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James C Prichard

Construction and development Attorney at Portland, OR

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    Jim maintains a broad practice in all aspects of construction law. He leads the firm’s national practice prosecuting and defending design and construction defect claims for property owners. He represents developers, owner/operators, home builders, design professionals, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and manufacturers.

    24 years

  2. Other

  3. Litigation
    While Jim is an accomplished construction law attorney, he is also a commercial litigator with extensive jury trial experience. He handles cases in the areas of construction, real estate, banking, debtor and creditor rights, insurance coverage, and general business disputes.

    24 years

Jim Prichard co-chairs the Ball Janik LLP construction law practice, and is a member of the firm's management committee.  Jim was named one of the Portland Business Journal's "Forty Under 40" for 2015, and has been recognized in Super Lawyers magazine since 2010.

Jim has a broad construction practice, including all forms of payment and performance dispute resolution, contract drafting and negotiation, and public project and government contract issues.  He is perhaps best known for representing property owners in complex residential and commercial construction defect and property damage disputes.  He has recovered nearly $250,000,000 for his clients, and has successfully tried construction defect cases to juries in Oregon and Washington.

Jim handles commercial litigation matters and represents policy holders on insurance matters.  He also provides general counsel to businesses including developers, commercial property owners and operators, managers and brokers, contractors, design professionals, suppliers and manufacturers.

Additionally, Jim has a growing community association law practice.  He provides general counsel to community associations in Oregon and Washington, and handles collections.  Jim also handles litigation matters, with a concentration on real estate and governing document disputes, construction defects, and insurance coverage.

Jim is licensed to practice law in Oregon, Washington and California, and handles select matters throughout the United States.  He is currently handling several multi-million dollar disputes in Utah and Florida.

In 2013, Jim created a private foundation called Shelter Oregon, which supports organizations that provide (1) shelter and services to homeless families, (2) affordable housing and services to needy families, and (3) shelter and care for animals.  Shelter Oregon is an Oregon non-profit corporation, and recognized by the IRS as a charitable organization.  Contact Jim to learn more about Shelter Oregon.

Licensed for 23 years
State FL
Status Member in Good Standing
Acquired 2017
Updated 02/23/2023
State UT
Status Active
Acquired 2015
Updated 03/11/2023
State CA
Status Active
Acquired 2001
Updated 12/03/2022
State WA
Status Active
Acquired 2000
Updated 03/18/2023
State OR
Status Active
Acquired 1999
Updated 02/12/2023

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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Ball Janik LLP
101 SW Main Street
Suite 1100
Portland, OR, 97204-3219


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Posted by Jeshe | March 6, 2015
Grateful Board Member Applauds James Prichard
I am writing to enthusiastically endorse James (Jim) Prichard for his efforts in earning the Meridian Village Homeowners Association a $3M settlement against the developer and previous owner of the community. 11 years ago, I purchased a townhome in Beaverton, OR and served as a board member for the HOA. Our community experienced a classic case of construction defect in which an unrepeatable developer produced a shoddy village of townhomes. These types of developments were very common in the housing boom of the early 2000s; if you live in a condo or townhome built in this era, it’s likely you have or had some type of construction defect. After we suspected the defects, we hired an inspection crew, which confirmed our fears. The next step was to retain legal representation. I am extremely thankful that we called Ball Janik. From that point forward, no money came out of the HOA’s bank account to proceed. Ball Janik fronted all expert and litigation fees and worked on a contingency basis. The best part, after Ball Janik received their commission, the HOA was left with just more than enough to complete all of the repairs to the townhomes; the 12 year old community looks new again! Jim and his entire staff were a pleasure to deal with, extremely professional, and always prompt to follow up with news or developments. A member of Jim’s team always attended key board meetings, which helped to keep HOA members informed and reassured that progress was being made. As a HOA board member, you have a lot of pressure to make your neighbors happy, Ball Janik made all of us look like heroes. I would highly recommend giving Jim and his team a call.
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  • Free Consultation 120 minutes
  • Contingency 30%-45%
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
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Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Ball Janik LLP
  • 2006 - Present
  • Associate Attorney
  • Ball Janik, LLP
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Associate Attorney
  • Stewart Sokol & Gray, LLC
  • 1999 - 2000


  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Indiana University-Bloomington
  • Fellowship, Workshop in Political Theory & Policy Analysis
  • 1996
  • University of Oregon
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1995
  • Boston College
  • None
  • 1993
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Legal Cases

  • Hamptons at Metrowest Condominiums Association
  • Jim recovered over $23,000,000 for his client.
  • One Lake Place Condominiums
  • Jim recovered nearly $5,100,000 for his client.
  • Gresham Station Shopping Center -- Oregon Commercial Construction Defect Claim
  • Jim recovered over $12,000,000 for his client.
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  • Home Builders Association (HBA) of Metropolitan Portland
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Community Associations Institute (CAI)
  • Member, Oregon, Washington & National Chapters
  • 2008 - Present
  • Oregon Washington Community Association Managers (OWCAM)
  • Member
  • 2006 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar, Construction Law Section
  • Member (Former Executive Committee Member)
  • 2000 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • State Bar of California
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2000 - Present
  • Oregon State Bar
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • American Bar Association, Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Honors and Awards

  • Forty under 40
  • Portland Business Journal
  • 2015
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2014
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2013
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2012
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2011
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers Magazine
  • 2010
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  • Community Associations Journal, Washington State Chapter of the Community Associations Institute
  • Nuisance on the Block: Using Your "Noxious and Offensive" Provision to Address Improper Behavior
  • 2015
  • MC Consultants 2014 West Region Construction Defect Confernce
  • Pacific Northwest Insurance Coverage and Current Trends
  • 2014
  • West Coast Casualty 2014 Construction Defect Seminar
  • Fun and Frolic in the Four Corners: A Brief Review of the Duty to Defend In Pacific Northwest Construction Defect Cases
  • 2014
  • MC Consultants 2009 West Region Construction Defect Conference
  • Pacific Northwest Insurance Coverage and Legislative Issues
  • 2009
  • Construction Law Reprort
  • Enforceability of Limitation of Liability Provisions in Professional Service Contracts
  • 2009
  • Commercial Association of Realtors Educational Program
  • Construction Defects in Commercial Properties: A Survey of Owner Rights and Risk Management
  • 2008
  • Construction Law Report
  • Property Owners May Sometimes Pursue Construction Claims More Than 10 Years After Substantial Completion
  • 2006
  • The Seminar Group
  • Condominium Design and Construction Defect Litigation, in Condominiums: Opportunities & Pitfalls
  • 2006
  • National Business Institute
  • Extras and Changes, in Advanced Construction Law in Oregon
  • 2005
  • Construction Law Report
  • Will Oregon Follow Washington’s Lead by Strictly Enforcing Claim Notice Provisions in Construction Contracts?
  • 2004
  • Construction Law Report
  • Getting the Word out: Lien Release Bonds are Ineffective without Proper Notice to the Lien Claimant
  • 2002
  • Lorman Education Services
  • Ethical Considerations in Oregon Construction Litigation, in Construction Litigation in Oregon
  • 2000
  • Western States Surety Conference
  • New Sub, Old Problem: A Technically Sophisticated Subcontractor’s Duty to Provide Information and Disclose Superior Knowledge, in ADR — Surety No Longer on the Sidelines
  • 1999
  • Comprehensive Paper: University of Oregon School of Law
  • Why Owners May Have No Remedy for Damage Caused by Coastal Erosion
  • 1998
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Speaking Engagements

  • Full Spectrum Residential Training Curriculum
  • Insurance Coverage for Multi-Family Managers
  • 2015
  • Ball Janik LLP Educational Series
  • Insurance Coverage Issues for Utah Community Managers
  • 2015
  • Ball Janik Educational Series
  • Coffee Q&A (Oregon Community Association Law)
  • 2015
  • West Coast Casualty 2014 Construction Defect Seminar
  • Fun With the Four Corners: the Duty to Defend in Oregon and Washington
  • 2014
  • Mc Consultants 2014 West Region Construction Defect Conference
  • Trends in Pacific Northwest Insurance Coverage Law
  • 2014
  • MC Consultants 2009 West Region Construction Defect Conference
  • Pacific Northwest Insurance Coverage and Legislative Issues
  • 2009
  • Oregon Washington Community Association Managers -- Expo 2008
  • Managing Communities in Construction Defect Litigation
  • 2008
  • MC Consltants 2008 West Region Construction Defect Conference
  • Construction Defect Litigation: Pacific Northwest Coverage and Trends
  • 2008
  • Commercial Association of Realtors Eduational Program
  • Construction Defects in Commercial Properties
  • 2008
  • Condominiums: Opportunities and Pitfalls
  • Program Chair & Current Trends Panel Moderator
  • 2007
  • Condominiums: Opportunities & Pitfalls
  • Condominium Design and Construction Defect Litigation
  • 2006
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