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Lawrence Ballis Linville

also known as Larry Linville

Practice areas:

Construction & Development, Contracts & Agreements, Business, Real Estate, Lawsuits & Disputes

About Me

Each client is different. However, the one thing that all clients have in common is they don't want to be a "client". No one wants to be a client any more than they want to be a patient. None of us ask for legal headaches any more than we ask for medical aches and pains. Most companies, and the people who manage the companies, are on the short side of time and money. Running a business takes most of their waking moments. Any remaining time is quickly absorbed with family and personal schedules.



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I was born in Seattle in 1945 and never left. It's a super place to live, work, and raise a family. I received both my B.A. (1968) and law degree (1975) from the University of Washington. Since then I have represented contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, and engineers. My work involves getting my clients paid for their work, and helping them with business transactions and contracts.


 


When somebody asks me to give them some help, it's usually because they've already been stressing over the problem for a while and have arrived at the painful conclusion that the problem either won't go away by itself or they can't solve the problem by themselves. They're apprehensive about now having to pay somebody else to help them to a resolution. Every client and every matter is different, just like the snowflake. But the common thread weaving through all of them is that the client wants to get to a resolution as soon and as economically as possible.


 


 


There are lots of ways that a client can educate himself or herself in order to take a more active role in working out a resolution of some issue or problem or collection matter. I can help there too. Since 1981, I've written course books and taught seminars through the Department of Labor and Industries, Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW), the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), Pacific Legal Seminars (PLS), and other trade associations. Business and construction law are pretty much all I currently practice. I'm a member of the Washington State Bar Association's Committee on Construction Law, and served on the Lien Law Task Force Committee, established by the Washington State Legislature in 1990 to rewrite Washington's lien laws. I know a lot about a little. But for contractors, subcontractors, vendors, architects, or engineers who need a little help with a business decision or who can't get paid for their work, I can make more than a little difference.

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Languages Spoken: Spanish, German

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Construction & Development: 75%
    40 years
  2. Contracts & Agreements: 10%
    40 years
  3. Lawsuits & Disputes: 5%
    40 years
  4. Real Estate: 5%
    40 years
  5. Business: 5%
    40 years

Payment

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

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Contact Info

Linville Law Firm PLLC

800 5th Avenue Suite 3850

Seattle, WA, 98104-3101

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive197506/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashinton State Department of Licensing2013
Approved EducatorDepartment of Labor and Industries2013
BV DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Accredited Continuing Legal Education SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2013
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2013
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2013
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2012
Accredited Continuing Legal Education SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2012
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2012
BV DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2012
Approved EducatorDepartment of Labor and Industries2012
Approved EducatorDepartment of Labor & Industries2011
Accredited Continuing Legal Education SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2011
BV DistinguishedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2011
Accredited Continuing Legal Education SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2011
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2011
Accredited Continuing Legal Education SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2010
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2010
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2010
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2010
Approved EducatorDepartment of Labor and Industries2010
Educator of the YearPacific Legal Seminars2010
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2010
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2009
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2009
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2009
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2009
Approved EducatorDepartment of Labor and Industries2009
Educator of the YearPacific Legal Seminars2009
Accredited Continuing Legal Education SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2009
Approved EducatorDepartment of Labor and Industries2008
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2008
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2008
Educator of the YearPacific Legal Seminars2008
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2008
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2008
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2007
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2007
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2007
Educator of the YearPacific Legal Seminars2007
Approved EducatorDepartment of Labor and Industries2007
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2007
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2006
Educator of the YearPacific Legal Seminars2006
Approved EducatorDepartment of Labor and Industries2006
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2006
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2006
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2006
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2006
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2005
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2005
Approved EducatorDepartment of Labor and Industries2005
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2005
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2005
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2004
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2004
Approved EducatorDepartment of Labor and Industries2004
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2004
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2004
Approved EducatorDepartment of Labor and Industries2003
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2003
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2003
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2003
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2003
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2002
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2002
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2002
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2002
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2002
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2001
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2001
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2001
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2000
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders2000
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2000
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1999
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects1999
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) Speakerwashington state bar1999
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association1998
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1998
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects1998
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association1997
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1997
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects1997
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects1996
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1996
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association1996
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1995
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects1995
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association1995
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association1994
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1994
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects1994
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association1993
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1993
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects1993
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1992
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association1992
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects1992
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association1991
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects1991
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1991
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association1990
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects1990
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1990
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects1989
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1989
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association1989
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1988
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association1988
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association1987
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1987
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1986
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association1986
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1985
Accredited Continuing Legal Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Association1985
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1984
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1983
Certified TrainerNational Association of Home Builders1982

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashingtom Sate Department of Licensing2013 - Present
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2013 - Present
Approved EducatorDepartment of Labor and Industries2013 - Present
Accredited Continuing Education (CLE) SpeakerWashington State Bar Associaiton2013 - Present
Certified TrainerNational Association Of Home Builders2013 - Present
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington Sate Department of Licensing2011 - 2013
Construction Law Committee MemberWashington State Bar Association1992 - 2007
Committee MemberWashington State Lien Task Force1991 - 1992
PartnerKeller Rohrback L.L.P.1985 - 1996
Fee ArbitratorWashington State Bar Association1981 - 2003
Managing PartnerLinville Law Firm PLLC1975 - Present
PartnerClinton, Fleck, Glein & Linville1975 - 1985
Fiscal AuditorCity of Seattle1971 - 1972
Supply OfficerUnited States Navy1968 - 1971

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
Lorman Education ServicesInstructor2009 - Present
Washington State Ground Water AssociationAnnual Convention Speaker2009 - Present
Northwest EcoBuilding GuildAnnual Convention Speaker2008 - Present
Associated General ContractorsMember/Instructor2008 - Present
Northwest EcoBuilding GuildMember/Instructor2006 - Present
Painting and Decorating Contractors of AmericaMember/Instructor2005 - Present
Washington State Department of LicensingCertified Real Estate Instructor2000 - Present
National Association of Home BuildersCertified Trainer1997 - Present
American Institute of ArchitectsApproved CES Provider1991 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationAccredited Speaker1989 - Present
Pacific Legal SeminarsInstructor1982 - Present
American Institute of ArchitectsMember1982 - Present
Master Builders Association of King-Snohomish CountyMember/Instructor1975 - Present
National Association of Home BuildersMember/ Instructor1975 - Present
Building Industry Association of WashingtonMember/Instructor1975 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present

Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Pacific Legal SeminarsLiability for Industrial Insurance Premiums2013
PLS Law Course Book for SuppliersLiens, Public Works, Uniform Commercial Code, Bond Claims, Credit Applications2013
Manual of Business Law For Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Designers, & ConsultantsProfessional Services Agreements, Liens, Employment Agreements2013
Construction Lien Law Course BookPreliminary Notices, Liens, Foreclosures, Retainage and Payment Bonds2013
Contruction Contracts Law Course BookDispute Resolution, Liens, Warranties, Change Orders, Correction of Work, Building Codes2013
PLS Law Course BookSubcontracting in Washington State2013
PLS Law Course BookLien Laws of Oregon State2013
Construction Contracts Law Course BookConstruction Contracts Law2013
PLS Law Course BookOregon Construction Contracts2013
Idaho Liens & Idaho Contracts Course BookIdaho Liens & Idaho Contracts2013
Idaho Liens & Idaho Contracts Course BookIdaho Liens & Idaho Contracts2013
Pacific Legal SeminarsIdaho Lien Laws2013
Building Industry Association of Washington Course BookDealing with a Difficult Customer2013
Northwest Wall and Ceiling BureauEscape From Bidding Mistakes2013

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington -SeattleFilm MakingExtension1988
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of WashingtonBusiness AdministrationBachelor of Arts1968

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Master Builders AssociationConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2015
Master Builders AssociationManaging the Difficult Customer2015
Linville Law FirmConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2015
Labor and IndustriesConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2015
Johnson County Contractor LicensingConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2015
Building Industry Association of WashingtonConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2015
Washington on Site Sewage AssociationConstruction Contracts and Lien Laws2014
LormanConstruction Lien Laws in Washington2014
Labor and IndustriesContracts and Warranties2014
Home Builders Association of WashingtonContracts and Lien Law2014
Construction Contracts and Lien LawConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2014
Construction Contracts and Lien LawConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2014
Building Industry Association of WashingtonProtecting Your Buisiness2014
Washington On-Site Sewage AssociationConstruction Contracts and Lien Law - Mt. Vernon2013
Washington On-Site Sewage AssociationConstruction Contracts and Lien Law - Puyallup2013
Labor & IndustriesManaging the Difficult Customer - Vancouver2013
Labor & IndustriesSubcontracting - Seattle2013
Labor & IndustriesProtecting Your Business - Spokane2013
Labor & IndustriesSubcontracting - Edmonds2013
Labor & IndustriesManaging the Difficult Customer - Mt. Vernon2013
Labor & IndustriesContracts - Renton2013
Johnson County Contractor LicensingContract & Lien Law - Kansas City2013
Building Industry Association of WashingtonConstruction Contracts and Lien Law - Olympia2013
Building Industry Association of WashingtonConstruction Contracts and Lien Law - Bellingham2013
WOSSALiens & Contracts - Seattle2012
WOSSAConstruction Contracts & Lien Law - Yakima2012
Washington State Ground Water AssociationContracts/Small Claims Court - Pasco2012
Pacific Legal SeminarsConstruction Contracts & Lien Law - Seattle2012
Pacific Legal SeminarsLaw Seminar for Suppliers - Seattle2012
Master Builders Association of King and Snohomish CountiesContracts and Lien Law - Bellevue2012
Labor & IndustriesManaging the Difficult Customer - Edmonds2012
Labor & IndustriesContracts - Lakewood2012
Labor & IndustriesProtecting Your Business - Wenatchee2012
Labor & IndustriesSubcontracting - Renton2012
Labor & IndustriesProtecting Your Business - Bellingham2012
Johnson County Contractor LicensingConstruction Wars - Missouri2012
Johnson County Contractor LicensingContracts/Lien Law - Missouri2012
Dept. of Labor & IndustriesProtecting Your Business - Tumwater2012
Building Industry Association of WashingtonConstruction Contracts & Liens - Yakima2012
Building Industry Association of AmericaConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2012
Building Industry Association of AmericaConstruction Contracts and Lien Law - Tacoma2012
Building Industry Association of AmericaContracts and Lien Law - Kennewick2012
WOSSALiens and Contracts - Yakima2011
Pacific Legal SeminarsLaw Seminar for Suppliers - Seattle2011
Pacific Legal SeminarsLiens and Contracts - Seattle2011
Department of Labor and IndustriesProtecting Your Assets - Tumwater2011
Building Industry Association of WashingtonLiens and Contracts - Yakima2011
Pacific Legal SeminarsManaging the Difficult Customer - Seattle2010
Pacific Legal SeminarsManaging the Difficult Customer - Seattle2010
Department of Labor and IndustriesContracts and Subcontracts - Renton2010
Department of Labor & IndustriesContracts and Subcontracts - Bellingham2010
Department of Labor & IndustriesContracts and Subcontracts -Edmonds2010
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonLiens and Contracts - Bremerton2010
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonLiens and Contracts - Spokane2010
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonSubcontracting - Wenatchee2010
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonLiens and Contracts - Bremerton2010
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonIdaho Liens & Idaho Contracts - Clarkston2010
Washington State Ground Water AssociationSubcontracting - Bellevue2009
Washington State Ground Water AssociationLiens - Seattle2009
Master Builders Association SeminarLiens and Contracts - Bellevue2009
Master Builder Association SeminarManaging the Difficult Customer2009
LormanLiens - Tacoma2009
Department of Labor and IndustriesProtection of Business Assets - Renton2009
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonManaging the Difficult Customer - Spokane2009
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonLiens and Contracts - Olympia2009
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonLiens and Contracts - Skagit County2009
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonLien Law2009
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonSubcontracting2009
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonLiens and Contracts2009
Association of General ContractorsLiens and Contracts2009
Spokane Home Builders Association (Moses Lake Chapter) SeminarProper Utilization and Timing of the Notice to Real Property Lender2008
Skagit County Builders Association SeminarThe Unwritten Law on Effectively Utilizing Liens2008
Pacific Legal SeminarsConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2008
Master Builders Association SeminarLiens and Contracts - Bellevue2008
Master Builders Association SeminarDealing with the Difficult Customer2008
Master Builder Association SeminarConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2008
Home Builders Association of Kitsap County SeminarRemoving Improvements from Real Property as an Alternative to Recording a Lien2008
Central Washington Home Builders Association SeminarTiming Requirements for Recording and Enforcing Liens in Washington State2008
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonLiens and Contracts - Spokane2008
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonLiens and Contracts - Yakima2008
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonLiens and Contracts - Moses Lake2008
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonLiens and Contracts - Bremerton2008
Building Industry Assocation of WashingtonLiens and Contracts - Mt. Vernon2008
Spokane Homebuilders Association SeminarExtending the Time Within Which to Foreclose a Lien, Handling Mulitiple Liens2007
Spokane Home Builders Association SeminarRecording the Lien, Locating Correct Property Description and Tax ID Numbers, Liening the Tenants Leasehold Interest, Liquidated Damages, Legal Rates of Interest, Mandatory Arbitration Requirements, Establishing the Commencement/Completion Dates,2007
Skagit/Island Counties Builders Association SeminarPublic Works Retainages, Miller Act, Bonds on Public Projects, Punch List, Hold Backs, the HBW2-10 and RWC 1-6 Warranty Programs, Losts Payee Entitlements, WRAP Coverages2007
Pacific Legal SeminarsBusiness Law for Architects and Engineers2007
Northwest Wall & Ceiling BureauBidding Mistakes on Public Works Projects2007
Master Builders Association of Pierce County SeminarLiens on Multiple Lots, Time Limitations on Foreclosures, Owner Indemnification, Credit Applications, AIA Documents (fixed sum and cost plus)2007
Master Builder Association Pacific Northwest Trade ShowThe Laws and Practicalities of Change Orders2007
Master Builder Association of Pierce County SeminarRemoval of Liens, Registration Bonds, Payment Bonds and Retainages2007
Master Builder Association of King/Snohomish Counties SeminarLiens & Contracts, Entitlement to Lien, Coverages, Notice to Customer, Notice of Right to Claim Lien, Correction of Work Clauses2007
Master Builder Association of King/Snohomish Counties SeminarLiens & Contracts, Entitlement to Lien, Coverages, Notice to Customer, Notice of Right to Claim Lien, Correction of Work Clauses2007
Lewis County Master Builders SeminarThe Essential Contract2007
Homebuilding Industry Association of Lower Columbia SeminarRemoval of Improvements in Lieu of Lien, Alternative Remedies, Small Claims Court System2007
Homebuilder Association of Tri-Cities SeminarEntitlement to Lien, Coverages, Court's Authority Over Sale of Property2007
Home Builders Association of Tri-Cities SeminarRemoval of Improvements, Lien Release Bonds, Notice in Filing Requirements for Liens, Acknowledgements, Frivolous Liens, Contractually Handling Unforeseen Circumstances, Right to Stop Work Due to Non-Payment2007
Home Builders Association of Kitsap County SeminarLiens, Judgments, Priorities upon Foreclosure, Mandatory Arbitration (RCW Ch. 7.06)2007
Clark County Homebuilders Association SeminarLiens on Condominiums and Subdivisions, Calculating the Amount of the Lien and Payoff Figure Upon Release of Lien2007
Clark County Home Builder Association SeminarWarranties, Limitations, Statutes of Repose, Exclusions, and Breaches2007
Central Washington Home Builders Association SeminarConsequences of Non-Registration, Tenant Improvements, Priorities of Liens Over Mortgages/Deeds of Trust, Limited Warranties, Anti-Assignment Clauses, Disclaimers2007
Building Industry Association of Whatcom County SeminarLienable Labor, Lien for Providers or Professional Services, Special Requirements on Residential Remodels, The Three Day Rule, The 90 Day Rule, The Eight Month Rule, Handling Change Orders, Job Documentation, Schedules of Values2007
Builders Industry Association of Clark County SeminarNotice to Real Property Lender, Notice of Providing Professional Services, Registration Requirements and Lien Entitlement, Recovery of Fees/Costs on Lien Foreclosures, Negotiating the Subcontract, Payment Bonds on Public Works Projects2007
Associated Builders and ContractorsDealing with a Difficult Customer2007