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  1. Construction: 50%
    27 years, 100 cases
  2. Litigation: 45%
    27 years, 100 cases
  3. Appeals: 5%
    27 years, 10 cases

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  • Michael Martin Hanis

    I have been working with John on a complex construction project (tunneling) for a common client for a couple of years now. In my 30+ years as a lawyer, I have never met a more knowedgeable, practical and competent construction lawyer. He knows his stuff. Highly recommended.


    Michael Hanis Construction and development Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Heather J Pearce

    John's record and skill speaks for itself - he is top in his field. However, I wanted to briefly add that I had the very good fortune of working with John Parnass on a piece of highly litigious construction litigation several years ago. I was working for Peter Buck, (now of The Buck Law Group, formerly with Buck & Gordon) who asked John to associate in as counsel - we needed his construction defect expertise in the arbitration proceedings. We worked with John for over a year on that case. The highlight of that difficult dispute was watching John present our clients' case before the 3-attorney arbitration panel in a week-long proceeding. His handling of the testimony, the exhibits, the cross-examination of experts and hostile witnesses and his presentation as a whole was flawless and resulted in an outstanding victory for our client. I can't say enough good things about John as a skilled litigator and top-notch attorney.


    Heather Pearce Business Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Davis Wright Tremaine LLP

1201 Third Avenue # 2200
Seattle, WA, 98101


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America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers & Partners USA Guide2011
Top 100 Washington Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2010
Washington Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers & Partners USA Guide2009
Washington Super LawyersWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
America's Leading Lawyers for BusinessChambers & Partners USA Guide2008
90 Best Business LawyersN/A2007
155 Top LawyersN/A2007
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AV ratingMartindale Hubbell2001
Super LawyerN/A2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Idaho State BarMember2005 - Present
Bar of the United States Supreme CourtMember2000 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1989 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Inside LitigationPrejudgment Remedies in Arbitration: The Courthouse Door is Not Necessarily Closed1990
Connecticut Law ReviewInternational Arbitration and the Comity of Error: Mitsubishi Motor Corp. v. Soler Chrysler-Plymouth, Inc.1987
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Connecticut School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Hampshire CollegeHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1981
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
No-DigLegal Implications of Geotechnical Baseline Reports2011
Spring Conference Tacoma, WashLegal Impact of Geotechnical Reports2010
No-DigLegal Impact of Geotechnical Baseline Reports2010
Design-BuildEmerging Legal Issues on Design/Build2009
Bidder Responsibility Workshop, Tacoma, Wash.Bid Protests and Bidder Responsibility Criteria2009
Spring ConferenceUse of Dispute Review Boards by Public Owners2008
PNW Chapter AnnualDiffering Site Condition Boot Camp2008
Fall ConferenceRecent Developments and Lessons Learned: Practical Tips for Minimizing Construction Risk under Washington Law2008
Annual ConferenceManaging Mayhem in the Market2007
Building Owners and Managers AssociationSelected Construction Law Issues for Commercial Lease Practitioners2006