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Christian Linville

Christian Linville

Practice areas:

Construction & Development, Contracts & Agreements, Foreclosure, Business

Christian Linville

About Me

A lot of my practice involves litigation, so I know the importance of fortifying the client's position and preparing for trial. However, litigation is oftentimes avoidable, and in many cases, not in the best interest of the client. Lawsuits can be expensive, emotional, and time consuming. The best lawyers are skilled at avoiding them. Everything revolves around the client. Phones, libraries, conference rooms, bar numbers... would all be meaningless if there was no client. I never forget that.  I put myself in my clients' shoes whenever I give advice.


 


I was born and raised in Seattle. I love it here. I received my B.A. degree from the University of Washington in philosophy. When my professional philosophizing career did not exactly materialize, I applied for law school. In truth, philosophy provided me with an excellent foundation to learn the art of logical reasoning and argument. They say the master philosopher (not lawyer, mind you) is capable of starting with a few premises that noone would deny, and deducing them to a conclusion with which noone would concur. The better a lawyer is at filtering through hype, posturing, and flawed reasoning, the more effective the lawyer is at serving the client's interests. Philosophy was also a good place to learn the fundamentals of ethics.  I attended the University of Oregon School of Law in Eugene. Yes, that makes me both a Husky and a Duck, which is arguably a contradiction in terms. Within those three years of lawschool, I pursued studies and programs that served to develop my skills of persuasion, advocacy, and articulation.



Legal matters always involve a client. Always. Furthermore, the client is always more important than the legal matter. Always. The reverse is never true. Never. I fully communicate with the client and work with the client to get to the optimum outcome. Where's our direction, our perspective, what is logical, practical, how best to persuade the other side? Our firm's clients are almost always businesspersons. I work with them to determine which facts are important and which are not important so that the appropriate strategy can be developed. Hollywood and television are infatuated with the courtroom, the legal process, the detective work, and most of all, the truth. But "the truth" can rarely be agreed upon by all. Rather, the practice of law and my work as a lawyer involves determination of the "proof". Proof that is logical and persuasive.



As a lawyer, my job entails finding a balance between or among conflicting, inconsistent or adversarial positions. Lawyers and judges attempt to fashion this balance. The better lawyers are able to work with their clients and opposing counsel to define and strike this balance. Other lawyers spend time in the courtroom asking the judge to strike a balance that the lawyer was unable to achieve on behalf of his client. Taking matters to trial, though costly and time consuming, is sometimes necessary. A lot of my work entails helping my clients avoid disputes, e.g., with a good contract. When a dispute develops, I always exhaust every imaginable effort to create a workable solution.  My role as a lawyer is not to make cases and arguments where they do not exist.  Rather, I see my role as narrowing the issues, sorting out what is undisputed from what is disputed, and putting together a legal strategy that is aimed at an efficient, fair, and economical resolution.



My hobbies include soccer, windsurfing, surfing, badmitten, golf, hiking, snowboarding, running, swimming, and pretty much everything else.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 2003

  1. Construction & Development: 65%
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
  3. Foreclosure: 10%
  4. Business: 5%

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Contact Info

Linville Law Firm PLLC

800 5th Avenue Suite 3850

Seattle, WA, 98104-3101

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive200305/05/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Approved InstructorNational Association of Home Builders2013
Certified InstructorAssociated General Contractors2013
Certified InstructorNorthwest EcoBuilding Guild2013
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2013
Approved CLE SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2013
Certified InstructorAssociated General Contractors2012
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2012
Approved CLE SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2012
Certified InstructorNorthwest EcoBuilding Guild2012
Approved InstructorNational Association of Home Builders2012
Certified InstructorAssociated General Contractors2011
Certified InstructorNorthwest EcoBuilding Guild2011
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2011
Approved CLE SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2011
Approved InstructorNational Association of Home Builders2011
Educator of the Year - Honorable MentionPacific Legal Seminars2010
Approved CLE SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2010
Approved InstructorNational Association of Home Builders2010
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2010
Certified InstructorNorthwest EcoBuilding Guild2010
Certified InstructorNorthwest EcoBuilding Guild2009
Certified InstructorAssociated General Contractors2009
Approved CLE SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2009
Approved InstructorNational Association of Home Builders2009
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2009
Educator of the Year - Honorable MentionPacific Legal Seminars2009
Certified InstructorNorthwest EcoBuilding Guild2008
Approved CLE SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2008
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2008
Educator of the Year - Honorable MentionPacific Legal Seminars2008
Approved InstructorNational Association of Home Builders2008
Certified InstructorAssociated General Contractors2008
Approved InstructorNational Association of Home Builders2007
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2007
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2007

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
PartnerLinville Law Firm, PLLC2003 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Associated General ContractorsMember/Instructor2008 - Present
Northwest EcoBuilding GuildMember/Instructor2006 - Present
Master Builders Association of King-Snohomish CountiesMember/Instructor2003 - Present
Building Industry Association of WashingtonMember/Instructor2003 - Present
Associated Builders and ContractorsMember2003 - 2007
National Association of Home BuildersMember/Instructor2003 - Present
American Institute of ArchitectsMember2003 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Pacific Legal SeminarsSubcontracting in Washington State2013
Annual PDCA Conference NotebookDrafting the Limited Warranty, Limitations on Claims, Warranty Exclusions and Disclaimers2013
PLS Law Course Book for SuppliersLiens, Credit Applications, Bond Claims, Uniform Commercial Code2013
PLS Construction Lien Law Course BookPreliminary Notice, Liens, Foreclosures, Retainages and Payment Bonds2013
PLS Contract & Subcontract Law Course BookDispute Resolution, Limited Warranties, Change Orders, Correction of Work, Building Codes2013
Business Law Manual for Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Designers, & ConsultantsProfessional Services Agreements, Liens, Employment Agreements and Protection of Intellectual Property2013

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
University of WashingtonPhilosophyBA - Bachelor of Arts1999

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Linville Law FirmManaging the Difficult Customer2013
Linville Law FirmConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2013
Linville Law FirmSubcontracting2013
Linville Law FirmProtecting Your Business2013
Pacific Legal SeminarsConstruction Contracts & Lien Law2012
Linville Law FirmManaging the Difficult Customer2012
Linville Law FirmSubcontracting2012
Linville Law FirmProtecting Your Business2012
Linville Law FirmConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2012
Pacific Legal SeminarsLiens and Contracts2011
Pacific Legal SeminarsContracts - Seattle2010
Pacific Legal SeminarsLiens and Contracts - Seattle2010
Pacific Legal SeminarsLiens and Contracts - Seattle2010
Pacific Legal SeminarsLiens and Contracts - Seattle2009
Association of General ContractorsRisk Management - Seattle2009
Pacific Legal SeminarsConstruction Contracts and Lien Law - Seattle2008
Design Trends ConferenceContracts and Subcontracts - Seattle2008
Association of General ContractorsRisk Management - Seattle2008
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America SeminarConstruction Contract Formation, Terms and Enforcement2007
Pacific Legal SeminarsPreliminary Lien Notices and Recording Liens - Seattle2007
Pacific Legal SeminarsConstruction Contracts, Collecting on Change Orders, Limitation on Claims - Seattle2007
Pacific Legal SeminarsThe Perfect Credit Application - Seattle2007
Pacific Legal SeminarsConstruction Contracts and Lien Law - Seattle2007
Northwest EcoBuilding GuildDealing with the Difficult Customer2007
Master Builders Association Trade ShowDealing with the Difficult Customer2007
Association of Builders and ContractorsDealing with the Difficult Customer2007
Real Estate SeminarForm 17 Disclosures and Broker Liens2006
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America ConferenceProtection of Business Assets2006
Painting and Decorating Contractors of AmericaContracts and Warranties2006
Pacific Legal SeminarsSecuring Payment from a Project Lender2006
Pacific Legal SeminarsConstruction Contracts2005
Pacific Legal SeminarsVendors' Rights Under the Uniform Commercial Code, Limited Warranties and Credit Applications - Seattle2005
Pacfic Legal SeminarsClaims Against Registration Bonds2005
Annual PDCA ConferenceDrafting the Limited Warranty, Limitations on Claims, Warranty Exclusions and Disclaimers2005
Pacific Legal SeminarsHow to Prepare and File Claims on Public Works Projects - Seattle2004
Linville Law FirmManaging the Difficult CustomerN/A