Construction Law Section
Construction Law Section members share common interests on a wide variety of issues related to the construction industry and all aspects of government procurement.
Our membership includes a mix of attorneys in private and in-house practice, including assistant attorneys general who represent federal, state, county, local, city, school districts, hospitals and special-use agencies; private owners; contractors; engineers; architects; manufacturers; and suppliers.
Our members engage in a broad spectrum of business activities relating to contract drafting and negotiation; bidding processes; and all varieties of dispute resolution, including arbitration, mediation litigation, and bid protest. The section sponsors a yearly all-day CLE, publishes a newsletter and a members-only list serve, and meets several times a year for informal discussion with a special topic speaker, followed by a social hour.
Join us! Construction Law CLE
The WSBA Construction Law Section and Clark County Bar Association present a CLE specifically geared toward construction lawyers to cover the lay of the land in practicing law along the Oregon/Washington border. There are many significant differences between Oregon and Washington construction law. Attendees will come away with a better understanding of those differences, especially in regards to public improvement projects, liens, bonds, contract language, OR-OSHA vs. WISHA claims, workers comp, insurance disputes. There will also be a panel discussion on the new Oregon Corporate Activities Tax (the “CAT”) that went into effect on January 1, 2020. Finally, Washington Superior Court Judge Greg Gonzales and Oregon Circuit Court Judge Stephen Bushong will provide guidance on navigating the courtrooms in their respective jurisdictions - Clark and Multnomah Counties.
- Angie Otto, Ball Janik
- Eric Kodesch, Lane Powell
- Joe McDonnel, Moss Adams
- Paige Spratt, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
- Bryce Sinner, Landerholm
- Josh Dennis, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt
- Jacob Zahniser, Miller Nash Graham & Dunn
- Emily Miller, Miller Nies
- Gary Sparling, Soha & Lang, P.S.
- Jeremy Vermilyea, Vermilyea Law
- The Honorable Greg Gonzales, Clark County Superior Court
- The Honorable Stephen Bushong, Multnomah County Circuit Court
Date/Time: Friday, Aug. 28, 2020, 9 a.m.–5: p.m.
Location: Remotely via Zoom (call-in information will be sent upon registration)
Cost: $105; $95 for WSBA Construction Law Section/CCBA Members
Credits: 6.5 Law and Legal Credits
Register: Contact email@example.com or on this website.
For more information, check out the flyer!
Congratulations, Incoming Executive Committee Members!
Below are the results of the Construction Law Section Executive Committee election. Thank you for voting!
For more information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section's bylaws. Winners are listed alphabetically by position.
Vice Chair: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021
Treasurer: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021
Secretary: one-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2021
At-Large Member (three positions open): three-year position beginning Oct. 1, 2020, and ending Sept. 30, 2023.
Order your copy of the Washington Construction Law Deskbook (WSBA 2019)
Editor-in-Chief: Ronald J. English
Editorial Board: Jennifer McMillan Beyerlein, John Evans, Brett M. Hill, Robert L. Olson, Thomas H. Wolfendale
Forms Available Online
Design Services Agreement
View the Construction Law Section's model Design Services Agreement.
Model Residential Construction Contracts
The Construction Law Section prepared these contracts as a public service to the construction industry and its residential consumers and contractors. For most people, their single largest asset is their home. Construction and remodeling of residences is a major industry in Washington. These model contracts were developed specifically for residential construction services.
The Lump Sum Contract, also known as a Fixed Price Contract: The owner agrees to pay the contractor a specified amount for completing the scope of work without requiring a detailed cost breakdown.
The Cost Plus Contract: The owner pays for the actual costs of the work, plus a fee for the contractor's services.
Model Residential Design-Build Contracts
The Construction Law Section is pleased to offer two new forms that can be used to provide a solid framework for projects in which a contractor performs both the design and build. These model contracts help homeowners and builders allocate risk and responsibilities.
Cost Plus Contract: Where the design-builder estimates the project cost, but the actual cost is ultimately determined by the total costs of design services, labor, and materials supplied by the design-builder.
Lump Sum Contract: Where one lump sum is paid by the owner as required by the contract.
Jury Instructions and Guide
Members of the WSBA Construction Law Section prepared the sample Jury Instructions as a courtesy, for section member use only. The sample jury instructions and index have not been approved by the WSBA Board of Governors as official WSBA policy or documents and should not be identified or disseminated as such. The sample jury instructions and index do not constitute legal advice or recommendations and there is no substitute for careful review by attorneys and their clients. The drafters, the WSBA Construction Law Section, and the WSBA are not responsible for any use of the jury instructions and index.
Editable Versions of the Forms
Editable versions of the forms are available for Construction Law Section members via the Members Only Resources page. If you a section member but do not have the log-in information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Chair: Amber Hardwick
Chair-Elect: Brett Hill
Vice-Chair: Colm Nelson
Secretary: Allison Murphy
Treasurer: Jennifer Beyerlein
Immediate Past Chair: Jason Piskel
Board of Governors Liaison: Kyle Sciuchetti*
Young Lawyer Liaison: William Young*
* Non-voting member
The WSBA Construction Law Section Executive Committee generally conducts meetings on the second Wednesday of each month, noon-1 p.m. You may attend by phone by calling 866-577-9294 and using passcode 501655#. Please contact committee members for more details on their upcoming meeting dates and locations.
Join Our List Serve
To join the section list serve and for general section questions, please send your email address and bar number to email@example.com. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact Section Chair Amber Hardwick.