Jennifer McMillan Beyerlein

Shareholder | Seattle | 206.223.7065 |

Areas of Practice

Jennifer McMillan Beyerlein is Chair of the Firm’s Construction Team and concentrates her practice on construction litigation and drafting and negotiating complex construction contracts on behalf of design professionals, private and public owners, and contractors. She has a diverse background that includes representing architecture and engineering firms in malpractice claims, private owners and developers, and municipalities and public owners on various public works projects. She has extensive experience defending large claims on public works projects, representing utility districts, schools, counties, cities, and transportation agencies on a broad range of topics, including tunneling, differing site conditions, and defective specifications. She has also defended claims involving high-rise residential and mixed-use building, as well as claims involving ADA and FHA. She is heavily involved in drafting and negotiating construction contracts throughout the Pacific Northwest on some of the largest private and public projects in this region. She also assists in evaluating potential legal risks, insurance considerations and contractual solutions surrounding green and sustainable construction.

Professional Experience

  • Lane Powell PC, Summer Associate (2003)
  • Washtenaw County Public Defender, Legal Intern (2002)

Admitted to Practice

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


  • University of Michigan Law School, cum laude (J.D., 2004)
  • Stanford University (B.A., 2001)

Practice Group and Specialty Team Memberships

  • Co-chair, Lane Powell Hiring Committee
  • Chair, Construction
  • Electronic Discovery, Technology and Strategy
  • Litigation
  • Senior Living and Long Term Care Client Team
  • Sustainability and Climate Change
  • Title III ADA Public Accommodation
  • Sustainability Committee
  • Recruiting/Summer Associate Committee
  • Transportation Client Team

Representative Matters and Clients

  • Successfully obtained complete dismissal on summary judgment of multimillion dollar negligence and negligent misrepresentation claims brought in federal court against a design consultant by a subcontractor on a public works utility project
  • Successfully defended and obtained summary judgment dismissal of multiple million dollar claims brought in Superior Court against a public sewer and utility district, and prevailed on the district’s multimillion dollar counterclaims for defective construction
  • Successfully defended and obtained summary judgment dismissal of a $10 million claim on behalf of a national, locally based architecture firm
  • Successfully defended and obtained summary judgment dismissal of defamation action brought in federal court against an engineer and engineering firm relating to an expert opinion, including successfully arguing appeal in front of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Defended several municipalities, utility districts and other public entities against differing site condition and defective specification claims
  • Integral member of team defending premier Northwest architecture and engineering firms on $8 million malpractice claim
  • Successfully defended several Northwest architecture firms in multimillion dollar malpractice claims
  • Integral member of team defending a large manufacturing owner in a contract dispute over payment and defective workmanship in the construction of a new facility and corporate headquarters
  • Successfully defended local subcontractors and contractors in personal injury claims brought by workers and other third parties
  • Defended numerous Washington law firms and attorneys in legal malpractice claims
  • Successfully defended property owners against invalid contractors’ liens
  • Assists in evaluating potential legal risks, insurance considerations, and contractual solutions surrounding green construction
  • Drafts and negotiates contracts for architects, engineers, owners and contractors on complex, multimillion dollar construction projects, including high-rise and condominium projects


  • “Washington Supreme Court Announces New Rule on Attorney-Client Privilege: Post-Employment Communications Between Corporate Counsel and Former Employees Are Discoverable,” Lane Powell Case Law Update, Co-author (October 21, 2016)
  • “Design Professional Liens Attached When Nothing Is Built: Answering the Devil’s Advocate,” Washington State Bar Association’s Construction Law newsletter, Co-author (Spring 2014)
  • “Court: Pre-Construction Work Not Subject to Lien,” Seattle Daily Journal of Commerce (February 2, 2011)
  • Design-Build Deskbook, 4th ed., Washington State Chapter, American Bar Association, Co-author (2010)

Speaking Engagements

  • “Common Mistakes That Cost You Money: A Lawyer’s Perspective,” American Council of Engineering Companies Washington & Oregon Fall Conference, Co-presenter (September 15, 2017)
  • “Statutory Limitation Periods,” WSBA Construction Section’s Mid-Year CLE – Washington Statutes Affecting Construction, Presenter (June 9, 2017)
  • Structural Engineers Association of Washington Southwest Chapter, Co-presenter (March 23, 2017)
  • “Contracts and Risk Management,” American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington’s Annual Contracts and Liability Seminar, Co-presenter (January 10, 2017)
  • “Project Update,” The Seminar Group’s Construction Project Challenges in Seattle Seminar, Co-presenter (December 7, 2016)
  • “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)
  • “The Pending Conversion Conundrum — The Potential Liability Risks You Should Consider Today If the Apartment You Build is Converted Into Condominiums Tomorrow,” Lane Powell and Propel Insurance Construction and Insurance Seminar, Co-presenter (October 20, 2015)
  • “What to Do When Good Deals Go Bad (and How to Avoid It From Happening),” National Business Institute’s “Advanced Business Contracts: Strategically Draft & Negotiate Key Clauses” Seminar, Co-presenter (April 27, 2015)
  • “Limitations of Liability and Insurance: Strategically Negotiating Risk,” National Business Institute’s “Advanced Business Contracts: Strategically Draft & Negotiate Key Clauses” Seminar, Co-presenter (April 27, 2015)
  • “Impact of the Anti-Indemnification Statute,” American Council of Engineering Companies of Washington’s Business Practice Breakfast, Co-presenter (November 5, 2014)
  • “How Long Am I on the Hook? The Duration of Liability Exposure for Contractors and Design Professionals,” Lane Powell Construction Law Seminar (October 1, 2014)
  • “Construction Projects: Developing Risks, Contracting Trend and Practice Pointers,” Professional Liability Agents Network Webinar, Co-presenter (March 26, 2014)
  • “Common Real Estate and Construction Legal Issues in Transportation Projects,” WTS Turn Your Wheels Luncheon, Co-presenter (January 29, 2013)
  • “Green Building in Puget Sound: Can Everything Old be Green?” Environmental and Sustainability Series, Seattle City Club Co-sponsored by AIA Seattle, Panelist (October 15, 2009)
  • “2009 Year in Review for the Built Environment — Looking Back to Plan Ahead” (January 27, 2009)
  • “Its Not Easy Being LEED®: Challenges Facing Green Construction, Potential Pitfalls and Contractional Solutions to LEED® Certification,” Lane Powell Seminar (October 23, 2007)

Awards and Honors

  • Named as a “Washington Rising Star,” Super Lawyers® magazine, Construction Litigation (2009-2012, 2014)
  • Pro Bono Public Service Commendation, Washington State Bar Association (2006)

Professional and Community Activities

  • Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
    • Council Member
    • Treasurer
  • LEED® Accredited Professional, U.S. Green Building Council
  • Member, King County Bar Association
  • Past President and Honorary Board Member, EarthShare Washington
  • Member, Women in Transportation
  • Pro Bono Legal Representative, Court Appointed Special Advocates