William L. Neal - Of Counsel, Seattle

William L. Neal

Of Counsel | Seattle

Bill has over 25 years' experience representing companies and individuals in business and real estate matters.

His practice focuses on entity formation; shareholder agreements; sales and acquisitions of business assets and real property; environmental liabilities; real and personal property secured transactions; federal and state tax planning for business transactions; commercial disputes; and estate planning for business owners and others.

Among other significant client responsibilities, Bill has represented corporations, partnerships, and limited liability companies on choice of entity, formation, and operational issues; has prepared agreements among shareholders or other owners; has assisted sellers and buyers in the negotiation and acquisition of retail, manufacturing, and service businesses, as well as commercial, industrial, or other investment property, improved or as raw land; has represented potentially responsible parties/potentially liable parties in connection with environmental liabilities under CERCLA and MTCA; has represented lenders and borrowers in the negotiation and documentation of commercial loan transactions secured by real and personal property, as well as foreclosing or otherwise realizing upon collateral; has drafted leases and represented landlords and tenants with respect to commercial, office, and industrial leases; and has advised individuals with respect to estate planning and the use of trusts and family-owned business entities as tax planning devices. Bill also represents clients in disputes and mediations related to the commercial and real estate matters.


  • Washington, 1978
  • California, 1974


  • The Ohio State University, College of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, Order of the Coif (1974)
  • The Ohio State University, MBA (1967)
  • Miami University, B.S. (1966)

Recognition & Honors

  • Top-Rated Lawyer, West Coast, National Law Journal (2017)
  • 2014 Client Choice Guide, Commercial Property for Washington

Representative Work

Associated Octel; Bermuda Trust Company, Bulger Safe and Lock, Butterfield Broadcasting, Cascade Drilling, Clements General Construction, Cloud Construction, Duke's Restaurants, Harris Electric, Kruger Medical Clinic, Pacific International Engineering, Pacific Mobile Structures, PHAROS Corporation, and South Sound Broadcasting.

Real Estate/Lending:
All City Fence, American States Insurance Company, Carter Motors, MOB TWO Medical Building, The Opportunity Building, Redmond Shopping Center, Seaborne Marine Terminal, Textron Financial, Westgate Village Shopping Center, and U-Park Systems.

Sales and Dispositions:

The British Group (real estate), Butterfield Broadcasting (radio stations), Exploration Cruise Lines (travel), Healthcom International-Metagenics (nutritional supplements), Holiday Food Services (vending business), Pacific Systems Corporation (aircraft parts), South Sound Broadcasting (radio stations), Sound Truck Equipment, Sun Mountain Lodge (resort), and Washington Industrial and Occupational Medical Clinic.

Environmental Liability:

ICI Americas (Woods Chemical), Northwest Steel Rolling Mills (Western Processing), and Zidel Marine (Queen City Farms).

Professional & Community Activities

  • Business Section, American Bar Association
  • Business Section, The State Bar of California
  • Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, Washington State Bar Association
  • Speaker, Sterling Education Services