Timothy G. Krell

  • Partner


Bellingham, WA





Extensive experience was gained over the course of more than 22 years in the title insurance and escrow field in positions ranging from Title Examiner to Title Operations Manager to Underwriting and Legal Counsel in Seattle, Washington to the County Manager's position in Whatcom County, Washington. My experince as a private practice attorney commenced in 2009 with the opening of Timothy G. Krell Real Estate Law, PLLC in which I focused primarily on real estate transactional law. In that regard my focus was on real estate purchase and sale agreements, preparation of deeds, promissory notes and deeds of trust. I also have prepared easement documents, covenants and restrictions as well as road maintenance agreements. In addition I have worked with homeowner's associations in collection of annual dues and been involved in foreclosure actions relating to liens against real estate. I have acted as counsel in mediation matters involving Foreclosure Fairness Act (RCW 61.24.163) in which settlements were achieved to avoid deed of trust foreclosures. I have been involved in several trials including commercial unlawful detainer actions, quiet title action involving Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway rights-of-way and suits involving real property subject to administration in the probate court.

In July of 2016 I joined Jim Britain to form Britain / Krell PLLC. In addition to the real estate experience this association will strengthen my trial practice knowledge and allow expansion of my practice to areas of business law, estate planning and probate. In addition I will continue to build upon my extensive experience as a panel discussion speaker and participant appearing as an authority in the areas of title insurance and escrow issues. 

Areas Of Practice

  • Transactional real estate 75%
  • Boundary matters 10%
  • Civil litigation 10%
  • Business law 5%

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 1988
  • Nebraska, 1986
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2013


  • Creighton University School of Law, Omaha, Nebraska
    • J.D.
  • Ceighton University, Omaha, Nebraska
    • B.A.

Classes / Seminars

  • Real Estate for the Non-Real Estate Practitioner: Title Insurance The Basics, March 1999, King County Bar Association
  • Nuts and Bolts of Real Estate, presented annually from 1999 through 2003, Washington State Bar Association
  • Advanced Purchase and Sales Conference: Title Insurance and Claims, Seattle, March 2001, Law Seminars International
  • Practical Real Estate Title Skills in Washington: Resolving Title Problems, December 2003, Seattle, Half Moon LLC
  • In Depth Title Insurance: Recognizing Title Defects and How to Underwrite, presented annually from 2006 through 2008 in Seattle, National Business Institute
  • Presentation on Foreclosure Fairness Act, September 2012, Bellingham, Peace Health

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Bellingham Bay Rotary, Member, 2007
  • Whatcom County Bar Association
  • Whatcom County Sports Commission, Board Member

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