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David H. Bowser

Practice Areas
  • Construction Law
  • Construction Litigation
  • Contracts Law
  • Procurement Law
  • Design Professionals Law


David has nearly 20 years of experience as a construction and design professionals lawyer representing varied clients in all areas of public and private construction and design, including public bodies, private owners, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers.  He 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 as a construction lawyer at a small but busy construction litigation law firm.

David’s construction and design professionals law practice covers all aspects of the construction and design process, from the early steps of construction procurement, bidding, and construction and design 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.  While David strives to use his experience as a lawyer to counsel and advise his clients to keep them out of litigation, when necessary, he brings his substantial construction litigation experience to the table to achieve his client’s goals.  David believes that the client-attorney relationship is best when it is part of an ongoing relationship where both parties feel that they provide and receive value.

Education & Admissions

  • 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


Memberships & Activities

  • American Institute of Architects
  • Oregon Landscape Contractors Association

Awards and Honors

  • Oregon Department Of Justice Outstanding Service Award, 2002


  • "Design-Build Construction," Construction Law in Oregon (Oregon State Bar, Legal Publications, 2019)
  • Assisted in 2011 revision of Providing and Defending Claims on Construction Projects, Oregon State Bar, Legal Publications, 2011 Edition
  • Note, “Hey That’s My Tree!” – An Analysis of the Good-Faith Contract Logger Exemption from the Double and Treble Damage Provisions of Oregon’s Timber Trespass Action, 36 Willamette L. Rev. 401 (2000)



  • “Architects and The Law,” Portland State University, May 2019
  • 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
  • "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

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