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Throughout her career, Betsy has represented a wide array of clients in construction and land development matters. This has included developers, general contractors, subcontractors, product manufacturers in construction disputes, as well as businesses and individual clients in real estate, land use and related transactions.  She is well known for her ability to work effectively with clients, claims professionals, and expert witnesses to obtain the best possible results for our clients. 

Admitted to practice in Washington and Oregon State and Federal Courts, as well as in Texas and Arkansas, Betsy is a frequent speaker at seminars as well as to trade groups, insurance companies, and professional associations.  Her presentations address general issues in construction law, contracting issues for small businesses, and distinctions between Washington and Oregon law relating to construction defect claims.

Betsy is the managing partner of the firm, and is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell, the highest ranking it gives to attorneys.

Practice Areas:
Construction Litigation and Construction Defect Defense
Land Use and Property Disputes

Real Estate Transactions
Contracts and Business Law
Insurance Litigation



Practice Areas


  1. Construction & Development: 75%
    24 years
  2. Business: 25%
    24 years

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Contact Info

Gillaspy & Rhode PLLC

821 Kirkland Ave
Suite 200
Kirkland, WA, 98033

Gillaspy & Rhode PLLC

520 SW Yamhill Street
Suite 230
Portland, OR, 97204



ARAuthorized to practice199009/30/2015
TXInactive 199109/19/2015

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Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerGillaspy & Rhode PLLC2014 - Present
PartnerSalmi & Gillaspy, PLLC1998 - 2014
AttorneyPeterson Russell, PLLC1996 - 1998
AttorneyWilliams Kastner & Gibbs1994 - 1996
AttorneyWindus Calmes & Wiley1991 - 1994
AttorneyBird & Skibell1990 - 1991
Association NamePosition NameDuration
National Association of Women in ConstructionMember2013 - Present
Women's Construction Litigation AllianceMember2013 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1991 - Present
Publication NameTitleDate
Advise & Consult, Inc.Implied Warranty of Habitability2013
Advise & Consult, Inc.New Considerations with Respect to the Statute of Ultimate Repose2013
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Southern Methodist University, Dedman School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Stanford UniversitySociologyBA1987
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
West Region Construction Litigation and Insurance CoverageCoverage and Current Trends2014
WBENC's Game Changers ConferenceWomen in Construction2014
Pacific Northwest Construction Defect Law SeminarWashington Industry Trends and Case Law2014
Industry GroupCCB Claims, Construction Defetc, and Coverage Law in Oregon and Washington2013
Industry GroupConstruction Defect and Coverage Law in Washington and Oregon2013
Construction Law UpdateConstruction Law2009