Practice Area:

Construction Law and Litigation

In the complex and high risk construction field arena, seasoned and knowledgeable legal counsel is vital. At the law firm of Dunn & Black we understand our client’s needs for practical and timely advice on issues which affect your business operations on a daily basis. At Dunn & Black, our experienced legal team will efficiently guide your company through all phases of construction, from procurement through completion.


Since our firm’s inception over 30 years ago, Dunn & Black has been recognized as a leader in the construction industry. We represent many regional and national firms requiring legal representation throughout the western United States. Our lawyers of Dunn & Black are consistently ranked among the top lawyers in the region.

We serve contractors, developers, subcontractors, suppliers, design professionals, owners, and sureties in all facets of the construction industry. The lawyers of Dunn & Black also represent the same construction and development clients in matters related to insurance coverage. In today’s business 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 construction and development clients, including all aspects of litigation, contract reviews and drafting, claims process, mechanic’s liens, foreclosure proceedings, construction defects, insurance coverage and collection, and early dispute 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 industry terminology and standard practices. We stay current on the legal trends within the industry. 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.

We provide full-service representation to the construction industry including:

  • Contract Drafting and Negotiations
  • Construction Claims
  • Construction Default
  • Construction and Design Defects
  • Insurance Coverage Disputes
  • Mechanics’ Liens and Payment Bond Claims
  • Miller Act Litigation
  • OSHA / WISHA / MSHA Citations and Proceedings
  • Labor and Industries
  • Government Procurement
  • Mediation and Arbitration

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

Washington State Paid Sick Leave

Legislative Changes for 2024 Beginning January 1, 2024, employers must pay any unused and accrued sick leave to construction workers if employment lasts fewer than 90 days.  Payment must occur on or before the next regularly scheduled pay day after separation from...

Construction Case Law Updates

The Washington Supreme Court as well as the Washington Court of Appeals have clarified two important aspects of construction insurance policies. First, who bears the burden of proving coverage in a builders all-risk policy? Second, what is the effect of a resulting...

Collapse of an underwater fish bypass system

Represented subcontractor on a collapse of an underwater fish bypass system to receive full compensation for the cost of rebuild of the structure.

Delay and impact claims on a gas pipeline

Represented general contractor and subcontractor in multi-million dollar delay and impact claims on a major gas pipeline project in Utah. Negotiated multi-million dollar settlement with owner and contractor.

Dispute regarding water and mold damage

Represented general contractor in dispute regarding water and mold damage in a hotel located in Reno, Nevada.

Delay and impact claim on museum project

Represented several subcontractors in delay and impact claim involving museum project. Achieved successful settlement.

Claim for extras on a convention center project

Represented general contractor on an $8 million claim for extras involving a convention center project.

Claim involving the federal government environmental

Represented general contractor in termination claim involving the federal government on environmental remediation project.

Dispute for termination expense, extra work, and delays

Represented general contractor in dispute for termination expense, extra work, and delay during construction of a condominium facility.

Defective bolts installed on bridge

Represented general contractor in dispute regarding defective bolts installed on tied arch bridge. Successfully defended contractor.