Evan Brown 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 a judicial law clerk to Chief Judge Thomas R. Bjorgen and Judge Bradley A. Maxa of the Washington Court of Appeals, Division II, a legal intern with Amazon.com, and a judicial extern for Judge Steven C. González of the Washington Supreme Court and Judge Bruce E. Heller of the King County Superior Court.


University of Washington School of Law, J.D., 2014, with Honors; Order of the Coif, Pro Bono Honors; Editor-in-Chief, Washington Journal of Law, Technology & Arts

Pitzer College, B.A., History and Philosophy, 2006



United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit


  • Represented design-build contractor in litigation involving payment and delay claims by subcontractor, including trial work and successful defense against subcontractor’s appeal.
  • Represented 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.


Insights & Presentations

  • “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)


  • 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



  • Construction Law Forum, American Bar Association, Member
  • Construction Law Section, Washington State Bar Association, Member
  • Legal Affairs Committee, Associated General Contractors of Washington, Member


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