JASON T. PISKEL

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Jason T. Piskel is a founding member of Piskel Yahne Kovarik, PLLC. Jason primarily represents companies in the construction industry, including general contractors, engineers, architects, and sureties. He has represented companies varying in size from small contractors and design firms to large international companies in mediations, litigation, and arbitrations with claims ranging from under $100,000 to over $15,000,000.

Jason has represented clients on projects in every sector of the construction industry, including heavy civil (interstate highways, dams, local highways and streets), industrial (manufacturing facilities, wastewater treatment plants, and pump stations), commercial (mixed-use developments, mid-rise office towers, and retail developments), health care (hospitals and elder care facilities), education (universities, colleges, and primary schools), and residential (condominium construction and conversion, planned communities, and single-family homes).

He frequently counsels clients on insurance issues, including coverage questions, risk management, and contract requirements. Jason has counseled general contractors, designers, sureties, and industry trade groups across the country on insurance coverage questions for all major insurance products.

Jason is a member of the executive committee for the Washington State Bar Association's Construction Law Section, and sits on the Spokane County Volunteer Lawyers Program Standing Advisory Committee. He is a cum laude graduate of Gonzaga University School of Law and earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at Western Washington University. 

Education

Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D. cum laude, 2004 • Western Washington University, B.A. in Economics, 2001 

Achievements

Recognized in Washington Super Lawyers Magazine as a “Super Lawyer” in 2015 and as a  “Rising Star” in 2010 - 2014 • Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living – Best Lawyer in Construction Litigation • Rated “10.0” by AVVO

Associations

WSBA Construction Law Section Trustee (2012 to Present) • Trustee for the Spokane County Bar Association (2011-2012) • Member of the Education Committee at the Inland Northwest Chapter of the Association of General Contractors • Spokane Art School, Vice President, 2006-2008 • Spokane Club – Handball Committee Member • Gonzaga University Alumni Mentor Program (2010-Present) • Member of the State Bar of Washington • Member of the State Bar of Idaho • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington • U.S. District Court for the District of Idaho

REPRESENTATION EXPERIENCE

Represented a general contractor against a manufacturer for the construction of a manufacturing and office plant for nonpayment. Filed a $1.3 million mechanics lien, and initiated a lien foreclosure proceeding. Defendant manufacturer filed a counterclaim for $16 million. Completed a two-week arbitration where contractor client was determined to be the prevailing party and awarded in excess of $1.4 million. 

Represented a general contractor and multiple subcontractors in lien foreclosure action involving a public/private project to operate a racing facility. Lien foreclosure action involved complex issues involving liens on public projects and achieved full compensation to contractors through negotiations with the public agency.

Represented owners/developers in complex real estate litigation involving development of several development projects. Successfully negotiated settlement of multiple projects involving fraudulent conveyances and real estate transactions.

Handled the defense of a property owner from a secured party’s claim of a parking easement burdening the client’s property. The matter resolved via settlement after summary judgment hearings.
Represented a general contractor in lawsuit against a window installer. Settled the matter against the window installer for a covenant judgment and assignment against the installer’s insurance carrier. Successfully negotiated a settlement of the coverage dispute with the insurance carrier.

Represented a general contractor in claims against a condominium developer in a lien foreclosure and subsequent bond action for a claim of over $2 million. Successfully resolved the matter in a mediation involving the surety, developer, and multiple subcontractors.

Foreclosed a mechanic’s lien against property owner after nonpayment. Received and collected a judgment for all costs, attorney fees and interest. 

Obtained a dismissal for a bank in a negligent misrepresentation, consumer protection act, and securities violations matter brought by a limited liability company and its members, who were personal guarantors to a defaulted loan. 

Represented personal representative in claims against putative beneficiaries of an estate and farming business.

Represented a general contractor in an action to hold a subcontractor to its bid. Resolved after summary judgment ruling in the general contractor’s favor.

Assisted buyer of real property with obtaining a judgment against closing agent for failure to pay public utility charges.

Defended roofing subcontractor in a personal injury lawsuit for a slip and fall. The action was dismissed on summary judgment.  The judgment was upheld on Appeal.

Represented commercial property owner in an out parcel covenant, condition and restriction dispute with a Fortune 500 grocery operation. Action resolved in client’s favor at mediation.