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zak.tomlinson@
pacificalawgroup.com

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F. 206.246.1795

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Practice Areas:

Construction
Litigation

Zak Tomlinson

Partner

Zak is a construction and procurement lawyer who represents a wide variety of public and private owners, including cities, port districts, school districts, utility districts and a number of special purpose districts.

Zak routinely counsels clients at the initial phase of the procurement and construction process, including development and review of procurement policies and procedures, preparation of RFQ/RFP documents (including both traditional design/bid/build projects and alternative GC/CM and Design/Build procurement), and drafting and negotiation of design and construction contracts. He also represents clients at all stages of the dispute resolution process, including bid protests, project claims and change order evaluation, and the mediation, arbitration and litigation of substantive claims (including construction defects, delay and impacts, and insurance coverage).

Zak is currently on the Board of the Construction Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association.

Bar Admissions:

  • Washington
  • Western District of Washington
  • Eastern District of Washington
  • Ninth Circuit

Education:

  • Stanford University, B.A., Public Policy
  • University of Washington School of Law, J.D., with honors (Order of the Coif, Washington Law Review, Executive Articles Editor)

Speaking Engagements & Presentations:

Publications:

  • Co-Author, Contract Performance Issues, Washington Construction Law Deskbook (forthcoming 2018)
  • An Owner’s Guide to Managing Trenchless Risks, Pacific Northwest Trenchless Review (Spring 2014)
  • Pacifica Builds (Pacifica Law’s Construction Blog) (2013 – present)
  • Author, CR 13 Counterclaims and Cross Claims, Washington Civil Procedure Deskbook (2008 – present, new edition 2014)

Professional Organizations:

  • Board Member, Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section (2016-present)
  • King County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Construction Law Section

Representative Matters:

  • Represent Seattle art institution in the procurement (GC/CM), contract negotiation and ongoing renovation of museum.
  • Represent school district in mediation of $4 million delay and impact claim arising out of demolition and construction of middle school and insurance coverage issues.
  • Represent owner in resolution of $5 million claim involving renovation and construction of apartment complex and associated insurance coverage (builders risk) claim.
  • Represent port district in variety of matters, including contractor claims arising from renovation and construction of short-term parking facility.
  • Represent municipality in disputes arising out of design and construction of regional sports and entertainment facility.
  • Represent regional municipal jail in variety of procurement and construction issues.
  • Represent emergency communications services center in wide variety of procurement and construction issues.
  • Co-counsel to water and wastewater district in defense of differing site condition claims arising from trenchless construction.
  • Represent housing authority in variety of procurement and construction issues.
  • Co-counsel to water and wastewater district in defense of differing site condition claims arising from trenchless construction.
  • Member of team litigating claims arising out of construction of Safeco Field. Washington Supreme Court Decisions at Wash. State Major League Baseball Stadium PFD v. Huber, Hunt & Nichols-Kiewit Const. Co., 165 Wn.2d 679, 202 P.3d 924 (2009) and Wash. State Major League Baseball Stadium PFD v. Huber, Hunt & Nichols-Kiewit Const. Co., 165 WN. 2d 679, 202 P.3d 924 (2013).