Construction and Development


With more than 50 years of history in the construction and development industry, Jordan Ramis is committed to the future of the built environment and the people who build it. We offer services to the industry that address the myriad of legal issues that contractors and developers face on construction and development projects throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Contractors, developers, and design professionals turn to us to advise them on all aspects of the construction and development process, from contract negotiation, to claims, to dispute resolution. We know projects are often bound to a timeline and our familiarity with the industry’s processes and procedures helps our clients stay on track and avoid delays.

Additionally, our team assists the construction and development industry in areas in which the industry faces issues, such as employment, business, real estate, and land use. In each of these areas of the law, the construction and development industry encounters unique challenges. Our team knows the industry, its needs, and has the legal expertise to help clients in all aspects of their businesses.

Our involvement in the construction and development industry goes deeper than providing legal counsel to our clients. As members of a broad range of industry groups—such as Northwest Utility Contractors Association, Home Builders Association, Associated Builders and Contractors, and Construction Financial Management Association—our team is actively involved in and supportive of the industry. Many of our attorneys are also dedicated to serving on committees and in leadership positions within organizations like these that advocate for enriching the building industry. Our attorneys frequently present at industry group meetings and contribute articles on industry-related topics in trade publications, such as the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon. With a deep connection to the industry, we bring the familiarity and credibility needed for effective representation of construction and development clients.

Jordan Ramis leverages its legal expertise and involvement in the construction and development industry to offer its clients efficient yet innovative legal solutions. Our team offers the industry the convenience and ease of a full-service business law firm, equipped to serve all our clients’ needs.


  • Design Professionals

    Representing architects, engineers, landscape architects, and other licensed and unlicensed design professionals, we guide our clients through every aspect of the design process from the early stages of contract drafting and negotiation, to the later steps of design defect defense. We work with our clients to make onerous certifications more palatable.

    We work with both public and private sector owners on their diverse projects spanning residential, multi-family, low income, commercial, and public infrastructure. We also frequently advise our clients on issues related to copyright and infringement.

    Our team includes experienced attorneys who understand how the law uniquely intersects with engineering, architecture, and landscape architecture, giving our team an important understanding of the business and professional difficulties that design professionals face every day. This practical background enhances our ability to focus on helping our clients achieve their professional, technical, aesthetic, and financial objectives.


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Shoreline Development: Look at the Big Picture – and Plan Ahead

May 15, 2020

In this post, the proposed project is a mixed use development in Washington that includes access to a waterfront area.  How does the project’s waterfront location impact your planning?


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Bid Protests on Oregon and Washington Public Works Projects: Key Differences

August 30, 2021

This article discusses the significant differences between the bid protest deadlines and procedures in Oregon and Washington, of which contractors should be aware.


Allocating Risk of COVID-related Delays in Construction Contracts

February 22, 2021

Instead of merely reacting to potential liability for COVID-related delays, parties can and should negotiate allocation of that risk up front, during contract negotiation.


Construction Liens in Oregon and Washington: What is Lienable, What is Not, and How to Protect Your Lien Rights

July 28, 2021

This article originally appeared in the July 23, 2021 edition of the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon. As most construction contractors and subcontractors know, construction liens can provide important payment security and also the ability to recover attorney fees if…


No-Damages-For-Delay Provisions in Private Construction Contracts in Oregon and Washington

June 30, 2021

Many private construction contracts contain what are known as “no-damages-for-delay” provisions. These provisions typically provide that a contractor may not recover damages (i.e., money) from the owner for owner-caused delays, or in the case of a subcontract that the subcontractor…


When Does Your Construction Lien Deadline Start To Run?

May 25, 2021

By Brent Carpenter, Shareholder This article originally published in the May 25, 2021 edition of the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon.  Construction liens are a powerful tool to ensure payment from an owner or a general contractor on private construction…



BLRB Architects

July 3, 2021

Because the Jordan Ramis attorneys already possess architecture and construction knowledge, they are able to quickly process and respond to our needs.

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Building Industry Association of Clark County

Jordan Ramis has a community partnership mentality. This, combined with all of the knowledge and information they had on the issues surrounding local development constraints and stormwater issues in Washington, made it a natural choice to hire the firm to take on the appeal for us.

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