JOSEPH C. CALMES
PRACTICE EMPHASIS AND EXPERIENCE
Contract Negotiation and Drafting
Dispute Avoidance and Resolution
Construction Liens and Claims against Bonds and Retainage
- Dispute Avoidance and Resolution
Litigation in Washington State and Federal Courts
Joe has over 34 years of experience as a lawyer focusing on the construction and real estate industries, including dispute resolution, in the Pacific Northwest. He represents owners, general contractors, sureties, subcontractors and suppliers in the construction industry as well as developers, brokers, buyers and sellers in the real estate industry. His extensive experience includes litigation, arbitration, mediation, and serving on several panels acting as a neutral evaluator on troubled construction projects.
REPRESENTATIVE APPELLATE CASES
Pegasus Constr. Corp. v. Turner Constr. Co., 84 Wn. App. 744, 929 P.2d 1200 (1997)
Tanner Electric v. Puget Sd. Power, 128 Wn.2d 656, 911 P.2d 1301 (1996)
3A Industries v. Turner Constr. Co., 71 Wn. App. 407, 569 P.2d 65 (1993)
J.D., University of Washington
Articles Editor, Washington Law Review
B.A., Dartmouth College
Joe has extensive experience in contract drafting and negotiation, including the contracts for demolition of the Kingdome, construction of Seahawks Stadium, 2200 Westlake Project, Seattle Aquarium, 909 Fifth Avenue Project, Sacred Heart Medical Center in Eugene and renovation of PG&E Park in Portland.
HONORS / AWARDS / UNIQUE RECOGNITION
Joe is "AV" rated by Martindale-Hubbell*, the highest rating obtainable by members of the legal community.
He was named a Super Lawyer (for Construction Law) in 2007 by Washington Law & Politics.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC INVOLVEMENT
East King County Bar Association, Member
King County Bar Association, Member
Washington State Bar Association, Member
Associated General Contractors of Washington, Member
Dartmouth Lawyers Association, Member
BAR / COURT ADMISSIONS
Admitted to Washington
Admitted to Federal District Courts in Washington
Joe served three years as a Regular Army Commissioned Officer, including Army Ranger School and a tour in Vietnam.
*AV is a registered certification mark of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.