Washington Real Estate & Construction Law
Real Estate & Construction Law Attorney, Serving
Spokane and Pend Oreille Counties.
Are you looking for legal consultation from someone
who knows the construction and manufacturing industry from
experience rather than solely from books?
Trained as a mechanical engineer, and current owner of a local general contractor company, the construction, manufacturing, and building trades are my passion. My view of the law is through the lens of my past hands-on experience. I know the codes, I know the tools, I know the materials, I know the latest trends, I know the law, and I know how construction contractors are treated as second class citizens by Washington statutes.
My objective is to provide cost-effective representation to construction companies, contractors, sub-contractors, property owners, and business owners in construction law matters, including:
- Construction contract review
- Construction contract disputes
- Construction litigation
- Defending against default judgments
- Contractor Bond actions
- Construction defect litigation
- Mechanic's liens
- Zoning, land use, and environmental matters
- Real estate litigation
- House Inspection
- And more...
What do I do if my company and bond are being sued?
As a contractor, you should know that the law is stacked in favor of ambulance chasers looking for a quick default judgment. And, from my experience, the courts are happy to grant them. The day that you receive notice of a Certified Letter from Labor & Industries is the day that you need to contact an attorney. Unlike any other person in the state of Washington who has a right to personal service and 20 days to answer any complaint, a General Contractor can be served just by certified mail from the Washington Department of Labor and Industries. See RCW 18.27.040. And don't think that a contractor gets any time period extension to take into account delivery time, weekend notice from closed post offices, etc. The 20 days to answer a Complaint starts ticking at the time L&I receives copies of the complaint - not when you receive the complaint. Once that 20 days is up, an attorney can run into court and get a default judgment against you and your bond for the alleged cost of the action, plus whatever attorney fees he or she decides to ad, without you even having notice. Is this unfair? Absolutely, but you will have to talk to your legislator about that one. In the mean time, make sure you have someone in your corner. The minute you believe that you are, or might be party to a lawsuit, is the time that you need to talk to an attorney who understands your situation.
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J. Pierce Law Office
505 W. Riverside Ave., Ste 518
Spokane, WA 99201