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and Construction Matters Since 1893.
Oles Morrison
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Jason Wandler is an integral member of his client’s construction project team helping to proactively identify legal issues and finding solutions quickly that allow projects to keep moving forward. From drafting contracts for public or private construction projects, through dispute resolution and every single issue in between, Jason is the advocate general contractors want on their side. He has represented clients on a wide variety of projects, including multi-story commercial developments, Army family housing developments, Air Force aircraft facilities, utility and roadway construction, Washington ferry terminal construction, commercial retail facilities, sports complex construction, golf course construction, as well as multiple multi-party lien foreclosure actions.

Committed to workforce development, Jason serves on Washington State University’s School of Design and Construction, Construction Management Advisory Board, and the ABC of Western Washington Board of Directors. Jason is a frequent lecturer on Washington lien law and other construction-related topics to industry groups and previously, served as an Adjunct Instructor for the Washington State University School of Design & Construction. Jason has been named a “Rising Star” among Washington construction lawyers by Washington Law and Politics.

As Managing Partner of the firm, Jason is responsible for guiding the strategic direction of the firm to ensure it continues to be one of the West’s leading construction and government contracts law firms.

Representative matters

Alternative Dispute Resolution

Represented a general contractor during construction of a $1.2 billion computer chip manufacturing facility.  Multiple parties had claims on the project, including our client, totaling over $200 million dollars.  We were able to coordinate the various claims and contracts, which resulted in an amicable settlement in the client’s favor.

Claims and Disputes

Represented a design-build general contractor during construction of an F-22 aircraft maintenance facility in Anchorage, Alaska.  In addition to assisting in the prosecution of claims, we negotiated with all team members to bring the project to conclusion and the claims were amicably resolved by all parties.

Represented a general contractor during construction of a $1.2 billion computer chip manufacturing facility.  Multiple parties had claims on the project, including our client, totaling over $200 million dollars.  We were able to coordinate the various claims and contracts, which resulted in an amicable settlement in the client’s favor.

Construction Contracting

Evaluated major project contract documents in support of client’s LTA due diligence efforts on a US DOE Loan Guarantee Program for a cellulose-to-ethanol conversion facility. We also performed technical due diligence review.

Developed competitive bid procurement procedures and policies for a Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group, which coordinates and performs salmon habitat restoration. In addition to developing bid and procurement procedures, we drafted contract documents and bid package information for the various projects the client undertakes.  We also assisted the client on project management issues, including oversight of construction teams ultimately selected by this Owner client.

Retained by an Island Improvement Association, which is made up of Island homeowners, and was tasked with coordinating and drafting design, construction and financing documents when the association sought to replace the only bridge allowing access to the island. In addition, we assisted the client throughout the procurement process to assure the proper design and construction team was in place for this major project.

Retained by a general contract to oversee and coordinate the preparation of construction documents, including drafting of the prime contract, for an approximately $70 million shopping mall.

Represented a design-build general contractor during construction of an F-22 aircraft maintenance facility in Anchorage, Alaska.  In addition to assisting in the prosecution of claims, we negotiated with all team members to bring the project to conclusion and the claims were amicably resolved by all parties.

Procurement Disputes (Bidding and Bid Protests)

Developed competitive bid procurement procedures and policies for a Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group, which coordinates and performs salmon habitat restoration. In addition to developing bid and procurement procedures, we drafted contract documents and bid package information for the various projects the client undertakes.  We also assisted the client on project management issues, including oversight of construction teams ultimately selected by this Owner client.

Retained by an Island Improvement Association, which is made up of Island homeowners, and was tasked with coordinating and drafting design, construction and financing documents when the association sought to replace the only bridge allowing access to the island. In addition, we assisted the client throughout the procurement process to assure the proper design and construction team was in place for this major project.

Contract Administration and Regulatory Compliance

Evaluated major project contract documents in support of client’s LTA due diligence efforts on a US DOE Loan Guarantee Program for a cellulose-to-ethanol conversion facility. We also performed technical due diligence review.

Developed competitive bid procurement procedures and policies for a Regional Fisheries Enhancement Group, which coordinates and performs salmon habitat restoration. In addition to developing bid and procurement procedures, we drafted contract documents and bid package information for the various projects the client undertakes.  We also assisted the client on project management issues, including oversight of construction teams ultimately selected by this Owner client.

Surety and Bond Actions

Successfully argued on behalf of general contractor that a supplier of temporary labor services does not have standing to assert a claim under Washington’s public bond and retention statutes.

Publications & Presentations

Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Presenter, “Effective Project Management Through Scheduling,” Washington State University School of Architecture & Construction Management, Pullman, WA, 2011
  • Presenter, “Using a Mechanic’s Lien to Get Your Money,” National Business Institute, 2006
  • Presenter, “Lien and Bond Claims: Procedures and Pitfalls,” Washington Construction Law Conference, The Seminar Group, Seattle, WA, 2004, 2005
  • Presenter, “Washington Lien Law,” Oles Morrison Construction and Public Contract Law Seminar, Seattle, WA, 2003, 2005
  • Presenter, “Washington Contracts – The Year in Review,” Oles Morrison Construction and Public Contract Law Seminar, Seattle, WA, 2004

Publications

  • Contributing Author, “Wiley Construction Law Update,” Aspen Publishing, 2005
  • Contributing Author, Lien Law Online, Construction Publications Inc., 2001 to present

Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, Associated Builders and Contractors of Western Washington
  • Construction Management Advisory Board, Washington State University’s School of Design and Construction
  • Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • King County Bar Association
  • Oregon State Bar Association

Awards & Honors

  • Best Lawyers in America, Litigation-Construction, 2015-present
  • “Rising Star,” Washington Law and Politics, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2011

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