Stanton P. Beck, Program Co-Chair, is a shareholder with Lane Powell PC and member of the Construction Services Group. He has been involved in most of the major construction projects in the PNW and has served in contracting/dispute roles in national & international projects. He is nationally recognized for his experience in construction litigation.
Paul R. Cressman, Jr., Program Co-Chair, is a founding member of Ahlers Cressman & Sleight PLLC. He has practiced construction law for over 40 years, representing general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, owners, and design professionals in public & private construction projects. He routinely participates in CLE programs on construction law topics.
John P. Ahlers, a founding member of Ahlers Cressman & Sleight PLLC, focuses on the resolution of construction disputes. His experience spans from small private construction projects to complex engineering, building, heavy construction, and insurance matters. He represents owners, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and architects.
Evan A. Brown is an attorney at Groff Murphy PLLC. He serves as counsel to construction industry and government contracts clients. His practice includes bid protests; contract negotiation/procurement; and complex litigation/dispute resolution arising from public and private construction projects, including trial and appellate practice, mediation, and arbitration.
Katie J. Comstock is a shareholder at Levy | von Beck | Comstock | PS. Her practice focuses primarily on construction defect litigation, real estate disputes, commercial collection, and homeowner and condominium association disputes. She is also a fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America.
Darren A. Feider is a shareholder with Sebris Busto James. His practice involves general employment litigation, wage and hour disputes, trade secret, covenant not to compete and non-solicitation litigation as well as copyright infringement and trademark matters. He focuses on wrongful discharge, discrimination claims, and the drafting of contracts.
Thaddaeus J. Gregory is an attorney at Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson PS who focuses on land use, real estate, and environmental law. He advises a broad range of clients in real property matters, including purchases and sales, extensive due diligence investigations, industrial waste issues, environmental damage insurance disputes, local zoning and state regulatory compliance.
Brian M. Guthrie is a Partner at Ashbaugh Beal LLP. His practice focuses on construction law and litigation, including: contract negotiation and drafting, delay and impact claims, differing site condition claims, bid protests, lien claims, bond claims and other complex construction disputes. He has substantial experience counseling clients in all phases of large public and private construction projects throughout the Northwest.
Todd C. Hayes is a member of Harper | Hayes PLLC, where he represents contractors, developers, and other business owners in insurance coverage disputes, construction defect litigation, and appeals. He frequently lectures on insurance coverage, and recently helped author the insurance section of the WSBA Construction Law Deskbook.
Arnold R. Hedeen is Of Counsel at Schlemlein Fick & Franklin PLLC, where his practice focuses on construction/government contract law and general civil litigation. He has more than 30 years’ experience representing public & private owners, prime contractors, subcontractors, material suppliers, and construction industry trade associations.
Joseph L. Hogan is an attorney at Scheer Law PLLC. He focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, including defending businesses and individuals against a variety of personal injury, products liability, construction defect, and property damage lawsuits. He has second-chaired a 10-day construction defect trial and written summary judgment motions.
Laura Marquez-Garrett is a shareholder at Lane Powell PC and chair of the Electronic Discovery team. She has extensive experience representing clients in all manners of litigation and business disputes. She regularly consults and serves as discovery counsel on matters of critical proof, as well as discovery policies, protocols, and litigation practice.
Seth Millstein, a member of Pillar Law PLLC, has been practicing construction law in Washington since 2004. He formed Pillar Law in 2010 to assist subcontractors, suppliers and owners. He handles a range of litigation matters, with an emphasis on real estate and construction law. Working with Kerry Lawrence since 2015, liens are at the core of his practice.
James F. Nagle, a retired partner, now Of Counsel at Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, is a nationally recognized attorney and thought leader in government contract law. He serves as consultant, expert witness or arbitrator/mediator to the government and federal contractors. He has experience with international, major systems and construction contracts.
Richard H. Skalbania is a partner at Ashbaugh Beal LLP and has been with the firm since its inception in 1987. During his 30-year career, he has successfully represented clients in some of the most high-profile construction disputes in the Pacific Northwest. He has been on the AAA construction panel of arbitrators since 2000 and frequently serves as a mediator.
Kainui M. Smith is an attorney at Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt PC. He provides comprehensive and client-centric legal services to real estate and construction companies from the inception of a project, and if necessary, through litigation. He handles a variety of cases as both plaintiff and defense counsel through mediation, arbitration and litigation.
Ryan W. Sternoff is a Member at Ahlers Cressman & Sleight PLLC, where he focuses his practice on representing owners, property managers, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in construction and real estate matters. He represents clients in the drafting and negotiation of a wide array of construction and real estate contracts.
Nathan Torgelson serves as Director of the City of Seattle’s Department of Construction and Inspections. He leads a staff of 375, with a budget of $85 million, who are responsible for the City’s permitting, code compliance and land use code development work. Previously he was Deputy Director of the City’s Department of Planning and Development.