David Kelly 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 variety of Pacific Northwest businesses.
Business, Real Estate, and Transactions
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 acquisitions and divestitures, commercial leasing, commercial finance and lending, secured transactions, complex commercial and credit arrangements, 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’s real estate practice is focused on commercial financing and leasing. He often represents large real estate companies as investors, typically in connection with projects having a $5 million to $50 million valuation.
Closely-Held Business Representation
David’s corporate practice is focused on representing closely-held businesses, often in the role as an external general counsel. In addition to general business representation, he also assists clients in business succession planning, and helping business owners transfer their companies to the next generation in a tax-advantaged manner.
Commercial Finance, Maritime, and International Contracts
David has substantial 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.
His maritime practice is focused on representing clients in matters including ships’ mortgages, maritime liens and perfection of security interests (including Coast Guard mortgage recordation), maritime lending, qualification under the Fisheries Act, wage act claims, and Jones Act claims. 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 in security protection.
Mediation and Dispute Resolution
David has assisted countless clients in disputes that all businesses inevitably face. He 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. He is available to serve as a mediator for all types of business disputes.