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My practice focuses primarily on construction and real estate law. I commonly represent contractors and developers who are having problems with payment issues, warranties, contracts, bond and retainage claims, construction defects, insurance claims, and government regulation and assessments. Although my work often involves litigation, I believe that I am most successful when I can help clients resolve their problems without having to go through a lengthy, expensive and stressful court battle.


Walla Walla is a postage stamp oasis located amidst the sweeping wheat fields of southeastern Washington. Therein is situated Whitman College. I attended Whitman College for four years and graduated in 1998. Whitman College is very strong in academic achievement, and draws students who want to leave behind their home, friends, and distractions in order to face a scholastic challenge. I graduated with a degree in Economics and Environmental Studies, and then completed law school at Washington University, obtaining my law degree in 2001.


I am a partner at Linville Law Firm PLLC. I prepare and try cases, handle the various aspects of a trial practice, and present matters at arbitration and mediation. Most importantly, I work with and for the client to get the facts straight and complete before any substantial legal move is made.


Most clients don't really know whether they have a good case or a bad case. That's why they've gone to a lawyer. They want to know where they stand. They don't necessarily want to file a lawsuit or start some drama or trauma that's going to end up costing a lot of money. They want to know what their legal rights are, and what a lawyer can do to help them out of a problem. I work mostly on matters involving construction and real estate. I represent contractors who are having problems with payment, warranties, contracts, bond and retainage claims, construction defects, insurance claims, and government regulation and assessments.


A construction or real estate problem is usually resolved by applying a number of laws, going through a process of progressively getting more and better information from the client, working professionally with other lawyers, parties, or government officials, and developing a good assessment of the case with the client.


I present seminars on construction law through the Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW) and the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries (L&I). I am certified as an approved instructor pursuant to RCW 18.85.040 by the Director of the Washington State Department of Licensing. I look forward to these seminars. I enjoy preparing for each seminar, and doing my best to be helpful to those who have taken time away from work to attend and learn.


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Practice areas


  1. Construction: 75%
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 10%
  3. Contracts: 10%
  4. Real Estate: 5%


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Contact info

Impact Law Group PLLC

1325 4th Ave
Suite 1400
Seattle, WA, 98101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified InstructorNational Association of Home Builders2008
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2007
Certified InstructorNational Association of Homebuilders2007
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerImpact Law Group PLLC2010 - Present
PartnerLinville Law Firm PLLC2001 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Association of General ContractorsMember2008 - Present
Northwest EcoBuilding GuildMember2006 - Present
Building Industry Association of WashingtonMember/Instructor2001 - Present
National Association of Home BuildersMember/Instructor2001 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2001 - Present
Master Builders Association of King/Snohomish CountyMember/Instructor2001 - Present
Painting and Decorating Contractors of AmericaMember2001 - Present
American Institute of ArchitectsMember2001 - Present
Publication nameTitleDate
Law Seminar for SuppliersLiens, Credit Applications, Bond Claims, Uniform Commercial Code2009
N/APreliminary Notices Recording of Liens, Foreclosures, Retainages, Payment Bonds2009
Construction Contracts LawDispute Resolution, Liens, Warranties, Change Orders, Correction of Work, Building Codes2009
Business Law Seminar For Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Designers, & ConsultantsProfessional Services Agreement, Liens, Employment Agreements2009
Department of Labor and Industry Contractor WorkshopProtection of Assets2009
Department of Labor and Industry Contractor WorkshopPreparing a Form Contract2009
Pacific Legal SeminarsLiability for Industrial Insurance Premiums2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Washington University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2001
Whitman CollegeEnvironmental Studies & EconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1998
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Pacific Legal SeminarsWashington & Oregon Lien Law and Contract Law2009
Pacific Legal SeminarsConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2009
Labor & Industries SeminarConstruction Contracts2009
Washington State L&I Seminar (Tumwater)Construction Contracts2008
Washington Onsite Sewage AssociationLiens and Contracts2008
Pacific Legal Seminars (Portland)Washington & Oregon Lien Law & Contract Law2008
Pacific Legal SeminarsConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2008
Labor & Industries SeminarConstruction Contracts2008
Building Industry Association of WashingtonLiens and Contracts2008
Association of General Contractors SeminarConstruction Contracts and Lien Law2008
Washington State L&I Seminar (Tumwater)Asset Protection and Proper Entity Formation2007
Washington State L&I Seminar (Seattle)Risk Avoidance and Personal Liabilities2007
PLS Business Law Seminar for Architects/EngineersCovenants Not to Compete2007
Pacific Legal SeminarsConstruction Contract Formation, Terms and Enforcement2007
Washington State L&I Seminar (Wenatchee)The Uniform Trade Secrets Act2006
Washington State L&I Seminar (Seattle)Choices of Subchapter S Corporation or limited liability company (LLC)2006
Washington State L&I Seminar (Olympia)Compliance with Washington State Administrative Regulations2006
Pacific Legal SeminarsDispute Resolution, Warranties, Change Orders, Correction of Work, Building Codes2006
Pacific Legal SeminarsPreliminary Notices and Recording Liens2006
Washington State L&I Seminar (Edmonds)Covenants Not to Compete2005
Washington State L&I Seminar (Bellingham)Essential Terms of the Construction Contract and Subcontract2005
Pacific Legal SeminarsContractual Terms and Enforcement through Arbitration or Judicial Proceedings2005
Pacific Legal SeminarsLien Notices, Recording of the Lien, Foreclosure, Retainages, and Payment Bonds2005
HBA of Tri-CitiesCurrent Developments in Washington Lien Law and Enforcement of Contractual Remedies and Limitations2005