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I handle a range of civil litigation matters.  All of them involve contracts, to some degree.  I try to help clients resolve their disputes; then I work with the client to plan ahead so that they can avoid disputes next time around.  I realize it's still a tough economy.  So I really strive to be as practical as possible. Running my own firm allows me to be incredibly flexible, and work towards the best solution possible.  I don't have a lot of overhead, so I can focus on each client and not worry about making my "numbers" for each month.  It might sound trite, but I think of each client as if he or she were a friend or a member of my family, and I look at each situation candidly -- good, bad or ugly -- so that we can to the most practical decision about what steps make sense. And of course, which do not.  


Languages spoken: Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Construction: 100%
    12 years



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  • Chris Jackman

    I endorse this lawyer. Seth is a fantastic lawyer, one of the best I've come across. Uncommonly smart, dedicated, and knowledgeable, I send all of my construction law referrals to him and seek his advice on matters frequently.


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Contact info

Pillar Law PLLC

1420 5th Ave
Suite 3369
Seattle, WA, 98101


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuper Lawyers2013
Approved CLE SpeakerWashington State Bar Association2008
Certified Real Estate InstructorWashington State Department of Licensing2007
Certified TrainerNational Association of Homebuilders2007
Approved CES ProviderAmerican Institute of Architects2007
AIA Practice & Ethics Group/ Contributing member/ EditorAmerican Institue of Architects2005
Law & Entrepreneurship Student of the Year University of Oregon School of Law2002
Magna Cum LaudeTufts University1996
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerPillar Law PLLC2010 - Present
PartnerLinville Law Firm PLLC2004 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
urban land use instituteAssociate Member2013 - Present
Northwest Wall and Ceiling BureauMember2011 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember2010 - Present
Master Builders Association of King-Snohomish CountyMember/Instructor2004 - Present
Building Industry Association of WashingtonMember/Instructor2004 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember2004 - Present
Oregon State BarMember2004 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Rims v. Northwest Window and DoorFull recovery of fees for the contractor
Joseph J. Jefferson v. Cobra ConstructionReceived 100%, including attorney fees
Employee Painters' Trust v. Omega et alIndividual defendants dismissed with prejudice on summary judgment
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Publication nameTitleDate
Daily Journal of CommerceConsumer Protection Act2013
Daily JournalPlain English Initiative2013
Daily JournalThe Haze of Construction Liens2013
Daily JournalIndependent Duty Doctrine2013
Daily Journal of CommerceWhat's in your construction contract?2011
Daily Journal of CommercePay-if-Paid Clauses2011
Daily Journal of CommerceLiability can continue after warranty expires2011
Daily Journal of CommerceWhy Change Orders Are Often a Good Thing2010
Department of Labor and Industry Contractors WorkshopProtection of Assets2009
Department of Labor and Industry Contractors WorkshopPreparing a Form Contract2009
Pacific Legal SeminarsSubcontracting in Washington State2009
PLS Business Law Seminar For Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Designers, & ConsultantsProfessional Services Agreements, Liens, Employment Agreements and Protection of Intellectual Property2009
Pacific Legal SeminarsPreparation and Recording of Liens in Oregon2009
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Washington School of LawTaxationLL.M - Master of Laws2003
University of Oregon School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2002
Tufts UniversityEnglishBA - Bachelor of Arts1996
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington State L&I Seminar (Seattle)Liens and Contracts2013
Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau Jan MeetingGetting Paid...Sooner rather than Later2011
Pella Pro ExpoContracts and Liens2010
Washington State L&I Seminar (Columbia Basin CC)Protecting Your Assets2008
Washington State L&I SemianrConstruction Contracts, Subcontracts and Protecting Your Assets2008
Pacific Legal Seminars (Portland)Washington & Oregon Lien Law & Contract Law2008
Washington State L&I Seminar (Vancouver)Noncompetition and Nondisclosure Agreements2007
Washington State L&I Seminar (Tumwater)Asset Protection and Proper Entity Formation2007
Washington State L&I Seminar (Seattle)Compliance with Washington State Administrative Regulations2007
Washington State L&I Seminar (Seattle)Risk Avoidance and Personal Liabilities2007
PLS Business Law SeminarBusiness Law for Architects and Engineers2007
PLS A/E Business Law SeminarCovenants Not to Compete2007
Painting and Decorating Contractors of America ConferenceCreditor - Debtor Law2007
MBA ConferenceContract Terms and Enforcement2007
Washington State L&I Seminar (Vancouver)Choices of Subchapter S Corportation or LLC2006
Washington State L&I Seminar (Olympia)The Uniform Trade Secret Act2006
Pacific Legal SeminarsProtection of Intellectual Property Rights2006
American Institute of ArchitectsCopyright Law2006