Sean C. Gay

Sean C. Gay

Partner
Portland, OR
Overview

About Sean

Sean Gay is a former construction professional who applies his extensive industry experience to help clients achieve their goals.  Before joining Stoel Rives, Sean managed construction projects in Washington and Hawaii.  As a construction project manager, Sean was intimately involved in the technical and financial aspects of his projects.

Clients rely on Sean’s ability to leverage his real-world experience to their legal issues.  He advises clients on a broad range of matters, including project management issues, contract negotiations, public contracting issues, bid protests, and disputes.  Sean has extensive experience litigating and arbitrating a wide variety of complex construction matters.  His knowledge about how construction projects get managed and built–and occasionally result in disputes–has proved an invaluable resource in his legal career. 

Sean is a partner in Stoel Rives’ Construction & Design group.

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Experience

Experience

Construction Claims Litigation

  • Represented subcontractor in large litigation matter involving delay and defective work claims (Washington)
  • Represented developers/owners in multiple contracts and litigation matters (multistate)
  • Represented local developer in large dispute involving delay and defective work claims asserted by national homebuilder (Oregon)
  • Represented major technology company defending and pursuing claims related to manufacturing facility construction and design (Oregon)

Construction Defects Litigation

  • Represent large school district owner in multimillion-dollar litigation matter involving construction defects in a recently constructed school building (Oregon)
  • Represented owner in multimillion-dollar litigation matter involving defects in a mixed-use condominium project (Oregon)
  • Represented developer/owner in multiple defect litigation matters for western states hospitality developer (California, Oregon and Washington)

Construction Lien Disputes and Litigation

  • Represented large national lender in lien foreclosure litigation matter (Oregon)
  • Represented design-build subcontractor in lien foreclosure matter (Oregon)
  • Represented contractors in multiple construction lien matters (Oregon and Washington)

Public Contracting

  • Represented public owner on construction and design procurement and CMGC contracting issues related to large bridge project in Portland (Oregon)
  • Represented public owner on construction of large middle school (Oregon)
  • Represented water district in emergency procurements (Oregon)

Public Contracting Disputes and Litigation

  • Represented school district in dispute involving performance issues related to a recently constructed high-performance school building (Oregon)
  • Represented large public utility in litigation regarding a contractor’s bid protest (Oregon)
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Honors

Honors & Activities

Professional Honors and Activities

  • Listed among Rising Stars (Construction Litigation: Business), Oregon Super Lawyers®, 2008, 2013-2014
  • Member of practice group nationally ranked Tier 1 for Construction Law, 2010-2018 | Construction Litigation, 2015-2018, by U.S. News – Best Lawyers®Best Law Firms
  • Member, Associated General Contractors, Oregon Columbia Chapter
  • Member, Construction Management Association of America (CMAA), Oregon Chapter
  • Member, Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA)

Civic Activities

  • Past member, Board of Directors, Architecture Foundation of Oregon
  • Stoel Rives LLP Pro Bono Night Clinic
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Insights & Presentations

Insights & Presentations

  • “Construction Claims on Private Projects—the Fine Art of Mechanic’s Liens and Issues to Consider,” Two States of Construction Law: Working in Both Washington and Oregon, Construction Law Sections of the Oregon State Bar and Washington State Bar, Nov. 4, 2016
  • “Subcontractors are from Pluto—the Most Common Errors in Form Subcontracts,” Building Opportunity Conference, Moss-Adams LLP, Nov. 3, 2016
  • “Is Progressive Design-Build the Next Step?,” 21st Annual Oregon Construction Law Conference, The Seminar Group, Sept. 22, 2016
  • “Does Your Construction Contract Protect You?” 2015 NAIHC Legal Symposium, Las Vegas, Nevada, Dec. 9, 2015
  • “Construction Default Rights and Remedies,” Program Chair, The Seminar Group, June 3, 2015
  • “Structural Forensic Engineering,” HalfMoon Education Inc., Feb. 27, 2015
  • “Launching Into the Future with Design-Build and Integrated Project Delivery,” AGC Summer Convention, Aug. 9, 2014
  • “Construction Defects: Legal Strategies, Tactics and Practical Concerns,” Program Chair, The Seminar Group, May 16, 2014
  • “Construction Financing, Contracts and Risk Management,” Northwest Bank, May 7, 2014
  • “Tricks, Traps and Ploys Used in Construction Scheduling in Oregon,” Lorman Education Services, Apr. 30, 2014
  • “Key Contract Provisions Related to Construction Scheduling and Delay,” CMAA Oregon, July 30, 2013
  • “The Law of Construction Bidding,” ASPE Columbia Pacific Chapter, June 18, 2013
  • “2013 Oregon Legislative Update,” DBIA NW Oregon Chapter 54, June 11, 2013
  • “The Evolving World of Construction Defects,” The Seminar Group, May 16, 2013
  • “Oregon Construction Law,” The Seminar Group, Sept. 22, 2011; Sept. 20, 2012; Sept. 26, 2013; Sept. 25, 2014
  • “Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure,” HalfMoon Seminars, Feb. 29, 2012
  • “Contract Provisions Relating to Delay,” CMAA, June 21, 2011
  • “Public Contracting for Construction – A Survival Guide for Oregon Public Agencies,” Stoel Rives LLP, Mar. 3, 2011
  • “Avoiding Construction Defects: Before, During and After the Project,” Stoel Rives LLP, Feb. 28, 2011
  • “Ethics in Construction: Avoiding False Claims Liability,” Stoel Rives LLP, Mar. 7, 2008

Publications

Treatises

  • State-by-State Guide to Construction Contracts and Claims (coauthor), 2005, Supp. 2006-2016
  • Fifty State Construction Lien and Bond Law (coauthor), Supp. 2006-2016
  • “Client Strategies for Working with Construction Firms,” Thomson/Aspatore, 2008
  • “Subcontractor’s Entitlement to Payment When the Owner Fails to Make Payment,” Construction Law Handbook, Supp. 2005-2006

Continuing Legal Education Materials

  • “Federal Procurements” (coauthor), Oregon Construction Law, 2011
  • “Doing Business with the Government” (coauthor), Advising Oregon Businesses, Supp. 2009

Trade Publications




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