|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|Associated General Contractors of Washington||Legal Affairs Committee||1997 - 2007|
|University of Washington School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1973|
|Dartmouth College||N/A||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1967|
|Washington Construction Law||Owners' Claims Against Contractors||2003|
|Washington Construction Law||Owners' Claims Against Contractors||2002|
|Washington Construction Law||Owners' Claims Against Contractors||2001|
Posted by Tom
We have had the pleasure of being represented by Joe virtually exclusively for construction law matters for over 30 years in the Northwest. My personal involvement with him has covered the last 18 years. He knows everyone in the market and he knows how to work with them. This in itself is invaluable in a highly collaborative industry where contracts are the foundation of everything we do.
Joe has many enviable traits as an attorney. First he is a good listener. He gets the facts right and asks questions until everyone is clear. Second, he gives both legal and business advice. There are many ways to 'solve' a contractual impasse or dispute: some make more sense than others. Third: He will take direction from his client; he recognizes the need to solve the issues within the context of each client's business and relationship circumstances. Ultimately it is up to the client to make the call. Fourth: in addition to being prepared, he stays calm, even if his client is not. Fifth, he likes to win. But he is not ego driven. It is never about Joe. Sixth, he is always conscious of the cost to the client: he does not waste time or spend hours that do not add value. He will ask if he is not sure about a task - he won't just assume it is worth the cost.
Joe has steered us away from from many disputes by pushing for clear contract language up front. He has also led us through disputes which were unavoidable. His track record of offering sound advice and reaching acceptable business outcomes in those disputes is enviable.
We have been fortunate to work with Joe for many years. His experience and knowledge of the law and the major players here are invaluable. I would most heartily recommend him to anyone who wants to get construction law "right".
Posted by Dan
I have worked with Joe for over 20 years. Not only can you count on Joe to be prepared but he is also very responsive with timing of reviewing contracts, claims, etc. More importantly it is how he goes about his work that I appreciate the most. He is consistant in his deameanor and effectiveness with out clients. He does not talk over people and can relate a contract term into one that all parites can relate to which makes him very effective. He is fair and makes sure our business terms are reasonable and not one-sided. I would highly recommend Joe.
Posted by Michael
Joe Calmes has represented several of my companies as well as me personally since 1990. In that time he has consistently delivered well considered legal counsel and has helped me to prevail when the situation required that I navigate a labyrinthine legal problem. He has been extremely responsive, thoughtful, creative and knowledgeable in all of our dealings. I have referred him many times and will continue to do so with great confidence.
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