Construction

Tonkon Torp’s construction lawyers seek pragmatic and cost-effective solutions to the many complex legal issues that can arise in construction projects.

We represent businesses and individuals in all aspects of the construction process. We are experienced in representing developers and property owners, homeowners associations, construction firms, general and subcontractors, suppliers, and building product manufacturers.

We have extensive construction law experience, and our clients look to us for pragmatic and efficient solutions to the many problems that inevitably come up during a project. We assist clients with resolving complex construction disputes, enforcing payment obligations, and documenting contract obligations. We also offer unparalleled financial reorganization services to our construction clients, as our team includes the leading bankruptcy and reorganization lawyers in the Pacific Northwest.

We maintain expertise across a full range of practice areas to offer services including:

  • Contract negotiation and drafting
  • Drafting and reviewing bid documents and other agreements
  • Construction lien foreclosure and defense
  • Litigation, mediation, and arbitration
  • Tax advice
  • Labor and employment counsel and litigation
  • Environmental compliance

Construction Litigation

Our construction litigation attorneys have a wide range of experience including:

  • Contract and change order disputes
  • Construction delays and cost-overruns
  • Warranty claims
  • Construction defects and related insurance coverage issues
  • Financial disputes, including pursuing and defending construction lien claims and bond claims

Notable examples of our construction law experience include:

  • Represented the purchaser of Mississippi Avenue Lofts, a troubled green condominium project in North Portland. This case involved over 20 parties, including the architect, general contractor, subcontractors and suppliers. The building, although brand new, experienced significant construction defects, including a prematurely failed roof and acoustic separation issues. The case involved damages in excess of $2 million, and was ultimately settled following a series of joint expert investigations and a comprehensive mediation process
  • Represented a property owner in a claim against its general contractor for defective road construction. Obtained favorable award for client following American Arbitration Association arbitration
  • Represented a homeowner association in legal proceedings against its general contractor arising out of a complex and protracted contract close-out process. The project was a complete envelope renovation for high-end condominiums located at the Oregon coast, with a $2.4 million construction contract. The dispute involved approximately $400,000 in disputed punch list items, and was settled on favorable terms
  • Represented a building product manufacturer for over 20 years, including playing an oversight role in its defense of numerous construction defect claims and related insurance coverage issues arising out of its hardboard siding product
  • Represented a galvanizing supplier in state court litigation arising out of defective highway bridge parts. The matter was settled on favorable terms following mediation
  • Regularly represent a large commercial general construction contractor in the disputes that arise in connection with owners, subcontractors, and suppliers
  • Defended owner of major energy project from dozens of construction lien foreclosure and related claims following financial default of general contractor

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Of Counsel
Darian
Stanford
503.802.2028
darian.stanford@tonkon.com
Litigation Paralegal
Larissa
Stec
503.802.2148
larissa.stec@tonkon.com
Partner
Jon
Stride
503.802.2034
jon.stride@tonkon.com
Associate
Samantha
Taylor
503.802.2042
samantha.taylor@tonkon.com
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Partner
Alex
Tinker
503.802.5734
alex.tinker@tonkon.com
Litigation Paralegal
Amanda
Ulrich
503.802.2106
amanda.ulrich@tonkon.com
Partner
Joseph
Voboril
503.802.2009
joe.voboril@tonkon.com
Associate
Alexandria
Wagner-Jakubiak
503.802.5748
alexandria.wagner@tonkon.com
Labor & Employment Paralegal
Caryl
Walker
503.802.2105
caryl.walker@tonkon.com
Partner
Frank
Weiss
503.802.2051
frank.weiss@tonkon.com
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Steven
Wilker
503.802.2040
steven.wilker@tonkon.com
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Michael
Willes
503.802.5737
michael.willes@tonkon.com
3491, 3559
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Jeffrey
Woodcox
503.802.2039
jeffrey.woodcox@tonkon.com
Associate
Timothy
Wright
503.802.2052
timothy.wright@tonkon.com
Partner
Zachary
Wright
503.802.2041
zach.wright@tonkon.com

Tonkon Torp Stays the Course in the Mississippi Avenue Lofts Project

The process to acquire, complete and sell the Mississippi Avenue Lofts involved a broad range of legal transactions from Tonkon Torp, including a funding round, multi-party loan and purchasing agreements, litigation and a final sale. Find the details and more featured cases here.

Representative Matters

Defended Utility from Construction Lien Claim

Obtained favorable ruling dismissing $3.5 million claim brought under construction lien and unjust enrichment legal theories following bench trial.

Condominium Project Representation

Represented the purchaser of a troubled green condominium project in North Portland. This Multnomah County Circuit Court case involved over 20 parties, including the architect, general contractor, subcontractors and suppliers. The building, although brand new, experienced significant construction defects, including a prematurely failed roof and acoustic separation issues. The case was ultimately settled following a series of joint expert investigations and a comprehensive mediation process.

Bid Protest Representation

Successful bid protest against proposed contract award to competing bidder, based on unfairness of procedure.

Homeowners Association Representation

Representation of a homeowners association in legal proceedings against its general contractor arising out of a complex and protracted contract close-out process. Settled on favorable terms.

Building Product Manufacturer Representation

Represented a building product manufacturer for over 20 years, including playing an oversight role in its defense of numerous construction defect claims and related insurance coverage issues arising out of its hardboard siding product.

Construction Arbitration

Successful five-day arbitration to recover damages for defective road construction.

Breach of Fiduciary Duty Claims

Successfully defended and resolved claims of breach of ficuciary duty against founder of family business.

Complex Senior Housing Construction Loan Facilitation

Represented client borrower in the negotiation and closing of a construction loan for a retirement residence in Washington state. Our work included a loan agreement, related security documents, and the negotiation of ancillary development agreements among the borrower and its development and architectural contractors. On the intended day of closing, it was discovered that a subcontractor had prematurely commenced site work, jeopardizing the bank’s priority. We were able to work with the client, title, and bank to negotiate subordination agreements for the subcontractor and general contractor, and closing proceeded only one day later than planned.

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