Camille Taylor Ralston is a lifelong Seattle resident and a senior member of the firm. Camille’s practice focuses on commercial real estate transactions including the purchase, sale, financing and leasing of multi-family, retail, office, raw land, warehouse, medical, hospitality, manufacturing, agricultural and government properties. In her early years, Camille litigated a number of real estate and commercial disputes, which greatly benefits her real estate transactions clients when seeking to resolve disputes outside of the courtroom. In addition to her transactional practice, Camille serves in a general counsel role to her long-time clients.
What do you like about your work?
I like meeting new clients and learning about them and their transactions. Real estate touches every facet of business and I am constantly learning new things about business because to have a successful real estate transaction one needs to understand the business needs being served. Every day is different with new challenges and new problems to solve. I particularly enjoy the long term relationships I build with clients and the trust they place in me when they call for advice.
What do you consider your most significant career accomplishment to date and why?
The sale of a medical office building for a client of over 20 years. The client was a partnership unhappy with its lawyers and interviewed several prospective replacements, including me. Over the course of my 20 years representation of the partnership, I've assisted the partnership in refinancing the property twice, advised the partnership on complex ground lease matters, easements, leasing matters, construction matters, neighbor disputes and regulatory matters, prepared a multitude of internal partnership documents, and ultimately represented the partnership in the sale of its real estate for over $50,000,000.
What skills and experiences have you acquired that make you comfortable and qualified in your practice?
I have been through the boom and bust cycles of Seattle real estate including the savings-and-loan housing bust of the 80's, the tech boom of the 90's, the bursting of the .com bubble in the early 2000's, the 2008 financial crisis, and the long boom run from 2010-2020. By negotiating transactions in all market conditions for clients in a wide range of circumstances from distressed sellers to billionaires to closely held family businesses, I have been able to gain insights and instincts that benefit my clients in transactions today.