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I focus my practice on the representation of property owners whether corporations, limited liability companies, individuals or homeowners associations.  I am chair of the Construction Practice Team, serve on the Williams Kastner board of directors and am chair of the Loss Prevention Committee.  My recent trial success includes representation of General Metals of Tacoma, Inc in a contract dispute with its general contractor, Bean Environmental, LLC, on an environmental dredging project to remediate the Hylebos Waterway in Tacoma, Washington.  Following a five week jury trial in the United States District Court in the Western District of Washington, the jury awarded my client $6.37 million for damages sustained as a result of the general contractor’s failure to perform its contract obligations.  The decision in General Metals of Tacoma, Inc. v. Bean Environmental, LLC was upheld by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in November, 2008.


I was named to Super Lawyers from 2006 – 2008 by Washington Law & Politics magazine, and in 2003 was named one of Seattle’s Top Lawyers in construction law by Seattle Magazine.


Languages spoken: French

Practice areas


  1. Litigation: 40%
  2. Construction & Development: 40%
  3. Business: 20%

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  • Darin T Jensen

    John is a true talent. He has an amazing depth of knowledge in Construction matters and is great to work with. Moreover, he handles difficult situations with class and is worthy of his clients' trust.


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Contact info

Williams Kastner

1001 Fourth Avenue.
Suite. 4400
Seattle, WA, 98154


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics2008
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
Super LawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
Seattle's Top Laywer in Construction LawSeattle Magazine2003
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1996
AV Peer-Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberWilliams Kastner1989 - Present
N/AWilliams Kastner1983 - 1988
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Trial Practice CommitteeMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Construction Trials SubcommitteeMemberN/A
Associated General ContractorsMember, Legal Affairs CommitteeN/A
King County Mandatory Arbitration PanelN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rob's Electric v. Sacotte Construction, Inc.N/A
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Publication nameTitleDate
Seattle Daily Journal of CommerceNew Laws Have Yet to Stem Tide of Condo Suits - The Legislature's Goal Was to Curb Litigation, Lower Insurance Costs and Promote Multifamily Housing Projects2004
Business HousekeepingLegal Compliance Checkups: Business Clients1985
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Idaho College of LawN/AJD - Juris Doctor1979
University of WashingtonEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1974
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Northwest Construction Consumer Council SeminarAssessing and Managing Risk in Capital Project Delivery2009
National Business Institute SeminarAdvanced Construction Law in Washington2000
National Business Institute SeminarConstruction Law, What do you do when...1999
National Business Institute SeminarAdvanced Construction Law in Washingotn1998
Williams Kastner SeminarTribal Practice Issues1996
Washington State Bar AssociationMediation: Making it Work1996
Continuing Legal Education SeminarsConstruction Law1993
Continuing Legal Education SeminarConstruction Law1993