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I provide counsel and litigation services to general contractors, engineers and other construction industry and government contract clients.  I am experienced in resolving multiple different types of construction claims and disputes, including bid protests, change order and extra work disputes, and claims for delay, impact, and acceleration. In addition, I have handled numerous claims and disputes involving defective design and construction, and am experienced with insurance coverage and bond claims that arise in construction disputes.  Over the years I have worked on a wide variety of public and private construction projects, including road, bridge and tunneling projects, light rail, sports stadiums, libraries, educational and civic facilities, hotels and casinos, and numerous commercial, condominium and mixed-use developments.


Practice areas


  1. Construction: 75%
    19 years
  2. Government Contracts: 25%
    19 years

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300 E Pine St
Seattle, WA, 98122-2029


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
SuperlawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2015
ChairmanAGC of Washington Legal Affairs Committee2014
Associate Member of the YearAssociated General Contractors of Washington2013
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerGroff Murphy, PLLC1998 - Present
AssociateKingman Peabody, PLLC1996 - 1998
Association namePosition nameDuration
TrusteeAssociated General Contractors of Washington2015 - Present
Associated General Contractors of WashingtonChairman, Legal Affairs Committee2012 - Present
ABA, Forum on the Construction IndustryMemberN/A
ABA, Forum on the Construction Industry, Division 2 - Contract DocumentsMemberN/A
ABA, Forum on the Construction Industry, Division 7 - Bonds, Liens, and InsuranceMemberN/A
Utility Contractors Association of WashingtonN/AN/A
Design Build Institute of AmericaMemberN/A
BIM ForumMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
M.A. Mortenson Co., Inc. v. Timberline Software Corp.,N/A
Washington State Major League Baseball Stadium PFD vs. Huber Hunt Nichols - Kiewit Construction, Joint VentureN/A
Williams vs. Athletic Field, Inc. - AmicusN/A
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1996
Michigan State UniversityN/ABA1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Associated General Contractors of WashingtonTen Cases Every Washington Contractor Should Know2012
Utility Contractors Association of WashingtonUnderstanding Contract Indemnity and Risk Transfer Provisions2010
Managing Construction ProjectsContract Changes, Claims and Notice2010
Construction SuperconferenceUnderstanding Design Risk for Construction Contractors2010
Construction SuperconferenceRecent Changes to the False Claims Act2009
Public Works Construction in WashingtonChanges, Claims and Common Issues in Public Contracting Disputes2008
Insurance in the Construction IndustrySurety and Bond Claims2008
Seattle UniversityMediating a Construction Dispute2005
Construction SuperconferenceCM At Risk - Making it Work on a Fast Track and in a Volatile Market2005
Construction Defect Claims in WashingtonStrategies for Protecting Contractors Against Construction Defect Claims2004
Construction Contracting in WashingtonInsurance and Bond Claims2002