Brett M. Hill

Direct Dial: 206-515-2233
Ph: 206-287-9900
Fx: 206-287-9902

Brett M. Hill Attorney

Practice Areas

  • Construction Law and Litigation
  • General Litigation
  • Insurance Coverage


Licensed In

Washington, Oregon and Alaska


Practice Description

Mr. Hill is a Partner at the firm and concentrates his practice on construction and general litigation. He has represented owners, lenders, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in mediations, arbitrations, trial court litigation, and appeals. He understands that each dispute requires its own unique approach to achieve the best result for the client and that approach is not always through litigation. Some disputes require a creative solution to the complex problem. In addition to litigation matters, he also regularly handles transactional/contract drafting matters for construction industry clients.

Mr. Hill is admitted to practice in Washington, Oregon and Alaska and in the United States District Court for the Western District of Washington and the Eastern District of Washington. He is a member of the Washington, Oregon and Alaska State Bar Associations and the American Bar Association.

He has been selected as a "Super Lawyer" in Washington by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2015. This designation is reserved for fewer than five percent of lawyers in Washington. He was selected as a “Rising Star” by Washington Law and Politics / Super Lawyers Magazine for 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014.


Representative Cases

  • Represented general contractor seeking recovery of a seven-figure contract balance against the owner. Successfully defended a challenge to the general contractor’s lien, and settled the case favorably days before the arbitration.
  • Represented local Port in defense of a general contractor’s claim for additional compensation involving the cleanup of the Hylebos Waterway. Succeeded in obtaining the summary judgment dismissal of the general contractor’s claim prior to trial. Waldner Consulting, Inc. v. Miller Contracting, Inc., 2009 WL 42657.
  • Represented roofing contractor in arbitration against the owner for work performed on a shopping mall. Obtained award from arbitrator in full amount of claim, plus interest and attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented one of the largest civil contractors in the Puget Sound area in an arbitration against one of its subcontractors involving a contested default by the subcontractor. Prevailed in the arbitration and arbitrator awarded entire amount sought against the subcontractor plus attorneys fees.
  • Represented developer in arbitration against general contractor for defective work. Obtained award from arbitrator in full amount of claim, plus interest and attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented construction lender in dispute with competing lien claimants after developer’s insolvency. Obtained favorable summary judgment ruling against one of the lien claimants, and negotiated a creative settlement of case that resulted in recovery of principal owed to lender and attorneys’ fees.
  • Transactional Matters: Drafted and negotiated numerous general contracts, subcontracts, supplier agreements and professional services/designer agreements for both public and private projects.

Professional Associations

  • Co-Chair, Judiciary and Litigation Committee of the King County Bar Association (2014 - Present)
  • Member, Legal Affairs Committee, National Utility Contractors Association (2013 - Present)
  • Committee Member, Construction Law Section of the Washington State Bar (2014 - Present)
  • Developing Leader, National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP) (2009 - 2012)
  • Editor, Law Review, Seattle University School of Law (2003-2004)
  • Externship, The Honorable Thomas S. Zilly, Federal District Court (2004)
  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Construction Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Oregon State Bar Association
  • Member, Alaska State Bar Association
  • Member, King County Bar Association
  • Member, National Utility Contractors Association (NUCA)

Publications and Speaking Engagements

  • Speaker, Differing Site Conditions and Contact Changes, WSBA Construction Law Section Seminar, 2015
  • Speaker, Contract Clause Panel, Washington State Bar Association Construction Law Section Seminar, 2014
  • Speaker, Construction Scheduling in Washington, Lorman CLE Presentation, 2014
  • Speaker | Moderator, Change Orders in Washington, Lorman CLE Presentation, 2014
  • Speaker, Insurance Coverage for Contractors, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Contractor Training, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Moderator, AIA Contracts in Washington, Lorman CLE Presentation, 2013
  • Speaker, Utility Contractor’s Perspective on Underground Facility Damage Prevention, Washington State Water and Sewer Risk Management Pool, 2012
  • Speaker, Contractor Claims and Disputes, USDOT Bonding Education Program – Small Business Transportation Resource Center, 2011
  • Speaker, Contracting on Public Projects, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Contractor Training, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Speaker, Contracts for General Contractors, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Contractor Training, 2011, 2012, 2013
  • Speaker, Common Legal Issues, Washington State Department of Labor & Industries Contractor Training, 2011, 2012
  • Speaker, Analysis of A201 General Conditions, Lorman CLE – “AIA Contracts in Washington”, 2012
  • Speaker, Analysis of Owner Architect Contract, Lorman CLE – “AIA Contracts in Washington”, 2008, 2010, 2012, 2013
  • Speaker, Claims and Change Orders, Association of General Contractors of Washington, 2009
  • Speaker, Associated Builders and Contractors of Washington – “Construction Lien and Bond Claims”, 2008
  • Author, Prevailing Wages Not Required for Delivery of Materials to Construction Site, AGC Newsletter, February 2005
  • Frequent contributor to AHLERS & CRESSMAN PLLC’s blog

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, Seattle University School of Law, 2004
  • B.S. in Economics, With Distinction, University of Washington, 1999