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Paul Russell Cressman Jr.

Paul Russell Cressman Jr.

About me

I have been representing clients in the construction industry since 1976.  The most enjoyable part of my work is identifying with, and working hard for, my clients.  There is very little that I have not seen.


Practice areas


  1. Commercial: 50%
  2. Construction & Development: 50%



Hourly ($405/hour)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ryan W Sternoff

    I endorse this lawyer's work.


    Ryan Sternoff Construction & Development Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Alan Bornstein

    I endorse this lawyer's work. Paul is a hard nosed advocate who promotes his client's interests with great zeal. His is also fair. Whether or not you like what he has to say, he will say it to you. Last, he probably knows more about construction law than any attorney in Washington State.


    Alan Bornstein Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Ahlers & Cressman PLLC

999 Third Avenue
Suite 3800
Seattle, WA, 98104-4023


IDAuthorized to practice law200611/12/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2014
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2004
Associate of the YearPuget Sound Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association2003
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2003
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2002
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2001
Associate of the YearPuget Sound Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association1997
Associate of the YearPuget Sound Chapter of the National Electrical Contractors Association1994
Affiliate Member of the YearAGC of Washington1991
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
FounderAhlers & Cressman PLLC2007 - Present
PartnerShort Cressman & Burgess PLLC1981 - 2006
AssociateShort Cressman & Burgess PLLC1976 - 1981
Association namePosition nameDuration
Associated General Contractors of WashingtonBoard of Trustees2012 - 2014
American Bar Association, Forum Committee on the Construction IndustryCasenote Contributor2011 - Present
Rotary Club of Seattle, Construction Law PracticeMember1994 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law SectionPast-Trustee, Past-Chairperson (1995-1996)1986 - Present
Associated General Contractors of WashingtonPast-Chairperson, Legal Affairs Committee (1992-1994)1985 - Present
National Electrical Contractors AssociationN/AN/A
Associated Builders and ContractorsMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Business Law, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice, Public Contract Law, and Litigation SectionsMemberN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Litigation SectionN/AN/A
Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law SectionN/AN/A
King County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Utility Contractors Association of WashingtonN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
McCandlish Electric v. Will Construction, 107 Wn. App 85, 25 P.3d 1057 (2001)N/A
Dick Enterprises v. King County, 83 Wn. App. 566, 922 P.2d 184 (1996)Win
Associated General Contractors of Washington v. King County, 124 Wn.2d 855, 881 P.2d 996 (1994)This was a win for the Associated General Contractors of Washington, our client.
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Publication nameTitleDate
Ahlers & Cressman PLLCLien and Bond Claim Manual2007
Manual for Lien and Bond Claims, Short Cressman & Burgess PLLCManual for Lien and Bond Claims1988
Associated General Contractors' Lien and Bond Claims HandbookChapter on Miller Act1986
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1976
University of WashingtonBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts1973