Constance L. Proctor, Esq.

Constance L. Proctor leads the Real Estate Practice Group of Century Law Firm, PLLC. Ms. Proctor has been listed in Best Lawyers in America and is considered to be a leading real estate lawyer in the Northwest. Ms. Proctor has served many distinguished roles in the community, including serving as the prior Chairwoman of the Board of Regents of the University of Washington and prior President of the Pacific Real Estate Institute.

Ms. Proctor’s legal practice emphasizes real estate transactions, exceeds 30 years. Her clients have included U.S government, quasi-governmental, and foreign entities. She has represented financial institutions, lenders, developers, other commercial business entities and nonprofit organizations. She has worked on numerous high value transactions. She has practiced extensively in the areas of project development, real estate acquisition, sales and financing (construction, interim and permanent), loan workouts, and leasing. She has extensive experience in condominiums (residential, mixed use and commercial) and is an approved attorney for lenders and borrowers for secondary market lenders, including Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Ms. Proctor’s projects have included high-rise office buildings, industrial parks, apartment and mixed-use commercial projects, some of which comprised condominiums, hotels, retail, and residential components, residential subdivisions, shopping centers, resorts, planned unit, multi-family, and affordable and low-income housing developments. She also advises clients on entity formation, structuring, and general corporate, business and nonprofit law.

In addition to the community services mentioned above, Ms. Proctor also served on the Board of Directors of the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Ms. Proctor was named Outstanding Lawyer of the Year by the King County Bar Association. The University of Washington School of Law honored Ms. Proctor as a Distinguished Alumna. She is a recipient of the National Community Leadership Distinguished Leader Award. She served two terms as a member of the Board of Directors of the Seattle Branch of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and has been a frequent lecturer in real estate related matters.

David Riley, Esq.

David Riley leads the Fund and Investment Management Law Practice Group of Century Law Firm, PLLC.  David, a graduate of Georgetown University Law Center (Juris Doctor) and University of California at Los Angeles (B.A. in Economics), is a licensed attorney in California, New York and Washington.    

David represents clients (e.g., private investment fund managers and institutional investors) on a wide variety of matters.  Over the years, his fund-related clients have raised, invested or managed capital well in excess of US$100 billion.  David’s clients have directly or indirectly invested into asset classes such as closed-ended venture capital/buyout/real estate/debt/distressed asset funds, and open-ended hedge funds.  David advises clients on all legal aspects of their fund businesses, including among others fund formations and other capital raisings.  David also advises family offices, university endowments, funds of funds, public and private pension plans and other institutional investors regarding their investments in alternative investment funds, as well as direct private equity investments, both in the U.S. and internationally.    

David’s representative matters (including those from his prior firms) include the formation of a US$325 million venture capital fund in the U.S. focused on the life sciences sector; representing a US$7+ billion fund of funds manager based in the U.S. in connection with more than 250 investments in private equity, real estate and hedge funds; forming private equity funds focused on distressed assets; and representing a sovereign wealth fund in connection with numerous investments in U.S. and Asia-based private equity, hedge and real estate funds.

David is a regular speaker at investment management, private equity and hedge fund forums, and writes on various subjects relating to the investment management field.  David is a member of Seattle Alternative Investment Association, Bay Area Hedge Fund Roundtable, California Hedge Fund Association, Keiretsu Forum, and ZINO Society.     

Bill Van Valkenberg, Esq.

Bill Van Valkenberg is co-managing member of Century Law Firm, PLLC. Bill has more than thirty years of experience in building, leading and advising companies through rapidly changing business environments, complex restructurings and capital markets transactions. He is accomplished in structuring and negotiating business transactions, has strong securities and corporate governance expertise, a solid background in mergers and acquisitions and partnering transactions, and hands-on experience with regulated industries. 

A lot of legal advice is not necessarily industry specific. However, Bill has depth of expertise in the following industries: agri-business, aviation, banking, e-commerce, financial services, food processing, forest products, healthcare, hospitality, real estate, retail, software, technology, and telecommunications. 

Before joining Century, Bill was the chief legal officer of several early-stage technology companies over the last few years, a partner of Holland & Knight in Seattle, Washington, for nearly four years and the Chief Executive of Van Valkenberg Furber Law Group P.L.L.C, a boutique corporate finance and securities law firm that he co-founded in 1995 after practicing 17 years with Bogle & Gates in Seattle. Prior to that, he worked for three years as an attorney in the Division of Corporation Finance and the Office of the Bank Study at the Securities and Exchange Commission in Washington, DC. 

Bill is admitted to practice law in Washington State. He was selected by his peers for listing in “Best Lawyers in America” (2006); recognized as one of Seattle’s “Ten Best Business Transaction Attorneys” by Seattle Magazine (2003); designated one of Washington State’s “Super Lawyers” by Washington Law & Politics Magazine (2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2006); and rated AV by Martindale-Hubbell. 

Bill is a former Chairman of the Business Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association and a former member of the Washington Governor's Food Processing Industry Development Council. He has been involved with various civic, charitable and professional organizations.

Jim Young, Esq.

Jim Young is co-managing member and founder of Century Law Firm, PLLC. Jim, a graduate of University of Florida (MBA) and University of Washington (Juris Doctor), is a licensed lawyer (Washington) and certified public accountant (Florida).

Prior to Century, Jim worked many years as a business lawyer for Davis Wright Tremaine, LLP. His legal practice is focused on business and related laws, including, without limitation, company formation & structuring, joint venture & strategic alliance, merger & acquisition, commercial real estate, debt & equity financing, company operation & governance, contract negotiation & preparation, and publicly-traded company management & compliance.

Jim’s recent joint book publications include: (i) A Lawyer’s Guide to Doing Business in Washington State (published by Lex Mundi in 2011); (ii) Doing Business in Washington State: A Guide for Foreign Business and Investment (published by Washington State Bar Association in 2011); and (iii) Law Practice of Cross-Border Merger and Acquisition between the U.S. and China (published by China Law Press in 2012.)  In 2013, Jim presented to the Washington State House of Representatives Technology and Economic Development Committee on foreign direct investment and related issues in Washington State.  In 2014, during the Boao Forum for Asia which was for the first time held in North America, Jim presented at the Investment Symposium held at Microsoft’s headquarters on U.S. business laws and strategies, with a focus on investments by Chinese companies and individuals into Washington State.

Jim is a member of Washington State Bar Association and American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. He is a graduate of United Way’s Leadership Effectiveness & Diversity Program and volunteers at a number of non-profit organizations. He also serves as Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors of Washington State China Relations Council (WSCRC) and Chairman of WSCRC’s Inbound Investment Committee.

Jim writes and speaks English and Chinese (Mandarin and Cantonese) fluently. 

Jerry Zhang, Esq.

Jerry Zhang leads the Immigration Law Practice Group of Century Law, PLLC.  He is a licensed attorney in both Texas and Illinois.  Jerry is a graduate of University of Texas (Juris Doctor), University of Washington (M.S. degree in Physics) and Peking University (M.S. degree in Solid State Physics.)  During his law school years, he was ranked number one in several classes and received Dean's Achievement Awards.  

Jerry has significant experience in immigration law and is known nationally in the U.S. for his immigration law practice.  He has represented many Fortune 500 companies in immigration law matters and is a frequent speaker on U.S. immigration law matters in the U.S. and China.  He is also a regular contributor to mitbbs.com and wenxuecity.com (two leading Chinese information web portals in the U.S.) on U.S. immigration law matters.  While Jerry's main area of legal knowledge lies in immigration law, he also has a broad array of legal knowledge on intellectual property, real estate transactions, commercial litigations, contracts, business transactions and corporate laws.  Jerry also has written several books.  

Jerry is a member of American Immigration Lawyers Association, Texas State Bar Association and Illinois State Bar Association.  He writes and speaks English and Chinese fluently.