Javier (Jay) Perez is a staff attorney in Stoel Rives’ Litigation group. He works with the Construction and Design practice group on discovery, motions, and trial preparation and support for various litigation matters, with a focus on owner-contractor and owner-architect construction disputes in both public works and private development projects.

Jay has extensive experience with e-discovery and the issues that arise with electronically stored information (ESI) under the civil discovery rules and the rules of evidence. He has managed teams of discovery attorneys and created protocols for their review of ESI using discovery platforms and case management tools (e.g., Relativity, CaseMap, Casepoint) to analyze documents for attorney-client privilege and attorney work product issues, and to select evidence for use at depositions and trial, in both construction and other complex cases.

Before becoming a staff attorney at Stoel Rives, Jay was a contract attorney with the firm (2016–2021, 2010–2013), during which time he was a member of litigation teams representing both public and private clients against construction contractors for major Seattle area transportation and utilities projects and a major high-rise residential project.

Jay has prepared translations of foreign-language documents from his native Spanish and, in collaboration with native speakers, from French, for use as deposition and trial exhibits in complex construction cases involving international parties and witnesses. He also translates legal documents as part of his pro-bono work, especially on Federal immigration asylum matters for persons fleeing from persecution and domestic violence in their home countries.


Georgetown University Law Center, J.D., 1989; Senior Articles and Notes Editor, American Criminal Law Review, 1988-89

University of Washington, B.S., Botany/Plant Biology, 2003



United States District Courts for Eastern and Western Districts of Washington

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit



  • Member of trial teams that obtained a $130 million Superior Court jury verdict in December 2013 for King County and a $57.2 million Superior Court jury verdict in Thurston County in December 2019 for the State of Washington, both against defaulting contractors.
  • Member of litigation teams that achieved favorable settlements for owner clients in 2021 against a contractor for delayed construction of a Seattle hotel and in 2022 against the architect and contractor in a design defect case involving a major suburban residential project east of Seattle.


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