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Construction Defect

The Construction Defect Litigation Practice Team at Williams Kastner serves clients involved in all aspects of construction defect litigation. Our attorneys have extensive experience and have handled matters related to construction defects in more than 300 matters in the last five years. Our attorneys are experienced in all types of construction projects, including: condominium, single family plat developments, high-end single family, commercial and multifamily/mixed use buildings. We represent homeowner associations, general contractors, specialty subcontractors, owner/developers, architects, engineers, and individual homeowners. We also represent lending institutions, insurers and sureties. Our broad base of clients enables our attorneys to be well versed in virtually every construction-related legal issue.

The Construction Defect Litigation Practice Team offers broad-based experience in various aspects of construction law addressing construction defect issues for our clients. This broad technical experience nets results. Illustrative of our success is the fact that of the nearly 100 construction defect cases handled over the past two years, over 25% of the cases have been resolved by obtaining outright dismissals or settlements of less than $3,000.

When matters must go to trial, our attorneys have an excellent track record of achieving results for our clients. In Lake Union Towers v. Wall Finishes, the Williams Kastner attorney team, led by Doug Hofmann, achieved one of the only defense verdicts for an EIFS (External Insulation and Finish System) and stucco siding subcontractor in a high damage case. Williams Kastner’s success continued in Meydenbauer Bay for another EIFS siding installer where our attorneys achieved a $40,212 verdict for another EIFS installer in a case with a pre-trial demand in excess of $900,000 (the verdict just exceeded the pre-trial offer of judgment for $40,000). Our attorneys provide clients with unparalleled expertise in construction defect matters, both in and out of the courtroom.

Teamwork is a key component to the success of our Construction Defect Litigation Practice Team. Each case is evaluated early and handled by the most appropriate and cost-effective attorney for the case. A knowledgeable and experienced support staff is on hand to help streamline the often-heavy document requirements of construction defect cases. Our attorneys work with the most knowledgeable and respected construction defect experts in the Northwest. Our attorneys team with the top experts in every technical field to evaluate each case and get successful results for our clients.

The Construction Defect Litigation Practice Team attorneys offer experienced legal support in the following trades and building systems:

  • Building Envelope: EIFS, stucco, vinyl and other lap siding
  • Roofing: torch down, metal roofing and shingled systems for all types of slopes
  • Framing
  • Decking and deck waterproofing
  • Mechanical systems: plumbing, HVAC, electrical
  • Windows
  • Foundation work
  • Concrete and mortar
  • Site work including grading, drainage and landscaping
  • Structural, civil and architectural design flaws
  • Mold

Our Construction Defect Litigation Practice Team attorneys are also experienced in the many issues surrounding construction defect representation, including:

Insurance

  • Indemnification agreements
  • Insurance
  • Additional Insurance
  • Defense obligations
  • Providing and obtaining payment, performance and contractor registration bonds
  • Drafting, construction and enforcement of insurance policies covering all aspects of a construction project