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Mr. Ahlers' practice focuses on the resolution of construction disputes. His experience spans from small private construction to complex engineering, building, heavy construction and insurance matters. Mr. Ahlers represents owners, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, engineers, and construction industry trade associations.


Languages Spoken: German

Practice Areas


  1. Construction & Development: 75%
    32 years
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 20%
    32 years
  3. Government: 5%
    32 years



Hourly ($350/hour)

Payment Types:

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Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • David L. Ashbaugh

    This lawyer is well respected in the construction law community. He is very knowlegeable in construction law and is a professional and effective advocate for his clients.


    David Ashbaugh Mediation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Ryan W Sternoff

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Ryan Sternoff Construction & Development Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

Contact Info

999 Third Ave #3800
Seattle, WA, 98104

999 3rd Ave Ste 3800
Seattle, WA, 98104-4023




Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Associate of the YearUtility Contractors Association of Washington2009
Top 100 Attorneys in WashingtonWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Seattle's Best Construction LawyersSeattle Metropolitan Magazine2007
AV Rating 1995 - PresentMartindale-Hubbell2007
2007 Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
2006 Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
2005 Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Washington's Most Amazing Construction AttorneysWashington CEO Magazine2005
2004 Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Outstanding service to the Construction Industry AwardUtility Contractors Association of Washington2004
2003 Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
AGC - Ty Long Award (Associate of the Year)Associated General Contractors'2002
2002 Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Award for Distinguished Service to the Construction IndustryAssociation General Contractors2000
Life Long Contribution to citizens of Moses Lake, WashingtonParks & Recreation1996
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
N/AAhlers & Cressman PLLC2007 - Present
N/AShort Cressman & Burgess PLLC2002 - 2006
N/ABarokas Martin Ahlers & Tomlinson1982 - 2002
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Capital Projects Advisory Review Board (CPARB)Board Member2007 - Present
Utility Contractors of WashingtonBoard of Directors2006 - Present
American General ContractorsPast Chair, Legal Affairs Committee1999 - 2000
Washington State Bar AssociationPast Chair, Construction Law Section1998 - 1999
American Bar AssociationLitigation and Construction Section1993 - Present
America Association for JusticeConstruction Law Section1993 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationServes as Arbitrator; Member of Construction Advisory Board1985 - Present
Alaska State BarN/AN/A
U.S. Supreme CourtN/AN/A
American Society of Civil EngineersBoard of Directors and Legislative CommitteeN/A
U.S. District Court - Eastern DistrictN/AN/A
U.S. District Court - Western DistrictN/AN/A
U.S Court of Appeals for the tenth CircuitN/AN/A
U.S. Court of Appeals Ninth CircuitN/AN/A
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal CircuitN/AN/A
U.S. Court of Federal ClaimsN/AN/A
Association of Builders and ContractorsGovernment AffairsN/A
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaN/AN/A
Oregon State Bar, Constitutional Law SectionN/AN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Silverstreak, Inc. v. Washington State Dept. of Labor & Industries, 159 Wn.2d 868, 154 P.3d 891 (2007)Client (subcontractors) prevailed
Scoccolo Const., Inc. v. City of Renton, 158 Wn.2d 506, 145 P.3d 371 (2006)Clients (industry organizations) prevailed
Weber Construction, Inc. v. County of Spokane, 122 Wn. App. 1043 (2004)Client (contractor trade organization) prevailed
See all Legal Cases 
Publication NameTitleDate
Car Rental Insurance Basics for the Construction ContractorUCAW Focus2010
Daily Journal of CommerceDon’t Let Change Orders Bite You2008
UCAW FocusIts Time for A Change (Construction Claims Written Notice)2008
Construction Law (WSBA)Written Notice in Construction Contracts: It’s Time for a Legislative Change2008
Construction Law (WSBA)Washington Statute Trumps City's No Damage for Delay Clause2008
WSBA Construction Law SectionCase Law Update2007
WSBA Construction Law SectionCase Law Update2007
AIA Contracts in Washington, Key Clauses in AIA Document 201-General Conditions of the Contract for ConstructionContractor’s Perspective vs. Owner’s Perspective2007
Construction Changes/Entitlement TheoriesThe Seminar Group2007
Construction Law (WSBA)Contractor Prevails on Prevailing Wage Issue — Court Holds L&I to its Prebid Interpretation of Administrative Regulations2007
AGC Industry NewsContractor's Score a Supreme Court Victory in Scoccolo2006
Washington Bar AssociationGeneral Contractors & Subcontractors Beware: Washington State Supreme Court Rules in Mike M. Johnson v. County of Spokane: That Actual Notice Alone is not an Exception to Strict Compliance with the Contractual Protest and Claim Provisions2004
WSBA Construction Law SectionMike M. Johnson, Inc. v. County of Spokane, A Contractor’s Perspective2004
Washington State Bar JournalNotice in Washington Construction Contracts: Is Prejudice the Issue1998
AGC of Washington Lien Manual (co-author)AGC of Washington Lien Manual1983
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJ.D.1982
Stanford UniversityConstruction Engineering and ManagementM.S.1976
Washington State UniversityCivil EngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1975
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Utility Contractors of Washington• How to Succeed When The Utility Contractor Encounters Undisclosed Utility Conflicts2008
Lorman Education ServicesEvaluating and Resolving Delay and Extra Work Claims (Alaska)2008
Lorman Education Services2007 AIA Contract Documents2008
Associated General ContractorsGood Documentation Practices in the Field2008
WSBA Mid-Year SeminarThe Mike M. Johnson Decision: Where Are We Now? Where Are We Going?2007
WSBA Construction Section Mid-Year Seminar (Construction Law Section)Construction Case Law Update2007
Assoc. of the Advancement of Cost EngineeringWashington Construction Law Recent Case Update2007
Associated General ContractorsAGC Claims & Change Orders2006
Associated General ContractorsThe Latest in Washington Construction Law2005
Assoc. of the Advancement of Cost EngineeringNotice Tune-up (Construction Law)2005
WSBA Construction Law SectionMike M. Johnson, Inc. v. County of Spokane, A Contractor’s Perspective2004
Utility Contractors Assoc. of WashingtonHit and Win — How to Succeed in Court Against the Utility2004
Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC)ABC Notice Tune Up Seminar2004
The Seminar GroupConstruction Changes/Entitlement Theories2003
AIA Contracts in WashingtonKey Clauses in AIA Document 201-General Conditions of the Contract for Construction, Contractor’s Perspective vs. Owner’s Perspective2003
Lecturer Legal Aspects of Construction and EngineeringLegal Aspects of Construction and Engineering1995