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Attorneys

Andrew J. Gabel

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7026 | gabela@lanepowell.com

Areas of Practice

Andrew is a member of Lane Powell’s Construction and Environmental Practice Group and concentrates his practice on representing design professionals, public and private owners, contractors, product manufacturers and insurers. He has handled complex construction and real estate matters involving alleged design errors, cost overruns, lease disputes and insurance coverage disputes. In addition, he has significant trial and arbitration experience in both construction and real estate matters.

Professional Experience

  • Superior Court of Washington, Intern in the Honorable Judge Harold Clarke III (Spokane, Wash.)
  • California Court of Appeal, 4th Appellate District, Division 2, Intern (Riverside, Calif.)
  • United States House of Representatives Ways and Means Committee, Internship (Washington, D.C.)

Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Academics

  • Gonzaga University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude)
    • National Moot Court Team
    • Research Assistant
  • University of California at Riverside (B.A., Political Science)
    • Pi Sigma Alpha Political Science Honor Society Member
    • Delta Tau Delta Fraternity Member

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Construction and Environmental
  • Litigation
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Electronic Discovery Committee
  • Transportation Client Team

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Successfully represented homeowner at trial and on appeal in a breach of fiduciary duty and construction defect case against the contractor and real estate agent. Jury awarded client over $500,000 in damages against real estate agent and court awarded client their attorney fees. The judgment was upheld on appeal.
  • Successfully obtained complete dismissal on summary judgment of multimillion dollar negligence and negligent misrepresentation claims against a design consultant by a subcontractor on a public works utility project.
  • Defended municipality in a breach of contract lawsuit brought by general contractor based on alleged differing site condition encountered.
  • Defended design professional in a lawsuit brought by the design-builder of a public works project for cost overrun associated with alleged errors in design.
  • Successfully represented public entity in a lawsuit against design professional for breach of contract and negligence based on design professional’s defective design. The case settled and client recovered over $2 million.

Publications

  • “Reviving Construction Projects — How to Avoid Creating a Frankenstein Monster,” Issues and Answers magazine, Washington Bankers Association, Co-author (January/February 2014)
  • “Did the Legislature Pass Any New Legislation Affecting the Construction Industry?” Puget Sound Business Journal ADR and Litigation Q&A Column Titled “Ask the Legal Professionals” (May 25, 2012)
  • “Time to Hit the Books: How to Prepare for a Technical Case,” The Young Lawyer (February-March 2010)
  • “Waste,” Washington Real Property Deskbook, Volume 4, Chapter 5, Washington State Bar Association, Co-author (2010)
  • Design-Build Deskbook, 4th ed., Washington State Chapter, American Bar Association, Co-author (2010)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Managing Risk Through Contracts,” AIA Seattle CAP Collaboration Series Class, Co-presenter (June 14, 2016)
  • “Contracts and Liability Update,” American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington Business Practice Breakfast, Co-presenter (June 1, 2016)
  • “Real Estate Core Curriculum: Current Issues in Washington Commercial Real Estate,” Building Owners and Managers Associations of Seattle King County, Co-presenter (May 26, 2016)
  • “The Erosion of Privity: Economic Loss Doctrine vs. Independent Duty; Managing Risk Through Contract Language; Dispute Prevention for Nonadjudicative Resolution; Defenses to Liability Claims,” The Seminar Group’s Design Professional Liability Seminar (November 20, 2014)
  • “Real Estate Core Curriculum:  Current Issues in Washington Commercial Real Estate,” Building Owners and Managers Associations of Seattle King County (November 13, 2014)
  • “Construction Projects: Developing Risks, Contracting Trend and Practice Pointers,” Professional Liability Agents Network Webinar, Co-presenter (March 26, 2014)
  • “Contracts and Liability Update,” American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington’s Annual Contracts and Liability Seminar (January 8, 2014)
  • “The Erosion of Privity: Economic Loss Doctrine vs. Independent Duty; Managing Risk Through Contract Language; Dispute Prevention for Nonadjudicative Resolution; Defenses to Liability Claims,” The Seminar Group’s Design Professional Liability Seminar (November 1, 2013)
  • “Legal Issues: Leadership Succession for Architectural Engineering Firms,” American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington’s 2013 Joint Fall Conference
  • “Real Estate Core Curriculum: Current Issues in Washington Commercial Real Estate,” Building Owners and Managers Associations of Seattle King County (October 17, 2012)
  • “Recent Changes to Construction and Environmental Law That Will Affect Your Business,” Lane Powell Seminar (February 9, 2012)
  • “New Changes to Construction and Environmental Law that Will Affect Your Business,” Lane Powell seminar (January 20, 2011)
  • “Real Estate Core Curriculum:  Current Issues in Washington Commercial Real Estate,” Building Owners and Managers Associations of Seattle King County (October 26, 2010)
  • “Current Issues in Washington Commercial Real Estate,” BOMA of Washington Education Program (June 10, 2010)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as a “Washington Rising Star,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Construction Litigation: Business (2010-2016)

Professional and Community Activities

  • American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law
  • CityClub
  • National Association of Industrial and Office Properties (NAIOP)

Andrew J. Gabel

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7026 | gabela@lanepowell.com

Date
06.14.2016
06.01.2016
05.26.2016
11.04.2015
11.20.2014
11.13.2014
03.26.2014
03.11.2014
01.08.2014
11.01.2013
09.14.2013
06.19.2013
11.08.2012
10.17.2012
02.09.2012
01.20.2011
10.26.2010
01.27.2010