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Bill Joseph leads Dunn Carney’s Construction and Design Team and is also a member of the firm’s Litigation Team. He has extensive experience litigating and trying various types of business and civil disputes, including construction, public contracting and bid disputes, lien, real estate,  products liability, contract, employment and tort cases. Bill is also experienced in handling corporate and real estate transactional matters. In 2013, Bill was awarded the Bill McNutt Award by Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter.  This award is presented to individuals who have been active at the committee level and served the chapter well.   The Daily Journal of Commerce’s Focus on Law featured Bill in July 2011. In 2010, Bill was honored as Associate of the Year by the Home Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland.  In 2008 and 2009, he was selected for inclusion as a Rising Star in the area of construction law by Oregon Super Lawyers.

In addition to his regular law practice, Bill has been a registered lobbyist, and uses his experience and contacts to keep apprised of  state and local legislative issues.

When Bill isn’t practicing law, he is an avid guitar player.  He and his wife, Joanna Lezak, have a band called Baby Carrots that plays kids music they hope parents will appreciate as well.   Bill also plays all kinds of guitar music including blues, folk, Hawaiian, and rock & roll, but his true love today is jazz, particularly Latin jazz. In September 2012 the Multnomah Bar Association featured Bill and his music in an article entitled Mild-mannered Attorney by Day, Itinerant Jazz Musician by Night.


Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 50%
  2. Corporate & Incorporation: 20%
  3. Land Use & Zoning: 15%
  4. Construction & Development: 15%


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Attorney endorsements

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  • Lowell P McKelvey

    Bill and I used to work together and now work frequently as opposing counsel in construction defect litigation. He is an excellent construction lawyer and a generally good guy. I would not hesitate to recommend his services or his guitar playing.


    Lowell McKelvey Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

851 SW 6th Ave #1500
Portland, OR, 97204


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Bill McNutt AwardAssociated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter2013
Associate of the YearHome Builders Association of Metropolitan Portland2010
Rising StarOregon Super Lawyers2009
Rising StarOregon Super Lawyers2008
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorArt Institute of Portland2004 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Association of Home Builders,Construction Law Attorney Forum Member2013 - Present
Associated General Contractors (AGC)Associates Counsel Chair2010 - 2011
Washington State BarMember2008 - Present
Homebuilders Association of Metropolitan PortlandBoard Member2008 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2000 - Present
Multnomah Bar AssociationMember2000 - Present
State Bar of CaliforniaMember1996 - Present
Oregon Association of Defense CounselLegislative LiaisonN/A
Oregon Entrepreneurs NetworkMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
HBA NewsWhen to consult an attorney- a commonsense approach to utilizing legal counsel2013
HBA NewsLegal Cases affecting our Industry2013
Associated Builders and Contractors, The Contractor QuarterlyThe Dangers of Allowing Your Contractor’s License to Lapse2013
Home Building NewsState legislation, candidate endorsements2010
Home Building NewsCoping with Measure 672010
Homebuilding NewsWays to Avoid Becoming Just Another Foreclosure2009
Home Building News"The Importance of Keeping Your Contracts Updated"2008
Home Building News"Mandatory Arbitration Provisions: Pros & Cons"2006
Home Building News"Contractual Attorney's Fees Clauses: Pros & Cons"2005
OSB Intellectual Property Newsletter, Vol. 3, No. 1"Digital Millenium Copyright Act: Do Two New Cases Establish the Standard for Enforcement"2002
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterLawJD, with Honors1996
Boston UniversityInternational RelationsMA, BA, cum laude, with distinction1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
2014 National Association of Home Builders International Builders ShowCommon-Sense Legal Strategies for Selecting, Delivering & Administering Your Warranty2014
2014 BuildRight Conference and Expo“Mitigating Circumstances: Minimizing Risk & Liabilities2014
National Association of Home Builders International Builders Show“How to Avoid Homeowner Litigation” & “Green Construction from a Liability Perspective,”2013
Dunn Carney Construction SeminarGreen Projects, What you need to know2012
Dunn Carney Construction SeminarDo you know the terms of your contract?2011
Washington Defense Trial LawyersConstruction Law Update2008
Oregon Association of Defense CounselFall Seminar2007
Oregon State Bar Products Liability SectionLegislative Update2003
Multnomah County Paralegal AssociationLegislative Update2003