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Attorney H. Lee Lewis

H. Lee Lewis

Partner 

Practicing Since 2013

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Practice Areas:

  • Construction Law
  • Appellate Law

Biography

Lee represents contractors, subcontractors, engineers, and owners in private and government construction matters, providing clients with legal advice driven by an understanding of their business.

The construction business is surrounded by risk, and the successful contractor is able to identify, manage and mitigate risks as early as possible. Early and efficient resolution of disputes and conflicts during the construction process is the key to a successful project and portfolio of work, and should be the centerpiece of any effective risk management plan. Lee provides clients and their project teams with risk management training, generally, and specific to the contract/project at issue prior to the first shovel in the ground. This is backed up by ongoing risk assessment and claim management during performance of the work, all aimed towards getting reasonable and fair business resolutions in order to allow the parties to finish the job.

Lee represents clients in risk management matters, including contract negotiation, contract/project administration assistance, and claim avoidance/mitigation. And if disputes cannot be avoided, Lee has extensive experience in dispute resolution, including claim preparation, negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation, having argued in trial courts throughout Washington State as well as before the Washington and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeal. Lee also advises clients on other types of issues that arise within any successful business: employment law, regulatory compliance, trade secrets/IP, corporate record keeping, business succession and many other matters.

Lee believes a good attorney should be a "value add" to the process by helping clients determine the best overall business solutions in the real world, and he brings this philosophy to all of his dealings with clients.

Education

  • Seattle University School of Law, Seattle, Washington
    • J.D. - 2013
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Western Washington University
    • B.A. - 2010
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: 4.0 GPA
    • Major: English Literature

Bar Admission

  • Washington State Supreme Court
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
  • N.Y. Court of Appeals

Pro-Bono Activities

  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit — Pro Bono Program

Professional Associations

  • Lawyer Representative for the Eastern District of Washington to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference (3-year term)
  • Member, Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee (2-year term)
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit — Pro Bono Program
  • American Bar Association Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • American Bar Association JD Appellate Judges Conference
  • Board Member, Chelan Douglas CASA