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Lindsay (Taft) Watkins

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Direct Dial: 206-529-3017
Assistant: Maria Tokatjian
Direct Dial: 206-388-1432

With AC+S since 2009, Lindsay’s practice involves working with general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in all aspects of day-to-day operation through contract disputes, including bid protests, contract drafting and review, lien and bond claims, REAs, contract claims, appeals, and small business procurement issues.  She has represented clients before state, federal, and local agencies, including the Government Accountability Office, the Small Business Administration, the United States Department of Transportation, the Court of Federal Claims, and the Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises, as well as before various federal and state courts, arbitrators, and hearing officers.

Having also acquired substantial experience with state and federal small, minority, and women-owned business programs, Lindsay routinely counsels clients in aspects of formation (e.g., drafting corporate governance documents that comply with the WBE/MBE/DBE/8(a) program eligibility requirements), certification, and eligibility issues and appeals.  Lindsay has successfully challenged and obtained reversals of negative agency findings with respect to eligibility, personal net worth, size, and NAICS code classification as well as defeated and successfully pursued size and status related bid protests.

Lindsay is currently the Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee for the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Washington and was named Associate of the Year by AGC of Washington in 2016.  For 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020 Lindsay was named a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers® magazine, an award limited to the top 2.5% of attorneys under the age of 40.

  • J.D., cum laude, Seattle University, 2010
  • B.A. in Business Administration, University of Washington, 2006
Lindsay (Taft) Watkins
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  • Associate of the Year by Associated General Contractors of Washington (2016)
  • Super Lawyers Rising Star (2016 and 2017)
  • Associated General Contractors of Washington, Chair of the Legal Affairs Committee and Board of Trustees Member
  • Washington State Bar Association (Construction Section)
  • Alaska State Bar Association (Public Contracts Section)
  • King County Bar Association
  • National Association of Women in Construction, Member
  • American Bar Association Construction Law Forum, Member
  • Office of Minority and Women’s’ Business Enterprises (OMWBE) Process Improvement Committee (2015)
  • Editor, Seattle University Law Review, 2009-2010
  • Externship, Office of the United States Trustee, 2009
  • Content Editor and Co-Author, King County Bar Association Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, Construction Law Chapter (2015-Present)
  • Swinging Deals – Should Crane Swing Agreements Cost Money?, NWLawyer (February 2015).
  • Construction Contract Draconian Notice Provisions— Is Prejudice Still The Issue?, (Part I and Part II), Washington State Bar News (2013)
  • Nothing Natural About It: Still Searching for a Solution to the Chapter 11 Stamp Tax Exemption, 33 Seattle University Law Review 1349 (2010)
  • Frequent Blog Contributer—www.washingtonconstructionlaw.com
  • Obtained multi-million affirmative arbitration award and fees for a general contractor seeking recovery for differing site conditions against residential plat developer.
  • Obtained affirmative arbitration award and fees for a subcontractor with a Miller Act claim against a general contractor.
  • Successfully defended against a bid protest before the Court of Federal Claims alleging the GSA impermissibly engaged in discussions with the awardee on a best value award.
  • Obtained attorneys’ fees judgment and dismissal of significant liens (exceeding $12 million) against downtown Seattle condominium project.
  • Obtained affirmative arbitration award and fees for contractor against default subcontractor in breach of contract.
  • Drafted and successfully prosecuted claims for additional compensation (ranging from $1 million to $23 million) on public and private projects throughout Washington, Oregon, and Alaska.
  • Asserted and defended numerous bid protests on public projects in Washington and Alaska.
  • Obtained multiple reversals of Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (“DBE”) and Woman/Minority-owned Business Enterprise (M/WBE) certification application denials and decertifications.
  • Routinely draft, review, and negotiate general contracts, subcontracts, purchase orders and supplier agreements, professional services agreements, teaming agreements, and crane easements.
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