Dennis is an experienced construction attorney with over three decades of experience focusing on complex construction claims and disputes.

Dennis has experience handling construction claims including delay and impact claims, contract and change order disputes, and mechanic’s lien claims. This includes experience representing project owners, real estate developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and design professionals on public works and private development projects. He handles disputes involving almost all types of building components and systems, including soils/geotechnical, concrete, structural steel, roofing, EIFS, curtain wall, plumbing, and electrical systems. Dennis is licensed in California, Washington, and Nevada, and has handled matters in several western states, in New York, and in Washington, D.C. 

Dennis regularly advises and assists construction industry clients with drafting and negotiation of construction contracts, including drafting and negotiating contract provisions addressing risk management and risk transfer.


Represented contractor asserting multi-million dollar productivity and impact claims arising out of fast-track construction of professional baseball stadium;

Represented general contractor asserting claim for non-payment of construction management fee, and defended against owner’s counterclaims for delays;

Represented homeowner (seller) against buyer’s claims for failure to disclose utility easement;

Defended contractor against multi-million dollar construction defect claims asserted by state university;

Defended contractor against delay and productivity claims of subcontractor arising out of construction of luxury hotel;

Represented contractor in claim against public agency arising from reconstruction of airport runway;

Defended homebuilder against claims brought by multiple homeowners alleging construction defects in numerous systems and components of single family homes;

Defended design-build contractor against subcontractor's delay and impact claims arising out of construction of consolidated rail corridor;

Represented contractor asserting multi-million dollar delay and productivity claims arising out of construction of state prison;

Represented design-build contractor asserting claims against municipality arising out of termination of municipal light rail project;

Represented steel fabricator and erector asserting labor productivity claims against design-build contractor arising out of construction of federal courthouse;

Represented public works contractor in breach of contract claim against municipality arising out of default termination;

Represented real estate developer asserting claims for damages against structural engineer arising out of development of mixed-use condominium project;

Represented real estate developer defending against multi-million dollar lien claims asserted by contractors, and asserting multi-million dollar delay and impact claims against design team;

Represented multiple subcontractors in multi-party construction defect case arising out of construction of high rise condominium project;

Defended civil engineer in connection with alleged failure of engineered slope covering municipal landfill;

Defended water loss restoration company against personal injury claims arising out of alleged disturbance of mold and asbestos;

Defended international engineering company against asbestos exposure personal injury claims;

Asserted and defended against mechanic’s lien, stop notice claims, and payment bond claims on numerous projects;

Represented contractors, subcontractors, and other public contracting participants in public works bid protests;


J.D., University of Washington School of Law

B.A., University of Washington

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