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Contractors Should be Aware of Homeowner Duties When Invited to Perform Residential Work

Division 2 of the Court of Appeals[1] recently addressed a property owner’s liability to a contractor who is injured performing work on their property. The …

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Jury Trials: A COVID Update

JURY TRIALS. Budd v. Kaiser Gypsum Co., Inc., — Wn. App. 2d –, 505 P.3d 120 (Wash. Ct. App. 2022). (1) Courts must ensure that …

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Join Ahlers Cressman & Sleight PLLC at Alliance Northwest on March 11, 2021

Please join Ahlers Cressman & Sleight PLLC at Alliance Northwest on March 11th for the 2021 Alliance Northwest conference. ACS partners Saki James Yamada and …

Joshua B. Lane is a member of the Seattle law firm of Ahlers Cressman & Sleight. He has been named a Rising Star in Construction Litigation for 2021 by “Super Lawyers,” a Thomson Reuters business. Mr. Lane is a member of the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors’ National Association (SMACNA) of Western Washington and the WSBA’s Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee. He concentrates his practice on representing clients in construction, real estate, and complex commercial disputes in both state and federal courts, as well as in private mediation and arbitration. He represents general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers from contract drafting though contract disputes, as well as property owners with all manner of defect and related insurance claims.

Mr. Lane is admitted to practice in Alaska, Washington, and in the United States District Courts for Alaska and the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington.

Prior to joining Ahlers Cressman & Sleight, he served as a judicial law clerk for Associate Chief Justice Charles Johnson of the Washington Supreme Court, extern for Chief Justice Mary Fairhurst (retired) of the Washington Supreme Court, and intern for Judge Ronald B. Leighton (retired) of the USDC of the Western District of Washington. He was also honored to be a consultant for the Mars Exploration Rover Project at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

  • J.D., cum laude, Seattle University School of Law, 2009
    • President’s Scholar
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Awards in Criminal Law & Professional Responsibility
  • B.A., English, Whitman College, 2003
    • Paul Garrett Scholar
    • Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity
  • Co-Presenter, “How Environmental Citizen Suits Can be Used to Protect Tribal Interests and the Role of SLAPP Counterclaims;” 19th Annual Tribal Client Service Seminar For Tribal Leaders, Tribal Environmental Program Managers & In-House Counsel; Seattle, WA, March 2018
  • Co-Presenter, ” Enforcement Step One:  Discovery of the Release, Access, the Initial Investigation, the PLP Notice Process, Due Process, and Liability Determination Investigation;” 18th Annual Tribal Client Service Seminar For Tribal Leaders, Tribal Environmental Program Managers & In-House Counsel; Seattle, WA, April 2017
  • Co-Presenter, “Enacting and Enforcing Tribal Law to Restore Natural Resources–A Case Study Using the Park Service Act as Model”: Part 1, The Tribal Law and How it Works; Part 2, Applying the Tribal Law in a Workshop Setting, Tribal Lands and Environment Forum, Uncasville, Connecticut, August 2016
  • Author, “Why ARE Judges Elected Anyway?” Pierce County Bar Association Bar News, September 2012
  • Co-Presenter, “Home Sweet Home: A Look at Residential Foreclosures,” Robert J. Bryan Inns of Court CLE, Tacoma, Washington, March 2011
  • Co-Presenter, “Congress vs. The President,” Seattle University School of Law CLE, Seattle, Washington, October 2008
  • Obtained summary judgment dismissal on behalf of construction company in lawsuits by former employees involving claims for unpaid overtime and discrimination
  • Negotiated settlement on behalf of construction company in dispute by company’s client regarding alleged construction defects
  • Negotiated settlement and dismissal of eviction proceedings on behalf of tenant in action by landlord
  • Negotiated abandonment of monetary demand and lien proceedings on behalf of homeowner in dispute by general contractor
  • Represented governmental lending institution in dismissing appeals to the Washington Court of Appeals and subsequent petition for review to the Washington Supreme Court
  • Represented lender in complicated fraud and Consumer Protection Act litigation resulting in summary judgment in favor of client
  • Represented national telecommunications corporation in obtaining settlement in multi-party personal injury suit
  • Represented national insurance company in mediation of bad faith dispute resulting in successful settlement on behalf of client
  • Defended owner of foundry company in multi‐million dollar breach of contract federal trial resulting in a defense verdict affirmed on appeal before the Ninth Circuit
  • Marathons completed:  2
  • Tough Mudders completed:  4
  • World Cup matches attended:  3
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