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I grew up working in my family's construction company. I received by engineering training and Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy, West Point. After serving overseas for almost five years I came home to attend the University of Michigan Law School. I moved to Seattle in 1978 and started my practice, focusing almost exclusively on construction project issues. I became an construction arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association in 1980 and became a member of dispute resolution boards for large projects beginning in 1993. I now head the Kennewick, WA office of Schlemlein Goetz Fick & Scruggs, PLLC, continuing to focus my practice on construction project issues. 


Practice areas


  1. Construction & Development: 75%
    37 years
  2. Litigation: 10%
    37 years
  3. Arbitration: 10%
    37 years
  4. Mediation: 5%
    26 years


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Contact info

Schlemlein Goetz Fick & Scruggs PLLC

1030 N. Center Parkway
Suite 107
Kennewick, WA, 99336


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
SuperLawyerWashington Law & Politics Magazine2005
Master Construction ArbitratorAmerican Arbitration Association2005
Chairman's Service PlaqueWashington State Bar Association2003
Letter of AppreciationGovernor Booth Gardner-Washington State1992
Chairman's Service PlaqueAssociated General Contractors, Seattle Chapter-Legal Affairs Committee1986
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberLawrence & Finkelstein, PLLC1996 - Present
PartnerLawrence & Syria, Attorneys1988 - 1996
PartnerCafferty, Lawrence & Durkee1984 - 1987
PartnerCafferty & Lawrence1981 - 1984
AssociateWatson, Grosse & Feinstein1980 - 1981
AssociateTaylor & Ulin1978 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dispute Resolution Board FoundationOfficer, Director, Chairman of Education & Training Committee1996 - Present
King-Snohomish Master Builders AssociationMember1995 - Present
American Arbitration AssociationConstruction Industry Arbitrator1980 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1978 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
1991 Wiley Construction Law UpdateProgress Payments as Claim Waivers, Trust Funds, and Partial Lien Releases1991
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1978
United States Military AcademyEngineeringBS - Bachelor of Science1970
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
WSBa Construction Law Section Mid-Year MeetingLegislative Update2007
Using a Mechanic's Lien to Get Your MoneyAvoid Complications When Filing Lien Claims or Notices2006
Construction Contracting and Lien EnforcementPayment and Change Orders2006
Liens: Creation and EnforcementConstruction Liens2005
Construction Payment Remedies in WashingtonLien Claims, Ethics, Protection Agains tLien Claims2004
Mechanics' Lien Law and Strategies in WashingtonPayment Process, Deadlines, Required claim elements, Enforcement of Liens2002
Advanced Construction Law in WashingtonEthical Considerations2002
Construction Liens In WashingtonConstruction Liens1988