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Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt

Donald Russo

Donald Russo

Retired Shareholder


  • Real Estate
  • Acquisition and Disposition
  • Leasing
  • Finance

WSG Practice Industries


Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
Washington, U.S.A.


Don Russo works with private parties and public entities on the purchase and sale of both ‎commercial and industrial real estate property. He excels in resolving the complex ‎environmental and title issues surrounding projects such as office buildings, apartment ‎complexes, hotels, strip malls, mixed-use projects and industrial developments.

Don also assists the firm’s clients with commercial and industrial leases, financing ‎(multi-million dollar loans from insurance companies and national lenders to hard money ‎lenders), and all sorts of related real estate issues, including title, closing, boundary ‎adjustments and easement complications.‎

Bar Admissions

  • Oregon State Courts (Bar #77315)
  • Washington State Courts 
  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States District Court, District of Oregon
  • United States District Court, Western District of Washington


  • Bradley University, Bachelor of Science degree, magna cum laude (1974)
  • Saint Louis University School of Law, Juris Doctor degree
Areas of Practice

Acquisition and Disposition | Finance | Leasing | Real Estate

Professional Career

Significant Accomplishments

  • Assisted the Port of Vancouver with multiple sales of industrial development properties.
  • Handled the purchase and sale of more than a dozen hotels throughout the Pacific Northwest.
  • Represented the Port of Vancouver in the purchase of approximately 100 acres of former ALCOA smelter operations on the Columbia River.
  • Recently handled the sale of a hospital in Central Washington.
  • Helped clients throughout the Pacific Northwest purchase and sell numerous office buildings in more than 25 different states; re-negotiated and extended leases within those buildings.
  • Represented clients in the purchase and sale of numerous strip malls, including the preparation of new leases, and the negotiation and revision of existing leases.
  • Handled the purchase and sale of industrial land for both private and port clients, including land with environmental concerns, and saw those purchases through to development and successful leasing.
  • Drafted a variety of easements to accompany the purchase of industrial and commercial real property, such as maintenance easements, water and other utility easements, access easements, public trail easements, turnaround easements, stormwater reserve easements, rail and pipeline easements, conservation easements, reciprocal easements for shopping centers, including cross access easements, sidewalk easements, parking and construction easements.
  • Managed affordable housing project transactions, including the purchase of land and existing buildings, related title issues, subordination agreements, closing issues and financing from multiple state and federal sources as well as the private sector.


  • Port to Market: Building Infrastructure to Meet Demand
  • State of Commercial Real Estate and Construction in the Pacific Northwest
  • Multiple Columns and Articles (2007-Present)
  • OP-ED: Commercial and Industrial Leasing
  • Schwabe Grows its Reputation as Top Law Firm with New ‎Rankings from Chambers & Partners
  • OP-ED: The Importance of a Balanced Approach to Writing


  • Presentations to Commercial Real Estate Brokers on multiple topics including issues with title, leasing, sales, and purchases
  • Continuing Legal Education Seminar: Port Management Agreements
  • Greater Vancouver Chamber of Commerce Fall Business Law Workshop Series: Renewing Your Business Lease Agreement & Landlord/Tenant Disputes

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