David C. Kelly


David C. Kelly

David C. Kelly



Practice Emphasis:

Commercial Finance
General Business
Real Estate
Debtor / Creditor Issues
Dispute Resolution, including Mediation


David offers business clients more than three decades’ experience in sophisticated corporate, real estate, and financial matters. He serves as external general counsel to one of the country’s leading seafood producers and as the primary external counsel to a number of Northwest businesses

As a long-term trusted legal advisor to many companies and local business owners, David advises clients on a wide variety of business and contract matters, including those involving commercial finance, secured transactions, complex commercial and credit arrangements, real estate leases, real property sales and financing, and domestic and international sale and distribution agreements. He also assists clients with a variety of debtor-creditor issues, including workouts, forbearance agreements, deeds-in-lieu, asset protection, and disputes in bankruptcy and receivership.

David also has experience advising clients in international contract matters and trade disputes, and assisting clients in structuring their international contracts to address issues such as warranty claims, indemnification, performance issues and dispute resolution. David has particular expertise in the application and effect of the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods (CISG), a treaty that is often overlooked by US businesses and their advisors.


Mediation and Dispute Resolution:

David has substantial experience assisting his clients with disputes that all businesses inevitably face. David has helped resolve thousands of disputes through face to face negotiations and by effectively using available dispute resolution tools, including mediation and arbitration.

David completed the Professional Mediation Skills Training Program at the University of Washington in 2006, and is a mediator in the Thomas T. Glover Mediation Program in the US Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Washington. David is available to serve as a mediator for all types of business disputes.



J.D., Wake Forest University, cum laude, 1983
Wake Forest Law Review
B.A., St. Andrews Presbyterian College, 1974



Washington, 1983
United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington.


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