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Kristina Southwell

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Direct Dial: 206-388-1880
Assistant: Wendy Wheat-McCoy
Direct Dial: 206-340-4687

Kristina Southwell represents owners, property managers, developers, general contractors, subcontractors, and suppliers in construction and real estate matters. Kristina is a problem-solver focused on practical solutions and strategies that best advance her clients’ interests. She has experience representing clients in both state and federal court and before administrative boards.

Prior to joining Ahlers Cressman & Sleight, Kristina gained broad experience in the practice of civil litigation through positions as judicial law clerk to the Honorable Bradley Maxa on the Washington State Court of Appeals and as a litigator at a law firm in Tacoma, WA.

Outside of work, Kristina enjoys camping and hiking around the Pacific Northwest. She is also an avid sports fan.

  • J.D., cum laude, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, 2015
    • Indiana Law Journal, Articles Editor
    • CALI Excellence for the Future Award in Pretrial Litigation
    • Legal Writing Fellow
  • B.A. in English, magna cum laude, Hood College, 2012
  • Litigation Fellow, Federal Bar Association for Western District of Washington
  • Participant in American Bar Association Forum on Construction Law Trial Academy
  • Part of team representing General Contractor client in $50 million Arbitration against Project Owner. During construction an explosion occurred that destroyed a portion of the completed work. Insurance policies were in place that covered the losses and rebuild efforts, yet the Owner refused to pay the Contractor for the work performed and sought to hold Contractor responsible for the explosion and Project completion costs incurred when the Owner hired a new contractor to finish the Project. After a two week hearing conducted via Zoom, the Arbitration Panel denied the entirety of the Owner’s claims and awarded the Contractor its requested damages, attorneys’ fees, and costs. Kristina’s work included drafting critical motions and briefing for the Arbitration Panel.
  • Drafted briefing used to obtain summary judgment rulings dismissing more than $20 million in claims made against General Contractor client.
  • Assisted with briefing and argument in the Washington State Supreme Court that helped secure the Court’s decision reversing an adverse Court of Appeals ruling and affirming the multimillion jury verdict in favor of General Contractor client.
  • Within five months of filing suit, Kristina obtained a stipulated judgment in favor of a Metal Manufacturer client for full damages ($367,000) owed by Contractor for breach of its purchase agreement.
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable Bradley Maxa, Washington State Court of Appeals, 2015 – 2017
  • Gordon Thomas Honeywell, 2017- 2019
  • Ahlers Cressman & Sleight, 2019 – present
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