Brett M. Hill, a Member at Ahlers Cressman & Sleight PLLC, concentrates his practice on representation of the construction industry in a variety of matters. He has over a decade of construction litigation experience where he has handled numerous complex construction disputes for national and multi-national construction companies. He also regularly handles transactional/contract drafting matters for construction industry clients and has drafted and negotiated contracts totaling more $500M in the last five years.
Mr. Hill was voted by his peers as one of the top 100 lawyers overall in Washington for Super Lawyers publication in 2018. He has also been selected a “Super Lawyer” in Washington by Super Lawyers publication for 2015-2018 and has an AVVO rating of 10.0 (highest possible rating). He was previously selected as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers for 2010-2014.
Mr. Hill is also an advocate for the construction industry in Olympia. He is the current chair of the Legislative Committee for the National Utility Contractors Association of Washington (NUCA) and is also a current member of the NUCA Board of Directors. He is also a member of the AGC Legal Affairs Committee and regularly testifies in Olympia on behalf of AGC and NUCA. He is the current Co-Chair of the Judiciary and Litigation Committee for the King County Bar Association and is one of the Bar’s liaisons with the Judges at King County Superior Court.
J.D., Magna Cum Laude, Seattle University School of Law (Top 10% of Class), 2004
B.S. in Economics, With Distinction, University of Washington, 1999
Represented a national general contractor in a 2 month jury trial in King County Superior Court. Received an eight-figure win in client’s favor in the jury’s final verdict. As the prevailing party, client also received an award for its attorneys’ fees, costs and expert witness fees against owner.
Represented general contractor seeking recovery of a seven-figure contract balance against the owner. Successfully defended a challenge to the general contractor’s lien, and settled the case favorably days before the arbitration hearing.
Represented general contractor seeking recovery of a seven-figure claim for schedule related delays and acceleration costs against a public owner. Settled the case favorably prior to trial.
Prevailed in expedited trial involving a bid protest for a $30+ million school renovation project.
Represented local Port in defense of a general contractor’s claim for additional compensation. Succeeded in obtaining the summary judgment dismissal of the general contractor’s claim prior to trial.
Represented one of the Puget Sound area’s largest civil general contractors in a contested default by a subcontractor. Full judgment in favor of client plus attorneys’ fees.
Represented utility contractor seeking to enforce verbal acceptance of bid by general contractor as creation of contract despite no signed subcontract or physical work on site. Full judgment in favor of client.
Represented developer in arbitration against general contractor for defective work. Obtained award from arbitrator in full amount of claim, plus interest and attorneys’ fees.
Represented construction lender in dispute with competing lien claimants after developer’s insolvency. Obtained favorable summary judgment ruling against one of the lien claimants, and negotiated a creative settlement of the case that resulted in recovery of principal owed to lender and attorneys’ fees.
Transactional Matters: Drafted and negotiated numerous general contracts, subcontracts, supplier agreements, and professional services / designer agreements for both public and private projects.