About Evan

Evan Brown is an associate in the Construction & Design section of Stoel Rives’ Real Estate group. Evan has experience with a variety of litigation, transactional, and alternative dispute resolution matters for clients in the construction industry, including interpretation of contracts, statutes, and regulations; claim development and assessment; discovery, including electronic discovery; motion practice; and appeals.

Before joining Stoel Rives, Evan was an associate with Groff Murphy PLLC (20162021). Prior to that, he was a judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Thomas R. Bjorgen and Judge Bradley A. Maxa of the Washington Court of Appeals, Division II (20142016), a legal intern with Amazon.com (20132014), and a judicial extern for Judge Steven C. González of the Washington Supreme Court (2013) and Judge Bruce E. Heller of the King County Superior Court (2012).

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  • Representation of design-build contractor in litigation involving payment and delay claims by subcontractor, including trial work and successful defense against subcontractor’s appeal.
  • Representation of contractors and design professionals on appeals before the Washington Court of Appeals and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
  • Drafted and argued dispositive and nondispositive motions before state and federal trial courts and arbitrators.
  • Coordinated various discovery matters in federal and state litigation and private arbitration.
  • Advised clients with respect to public and private transactional matters, including drafting and revision of contract and subcontract language.
  • Advised clients with respect to project-level disputes and claims on public and private construction projects.
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Honors & Activities

  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Construction Law, Litigation—Construction), 2024
  • Listed among Rising Stars (Construction Litigation: Business), Washington Super Lawyers®, 2022–2023
  • Recognized in Puget Sound Business Journal’s “Next Generation in Law” series, December 2022
  • Member of practice group nationally ranked in Best Law Firms®, 2010–2023
  • Member, Construction Law Forum, American Bar Association
  • Member, Construction Law Section, Washington State Bar Association
  • Member, Legal Affairs Committee, Associated General Contractors of Washington
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “License to Build: The Importance of License Terms in Design Agreements,” Daily Journal of Commerce, April 18, 2024
  • “On Notice: Why Notice and Claim Procedures in Construction Contracts Matter” (co-author), Daily Journal of Commerce, October 19, 2023
  • “Can We Avoid Court? Construction Mediation Agreement Considerations” (co-author), Daily Journal of Commerce, December 15, 2022
  • “Washington Supreme Court Ruling Could Bring Changes to the Construction Industry” (co-author), Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce, November 3, 2022
  • “War-fueled Construction Cost Increases May Warrant Look at Force Majeure,” Daily Journal of Commerce, May 19, 2022
  • “Key Subcontracting Issues,” Washington Construction Law, Seattle, WA, September 10, 2021
  • “Cumulative Impacts” (co-presenter), Construction Project Scheduling & Delay Claims, Seattle, WA, March 20, 2020
  • “Federal Procurement” (co-author), Washington Construction Law Deskbook, June 2018
  • “A Matter of Fact: Supreme Court Clarifies Law Regarding Vicarious Liability for Concurrent Breaches of Nondelegable Duties” (co-author), WSBA Construction Law Section Newsletter, Fall 2018
  • “Fixed Perspectives: The Evolving Contours of the Fixation Requirement in Copyright Law,” 10 WASH. J.L. TECH. & ARTS 17 (2014)
  • “Shaking Out the ‘Shakedowns’: Pre-Discovery Dismissal of Copyright Infringement Cases After Comparison of the Works at Issue,” 9 WASH J.L. TECH. & ARTS 69 (2013)

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