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Don Potter

Executive Director

315 Fifth Avenue S, Suite 1000
Seattle WA 98104

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Denice Tokunaga

Real Estate, Business

(206) 676-7044

Profile Introduction

Denice works with private and public companies, developers, government entities and utilities, and institutional investors. She has a wide range of experience in handling straightforward transactions and complicated, multifaceted projects. Her work covers the gamut of commercial real estate—leasing, acquisition and disposition, and development. In particular, Denice has significant experience in industrial leasing, having negotiated leases for over 60 million square feet for fulfillment, distribution, data center and other industrial uses (that’s 1,000+ football fields!). She also has extensive environmental experience involving due diligence investigation and Brownfields development. Prior to moving to Washington, Denice practiced in Texas.


In her spare time, Denice attempts to avoid bunkers and other hazards on the golf course (with not much success), and enjoys travel and playing Jeopardy.


Representative Cases/Matters

  • Represents Fortune 50 company in negotiation of leases and acquisitions for industrial facilities across the country.
  • Represented leading multi-family developer regarding real estate acquisition and land use issues for projects in the Seattle metro area.
  • Negotiated and managed multiple transactions in a Fortune 50’s sale-leaseback portfolios, including the substitution of collateral, demolition, and expansion of stores, compliance with underlying lease and indenture terms, and other matters that affected the valuation of collateral.
  • Represented Cascade Water Alliance in connection with its purchase and development of real property and facilities for a municipal water supply project spanning a 21-mile stretch within four jurisdictions in Northwest Washington.
  • Represented developers in extensive environmental remediation and construction of the American Airlines Center and the 50-plus acres of ancillary development, which included retail, office, hotel, and condominium development in downtown Dallas, Texas.

Publications & Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, “Subordination, Non-disturbance and Attornment (SNDA) and Estoppels,” 20th Annual Fall Real Estate Seminar: Real Estate Forms and Provisions, December 2013
  • Moderator and Speaker, “Q&A With the Deal Makers,” 2011 Brownfields & Land Revitalization Conference, May 2011
  • Moderator, “Developing the Deal,” 2010 Oregon Brownfields Conference, April 2010
  • Moderator, “Developing the Deal,” 2009 Washington Brownfields Conference, October 2009
  • “Ethics in Real Estate Practice,” Real Estate Boot Camp, WSBA, Seattle, July 2009
  • “Obtaining Estoppel & SNDAs from Existing Tenants, Advanced Real Estate Purchases and Sales,” Law Seminars International, Seattle, March 2009
  • Instructor, Law & Risk Management, Building Owners & Management Association (BOMA), Seattle, January 2010
  • Instructor, Law & Risk Management, Building Owners & Management Association (BOMA), Seattle, January 2008
  • “Environmental Issues in Commercial Real Estate,” Commercial Real Estate Seminar, Metro Tex Association of Realtors, May 2006
  • “Environmental Issues in Commercial Real Estate,” Commercial Real Estate Seminar, Metro Tex Association of Realtors, May 2005
  • “Title, Survey and Due Diligence Review Under a Purchase and Sale Agreement,” Title Examination Seminar, Lorman Educational Services, September 2005
  • Contributing Author, “Superfund and Hazardous Waste, the Year in Review 2001,” published by the American Bar Association


  • King County Bar Association


Community Service

  • Former Co-Chair, NAIOP Property Tour Committee
  • Panel Judge, NAIOP Night of the Stars (2017)
  • Properties Committee, YWCA of Seattle-King County-Snohomish County
  • Past Board Member, Salish Sea Expeditions
  • Past Member, NEBC Brownfields Steering Committee
  • Past Vice Chair, American Bar Association Environmental Transactions & Audits


  • University of Texas (J.D., 2000, with honors); R. Kinnan Goleman Scholar in Environmental Law
  • Austin College (B.A., 1997, magna cum laude); Hatton W. Sumners Scholar

Bar Admissions

  • Washington State
  • Texas