Stephen J. Crane
A current area of focus is representation of buyers of new condominium units in Seattle and Bellevue who are not able or willing to close their purchases, including pursuing the return of their earnest money deposits when the seller refuses to give them back. These cases are typically handled on a contingent fee basis, where no fee is owed unless there is a recovery.
A third area of current representation is of property owners whose land is being taken through eminent domain or condemnation by government agencies, such as Sound Transit or cities. We aggressively pursue greater valuation than is initially offered by governmental agencies, and typically part or all of our legal fees are paid by the condemning agency.
Mr. Crane is a member of the Western District Federal Court, Ninth Circuit and United States Supreme Court Bars. He is a member of the Seattle-King County Bar Association, Washington State Bar Association and American Bar Association. He has been specially admitted to practice in Oregon, Alaska, Hawaii and Colorado. He has served on a number of committees, been co-chair of and spoken at numerous continuing legal education seminars and contributed to a number of bar publications, including the Washington State Real Property Deskbook.