Dean A. Messmer


Practice Emphasis

Business and real estate transactions; mergers and acquisitions; commercial contracts and leases.

Drawing on years of prior experience in business and real estate litigation, as well as representation of numerous property owners in condemnation cases, Dean represents clients in real estate transactions and purchases and sales of privately-held businesses.


  • Stanford University, Bachelor of Arts, 1971
  • Duke Law School, Juris Doctor, 1974


  • Represented sellers in stock and asset business sales, including construction contractors, manufacturers, distributors, real estate brokerages, and biotech laboratory
  • Represented primary shareholders in sale of e-commerce company
  • Negotiated numerous leases on behalf of restaurant, office, distribution and other commercial tenants
  • Won $1,125,000 arbitration award for sellers in sale of business earn-out dispute
  • Defended guarantors before trial and appellate courts in landmark non-judicial deed of trust foreclosure act cases
  • Obtained multiple $1+ million settlements and judgments for property owners in condemnation lawsuits
  • Obtained $1,300,000 settlement for beneficiaries in trust/estate litigation

Professional & Civic

Recognized by The Best Lawyers in America® in the practice area of ‘Closely Held Companies and Family Business Law’ and ‘Real Estate Law’ (2024 ed.)

Named “Super Lawyer” by Washington Super Lawyers magazine, 2010-2022

Whidbey Island Homeowners Assn. Officer & Board Member 2006-15, 2017-19

Clyde Hill City Council, 1996-2007

Clyde Hill Board of Adjustment, 1994-1995

Medina Mayor, 1990-1991

Medina City Council, 1986-1991

Medina Planning Commission, 1983-1986

Dean A. Messmer


I worked with Dean in 2003 and 2005. In 2003 he helped me with a horrible home contractor. Dean helped me make it clear I wasn't going to spend money for work that was never done. In 2005 Dean helped me draft an easement for a sewer line. Each time I worked with Dean I found him to be knowledgeable, clear and reasonable. I recommend him without reservation.
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