David H. Bowser


David H. Bowser


With 20 years of experience as a construction and design professionals attorney, David represents clients in all areas of public and private construction and design, including public bodies, private owners, architects, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers. This specialized experience allows David to bring a seasoned perspective and targeted solutions to his clients’ issues.

David’s practice covers all aspects of the construction and design process, from the early steps of design, construction procurement, bidding, and contract drafting and negotiation, through the middle steps of construction claim identification, avoidance, and documentation, and finally through the later steps of construction and design claim prosecution and defense.

David often assists his clients in original contract preparation (both original contracts and industry standard forms), negotiating changes to draft contracts to limit his clients’ risks, and updating contracts to keep them legal and statutorily compliant. David enjoys using his substantial procurement experience to help public sector clients provide the public with facilities to better their lives, such as public transportation, parks, playgrounds, and necessary infrastructure.

While David strives to keep his clients out of litigation through counsel and advice, when necessary, he brings his substantial construction litigation experience to the table to achieve his clients’ goals. David is experienced in handling mediation, arbitration, and litigation.

David began his career at the Oregon Department of Justice, where he served as an Honors Attorney in the Commercial and Environmental Litigation Section, which represents ODOT in all litigation matters. Prior to joining Jordan Ramis, David, both as an associate and an owner, spent 12 years practicing at a small but busy construction litigation law firm.

David likes helping good people get out of bad situations. He believes that the client‑attorney connection is best when it is part of an ongoing relationship where both parties feel that they provide and receive value. If you need a competent construction attorney to help you out, David is your guy.


  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University, 1996
  • J.D., Willamette University College of Law, magna cum laude, 2001


  • State of Oregon
  • State of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
  • U.S. Federal Claims Court

Membership and Activities

  • American Institute of Architects
  • Oregon Landscape Contractors Association

Awards and Honors

  • Oregon Department of Justice Outstanding Service Award, 2002



  • “Key Terms and Tensions in Public Contracting,” Oregon Construction Law Seminar, October 2020
  • “Architects and The Law,” Portland State University, May 2020
  • “Contract & Lien Law for Contractors,” Oregon Landscape Contractors Association, February 2020
  • “Contract Law Primer for Engineers,” HalfMoon Education Inc., January 2020
  • “Architects and The Law,” Portland State University, May 2019
  • “Architects and The Law,” Portland State University, May 2018
  • AIA Contract Document Workshop, HalfMoon Education Inc., July 2018
  • “Architects and The Law,” Portland State University, May 2017
  • “Oregon Construction Law Update,” Oregon Landscape Contractors Association, May 2016
  • “Contractors Roulette,” AGC-Oregon Convention, August 2016
  • “Architects and The Law,” Portland State University, May 2016
  • “Representing Prime Contractors in Public Project Litigation,” Oregon Construction Law Seminar, September 2015
  • “Hot Topics in Federal Construction Law,” Oregon Construction Law Seminar, 2014
  • “Hot Topics in Federal Construction Law,” Oregon Construction Law Seminar, 2013
  • “Editing for Risk Allocation/Terminations,” AIA Contracts Seminar, 2013
  • “Hot Topics in Federal Construction Law,” Oregon Construction Law Seminar, 2012
  • “The Ownership of Water,” Water Conference, 2011
  • “Hot Topics in Federal Construction Law,” Oregon Construction Law Seminar, 2011
  • “BOLI: Tips to Surviving,” NWUCA Meeting, 2011
  • “Stimulus Act: One Year Later,” Oregon Construction Law Seminar, 2010
  • “The Stimulus Act,” Oregon Construction Law Seminar, 2009
  • “Entitlement to Delay,” NWUCA Seminar, 2009
  • “Termination/Statutes of Limitation,” AIA Contracts Seminar, 2008


Presentation: Public Contracting 101

November 30, 2022

At the recent 2022 Oregon Water Resources Congress annual meeting in Hood River Oregon, Jordan Ramis shareholders David Bowser and Steve Shropshire presented on the topic of Oregon public contracting.


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.


Contract Negotiation 101 – How to Negotiate a Contract

May 28, 2019

By David Bowser, Attorney This article originally appeared in the May 24, 2019 edition of the Daily Journal of Commerce Oregon. As my construction/design professional practice has developed over the years, I find myself receiving frequent requests to help my…


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