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Robynne Thaxton Parkinson

Robynne Thaxton Parkinson

Practice areas:

Complex Construction Litigation, Contracts & Agreements, Employment & Labor

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About Me

My practice is focused on both construction and employment.  However, I have spent the last decade or so becoming an expert in the field of construction integrated services, specifically the design build and construction manager models of construction delivery.  I am heavily involved with the Design Build Institute of America, and I sit on both their Contracts Task Force and the Education Committee.  The Contracts Task Force consists of a handful of nationally recognized experts in the DBIA contract form, the most widely used design build form.  Our mission is to review and revise the current forms and draft new ones.  I am the primary drafter of the newly created BIM Addendum for the form documents.   The Education Committee designs and updates the educational courses for DBIA and serves as the "knowledge base" for the organization. 


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1991

  1. Complex Construction Litigation: 50%
  2. Employment & Labor: 25%
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 25%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • Douglas R. Roach

    I worked with Robynne Parkinson for many years. She is smart, thorough and knowledgable. I highly recommend her.


    Douglas Roach Construction & Development Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

Thaxton Parkinson PLLC

9311 SE 36th St
Suite 103
Mercer Island, WA, 98040




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers


Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Washington Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Washington Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Washington Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Washington Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Founding MemberThaxton Parkinson PLLC2008 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorSeattle University Albers School of Management2002 - 2005
Director of Contract AdministrationXO Communications, Inc.2000 - 2001
Associate/Partner/Of CounselGroff Murphy PLLC1994 - 2009
AssociatePerkins Coie LLP1989 - 1993


Association NamePosition NameDuration
Design-Build Institute of AmericaCo-Chair, Legal Committee2013 - Present
Design-Build Institute of AmericaChair, National Conference2012 - Present
Design-Build Institute of AmericaNational Board Executive Committee2012 - Present
Design Build Institute of AmericaMember, National Board of Directors2010 - Present
Youth Theatre NorthwestMember, Board of Directors2009 - Present
Design Build Institute of AmericaMember, Policy and Standards Committee2008 - 2011
Design Build Institute of America, NW RegionPresident, Board of Directors2008 - 2010
Design Build Institute of AmericaMember, Contracts Task Force2007 - Present
Design Build Institute of America NW RegionSecretary, Board of Directors2006 - 2008
Northwest Women's Law CenterMember, Board of Directors1996 - 2000
Alaska Bar AssociationMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A


Publication NameTitleDate
Design Build DatelineLimitations of Liability: Do they Really Work?2006
Design Build DatelineLegal Aspects of Building Information Modeling Systems2006
Design Build DatelineDBIA Holds Forum on Risk Allocation2005
Design Build DatelineThere is not "I" in Team, but there is a "U" in Lawsuits2005
UnknownConstruction Issues in Washington2002


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Colorado School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1989
University of Texas System, AustinEnglish Literature, minor in Political ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1986

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
NWCCC Project Design and Procurement StrategiesRisk in Construction Delivery Methods2013
DBIA NW Region MeetingTeaming Agreements2013
LCI National CongressLean Construction in Design-Build2012
DBIA Spokane Chapter MeetingDesign-Build Procurement2012
DBIA Portland Chapter MeetingRisk in Design-Build Contracting2012
DBIA National ConferenceDBIA New Contract Forms2012
COAA NW Chapter Fall WorkshopRisk in Design-Build Contracting2012
DBIA National ConferenceTeaming in Design-Build2011
Design Build: Collaborating on the FutureDesign Build Risk Assessment2010
Design Build Institute of America National ConferenceThe New DBIA Contract Documents Family2009
DBIA Northwest Region MeetingChanges to DBIA Form Documents2009
DBIA Northwest Region Hospitals ConferenceWashington Alternative Procurement Laws2008
DBIA National Education TourDesign-Build Contracts and Risk Management2008
DBIA National ConferenceNew DBIA Contract Documents2008
DBIA National ConferenceManaging the Supply Chain2008
DBIA National ConferenceManaging Design in Design-Build Construction2007
Construction Law ConferenceBuilding a Foundation for Managing Complex Construction Law Issues in Washington2006
Construction Law SuperconferenceThe Enforceability of Teaming Agreements2005
AGC HR RoundtableUpdate on Washington Wage and Hour Law2005
Washington Construction ClaimsAnalyzing, Pursuing and Resolving Construction Claims in Washington2004
Employment Law ConferenceRetaliation In the Workplace2004
DBIA Seminar for National Institutes of HealthSuccessful Design-Build Delivery2004
Washington State Bar Association Construction Law section MidyearConstruction Law Update2003
Washington Construction Law SeminarConstruction Issues in Washington2002
Law Seminars InternationalEmployment Manuals, Doing it Right2000
Associated General Contractors SeminarEmployee Evaluations1999
Lorman Business SeminarsConstruction Law, Avoiding the Mistakes1999
Law Seminars InternationalEmployment Manuals, Doing it Right1999
Associated General Contractors SeminarAIA A201 Documents for the New Millennium1999
Law Seminars InternationalEmployment Manuals, Doing it Right1998
Associated General Contractors SeminarAIA A201 Documents for the New Millennium1998
Associated General Contractors SeminarHiring, Discipline and Discharge Decisions1998
Associated General Contractors SeminarHiring, Discipline and Discharge Decisions1996
WASBO ConferenceNew Issues in Public Procurement1992
Perkins Coie School District Construction SeminarNew Issues in School District Construction Law1992
Perkins Coie Real Estate SeminarThe New Washington Lien Laws1992