Joe Straus started practicing construction law in 1982, when he did not know the difference between a BOMAG roller and a boring log. In the years since, he has learned from his clients, their folks in the field and nationally renowned experts, and can now expound at length to a jury or a tribunal on topics ranging from how methane gas is drawn from landfill waste to generate electricity; to the inherent properties of concrete slabs to transmit moisture; to how the omission of one event on a critical path schedule can destroy the entire schedule’s logic. Joe’s depth of knowledge reflects his passion for learning his clients’ unique businesses in order to resolve their disputes in the most effective and efficient way possible.
Compelling advocacy for troubled projects
Joe’s ability to translate complex technical information into easily understandable concepts traverses all sectors of the construction and design communities and encompasses all parties to construction contracts. Using his well-honed and practiced skills of negotiation and mediation—and if required, arbitration and litigation—Joe has secured victories for his clients in a variety of troubled civil, architectural, maritime and other construction projects in Washington and across the Western United States. Those projects have ranged from failed gasification plants using the latest technologies, to hand removal of coal tar from enclosed voids on World War II era Navy vessels, to the couple who built their dream home only to be fleeced by their contractor’s unscrupulous billing practices. Joe’s goal is to deliver the same level of excellent service and engaged focus and passion to every one of his clients.
Though Joe focuses mainly on construction contract claims, he devotes a substantial portion of his practice to the commercial litigation disputes and contract disputes—from escrow to non-compete disagreements—that arise in a business context each and every day.
Litigation & Dispute Resolution
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