Abraham K. Lorber

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7434 |

Area of Practice

Abe’s practice includes all aspects of commercial litigation with a special focus on real estate litigation, including landlord/tenant, mortgages, easements, boundary disputes, restrictive covenants and long term care residency issues. He focuses his practice on defending financial institutions in lawsuits brought by borrowers in default and in prosecuting involuntary discharge action on behalf of long term care communities. Abe has experience in all phases of litigation, including mediations, arbitrations and trials. In addition, he has a Yellow Belt certification in Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management.

Professional Experience

  • Lane Powell PC
    • Shareholder (2016-Present)
    • Attorney (2008-2015)
    • Summer Associate (2007)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Building Trial Skills: Northwest Program, Graduate (2013)
  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Deposition Skills: Northwest Program, Graduate (2010)
  • University of Michigan Clinical Law Program, Student Attorney (2007-2008)
  • Kaplan Test Prep, LSAT Tutor and Law School Admissions Consultant (2005-2008)

Admitted to Practice

  • All Washington State Courts
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals

Academics and Accreditations

  • The University of Michigan Law School (J.D., cum laude, 2008)
    • General University Merit Scholarship
    • Campbell Moot Court Competition
  • The University of Michigan (B.A., magna cum laude, 2005)
    • Phi Beta Kappa
    • Caroline R. Jones Dean’s Merit Scholarship
  • Legal Lean Sigma® and Project Management — Yellow Belt Certification

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Class Action Defense
  • Litigation
  • Senior Living and Long Term Care Client Team
  • Real Estate Litigation

Representative Clients

  • Nationstar Mortgage
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Holiday Retirement

Representative Matters

  • Grant v. First Horizon (Washington Court of Appeals, Division I) (Lead attorney for briefing and oral argument in successful defense of appealed summary judgment order dismissing wrongful foreclosure claim — the case involved complex appellate procedure questions as well as more typical wrongful foreclosure issues)
  • ABM Parking Services, Inc. v. Seattle Second and James, LLC (King County Superior Court) (Lead attorney for two week jury trial in commercial landlord/tenant case resulting in ~$968,000.00 judgment for our client)
  • In re Zielinski (Office of Administrative Appeals) (Obtained dismissal of appeal from involuntary discharge brought by disgruntled and highly disruptive assisted living resident)
  • Anderson v. Shrock (Stevens County Superior Court) (Obtained summary judgment dismissal of claim by former owner of property asserting that life estate precluded non-judicial foreclosure)
  • Guethlein v. Bank of America (Western District of Washington) (Obtained summary judgment dismissal of claim to unwind trustee’s sale of residential property)
  • Ortega v. Northwest Trustee Services (Snohomish County Superior Court/Washington Court of Appeals) (Obtained dismissal of wrongful foreclosure lawsuit including affirmance of trial court decision before Court of Appeals)
  • Trujillo v. Northwest Trustee Services, Inc. (King County Superior Court) (Obtained summary judgment dismissal of post-sale “wrongful foreclosure” lawsuit filed against banking client)
  • Everett 4 Corners, LLC v. Kmart Corporation (Western District of Washington) (Represented landlord in three day federal court bench trial and obtained judgment against tenant for unpaid maintenance expenses, attorney fees and costs)
  • Sullivan v. Harris (King County Superior Court) (Obtained summary judgment in favor of employer in personal injury lawsuit alleging negligent driving by employee)
  • Red Shield Insurance Co. v. Sears, Roebuck, and Co. (Skagit County Mandatory Arbitration) (Obtained defense verdict absolving defendant of all liability in lawsuit alleging product defects in a commercial dryer)
  • Farmers Ins. Co. of Wash. v. Electrolux Home Products, Inc. (King County Mandatory Arbitration) (Obtained defense verdict absolving defendants of all liability in lawsuit alleging product defects in consumer range)


  • “Responding to Discovery Subpoenas: Washington Q&A,” Practical Law The Journal (2015)
  • Contributor, LexisNexis Practice Guide, Washington Real Estate Litigation (2014)
  • Contributor, Lane Powell Wage and Hour Deskbook (2008)
  • “Expanding The Duty To Warn In Wash. Liability Case,” Law360, Portfolio Media, Inc. (October 21, 2008)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Fair Housing Law and Assisted Living Communities — Overview, Key Lessons and Impact on the Discharge Process,” Washington Health Care Association webinar, Co-presenter (April 6, 2017)
  • “Landlord/Tenant Law and Long Term Care — Reducing Time, Risk and Cost for Involuntary Discharge,” Washington Health Care Association’s Annual Fall Conference (September 10, 2014)
  • “Real Estate Core Curriculum: Current Issues in Washington Commercial Real Estate,” Building Owners and Managers Associations of Seattle King County (October 17, 2012)
  • “Real Estate Transition Course: 2010 Changes to WA State Laws for Real Estate Brokers,” Building Owners and Managers Association of Seattle King County (October 26, 2010)
  • “Understanding the New GFE and HUD-1 Settlement Statement and Avoiding the Pitfalls,” Lorman Education Services (July 14, 2011)

Awards and Honors

  • Selected to “Under 40 Hot List” by Benchmark Litigation (2017)
  • Named as a “Washington Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Civil Litigation: Defense (2017)
  • Named as a “Washington Rising Star,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Civil Litigation: Defense (2013-2016)

Abraham K. Lorber

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7434 |