Retired Partner

Richard E. Alexander


Richard E. Alexander is a retired partner no longer practicing law. To connect with a construction and design attorney please click here.

Dick Alexander is a retired partner of Stoel Rives who joined the firm in 1977. Dick continues to serve exclusively as a mediator, arbitrator, or member of dispute review boards. He practiced in the Construction and Design group. Dick represented public and private owners, prime contractors, major subcontractors and suppliers, and design professionals in the construction and design field. His practice included negotiating agreements and litigation, arbitration and claims work on major construction projects. He has lectured extensively to industry groups, attorneys, and public agencies on construction and design law issues.


University of Oregon School of Law


ADR Experience

Dick has served as a mediator or arbitrator in approximately 400 disputes for a period of more than 25 years on a wide range of complex construction and design disputes, including highway and road projects, technology facilities, condominiums, power plants (hydroelectric, nuclear and wind) and commercial projects that ranged from major league baseball parks and power plants with amounts in dispute of more than $100,000,000 to single-family residences involving far less amounts. He has served as Chair of a Dispute Review Board on a $5,000,000,000-plus nuclear power plant project and is on the Oregon Department of Transportation Claims Review Board, and the Disputes Review Boards for several projects for the Texas Department of Transportation.

ADR Training

  • AAA Breaking Bad: Tools for Advocates & Mediators When Negotiations Get Stuck, 2014
  • AAA Guided Choice: Innovations in Mediation to Get Better Settlements at Less Cost, 2014
  • AAA All aTwitter About Social Networking: Impact on Arbitration Practice, Procedure and Cases, 2013
  • AAA Managing Negotiations in Mediation, 2013
  • AAA Managing the Arbitration Process for Efficiency & Economy Following the Preliminary Hearing, 2012
  • AAA Fundamentals of Effective Mediation Advocacy, 2011
  • Clark County Bar Association, Ethical Issues in Mediation, 2009
  • American College of Construction Lawyers Convention, 2007
  • AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics (ACE005), 2006, 2005
  • AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards (ACE001), 2004
  • AAA Construction Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2002
  • AAA Arbitrator Update, 2001
  • AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator Training, 1997
  • Various other ADR training

Representative Projects

He has represented both public and private parties in negotiating agreements and resolving disputes on numerous major construction projects, including:

  • Nike, Inc., Original World Campus and Expansion (approximately $225 million in two projects) and design and construction agreements for NIKETOWNS across the United States and in Europe.
  • Donald M. Drake and Turner Construction, Trailblazer Rose Garden (approximately $230 million project).
  • Peter Kiewit & Sons, Gold Mining Facility (approximately $20 million project).
  • Washington construction (dams, gold mining facility and highway projects).
  • Morrison Knudsen (heavy civil construction disputes).
  • City of Portland (substantial civil construction disputes).
  • TriMet, Portland Airport Lightrail Extension (approximately $125 million design-build project).
  • Obayashi Corporation, Electronics Facility (approximately $200 million project).
  • Hyundai Semiconductor America, Inc. (approximately $230 million project).
  • CH2M Hill (design professional disputes).
  • ZGF Architects (substantial projects in Oregon, Washington, California and other states).
  • Numerous multimillion-dollar condominium projects representing various parties.
  • Representing contractors on various Oregon Department of Transportation projects.


Insights & Presentations

  • “The Man in the Mirror: The Most Important Person in Mediation May Not be the Mediator,” 21st Annual Oregon Construction Law Conference, The Seminar Group, September 23, 2016
  • “Top 10 Cutting-Edge Trends in Alternative Dispute Resolution and Avoidance,” Annual Meeting, Oregon State Bar Construction Law Section, 2014


  • Named by Best Lawyers® as Litigation-Construction “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2015, 2017 and 2019; and Construction Law “Lawyer of the Year,” Portland, 2011-2013
  • Included in The Best Lawyers in America® (Construction Law, Litigation-Construction, Professional Malpractice Law-Defendants), 2003-2021
  • Listed in Oregon Super Lawyers® (Surety, Construction Litigation), 2006-2020
  • Selected as SIR Award Winner, Associated General Contractors of America (Oregon-Columbia Chapter), 2011
  • Listed in International Who’s Who of Construction Lawyers



  • Oregon State Bar Construction Law Section Newsletter, Former Editor
  • Board of Directors of TEPA, LLC (a Section 8(a) contractor) and Walsh Construction Co., a northwest general contractor, Independent Member
  • American College of Construction Lawyers, Member
  • National Group Advisory Board of The Construction Contractor by Federal Publications, Inc.
  • American Bar Association, Construction Industry Forum
  • American Arbitration Association, Construction Industry Arbitration Panel
  • American Institute of Architects, Former Associate Member
  • Construction Specifications Institute, Former Associate Member
  • Oregon State Board of Architect Examiners, Member


  • Chess for Success, Board Member
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