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John C. Dippold, a principal, joined the firm in
1996. He serves on Carney's Board of Directors and is Co-Chair of the firm's
Construction Department. John's practice principally involves construction
litigation, commercial litigation, construction
, development, commercial and residential real
, and federal/state government contracts in Washington, Oregon, Alaska
and Hawaii. John Dippold served as a Commissioner for the Issaquah Highlands
Development Commission from 1999-2003 and as Vice-Chairman of the Commission in


Mr. Dippold's experience expands a broad range of construction and
development issues. His primary clients include owners, developers, general
contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. He has in-depth knowledge of the
construction and real estate industries and this allows him to work closely with
his clients in drafting and negotiating construction contracts. Mr. Dippold has
litigated many complex construction claims arising from delays, design errors
and cost overruns. His experience includes drafting and successfully litigating
multi-million-dollar federal and state government procurement contracts and bid
protests. His practice also includes assisting clients in a broad range of
commercial and residential real estate developments. He has worked on hotels,
multi-family condominium and apartment projects that have included the
development of construction contracts and finance, including construction loans,
litigation of defect claims and earnest money disputes as well as other types of
breach of contracts. In addition, he has worked with homeowner associations on
governing contracts and bylaws and assisted them in addressing construction
defects, property damage claims and other liability claims.


Mr. Dippold is involved in several industry associations, including the Associated General Contractors of America and Commercial Real Estate Development
(NAIOP). He regularly gives seminars to the construction and
real estate industry groups. Previous seminars have included topics on
construction law in the state of Washington, litigating construction claims,
leasing, and drafting construction contracts.


Mr. Dippold has been honored as a 2009 Rising Star in Washington state by Washington Law and Politics magazine.


Practice areas


  1. Contracts: 25%
  2. Real Estate: 25%
  3. Commercial Real Estate: 25%
  4. Construction: 25%

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Contact info

Carney Badley Spellman, P.S.

701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 3600
Seattle, WA, 98104-7010


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2014
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Business Edition2013
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers2012
Best Lawyer, Best of 425 Guide425 Magazine2011
Super LawyerSuper Lawyers Magazine2011
Best Lawyer, Best of 425 Guide425 Magazine2010
Rising StarWashington Law & Politics Magazine2009
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PresidentCarney Badley Spellman, PS2015 - Present
Co-Chair, Construction DepartmentCarney Badley Spellman2007 - Present
Vice-ChairmanIssaquah Highlands Development Commission2004 - 2004
CommissionerIssaquah Highlands Development Commission1999 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar AssociationMember2003 - Present
Washington State Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2003 - Present
Associated General Contractors of AmericaMember2003 - Present
Commercial Real Estate Development AssociationMember2003 - Present
King County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1996 - Present
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
George Washington University National Law CenterN/ALL.M - Master of Laws1996
Golden Gate University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1995
Washington State UniversityN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1992
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Subcontractors AssociationSuccession Planning2009
Construction Law Issues in WashingtonConstruction Law Issues2007
Construction Law Issues in the Commercial Lease Context in WashingtonCommercial Leases2007
Construction Law PresentationSubcontracts2006
Commercial Real Estate LeasesBuild to Suit and Construction Law Work Orders2006
Advanced Commercial Real Estate LeasesAdvanced Commerical Real Estate Issues2006