At the core of my representation, and this firm’s representation, is the development of long-term relationships with clients. Through these relationships we are able to add value by furthering client interests, helping when disputes arise, and seeking to minimize legal business risks.

My practice focuses on real estate, construction and finance matters. I routinely represent property owners, construction companies, developers, title insurance companies and lenders in disputes, transactions and general business matters.

My clients range from small and mid-sized businesses to publicly traded companies. I strive to develop long-term relationships with clients, centered on understanding their business and needs.

Much of my practice involves helping clients in disputes and litigation. I work closely with clients to develop an efficient and economical approach to resolving their dispute. Over the past 15 years, I have represented clients at all stages of litigation across the State of Washington, including trials, appeals, bankruptcies, mediations and arbitrations.

Personal & Professional

Magnus is fluent in Swedish, having grown up in Malmö, Sweden.  He came to the United States at the age of 19 with the dream of becoming an attorney.  Magnus now lives in Kirkland with his wife and three young daughters.  In his free time, Magnus enjoys spending time with his family.  He is also an avid golfer.

Honors & Awards

  • “AV” rated by Martindale-Hubbell*, the highest rating obtainable by members of the legal community.
  • Named Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2006, 2009, and 2011 by Washington Law & Politics
  • Clerk to Justice Richard B. Sanders, Washington Supreme Court, 2001-2002

*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., Gonzaga University School of Law, summa cum laude, 2001
    • Articles Editor, Gonzaga Law Review
  • B.A., Lindenwood University (Political Science), 1997
  • Construction Contracting – Overview of Fundamentals of Construction Law (ESI International/George Washington University), 2002
  • Admitted to Washington (All State Courts)
  • Admitted to United States District Court, Western District of Washington
  • Admitted to United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Admitted to United States Bankruptcy Court, Western District of Washington
  • Admitted to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Articles & Presentations

Representative Matters

Real Estate

  • Brown v. Olson, King County Superior Court Cause No. 14-2-16152-2 SEA. Represented title-insured homeowners and obtained summary judgment dismissing neighbor’s adverse possession claim based on laches. Also obtained judgment for attorney fees incurred by homeowner’s title insurer.
  • PennyMac Loan Services, LLC v. Culver, King County Superior Court Cause No. 15-2- 23379-3 KNT. Represented title-insured lender and obtained summary judgment requiring hard money lender to reconvey prior deed of trust on the basis that loan violated Washington’s Condominium Act, Chapter 64.34 RCW.
  • Donion v. Blue Fern Development, LLC, et al., King County Superior Court Cause No. 15-2- 12672-5 SEA. Represented title-insured developer and successfully mediated claims by neighboring homeowner seeking to extinguish access and utility easements serving development.
  • Precision Roof Trusses, Inc. v. Zephyr Communities, LLC, Clark County Superior Court Cause No. 07-2-03534-0. Represented title-insured lender in defense of numerous mechanic’s liens against multi-phase single-family home development.
  • Langston Family Investments, LLC V. Stratieva, et al., Snohomish County Superior Court Cause No. 12-2-05307-1. Obtained $240,000 judgment against guarantor of lease to restaurant for unpaid rent and damages to premises.

Construction

  • 1000 Virginia Ltd. Partnership v. Vertecs Corp., 158 Wn.2d 566, 146 P.3d 423 (2006). Successfully represented homeowner in lawsuit against contractor for defective EIFS siding.
  • Colorado Structures, Inc. v. Insurance Company of the West, 161 Wn.2d 577, 167 P.3d 1125 (2007). Represented surety in defense of claim against AIA A-311 Performance Bond.
  • Woodman Construction, Inc. v. Roy Rogers, Inc., 2008 WL116280 (2008). Successfully represented general contractor on grocery supermarket project in claim against subcontractor which had abandoned and filed lien claim against project.
  • Venture General Contracting, LLC v. Rushforth Construction Company, Inc., AAA Arbitration Cause No. 01-16-003-5488. Represented general contractor in arbitration and mediation with defaulted concrete subcontractor on apartment construction project.
  • Chayer Enterprises v. Townhomes at Kirkland, LLC, 2008 WL 2132813 (2008). Represented developer of condominium conversion in defense of lien and breach of contract claim by painting contractor.
  • Peterson Power Systems, Inc. v. Turner Logistics, LLC, 2007 WL 3245259 (2007). Represented supplier of generators to construction project in defense of breach of contract claim by seller of generators.
  • Insurance Company of the West v. H.P. Construction Services, Inc., et al., U.S. District Court, W.D. Wash., Case No. CV03-1199R. Obtained judgment against indemnitor based on claims against construction bonds issued by surety company.

Finance & Banking

  • Robertson v. GMAC Mortgage, LLC, et al., Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Cause No. 1435672. Obtained summary judgment dismissing wrongful foreclosure and Consumer Protection Act claims against title insurer.
  • Choi v. Intrust Funding II, LLC, et al., King County Superior Court Cause No. 16-2-23104-7 SEA. Obtained summary judgment dismissing wrongful foreclosure claims against commercial lender, as well as three related bankruptcy cases filed by borrowers.
  • Alderson v. Interstate Financial, Inc., King County Superior Court Cause No. 09-2-13324-7 SEA. Obtained summary judgment dismissing Truth in Lending (TILA) and usury claims against commercial lender. Also obtained judgment for attorney fees incurred by lender.
  • First Mutual Bank v. Wirkkala, Bankruptcy Appellate Panel, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, July 12, 2006 (BAP No. WW-05-1218). Obtained judgment declaring debt nondischargeable due to fraudulent financial statements.
  • Smith v. JJPI Corporation, Snohomish County Superior Court Cause No. 03-2-06291-8. Obtained judgment dismissing borrower’s action challenging validity of commercial deed of trust on the basis of alleged fraud.
  • Horizon Bank v. Premier Lending Group, LLC, et al., King County Superior Court Cause No. 09-2-07877-7 SEA. Obtained $600,000 judgment for community bank by defeating guarantor’s defense he did not sign guaranty.
 

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