Litigation|Business
Construction|Real Estate
Jason Bergevin

Email: jason@lawhg.net
Phone: (206) 438-9083
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Having grown up in a small town in Alaska, I understand the value of relationships.  In my practice, I value establishing long-term relationships with my clients.  While we may meet in the context of a dispute, it is my goal to help you resolve that dispute and then work with you to minimize the risk going forward.  Over the years I have represented a wide variety of clients, from small contractors to large developers, from family-owned businesses to public corporations.  I have represented every party to a construction dispute – owners, developers, general contractors, subcontractors and members of the design team.  In the commercial context, I have represented numerous small and medium size businesses in a variety of transactional and litigation matters.  I am also experienced with bid protests before various state and federal entities.

After practicing in Alaska for 11 years, I moved to Seattle in 2010.  I remain connected to Alaska through family, friends and clients.  I continue to represent clients in Alaska as I build my practice in Washington.  I enjoy all that Seattle has to offer and am thankful to now call it home. As general counsel for my clients, I have helped them address a variety of issues including drafting contracts and employment agreements, non-compete agreements, and employee handbooks.

Education:


  • University of Alaska, Anchorage BA in English and History
  • Willamette University, College of Law

Bar Admissions:


  • Washington State Bar Association
  • Alaska Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, District of Alaska
  • U.S. District Court, Western Washington Division

Reported Cases:


  • 3-D & Co. v. Tew’s Excavating, Inc., 258 P.3d 1036 (Alaska 2011)

Publications:


  • "Managing the Construction Project to Maximize Profit and Safety," presented by Lorman Education Services, May 2010
  • Construction Projects 101: Laying the Groundwork” presented by Sterling Education Services, Inc., April 2016

Representative Experience:


  • Defended a major Northwest developer in a condominium defect claim. Case settled for approximately ¼ of the original demand.
  • Waukesha Alaska Corp. v. Atlas Copco (successfully represented Alaskan distributor in claims against large-multinational corporation under Alaska’s revised distributorship statute.)
  • Counsel for steel erector subcontractor on $170M hospital replacement project. Settled claims with general contractor and fabricator on terms favorable to steel erector.
  • Unit Co. v Alaska Railroad Corp. (defended owner in construction claim related to construction of a passenger depot)
  • Chenega Management, LLC v Alaska Railroad Corp. (represented owner in claims and counterclaims arising from construction of two steel rail bridges)
  • Nova Group, Inc. v Kane, Inc. (successfully defended coating subcontractor against claims of defective coatings)
  • 3-D & Co. v Tew's Excavating, Inc. (successfully defended civil contractor in claims arising from development of subdivision and construction of two roads)
  • Representation of owner of automotive shop against claims of sexual harassment before the Alaska Human Rights Commission.
  • Marshall's Electric, Inc. v Anchorage School District (successfully challenged termination for default resulting in payment to contractor and conversion to termination for convenience)