction loans, securitized loans, interim loans, permanent loans, wraparound financing, and subordinated and unsubordinated leasehold financing).

Mr. Winters has been designated as a LEED Accredited Professional by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction, and operation of high-performance green buildings. As a LEED Accredited Professional, Mr. Winters is able to advise owners, developers, lenders, contractors, and architects on a variety of legal issues pertaining to green building and assist them in evaluating and navigating the LEED certification process.  Mr. Winters is a contributing author and speaker on a variety of green building and leasing issues.

Representative Projects:

Served as counsel with regard to the acquisition, development, and $285 million sale of the W Hotel – Union Square in Manhattan.

Mr. Winters has been counsel to some of the most noteworthy real estate developments in the Northwest, including the Pacific Place retail complex, the Washington State Convention & Trade Center, and the Washington SuperMall.

Outside the Pacific Northwest, Mr. Winters has provided significant legal representation on a multitude of development projects, including the development of W Hotels in California and New York, and many urban and suburban projects in Alaska, California, Illinois, Kansas, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, D.C.
Awards and Activities:

Mr. Winters is a member of the Washington State Bar Association and the King County Bar Association. Prior to embarking on his legal career, Mr. Winters played drums professionally for a number of musical projects, and he continues to play drums at live shows and on locally produced CDs in his spare time.


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