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Construction Litigation

The attorneys at Rafel Law Group have decades of experience handling complex construction cases.  Examples of our work include:

  • Paschen v. Washington State Convention and Trade Center: Defended WSCTC in suit by general contractor seeking $35 million in alleged cost overruns arising out of construction of the Convention Center; achieved favorable settlement, including design team’s payment of 50% of the settlement amount and design team’s insurer’s payment of a substantial portion of WSCTC’s attorneys’ fees
  • State of Washington v. Traylor Bros.: Hired as Special Assistant Attorney General to represent the State in action against general contractor for recovery of damages resulting from the sinking of the I-90/Lake Washington Bridge; obtained substantial settlement payment after 4-day mediation utilizing the novel concept of a 3-member mediation panel
  • E.J. Bartells v. Southwest Marine: Represented plaintiff subcontractor in Federal Court action in Oregon against general contractor for recovery of delay and disruption damages in connection with overhaul of the U.S.S. Standley; won $600,000 jury verdict plus substantial prejudgment interest award and successfully defended appeal to the Ninth Circuit
  • Raytheon v. Washington Public Power Supply System: Defended Supply System in Federal Court action in Arizona brought by general contractor/construction manager seeking $20 million in damages and penalties arising out of termination of the Supply System’s Project No. 3 at Satsop; after lengthy 2-week bench trial, the Court issued judgment in Supply System’s favor on all claims; successfully defended appeal to Ninth Circuit
  • Kiewit v. Washington State Convention and Trade Center:Defended WSCTC against general contractor asserting a $14 million claim for cost overruns and disruption damages in connection with the substantial WSCTC expansion project; achieved favorable settlement at mediation, including Kiewit’s agreement to perform and complete disputed work and a substantial payment by the design team’s insurer