Our Attorneys

John T. Ludlow

Real Estate Lawyer and Lenders’ Counsel

My fundamental goals are always the same: (a) listen well; (b) provide timely, cost effective, well-informed and analytically sound legal services to my clients, and (c) explain the bases for my recommendations to my clients in understandable terms.

For forty years I’ve represented lenders, individuals and businesses who buy, sell, exchange, develop, lease, title insure, and finance real estate by providing transactional advice, preparing contracts and representing clients in lawsuits, arbitrations and mediations. I also assist clients in land use matters and represent them in administrative and regulatory proceedings involving permitting and development for their projects. The clients I serve include title insurance companies, lenders (in loan documentation and workouts and foreclosures), construction companies, developers, design professionals, owners and tenants of commercial properties, and a broad array of western Washington business owners and individuals.

How I serve clients

My goals in transactional matters are to assure that clients’ concerns are identified and addressed in straightforward contracts, the risks and returns in the transaction have been identified and explained, and the best structure for the transaction has been selected. My goals in dispute resolution are to provide efficient and effective representation, timely information about the status of the proceeding and realistic estimates of the probability of success/failure in a trial or arbitration.

Personal & Professional

John enjoys skiing, hiking and spending time with his wife and children.

  • King County Bar Association, Member
  • Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • Dartmouth Lawyers Association, Member

Honors & Awards

  • “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell*, the highest rating attainable by members of the legal community
  • Named Super Lawyer by Washington Law & Politics.
  • Rated “Excellent” by Avvo, a nationwide internet rating service of attorneys.

*AV is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.

Education & Admissions

  • J.D., University of Washington
    • Washington Law Review, member
      • Recent Developments Editor for the Editorial Board
      • Published article author
  • M.B.A., Amos Tuck School of Business Administration, Dartmouth College
  • B.A., Dartmouth College (Economics)
  • Admitted to Washington (All State Courts)
  • Admitted to United Statess Disctict Court for the Western District of Washington
  • Admitted to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Articles & Presentations

  • Published instructional materials for, and been a frequent speaker at, numerous continuing legal education seminars on real estate finance, title insurance, real estate litigation, commercial deed of trust foreclosures, suits for deficiency judgments and construction liens.
  • Conducted numerous in-house bank seminars on loan document preparation, lenders’ remedies when borrowers default and the role of title insurance.

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