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Gordon W. Tanner
Experience
Gordon Tanner's practice includes secured lending, commercial transactions, and joint
ventures, with special experience with the newly revised UCC Article 9 and in the
agricultural and food industries. Gordon started working on the agricultural
amendments to Article 9 of the Uniform Commercial Code in 1990 when the
Permanent Editorial Board of the UCC established its Study Committee to determine
whether to make revisions. He served as co-chair of the ABA agricultural finance
subcommittee's task force that proposed changes to UCC Article 9 regarding
agriculture. He remained actively involved in the project throughout the drafting
process on a national level, making presentations before the NCCUSL Drafting
Committee, and writing and presenting papers to industry groups and the legal
community on the changes. Gordon has been a frequent speaker on UCC Article 9,
Partner
helped the Washington State Bar Association's UCC Committee prepare and present
Seattle, WA
Revised UCC Article 9 for adoption in Washington, and is a resource for the
(206) 386-7695 direct
Washington State Department of Licensing on Article 9 implementation issues.
(206) 386-7500 fax
Gordon is a former staff member of the Joint Economic Committee of the U.S.
Congress.
Professional Honors and Activities
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Listed in Best Lawyers in America© (currently: Real Estate Law), 2004-2016
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Selected as one of "America's Leading Lawyers for Business" (Washington) by
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Education
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University of Michigan Law School,
J.D., cum laude, 1981
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Chambers USA (currently: Real Estate), 2004-2016
Brigham Young University, B.A.,
summa cum laude, 1978
University Scholar
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Listed in Washington Super Lawyers® (Real Estate), 2000-2013
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American College of Real Estate Lawyers - Executive Committee 2009, Board of
Admissions
Governors 2008-2011, Chair of Practice Technology Committee 2005-2008
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Member, Practice Technology Committee, American College of Real Estate
Lawyers, 2001-present
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Member, Pacific Real Estate Institute, 1996-present
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Director, American Agricultural Law Association, 1995-1998
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Member, American Agricultural Law Association, 1990-present
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Vice Chair, Agri-Business Subcommittee, Commercial Financial Services
Committee, Business Law Section, American Bar Association (ABA), 1993-1999
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Member, Agri-Business Subcommittee, Commercial Financial Services Committee,
Business Law Section, ABA, 1985-present
Washington
Gordon W. Tanner
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Chair, Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) Deed of Trust Act Revision working group, directly involved in drafting,
reviewing and giving testimony on legislation affecting revision of the Washington Deed of Trust Act, 1996-1997
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Chair, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, WSBA, 1997-1998
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Chair, Real Property Council, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, WSBA, 1995-1997, providing drafting, comments and
testimony related to adoption of Washington legislation regarding commercial real estate broker's liens (Ch. 60.42 RCW, 1997),
real estate broker relationships/dual agency (Ch. 18.86 RCW, 1997), electronic authorization of agreements (Ch. 19.34 RCW,
1999) and adoption of Revised Article 9 of the UCC (Ch. 62A.9A RCW, 2001)
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Executive Committee, Real Property, Probate and Trust Section, WSBA, 1990-1998
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Executive Committee, Business Law Section, WSBA, 1994-1998
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Chair, Agricultural Law Committee, WSBA, 1994-1998
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Member, Agricultural Law Committee, WSBA, 1994-2004
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Member, UCC Committee, WSBA, 1985-present
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Member, Commerce in Cyberspace Committee, WSBA, 1997-2004
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Member, Law Practice Management Section, ABA, 1981-present
Presentations
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"Annual Review of Agricultural Law: Commercial Law Developments," Annual American Agricultural Law Association Conference,
2007
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"Sublime to Ridiculous: Insurance Issues in Real Estate Transactions," American College of Real Estate Lawyers, 2006 and
International Council of Shopping Centers Law Conference, 2007
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"Why Should I Care About UCC Revised Article 9? I Lend to Fishermen!" Pacific Northwest Seafood Credit Association, 2002
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"Why Should I Care About UCC Revised Article 9? I Do Real Estate!" 9th Annual Real Estate Institute, King County Bar Association
(KCBA), 2001, and at 12 other conferences in 2000
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"Perfection: How Do You Perfect a Security Interest Under UCC Revised Article 9?" WSBA, 2000
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Chair and speaker, "Agricultural Law," WSBA CLE, 2000; "Getting to Know the Revisions to UCC 9," WSBA, 2000
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"UCC Developments in Agricultural Law," Annual American Agricultural Law Association Conferences, 1992-1997, 1999
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"What You Need to Know About the 1998 Amendments to the Washington Deed of Trust Act," WSBA, KCBA, 1998
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"Digital Signatures," WSBA, 1997
Publications
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UCC Revised Article 9 Deskbook, Chapters 1 and 8, WSBA, 2003
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Drake Journal of Agricultural Law, 1996-1998
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University of Nebraska Law Review, 1993
Gordon W. Tanner
Civic Activities
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Executive Board Member, Chief Seattle Council, Boy Scouts of America, 1990-present
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J. Reuben Clark Law Society: Member, 1990-present; Seattle Chapter Executive Committee, 2006-present; Chair, Seattle
Chapter, 2008-2009
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Past Chairman, youth and adult local church sports and cultural arts programs
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Frequent speaker to civic and church groups on the topics of real estate and estate planning
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