Clients look to Melia Preedy for legal counsel on a wide variety of construction related matters from small private construction disputes to complex public engineering, building, heavy construction and insurance issues. Melia has handled multimillion-dollar complex construction disputes including terminations, differing site conditions, delay, and change order claims; GC/CM alternative procurement disputes; construction defect litigation; and lien claims. She draws on her experience in the construction industry working for a Fortune 500 company drafting multimillion-dollar proposals for both state and federal contracts to apply legal solutions to technical issues to the construction and government contracts issues her clients face. Her litigation experience includes arguing litigious matters in Washington state court, federal court, mediation and arbitration.
Deeply involved in the legal industry and local community, Melia is an active member of Associated General Contractors of Washington and its Future Leaders Forum in addition to her involvement with Women Leaders in Construction. She is also an active member of the King County Bar Association where she has presented on ethical issues in bankruptcy. In addition to her legal practice, Melia is deeply committed to social justice and advocating for Washington’s disabled community.
Publications & Presentations
- Co-presenter, “Deal with it, counselor! An overview of common ethical issues in bankruptcy,” King County Bar Association, January, 2016
- Aspen Construction Law Update, 2015, 2016
- Co-Author, “Public-Private Partnerships in the U.S.,” Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, May 2015
- Co-Author, “The Legal Maze of the Keystone XL Pipeline,” Canadian College of Construction Lawyers, May 2016
- Author, “Subminimum or Subpar? A Note in Favor of Repealing the Fair Labor Standards Act’s Subminimum Wage Program,” 37 Seattle U. L. Rev. 1097, 2014
- Board Member, Steering Committee, Future Leaders Forum, Associated General Contractors of Washington
- Member, King County Bar Association, Construction Law Section
- Member, Women Leaders in Construction