Professional Service Corporation with Offices in Spokane and Seattle  |  2017 Best Law Firm by US News and World Report
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  • Construction Law
  • Business & Commercial
  • Condemnation / Eminent
  • Labor & Employment
  • Real Estate Disputes
  • Catastrophic Personal
    Injury & Wrongful Death
The firm of Dunn & Black, P.S. is a leader in construction law and provides comprehensive services involving all aspects of your construction project.  Our skilled lawyers also provide focused and aggressive representation in a variety of complex commercial and personal injury litigation, litigation involving real estate development, corporate and business litigation, insurance coverage disputes, condemnation litigation and employment matters.

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Construction Law and Litigation Firm

In the fast-paced and high-stakes construction arena, swift and sure legal counsel is vital. The law firm of Dunn & Black, P.S. understands the issues and the urgency, providing sophisticated advice and timely, cost-effective solutions.

Our firm is recognized as a leader in construction contracts, transactions, alternative dispute resolution, and litigation. Our lawyers of Dunn & Black, P.S. are consistently ranked among the top lawyers in the region.

We serve contractors and developers, subcontractors and suppliers, design professionals, owners, sureties, and other parties in all aspects of construction law. The lawyers of Dunn & Black, P.S. also represent lenders in matters involving construction and development projects. In today’s unique lending climate, lawyers with a unique and extensive background in the Construction Industry are paramount for representation of your company. We provide a full range of services to banks and other financial institutions involved in development projects, including contract reviews and drafting, foreclosure proceedings, collection and mechanics’ lien resolution.

Clients do not have to worry about wasting time or money educating us about the issues. Our firm was established on construction law, and we are conversant in the terminology and current on legal trends. Our senior attorneys serve as arbitrators and mediators in construction disputes and have successfully litigated and arbitrated complex construction disputes involving hospitals, schools, dams, military installations, mines, pipeline projects, and commercial projects located throughout the United States and internationally. John Black is a panel member of the American Arbitration Association, and our lawyers frequently conduct seminars for the Construction Industry.

We provide full service representation to the construction industry including:

Our Representative Work page provides some examples of the broad range of construction related matters we have handled.
Business & Commercial Litigation

Over the years, as litigators, we have represented thousands of clients resulting in multi-millions of dollars in settlements and negotiated resolutions.  However, those results were only made possible due to the many successes we were able to achieve by actually trying other cases ending in significant awards to the people and businesses who had entrusted us with their matters.  As a result we are recognized and respected throughout the legal community for our trial abilities.

Examples of our trials and arbitrations include:

  • Breach of contract disputes
  • Business dissolutions and partnership disputes
  • Property damage claims and defense
  • Construction defects and other construction disputes
  • First party insurance coverage disputes (CGL, E&O)
  • Commercial real estate litigation
  • Bidding disputes
  • Non-compete agreements
  • Collections
  • Lender Liability
Our Representative Work page provides some examples of the broad range of construction related matters we have handled.
Condemnation/Eminent Domain

We represent individuals and businesses whose property is being acquired, damaged, or impacted by the government to ensure that their constitutional rights are protected.  We handle direct condemnation, inverse condemnation, relocation assistance claims, and any other matters affecting your property rights.

Our eminent domain experience over the past two decades has made us the preeminent law firm in handling and litigating, if necessary, cases involving governmental or big business acquisition of private property or real property interests of every kind.  This includes matters involving total takes, partial takes, acquisition of leasehold interests, air or avigation interests, water rights, mineral rights, and severance damage cases.  The representation we have provided our clients over the years has included litigation against every branch of state government - city, county, and WSDOT, as well as a myriad of departments within those governmental entities.  We also routinely represent clients in matters involving takings or condemnation actions against or initiated by the federal government and its various agencies.  In addition to representing private citizens against government condemnations, we also represent property owners against private enterprise who have the right of eminent domain, such as power companies, water companies, gas transmission companies, and airport authorities.

Our Representative Work page provides some examples of the broad range of construction related matters we have handled.
Labor and Employment

The firm provides counsel to clients for all aspects of employment and labor law, including arbitration and litigation regarding gender, age, ethnic, and disability discrimination.

The lawyers at Dunn & Black, P.S. have vast and varied experience representing both employers and employees in all aspects of employment and labor law.  Our lawyers have earned successful verdicts and judgments from judges and juries at both the state and federal court levels around our region.  Also, using our experience, reputation and tenacity, we frequently negotiate positive severance packages and other pre-litigation resolutions in favor of our clients.

Examples of the kinds of employment law cases we handle include:
  • Disability Discrimination
  • Severance Package Negotiations
  • Wrongful Discharge
  • Age Discrimination
  • Racial Discrimination
  • National Origin Discrimination
  • Gender Discrimination
  • Religious Discrimination
  • Sexual Harassment/Hostile Work Environments
  • Retaliation/Whistleblower Claims
  • State Human Rights Commission Claims
  • Federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission Claims
  • Department of Labor & Industries
  • Equal Pay Act
Our Representative Work page provides some examples of the broad range of construction related matters we have handled.
Real Estate Disputes

Real Estate Law – The lawyers at Dunn & Black, P.S. are experienced in handling a variety of issues related to real estate/real property. Our lawyers successfully resolve cases for both buyers and sellers at all levels of dispute arising out of real estate transactions, including pre-litigation, mediation, arbitration, on summary judgment motions, and at trial. Also, our lawyers successfully guide applicants for zoning and permitting changes through the local agency process, including petitions for judicial review of agency decisions. We represent clients and property owners regarding boundary line disputes, trespass, quite title and ejectment actions.

Our Representative Work page provides some examples of the broad range of construction related matters we have handled.
Catastrophic Personal Injury and Wrongful Death

Dunn & Black, P.S. has one of the most respected teams of trial counsel in the region.  Catastrophic injuries are devastating and can have life-altering effects for not only the injured victim but their family as well.  Our legal team has years of litigation experience and has successfully handled a variety of injury and accident-related cases. 

Examples of Personal Injury cases we handle include:

  • Brain injuries
  • Wrongful death
  • Drowning
  • Electrocutions
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Medical negligence/malpractice
Our Representative Work page provides some examples of the broad range of construction related matters we have handled.