Overview

Bill is a member of the firm’s Construction practice whose litigation experience includes representing clients at trial and in arbitrations, mediations and appeals involving a wide range of complex multimillion-dollar construction and real estate matters. His practice also has a transactional component, which includes preparing and negotiating construction contracts, design agreements, leases and other contract documents for construction and real estate clients. Bill is a Professional Engineer (licensed in Oregon) and a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction.

Prior to practicing law, Bill was a project engineer for a global infrastructure and environmental services company where he worked on a variety of public and private commercial and retail developments.

Experience
  • Represented a construction manager in federal court litigation involving claims arising out of $300 million new construction hospital project in Columbus, Ohio.
  • Defended a general contractor against subcontractor claims on construction projects in Colorado, Illinois, Texas, Florida, Michigan and Ohio.
  • Represented a Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise in successfully resolving a multimillion-dollar claim dispute involving the construction of a new baseball stadium.
  • Defended a major oil and gas midstream company against Utica Shale pipeline construction claims, which were amicably resolved after 4 weeks of jury trial.
  • Served as second-chair trial lawyer defending civil engineer on $3.5 million lawsuit asserting professional negligence on public roadway and sewer replacement project. The matter was amicably resolved in first week of trial.
  • Obtained favorable jury verdict as first-chair trial lawyer representing homeowner on negligence claim against uphill neighbor for damages resulting from landslide.
  • Represented homeowners as a second-chair trial lawyer in first-party insurance claim against home insurer which denied coverage for landslide damages. After a summary judgment in favor of coverage, a favorable trial verdict on damages was obtained. Trial verdict was successfully defended in Oregon appellate courts. See Chou v. Farmers Ins. Exchange, 253 Or App 552, rev denied 353 Or 787 (2013).
  • Represented a municipality pursuing $1.2 million in product liability, breach of contract, and negligence claims against general contractor, design engineer and equipment supplier related to the purchase of sludge dehydrator for wastewater treatment plant. Matter was favorably resolved on eve of trial.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims against architect client in $6.5 million complex construction defect case.
  • Assisted in defense of professional design team on a matter involving reconstruction of $350 million federal highway bridge project due to encountering of ancient landslides. Design team obtained favorable decision from independent Dispute Review Board and matter was amicably resolved.
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissing all claims against engineering client in defense of professional negligence claims related to the design of a major roadway.
  • Represented structural engineer in defense of professional negligence claims related to bowstring truss failures. Matter was amicably resolved prior to trial.
  • Represented architect in prosecution of claims against contractor for invalid construction liens and construction defects related to construction of client’s personal residence.
  • Represented numerous professional design clients in lien foreclosure action to recover unpaid fees.
PublicationsPresentations
  • “Contingent Payment Provisions and Forum Selection Clauses,” Thompson Hine Construction Industry Hot Topics Seminar, Cleveland, June 2015.
  • “Risk Management,” AIA Portland FRED Business of Architecture Series, Portland, OR, October 2014. 
Distinctions

  • Certificate in Environmental and Natural Resources Law, Lewis & Clark Law School
  • Lewis & Clark Law School Environmental Leadership Award
Professional and Civic

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, Green Initiative Committee Chair
  • Oregon State Bar, Real Estate/Land Use, Environmental, and Construction Law Sections
  • Washington State Bar, Construction, Environmental and Land Use Sections

Professional Activities

  • Urban Land Institute (ULI) – Member, Cleveland Chapter
  • U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – Regional Board Member, Ohio Chapter
  • American Society of Engineers (ASCE) – Member, Former Chair, Oregon Professional Development
  • Thompson Hine Cleveland Office Sustainability Initiative Committee, Founder and Chair

Community Activities

  • Environmental Health Watch, Board Member
  • Civic Leadership Institute Cleveland – Class of 2015
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