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My practice focuses on construction and contract law and complex commercial litigation. I have advised public and private clients on various issues throughout the construction process, negotiated and drafted design and construction contracts, prepared various procurement documents, and successfully represented clients throughout the dispute resolution process in both trial and appellate courts.  I have served as lead counsel and second chair for bench and jury trials and have tried criminal felony jury trials while participating in a trial fellowship program with the King County Prosecutor’s office.  I have also served as a third-party neutral, assisting parties in resolving their disputes.


 


I teach Construction Law for the University of Washington’s Construction Management program. I co-authored chapters 4, and 4.1 of the Washington Civil Procedure Deskbook.  I have also written several articles on construction law and have presented sections on construction law for government contracting and continuing legal education seminars.


 


Prior to entering law school, I worked as a construction project engineer for a general contractor and developer.  During law school, I was an associate editor of the Seattle University Law Review and I earned CALI awards in Legal Writing, Contracts, Property, and Intellectual Property.

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Construction: 50%
    17 years
  2. Real Estate: 30%
    17 years
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 20%
    17 years

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Contact info

Short Cressman & Burgess

999 Third Avenue, Suite 3000
Seattle, WA, 98104-4088

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive199908/16/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2016
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2015
Super LawyerWashington Super Lawyers Magazine2014
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2012
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2011
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2008
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2007
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyK & L Gates1999 - 2012
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar AssociationConstruction Law Section Council, Chair-ElectN/A
King County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Walcker v. SN Commercial, LLCSuccessfully defended real estate developer's loan servicer against alleged violations of fair debt collections practices and consumer protection statutes.
American Safety Casualty Ins. Co. v. OlympiaSuccessfully obtained summary dismissal.
LHT Corp. v. Kelly & Associates, P.S.Successfully recovered all contract damages and attorney fees.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
Washington State Bar Association Construction Law NewsletterA New Resource for Washington Lien Law2014
Washington State Bar Association Construction Law NewsletterTrucking Case Picks Up Independent Duty Doctrine2014
Washington State Bar Association Construction Law NewsletterStatutes of Limitations to Apply to Arbitrations (Again)2013
Washington State Bar Association Construction Law NewsletterChanges to Washington's Alternative Public Works Contracting Procedures2013
King County Bar BulletinThe Sock Puppet Problem2013
Washington State Bar Association Construction Law NewsletterWork Under Contract Amendments Relate Back to Original Contract Date for Lien Priority: Scott's Excavating Vancouver, LLC v. Winlock Properties, LLC2013
Washington State Bar Association Construction Law NewsletterContract Formation During the Bid Process, and a Contractor's Protest Rights2013
King County Bar BulletinDueling and the Law of Mutual Combat2013
King County Bar BulletinRecovering Possession of Real Property2012
ENR's Spotlight on Construction in the NorthwestCo-Author, Statutory Limitations to Contract Indemnity Clauses2012
Washington Civil Procedure DeskbookChapters 3, 4, and 4.12006
Construction BriefingsAffirmative Defenses to the Spearin Doctrine: Government Attempts to Avoid the Implied Warranty of Specifications2003
Northwest Construction MagazineOut of the Woods II: Recent Case Changes Law on Statute of Repose2002
Northwest Construction MagazineContractual Waivers of Subrogation: Ensuring that Insurance Companies Pay for Property Damage2002
Washington Civil Procedure DeskbookChapters 3, 4, and 4.12002
Northwest Construction MagazineOut of the Woods: Washington's Statute of Limitations and Statute of Repose2002
Northwest Construction MagazineLiening the Owner's Property Interest: A pitfall for contractors performing work for an owner with leased premises2001
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Seattle University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1999
University of WashingtonN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1994
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts 2015 Commissioners' WorkshopWhat Commissioners Need to Know About Contracting2015
Construction Contract WorkshopUnderstanding Issues in Contract Administration2015
Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts Fall ConferenceBiosolids Beneficial Use Options with Legal Case Update2014
Seminar for Tribal Leaders, Tribal Environmental Program Managers & In-house CounselDesign and Construction of a Restoration Project2014
WSBA Construction Law ClassConstruction Law 1012013
Washington Association of Sewer & Water Districts WebinarConstruction Bidding and Contracting Legal Issues2013
University of WashingtonCM 500: Professor, Design and Construction Law2012
University of WashingtonCM 423: Professor, Construction Law2012
University of WashingtonCM 423: Professor, Construction Law2011
2011 WASBO ConferenceLegal Issues for Purchasing Cooperatives2011
University of WashingtonCM 423: Professor, Construction Law2010
2010 WASBO ConferenceBid Piggybacking2010
2010 Commercial Real Estate Leases ConferenceConstruction and Improvement of Leased Premises: Mistakes to Avoid in Tenant Work Letters2010
Managing Schedule Delays and Resolving Delay Claims SeminarManaging Schedule Delays and Resolving Delay Claims2008
Selections from the Construction Law Midyear and Mike M. Johnson Decisions ProgramsConstruction Law Year End2007
WAPA PresentationGetting the Most out of Alternative Procurement Methods in Washington2006
DBIA ConferenceGetting the Most out of Design-Build Procurements2006
Analyzing, Pursuing and Resolving Construction Claims in Washington SeminarAnalyzing, Pursuing and Resolving Construction Claims in Washington2005
Construction Claims Seminar, Professional Education Systems Institute, LLCEffective Use of Expert Claims Consultants2004
Analyzing, Pursuing and Resolving Construction Claims in Washington SeminarAnalyzing, Pursuing and Resolving Construction Claims in Washington2004
Government Contract Law SeminarGovernment Contract Law: Construction Law2002
Government Contract Law SeminarGovernment Contract Law: Construction Law2001
Construction SuperConferenceUp a Creek Without a Contract2000
Millennium Construction SuperConferenceThird Party Claims for Nuisance, Inverse Condemnation, Negligence, and Ultrahazardous Activities1999