Ellie Perka is a problem solver and skilled litigator who helps clients navigate complicated contracting issues, claims, and disputes. READ MORE
Her extensive experience includes resolution of multimillion-dollar complex disputes on many of the Pacific Northwest’s most notable construction projects including the SR 99 Tunnel / “Big Bertha” project, the Seattle Seawall, the Washington State Convention Center expansion, and the largest ever high-rise hotel in the region. She understands construction contracts — how to draft them and how to effectively and efficiently resolve disputes related to them.
In addition to her construction practice, she has litigated contentious business and employment matters in both Washington state and federal court. She has represented clients in settlement negotiations, mediations, arbitrations, and trials throughout the U.S., and has argued cases in Washington, Oregon, Texas, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C.
Clients describe Ellie as a tough but thoughtful advocate — clients have said of Ellie, “I have never felt more seen and protected as the owner of a small woman-owned business than I did when Ellie was at [our] side. She is relentlessly brilliant at what she does”. Ellie’s high-profile work has attracted national media attention including coverage in the Washington Post, CNN, Bloomberg, and Reuters.
Ellie is also a strong advocate for women's and children's rights, including women's advancement in the construction industry. She serves on the Board of Construction for Change and frequently represents women and minority-owned DBE/MBE/WBE firms.
Ahlers Cressman & Sleight (2013-2021)
Danielson Harrigan Leyh & Tollefson (2007-2013)
Washington State Court of Appeals, Division II, Law Clerk to the Honorable Joel M. Penoyar (2005-2007)
Construction for Change, Board of Directors (2020-Present)
King County Bar Association
American Bar Association, Forum on Construction Law (2018-Present)
National Association of Women in Construction, Member (2013-Present)
Design Build Institute of America, Member (2017-Present)
William L. Dwyer Inn of Court, Barrister Member
The Best Lawyers in America© 2023 Recognizes 90 Lane Powell Attorneys
Forty-four Lane Powell Attorneys Recognized by Super Lawyers in Washington for 2022
The Best Lawyers in America©, Construction Litigation (2021, 2024); Construction Law (2023-2024); Employment Law - Management (2024)
Chambers® USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, Construction (2023)
"Washington Super Lawyer, "Thomson Reuters, Construction Litigation (2022-2023)
America's Top 100 High Stakes Litigators® for Washington (2020)
“Washington Rising Star,” Thomson Reuters, Construction Litigation (2014-2015)
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