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Amid the rapid progression of the coronavirus (COVID-19) and the disruptions it has caused, HIP Law Firm is committed to continue providing the essential legal services necessary to protect the interests of our clients and community and will remain open for business. Please note, however, some staff will be working from home from time to time. Accordingly, there may be slight delays completing some projects and in responding to your communications, but we promise to be as diligent as ever in meeting your legal needs. Urgent in person appointments are available, however, non-essential client meetings will be conducted over the phone or via video conferencing. Client payments can be made on our website at
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Construction Law


The Construction and Building law Department at Hanis Irvine Prothero includes some of the best construction law attorneys in South King County. If you need assistance on a matter of construction law in Auburn, Covington, Enumclaw, Federal Way, Kent, Renton or Tukwila, we can help.

The construction attorneys of Hanis Irvine Prothero, Michael Hanis, Patrick Hanis and Brian Hanis, are devoted to servicing the needs of general contractors, subcontractors, municipalities, suppliers, lenders, developers, and owners, as well as trade and industry associations. We have significant experience in all aspects of construction negotiation and litigation.

Our attorneys understand the business of construction. They have construction backgrounds including hands-on experience working on building projects. Over the past 25 years they have represented parties in legal administration of well over $100 million dollars of complex construction and construction-related claims.

Members of our construction law group have built homes and commercial buildings, provided years of service as employees of large municipalities, and keep apprised of the development of commercial standards and practices. They have the experience and skill to grasp technical issues and the ability to develop and research legal approaches to plan successful, cost effective solutions.

We assist our clients from issues related to conceptual design to contract administration. Our construction law department can also handle negotiation of change orders, project completion, and dispute resolution.

In addition to these broad areas, Michael Hanis, Patrick Hanis and/or Brian Hanis also handle matters involving sureties and insurance; payment and performance bond issues; defective or ambiguous specification claims; payment and collection of mechanics’ liens; claims due to delay; bid preparation and protests; negotiation and administration; differing site conditions; acceleration or disruption; public contracting; governmental compliance; and alternative dispute resolution (arbitration and mediation) and litigation.

In short, from inception to completion, the Construction and Building Law Department of Hanis Irvine Prothero can handle any of your construction law needs. If you are a contractor, a municipality, a developer, or a builder, or have any construction law-related question, please give us a call and we will apply our skills and experience to solving your problem.