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Lawrence Ballis Linville

About Lawrence Linville

About me

Each client is different. However, the one thing that all clients have in common is they don't want to be a "client". No one wants to be a client any more than they want to be a patient. None of us ask for legal headaches any more than we ask for medical aches and pains. Most companies, and the people who manage the companies, are on the short side of time and money. Running a business takes most of their waking moments. Any remaining time is quickly absorbed with family and personal schedules.


I was born in Seattle in 1945 and never left. It's a super place to live, work, and raise a family. I received both my B.A. (1968) and law degree (1975) from the University of Washington. Since then I have represented contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, architects, and engineers. My work involves getting my clients paid for their work, and helping them with business transactions and contracts.


When somebody asks me to give them some help, it's usually because they've already been stressing over the problem for a while and have arrived at the painful conclusion that the problem either won't go away by itself or they can't solve the problem by themselves. They're apprehensive about now having to pay somebody else to help them to a resolution. Every client and every matter is different, just like the snowflake. But the common thread weaving through all of them is that the client wants to get to a resolution as soon and as economically as possible.



There are lots of ways that a client can educate himself or herself in order to take a more active role in working out a resolution of some issue or problem or collection matter. I can help there too. Since 1981, I've written course books and taught seminars through the Department of Labor and Industries, Building Industry Association of Washington (BIAW), the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB), Pacific Legal Seminars (PLS), and other trade associations. Business and construction law are pretty much all I currently practice. I'm a member of the Washington State Bar Association's Committee on Construction Law, and served on the Lien Law Task Force Committee, established by the Washington State Legislature in 1990 to rewrite Washington's lien laws. I know a lot about a little. But for contractors, subcontractors, vendors, architects, or engineers who need a little help with a business decision or who can't get paid for their work, I can make more than a little difference.