"As a commercial real estate developer and attorney, I have negotiated well over 500 shopping center leases. Stu's understanding of the business and legal aspects of shopping center transactions enabled his client to ask the right questions, to obtain the items the client needed to run a profitable business and to negotiate a lease fair to both parties -- the hallmarks of a successful transaction."
Jeffrey Oliphant, Esq., JLO Washington Enterprises, Inc., shopping center developer and operator, and co-author of "The Shopping Center Game"
STU HELLER

Rated "Superb"
by AVVO.com



OVER 35 YEARS OF HELPING CLIENTS TO:

  • negotiate or draft better commercial leases
  • ask the important questions
  • identify and minimize unavoidable risks
  • catch important details that might otherwise be missed
  • add significant provisions that are missing
  • mitigate lease-based economic ups and downs
  • save money
  • protect their businesses

Stu Heller has enabled us to negotiate far more favorable leases for our PAPA JOHN'S PIZZA stores than we were able to achieve when we used an old, large and well respected Seattle law firm.

Kevin Sonneborn, Member & CFO, Rain City Pizza, LLC; Member & CFO, Seattle PJ Pizza, LLC; CFO, South Sound Red Robin, Inc.; CFO, Great Western Dining

He helped us greatly improve the provisions in numerous leases for our CUCINA! CUCINA! ITALIAN CAFE and CUCINA! PRESTO! restaurants. Stu was always there when I needed him, and quick to provide the help I needed.

William A. Schwartz, Chair, Schwartz Brothers Restaurants; Past Chair, President and CEO, Cucina! Cucina!, Inc.

Stu did an excellent job helping us negotiate the purchase of two ROUND TABLE PIZZA restaurants, assess their existing leases, improve the lease for our third store, and set up two new companies. We would happily refer others to him for legal help.

Dave & Olga Lundgren, ROUND TABLE PIZZA franchisees

Stu's business acumen and congenial no-nonsense approach deliver efficient and effective results.

John Dulcich, President, Ashton Capital Corp; GM, Ashton Aviation, LLC

"As a commercial real estate developer and attorney, I have negotiated well over 500 shopping center leases. Stu's understanding of the business and legal aspects of shopping center transactions enabled his client to ask the right questions, to obtain the items the client needed to run a profitable business and to negotiate a lease fair to both parties -- the hallmarks of a successful transaction."

Jeffrey Oliphant, Esq., JLO Washington Enterprises, Inc., shopping center developer and operator, and co-author of "The Shopping Center Game" [Stu represented one of his tenants]

Stuart Heller has been general counsel for E.C.S. Company LLC from the very beginning and was instrumental in assisting us in the purchase of the Emerald City Smoothie concept from its founder. He gave us the peace of mind we needed to move forward with confidence and security. He instills a confidence that is invaluable and with his knowledge of business law he continues to serve us with great legal advice.

Jim Baskett, Executive V.P. Business Development & Managing Member, E.C.S. Company LLC

Stu, you are a great counselor and I trust your judgment. Tell Sarah I said, "Thanks again for referring you!"

Arlene Ritzhaupt, commercial property owner, Kirkland, Washington

Back in October of 2003, at the end of a nearly 3 month commercial lease negotiation the Landlord of the commercial company with we were negotiating was so impressed with Mr. Heller's work, he asked my permission to use Stu to represent his company in future matters not involved with my business.

Joe Baker, Owner, City Foods, Seattle

As a small retail business owner, I have had Stuart Heller represent me for nearly 14 years. He has always been professional, prompt and very detailed when assisting me with my transactions. I have always felt confident and trusted his practice in law. His dedication & commitment is second to none. As long as Stuart Heller continues to practice law, his services will be the one and only choice for me. I would recommend him to anyone.

Joe Baker, Owner, City Foods, Seattle

Stuart Heller has been our attorney for the past 18 years on a number of corporate and legal matters. He has always been very straight forward and responsible in doing our work. He gets great results for my company, responds quickly and is very thorough. I like being able to reach him directly and not have our work delegated to a less experienced attorney. We will continue to work with him in the foreseeable future.

Attila Kilic, Owner and President of Meta Marble & Granite, Inc., Seattle

"Stu Heller has been of tremendous counsel to me and to all of the clients I have referred to him. His research is thorough and his recommendations are accurate. Over the years we have worked together his legal expertise has helped resolve many complicated issues invariably leading to positive outcomes."

Jeff Miles, Principal, Miles Financial Services, Seattle

I have had the luxury of having Stu Heller as my Attorney over the past eighteen years. Stu has handled all of my legal matters and I have found his work to be exemplary. He is insightful, his work is thorough and he does a great job of interpreting and communicating difficult issues that need resolution. I couldn't ask for a better Legal Advisor.

Larry Mellum, Owner, Pike Place Chowder, Seattle

Nakano Associates is a 7 person landscape architectural design firm in Seattle. We have designed numerous public and private sector projects including parks, schools, housing and transportation projects. In 1990 Stu Heller assisted our firm in becoming a limited liability company. He has been the firm's attorney to present. He is also my personal attorney helping me prepare my will and setting up a trust fund for my daughter. Stu is thoughtful, diligent with a great sense of humor, and I enjoy working with him.

Kenichi Nakano, FASLA, Principal, Nalano Associates, LLC

Four years ago I started my own small business as an outpatient physical therapist. As I began the search for an attorney I kept running into people who wanted retainers or advance payments to cover work they hadn't done yet. I didn't like that. Following a recommendation from a friend I met Stu Heller. He was willing to bill me at the time of service which seemed fair to me. Being a new business owner funds were limited. Stu also worked with me financially until my cash flow became more consistent. My philosophy has always been to support other small businesses and I feel that Stu does that too. He is forthright, honest and sincere in his work, and I highly recommend Stu to others.

Nancy Mitrano MS, PT, Owner, Impact Physical Therapy, PS, Lynnwood, Washington

In the last few years Stu has helped with an agreement with my brother relating to an annuity; a complex real estate agreement relating to the sale of my home; a more complex agreement with my vacation property neighbors; and my wife's and my durable powers of attorney, health care directives, and wills. I greatly appreciate the care with which he approaches and analyzes situations and agreements; the clarity with which he reviews and drafts documents; and the broad range of his experience and expertise.

Charles Davis, Seattle property owner