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Prior to becoming a construction litigator, I managed projects and resolved claims for three ENR Top-25 contractors. Those ten years in the construction business demonstrated that the best legal answers inevitably involve an objective assessment of what makes the most sense for the client's business. I have represented contractors in complex construction disputes ranging from highways, bridges, and public-utility infrastructure, to schools, ball parks, and tunnel-boring projects. I have also advised clients on high-profile private developments in the Puget Sound area. And I help contractors with federal and state bid protests, federal contracting issues, and bond, lien, and retainage claims against federal, state, and private projects. Although I primarily represent contractors on complex public-works projects, I have had equal success representing contractors, owners, and homeowners in private disputes and on smaller projects. I have represented my clients in numerous mediations, and where settlement didn't make sense, have successfully resolved the disputes at arbitration or trial. 


Practice areas


  1. Construction: 80%
  2. Government Contracts: 20%

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Ahlers & Cressman, PLLC

999 Third Ave
Suite 3800
Seattle, WA, 98104


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Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising Star in Construction LitigationWashington Super Lawyers2016
Rising Star in Construction LitigationWashington Super Lawyers2015
Rising Star in Construction LitigationWashington Super Lawyers2014
Award for Excellence in Argumentation and PersuasionCALI2007
National Moot Court Competition Regional QuarterfinalistNew York City Bar Association2006
Write-on Competition WinnerWilliam Mitchell Law Review2006
Best BriefRosalie Wahl Moot Court Competition2005
Write-on Competition WinnerSeattle University Law Review2005
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerAhlers & Cressman2016 - 2016
PartnerAshbaugh Beal2015 - 2016
Special Deputy ProsecutorKing County Prosecutor's Office2009 - 2009
LawyerAshbaugh Beal2008 - 2015
LawyerOles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP2007 - 2008
Association namePosition nameDuration
National Utilites Contractors Assoc. of Wash.Legislative Affairs Commitee Member2012 - Present
U.S. Court of Federal ClaimsMember2011 - Present
American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction IndustryMember2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Public Contract Law SectionMember2009 - Present
Associated General Contractors of Washington Local Government Affairs CommitteeMember2009 - Present
United States District Court for the Western District of WashingtonMember2008 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Litigation SectionMember2008 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law SectionMember2008 - Present
Associated General Contractors of Washington Legal Affairs CommitteeMember2007 - Present
William Mitchell Construction Law GroupPresident2006 - 2007
William Mitchell Law ReviewMember2006 - 2007
Publication nameTitleDate
Seattle Daily Journal of CommerceContractors Face New Risks With Early Design2015
Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce$16B Transportation Package Will Keep Contractors Here Busy For Years2015
Lorman Education ServicesStrategies for Exposing Weaknesses in Delay Claims2014
Engineering News RecordBid Disputes - Three Keys to Success2013
Daily Journal of CommerceNew City Policy has Contractors Acting Like Banks2013
Associated General Contractors of WashingtonBill Removes Retainage Inequity2012
ConstructionAdvisor.netNew Supreme Court Decision May Undermine Washington Construction Contracts2012
ConstructionAdvisor.netSupreme Court Unanimous: Statutory Lien Form Sufficient to Establish Lien Claim2011
Associated General Contractors of WashingtonLien Rights for Contractors Providing Pre-Con Services2011
Associated General Contractors of WashingtonAGC Efforts Defeat State False Claims Act2010
ConstructionAdvisor.netNotice to Lenders: The Contractor's Forgotten Hammer2010
Daily Journal of CommerceWashington Nixes State False Claims Act2010
Associated General Contractors of WashingtonExecutive Branch Fills In Gaps on Stimulus and Buy American2009
Northwest Construction MagazineStimulus Contracts Not Business As Usual: Fine Print in New Stimulus Act Leaves More Questions Than Answers2009
2008 Construction Law UpdateNorthwest Region: Oregon2008
William Mitchell Law ReviewDrawing the Line: A Proposal for Limiting the Form and Function of Construction Manager Project Delivery2007
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William Mitchell College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2007
Washington State UniversityBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts2004
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Tricks, Traps, and Ploys Used in Construction Scheduling in WashingtonExposing Weaknesses in Delay Claims2014
American Society of Professional EstimatorsRecognizing and Avoiding Ethics Traps in Alternative Procurements2014
2014 Construction Law ForumAlternative Project Delivery: Recent Revisions and Continuing Trends2014
AGC Future Leadership ForumManaging Your Project to Avoid Legal Pitfalls2013
2013 Construction Law ForumThe Latest in Construction Law2013
What To Do When Construction Projects Go BadConstruction Lien Law2012
South Sound CFMA RoundtableHedging Against Subcontractor Default Risk2012
2012 Construction Law ForumState & Federal Bid Issues: Hot Topics2012
AGC Education FoundationLien Law Update 20112011
2011 Construction Law ForumState & Local Public Works vs. Federal Construction Contracting: Where's the Risk?2011
Construction Law Tools for Challenging TimesEnsuring Payment for Construction Work: Must-Use Tools for Challenging Times2010
AGC Future Leadership ForumUnderstanding Construction Claims in Six Easy Steps2010
2010 Construction Law ForumBid Protests: Proven Strategies That Work2010
Top Ten Construction Cases in WashingtonAssociated General Contractors of Washington2009
Top Ten Construction Cases in WashingtonAmerican Society of Professional Estimators2009
Everything You Need to Know About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Tacoma, WA)American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 20092009
Everything You Need to Know About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Spokane, WA)America Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 20092009
Everything You Need to Know About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Seattle, WA)American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 20092009
Everything You Need to Know About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (NECA)American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 20092009
Everything You Need to Know About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Bellingham, WA)American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 20092009
AGC Education FoundationBIM Legal Issues 20092009
2009 Construction Law ForumTruth, Lies, and Red Tape: Separating Fact from Fiction So You Make Money on Federal Construction Contracts2009