I help businesses and professionals effectively avoid and resolve legal disputes.
Whether helping clients in litigation or working through a complex transaction, I provide practical advice in an effective and timely manner. My ultimate goal is to ensure that my clients are in a better position (economically and otherwise) at the end of the day, as compared to when they first met me.
My practice emphasizes complex litigation that involves construction law, business law, real estate law, commercial litigation, insurance law, and surety law. Among others, I represents business owners, property owners, developers, contractors, design professionals, appraisers, material suppliers, insurers and sureties.
In addition to handling numerous types of construction and commercial litigation (including lien claims, bond claims, contract disputes, design and defect claims, business tort claims and shareholder disputes), I also represent individuals and entities in various business and real estate matters. In addition to helping clients avoid and resolve disputes, I assist clients to negotiate and close commercial and real property transactions, help corporate clients to efficiently maintain and operate their businesses, and advise clients regarding various insurance matters.
Specialties: Complex litigation, focusing on business, real estate, construction and professional malpractice disputes; contract and tort law; legal solutions for businesses; corporate and real estate transactions.
Licensed since 2002
|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Construction Law and Litigation - Construction and Real Estate||The Best Lawyers in America||2014|
|Best Lawyers - Litigation (Construction and Real Estate)||The Best Lawyers in America||2013|
|Rising Star||Oregon Super Lawyers||2013|
|Member, Attorney||Stewart Sokol & Gray, LLC||2002 - Present|
|Extern for Honorable Dennis J. Hubel||United Stated District Court, District of Oregon||2001 - 2001|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|United States District Court for the Western District of Washington||Member||2012 - Present|
|American Council of Engineering Companies of Oregon||Member of Risk Management Committee and Legislative Committee||2011 - Present|
|United States Court of Appeals For the Ninth Circuit||Member||2010 - Present|
|Washington State Bar Association||Member||2007 - Present|
|American Bar Association||Member||2003 - Present|
|Oregon State Bar||Member||2002 - Present|
|United States District Court for the District of Oregon||Member||2002 - Present|
|Reedsport School Dist. No. 105 v. Gulf Insurance Company||Favorable ruling by Oregon Court of Appeals on both arguments|
|Commercial Landlord v. Commercial Tenant||Victory for commercial landlord in important Oregon case that upholds enforceability of estoppel certificates in commercial real estate transactions.|
|Construction Law (Oregon State Bar Publication)||Damages (co-author)||2004|
|Western States Surety Conference Quick Reference Guide||Oregon and Idaho Chapters||N/A|
|Lewis & Clark Law School||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||2002|
|Fordham University||Business||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1995|
|Surety and Fidelity Law Committee 2014 Mid-Winter Program||WHICH CIP WORKS FOR YOU? AN IN-DEPTH ...||2014|
|Legal Issues for Oregon Professional Engineers||Law of Engineering Malpractice and Related Legal Issues for Professional Engineers||2012|
|Proving Cost Impacts on Construction Projects – Both Obvious & Obscure||Impacts from Disruption - What Do Courts Allow||N/A|
|Practical Guidelines for Dispute Free Construction Projects||Negotiating a Court Free Settlement||N/A|