Daniel Charles Vaughn

For nearly 30 years, I have advised many local, national and international clients on all stages and aspects of real estate and business financing transactions including acquisitions, mergers, licensing, corporate, real estate financing matters, and general banking matters. I have significant experience with construction, permanent conduit, government sponsored loans and bond financing(Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac); real estate syndications and offerings, including 1031 fractional interest programs and private real estate equity offerings; low income tax credit transactions; office, warehouse, and retail leasing; construction and architectural contracts; and domestic and international tax planning and asset protection. My experience also includes: (i) acting as general counsel for companies such as Investment Property Group, Sage Apartment Communities, Stay Alfred, Sabey Companies and American Capital Group, and (ii) serving on the board of directors, Audit Committee and Loan Committee, for Core Business Bank, an FDIC regulated bank located in Bellevue, Washington. My extensive experience has allowed me to effectively counsel many business entities with a wide number of issues that occur during the life cycle of a business organization.   

Several of my career highlights include:

  • Acted as Board of Director member for Core Business Bank and served on the Loan Committee and Audit Committee. Core Business Bank had the highest percentage of loan growth for all banks in the state of Washington for 2011 and is a “well capitalized” bank as defined by FDIC Regulations.
  • Chairman of Bank Audit Committee responsible for oversight of the Bank’s Asset/Liability Management and Interest Rate Risk Policy, Bank Secrecy Act Policy, Code of Ethics, Compliance Management Policy, Customer Complaint Policy, Electronic Banking Act Policy, Employee Information Security Policy and Program, Identity Theft Prevention Policy, Information Security Policy and Program, Investment Portfolio Policy, Loan Policy, Privacy Policy, Record Destruction Policy, Remote Deposit Capture Policy, Security Policy, Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Policy, and Wire Transfer Policy.
  • Acted as lead outside counsel to Plum Creek Timber Company in connection with several of its major acquisitions with a transaction value well in excess of $2,500,000,000. • Served as chief architect of American Capital Development’s 1031 Tenant-In-Common / IRC 1031 program which has been instrumental in raising funds in excess of $500,000,000, since 2001. • Assisted numerous non-profit and for-profit developers in the development, financing and sale of important low income projects throughout the west, utilizing IRC Section 42 tax credits. • Assisted a large senior housing developer in the negotiation and implementation of a joint venture with a national REIT involving funding in excess of $110,000,000.
  • Chief Legal Counsel in Debt Financings (including Bond Cap transactions) in excess of $500,000,000 and acquisitions in excess of $750,000,000 on behalf of Investment Property Group and Affordable Housing Associates, LLC.
  • Acted as Board of Director member for Core Business Bank and served on the Loan Committee and Audit Committee. Core Business Bank had the highest percentage of loan growth for all banks in the state of Washington for 2011 and is a “well capitalized” bank as defined by FDIC Regulations.
  • Chairman of Bank Audit Committee responsible for oversight of the Bank’s Asset/Liability Management and Interest Rate Risk Policy, Bank Secrecy Act Policy, Code of Ethics, Compliance Management Policy, Customer Complaint Policy, Electronic Banking Act Policy, Employee Information Security Policy and Program, Identity Theft Prevention Policy, Information Security Policy and Program, Investment Portfolio Policy, Loan Policy, Privacy Policy, Record Destruction Policy, Remote Deposit  Capture Policy, Security Policy, Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Policy, and Wire Transfer Policy.

Employment:

  • Founder Dan Vaughn Law Firm (www.DanVaughnLaw.com) 2013-Present
  • Cairncross & Hempelmann, PS, Partner 1989-2013/Foster, Pepper PLLC 1986-1989


Education and Achievements:

  • University of Nebraska (J.D., with distinction, 1986)
  • Executive Editor of the Nebraska Law Review, 1985-1986
  • Creighton University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1983)
  • Moot Court Competition Junior Rounds winner Charlotte Perry Academic Scholarship Winthrop & Frances Lane Academic Scholarship
  • Regents Scholarship
  • Annual All-University Honors Convocation Certificate of Superior Scholarship


Admissions:

  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association
  • Registered In House Counsel for the State of California


Awards/Honors and Organizational Memberships:

  • The Best Lawyers in America Selection (19th Edition)
  • Super Lawyer Award Recipient, Washington Law & Politics Magazine 
  • Top Lawyer Award Recipient, Commercial Real Estate Law, Seattle Magazine
  • Top Business Lawyer Award Recipient, Seattle Business Monthly
  • League of Justice Award Recipient, Washington CEO Magazine
  • Member, King County Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon and Washington State Bar Associations
  • Original Member, Board of Directors, Core Business Bank, Bellevue Washington
  • Original Member, Tenant-In-Common Association


Publications/Speaking Engagements:

  • “The Ongoing ‘Credit Crisis’ in Commercial Real Estate Lending – an Update” (published in the Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Newsletter - Summer 2010)
  • “The Credit Crisis and Its Impact on Your Practice” (published in the Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate, and Trust Newsletter - Summer 2008)
  • “Tenancy in Common Fractional Interest Programs” (published in the Washington State Bar Association Real Property, Probate, and Trust Newsletter - Summer 2004)
  • “Paralegal’s Guide to Real Estate Law” (published by the National Business Institute in the 1990s)