John M. Sharp

(425) 765-7747 (mobile)

(360) 908-7999 (local)

A Washington native and graduate of Seattle’s Lakeside School, I earned a B.A. in philosophy at Pomona College followed by a law degree at the University of Oregon. After law school, I served as a federal judicial law clerk in Tucson, Arizona. Upon completing my clerkship, I returned home to Seattle and raised three sons with my wonderful wife Kirsten. When not practicing law, I’ve spent time climbing in the Cascades, as well as some in Oregon, California, Colorado, British Columbia, Alberta, and Ecuador. Technical routes are largely in the rearview mirror, but long hikes and high alpine traverses are still fair game. Having relocated to Kingston, I look forward to exploring more of the Olympics. Other activities include a lifetime of downhill skiing as well as fresh and saltwater fly fishing.

  • University of Oregon School of Law | J.D., 1990 | Associate Editor, Oregon Law Review
  • Pomona College | B.A., Philosophy, 1985
  • Lakeside School | 1981
Recognition, Clerkship, Admission, and Professional Activities 

Selected as one of “America’s Leading Lawyers for Real Estate” (Washington) by Chambers and Partners, USA, 2023

Law Clerk to the Hon. William D. Browning, Chief Judge of the U.S. District Court for the District of Arizona (Tucson) (1990-1992)

Washington State Bar Association:

  • Executive Committee, Real Property Council, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section (2022-present)
  • Chair, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section, 2022 Fall Real Property CLE, 2023 Spring Real Property CLE, and 2023 Fall Real Property CLE
  • Editorial Board, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section (2008-2012)

Member, King County Bar Association, Real Property Probate & Trust Section

Member, Kitsap County Bar Association

Member, Greater Kingston Community Chamber of Commerce

Presentations and Publications
  • Discussion Leader, NAIOP Sustainable Development Roundtable on “Green Leasing,” September 2013
  • Presenter, “Basic Principles of Green Leasing,” Washington Commercial Brokers Association, Forum 2009, April 2009
  • Co-presenter, “Recent Changes to Washington State Condominium Law,” Stoel Rives LLP Breakfast Seminar Series, May 2008
  • Author, “Green Leasing: A Practitioner’s Overview,” Washington State Bar Association, Real Property, Probate & Trust Section Newsletter, Summer 2009
  • Co-author, “Purchase and Sale of Residential Real Estate,” Washington Real Property Deskbook (4th ed.), 2009
  • Research Assistant, “The Washington Condominium Act,” Washington Real Property Deskbook (4th ed.), 2009
Civic Activities


  • Board President, Linbrook Owners Association
  • Member, Board of Directors, Eastside Preparatory School
  • Volunteer, The Forgotten Children’s Fund
  • Member, Board of Directors, Bellevue West Little League
  • Member, Board of Directors, Seattle Aquarium Society
  • Member, Washington Advisory Committee, Pacific Crest Outward Bound School
  • Member, Advisory Board, KUOW/KCMU (now KEXP) Public Radio