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STU HELLER focuses his practice on leasing. He helps his clients negotiate better deals and avoid potentially expensive mistakes. He has practiced law in the State of Washington for over 35 years assisting companies such as RED ROBIN INTERNATIONAL, CUCINA! CUCINA!, and other chain retailers with leasing, liquor licensing, property acquisitions and other legal issues faced by rapidly expanding businesses. When working with Heller clients better understand and improve the agreements they are asked to sign.

His numerous articles have appeared in the PUGET SOUND BUSINESS JOURNAL; HOSPITALITY NEWS & COFFEE TALK; the WASHINGTON RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION NEWS UPDATE; the website of the WASHINGTON STATE HOTEL & LODGING ASSOCIATION,; NORTHWEST STIR, the E-zine for culinary professionals at, and the King County Bar Association BAR BULLETIN. Past & Present: Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of RED ROBIN INTERNATIONAL, INC. Corporate Secretary & Outside General Counsel of CUCINA! CUCINA!, INC. Outside General Counsel of SCHWARTZ BROTHERS RESTAURANTS Environmental Counsel, intellectual property attorney, and government and regulatory affairs manager at WEYERHAEUSER COMPANY Presidential Exchange Executive and Special Assistant to the General Counsel at the U.S. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE in Washington, D.C.

For more information, useful articles Heller wrote, and worthwhile links see his:

AVVO "Superb" rating and Profile: (Blogger”) Blog:

WordPress Blog:

LinkedIn Profile:

As of January 1, 2009, creation of these sites has put Heller on page one of searches for "leasing lawyer" on Google, Yahoo, AOL Search, Altavista, Dogpile and

HELLER was born in New York City, attended RENSSELAER POLYTECHNIC INSTITUTE and GEORGE WASHINGTON UNIVERSITY LAW SCHOOL. He lives in Seattle, is married and has 3 children and 3 grandchildren. He is an avid runner and skier.


* 2006 – present: Chair of the King County Bar Association's Business Advisory Panel working with the UW Business School to annually assist 16-18 local minority-owned businesses.

* 2006 – present: Board member, President and Vice President of the Puget Sound Symphony Orchestra.


* Board (2000 – 2004) and Allied Member (2000 – present) of the WASHINGTON STATE HOTEL & LODGING ASSOCIATION (received its 2002 award for outstanding contributions to the organization);

* Allied member of the WASHINGTON RESTAURANT ASSOCIATION (1995- present)

* Monthly volunteer at shelter for homeless women (2006 – present)

* Sponsored 3 Laotian refugee families each of which initially lived with his family

* taught SBA class on business entities and their formation

* elected to Federal Way Community and City Councils

* 9 years on Board of Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Seattle as Trustee, Secretary, parliamentarian, and chair of its bylaws and social action committees

* long distance running (1988 – present), 25 marathons, approximately 12 half marathons

* raising money for the Leukemia Lymphoma Society as a participant and currently as a Mentor in its Team In Training program preparing people for upcoming endurance runs such as the full and half marathons in Seattle, Phoenix and Orlando


* Fixed fee arrangements - available for reviews, analysis, and recommendations
* Hourly fee arrangements - also available for reviews, analysis, recommendations and negotiations
* Combination fixed and hourly fee arrangements - where a fixed fee is set for reviews, analysis, and recommendations, and an hourly fee applies to resulting negotiations
* Monthly retainer arrangements - for those who want to be able to call any time on a fixed monthly budget

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