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Seth Edward Millstein

Construction and development Attorney at Seattle, WA

5.0   35 reviews
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  • State Years
    Washington - WA 20 years
    Oregon - OR 20 years
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State WA
    Acquired 2004
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State OR
    Acquired 2003
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

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

About Seth

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CELEBRATING TWENTY YEARS OF CONSTRUCTION LAW EXPERIENCE. AVVO CLIENT'S CHOICE. THOMPSON REUTERS SUPER LAWYER, CONSTRUCTION LAW (2020-PRESENT). JUDICIAL EVALUATION COMMITTEE MEMBER (PAST CHAIR). WSBA CONSTRUCTION COUNCIL (CHAIR ELECT).

I've been a construction lawyer in Seattle since 2004. This area of practice is all about figuring out the best way to work through disputes.  It boils down to using leverage -- in the right way, and at the right time.  And this part comes from knowing all the options. But my goal is to always provide the most practical range of options about what make sense going forward. And of course, what does not make sense.  The key is weeding through the "static," which is true in construction law and in life.  

Contracts, liens and bonds (public and private) are at the heart of my practice.   My main goal is to be practical.  Running my own firm lets me be  flexible, and work towards the best solution possible.  It might sound trite but it is true: I think of each client as if he or she were a friend, sitting next to me at a lunch table or at a bar. 



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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 15 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Pillar Law PLLC
  • 2010 - Present
  • Partner
  • Linville Law Firm PLLC
  • 2004 - 2010

Education

  • University of Washington School of Law
  • LL.M - Master of Laws
  • 2003
  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2002
  • Tufts University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Employee Painters' Trust v. Omega et al
  • Individual defendants dismissed with prejudice on summary judgment
  • Rims v. Northwest Window and Door
  • Full recovery of fees for the contractor
  • Joseph J. Jefferson v. Cobra Construction
  • Received 100%, including attorney fees

Associations

  • WSBA Construction Counsel
  • Chair Elect
  • 2024 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Judicial Screening Committee
  • 2017 - Present
  • Northwest Wall and Ceiling Bureau
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • King County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2010 - Present
  • Master Builders Association of King-Snohomish County
  • Member/Instructor
  • 2004 - Present
  • Building Industry Association of Washington
  • Member/Instructor
  • 2004 - Present
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2004 - Present
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Honors and Awards

  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer (Construction Litigation)
  • Thomson Reuters
  • 2020
  • Rising Star
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Client's Choice
  • Avvo
  • 2012
  • Approved CLE Speaker
  • Washington State Bar Association
  • 2008
  • Certified Real Estate Instructor
  • Washington State Department of Licensing
  • 2007
  • Certified Trainer
  • National Association of Homebuilders
  • 2007
  • Approved CES Provider
  • American Institute of Architects
  • 2007
  • AIA Practice & Ethics Group/ Contributing member/ Editor
  • American Institue of Architects
  • 2005
  • Law & Entrepreneurship Student of the Year
  • University of Oregon School of Law
  • 2002
  • Magna Cum Laude
  • Tufts University
  • 1996
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Publications

  • PLS Business Law Seminar For Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Designers, & Consultants
  • Professional Services Agreements, Liens, Employment Agreements and Protection of Intellectual Property
  • 2009
  • Pacific Legal Seminars
  • Preparation and Recording of Liens in Oregon
  • 2009
  • Department of Labor and Industry Contractors Workshop
  • Protection of Assets
  • 2009
  • Department of Labor and Industry Contractors Workshop
  • Preparing a Form Contract
  • 2009
  • Pacific Legal Seminars
  • Subcontracting in Washington State
  • 2009
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Speaking Engagements

  • Washington State L&I Seminar (Seattle)
  • Liens and Contracts
  • 2023
  • Washington State L&I Seminar (Columbia Basin CC)
  • Protecting Your Assets
  • 2008
  • Washington State L&I Semianr
  • Construction Contracts, Subcontracts and Protecting Your Assets
  • 2008
  • Pacific Legal Seminars (Portland)
  • Washington & Oregon Lien Law & Contract Law
  • 2008
  • Washington State L&I Seminar (Vancouver)
  • Noncompetition and Nondisclosure Agreements
  • 2007
  • Washington State L&I Seminar (Tumwater)
  • Asset Protection and Proper Entity Formation
  • 2007
  • Washington State L&I Seminar (Seattle)
  • Compliance with Washington State Administrative Regulations
  • 2007
  • Washington State L&I Seminar (Seattle)
  • Risk Avoidance and Personal Liabilities
  • 2007
  • PLS Business Law Seminar
  • Business Law for Architects and Engineers
  • 2007
  • PLS A/E Business Law Seminar
  • Covenants Not to Compete
  • 2007
  • Painting and Decorating Contractors of America Conference
  • Creditor - Debtor Law
  • 2007
  • MBA Conference
  • Contract Terms and Enforcement
  • 2007
  • Washington State L&I Seminar (Vancouver)
  • Choices of Subchapter S Corportation or LLC
  • 2006
  • Washington State L&I Seminar (Olympia)
  • The Uniform Trade Secret Act
  • 2006
  • Pacific Legal Seminars
  • Protection of Intellectual Property Rights
  • 2006
  • American Institute of Architects
  • Copyright Law
  • 2006
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Attorney endorsements

Received (13)
Given (20)
Endorse Seth
Construction and development Attorney | May 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Seth was opposing counsel on a construction dispute. He was responsive, knowledgable, and a strong advocate for his client."
Construction and development Attorney | Feb 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Construction and development Attorney | Oct 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
Construction and development Attorney | Oct 31
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer, Seth is a talented and dedicated professional who cares about getting fine outcomes for his clients."
Construction and development Attorney | May 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Seth Millstein is the total package as an attorney. His knowledge of construction law is top notch, and he does a great job of handling tough legal issues creatively and cost effectively. He does all of this with a great sense of humor and an easy demeanor that cuts through the stress and confusion that often comes with litigation. I endorse Seth without hesitation."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 27
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have worked with Mr. Millstein and have referred matters to him. He is an outstanding attorney who can be counted on and trusted. When I have a legal question or need a second opinion I call Seth. He is honest, knows the law and is easy to work with."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Jan 15
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse Seth. He is extraordinarily caring towards his clients, and an exceptional problem solver. When I need a second option he is among the first I ask."
Construction and development Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer.He is very hardworking and intelligent with great skills."
Construction and development Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Seth does an excellent job balancing the legal rights of his clients against the practical, business decisions a client must make."
Litigation Attorney | May 02
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Seth is a sharp lawyer that provides superior services for his clients. I strongly endorse his work."
Construction and development Attorney | Nov 30
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Seth is a very talented attorney. Whenever I have a question that I need a second opinion about, I make sure that I call Seth. He is well versed in legal and procedural areas of the law at every level. I would recommend Seth to any client."
Construction and development Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer's work. Seth was opposing counsel on 3 construction lien cases I had this past winter. He knows the field inside/out. These were all small laborer liens on behalf of my Latino clilents. Seth knew how to cut to the chase and resolve the cases quickly. Unlike other counsel -- from small firms and large firms -- he did not drag the case on. This benefitted his clients because they did not have to pay him for unnecessary work, and they ended up paying a very small amount for my time -- these are fee shifting cases. In the interest of complete disclosure, he recently endorsed me. I would not have thought of doing an AVVO endorsement -- I never have done one before. But every word is the truth. I'd sign a declaration on that."
Construction and development Attorney | Jun 06
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer's work."
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