Updated: April 16, 2019

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.

Annual Report




Executive Committee Elections Begin in May


For information about the Section and its Executive Committee roles, please review the Section’s bylaws. The positions that are open for the upcoming election are as follows: 

  • Vice Chair: one-year position, beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2020. 
  • Treasurer: one-year position, beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2020.
  • Secretary: one-year position, beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2020.
  • At-Large Member (three open positions): three-year position, beginning Oct. 1, 2019 and ending Sept. 30, 2022.

Alternative Nomination Process

Following the nominating committee’s issuance of a report, additional nominations may be made by filing a petition with the Secretary of the Section, 30 days in advance of election, signed by at least 15 members of the Section in good standing.

Voting will be conducted via SurveyMonkey. To ensure you receive a ballot, please click here and/or adjust your spam filters/firewalls to ensure your email address will receive the ballot.


Feel free to contact any member of the current Section Executive Committee or email sections@wsba.org.

Join us!

The WSBA Construction Section is again holding its annual CLE in Seattle on Friday, June 7. This year, the seminar is focused on "Construction Doctrines: Is There a Doctrine in the House?"

Event flyer

More information and registration


Legal Writing Competition for Washington State Law School Students

The Construction Law Section is pleased to announce its 2018-2019 legal writing competition for law students. The prize for the winning submission is $2,500.

Submissions are due by noon on Wednesday, April 10, 2019.

Find more information, including the submission topic, here.

Just Released

Washington Construction Law Deskbook (2019)

WSBA Construction Law Deskbook (2019)The Washington State Bar Association is pleased to announce this new title added to its deskbook library, produced in partnership with the WSBA Construction Law Section.

Editor-in-Chief: Ronald J. English

Editorial Board: Jennifer McMillan Beyerlein, John Evans, Brett M. Hill, Robert L. Olson, Thomas H. Wolfendale

Review table of contents and authors

Subscribe to the online version.

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.

Other forms

Interim Lien/Claim Waiver

Settlement Agreement and Mutual Release of All Claims


Winter 2018-2019 *new*

Fall 2018 │ Spring 2018 │ Winter 2017-2018

Fall 2017 │ Spring 2017  │ Winter 2016-2017

Fall 2016 │ Spring 2016  │ Winter 2015-2016

Executive Committee

Chair: Jason Piskel

Chair-Elect: Amber Hardwick

Vice-Chair: Brett Hill

Secretary: John Evans

Treasurer: Jennifer Beyerlein

Immediate Past Chair: Athan Tramountanas (2017-2018) 

Board of Governors Liaison: Dan Bridges*

Young Lawyer Liaison: Alex Jouravlev*

Past Chairs*
Alan B. Bornstein (2004-2005)
Ron English (2005-2006)
Bob Olson (2006-2007)
Andrew Maron (2007-2008)
Bryan Caditz (2008-2009)
Robert H. Crick Jr. (2009-2011)
Thomas H. Wolfendale (2011-2012)
Joseph Scuderi (2012-2013)
Thomas P. Larkin II  (2013-2014)
Scott Sleight (2014-2015)
John Evans (2015-2016)
Marisa Bavand (2016-2017) 

* Non-voting member

At-Large Members

Term ending 2019
Colm Nelson
Zak Tomlinson
Rick Wetmore

Term ending 2020
Todd Henry
Seth Millstein
Bryce Sinner

Term ending 2021
Lena Holohan
Bart Reed
Paige Spratt

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.

To join the section list serve and for general section questions, please send your email address and bar number to sections@wsba.org. For more information and to get involved with the section, please contact Section Chair Jason Piskel.