Richard J. Padden
Richard J. Padden, of counsel, has been associated with the firm since 1978.

Mr. Padden practices in the area of commercial, construction and real estate development law. He is a frequent lecturer on commercial, construction and real estate law and has acted as a guest instructor at the University of Washington and Seattle Community College in construction law. He has authored numerous reports and articles on lien laws, joint venture agreements, real estate development and construction issues, and has worked closely with real estate engineers and consultants on behalf of his construction and real estate development clients. He is a member of the Public Contract Law Section of the American Bar Association.

Formerly a full-time litigator with emphasis on commercial and construction related matters, Mr. Padden's practice now focuses on the commercial transactions involving his construction and development clients. In addition, he has extensive experience in working with local, state and federal agencies, including the Department of Labor & Industries and the U.S. Department of Labor with regard to wage and hour standards, the Office of Minority and Women's Business Enterprises with regard to minority compliance and certification, and many local and county agencies with regard to real estate development and construction related issues. He has handled administrative appeals in the area of minority certification, Davis-Bacon compliance, and OSHA and WISHA violations.

Honors and Recognitions

Mr. Padden was recognized by Seattle Metropolitan Magazine as one of King County's "Top Lawyers 2010." Seattle Metropolitan Magazine culled their list using the Martindale-Hubbell® ratings. He has been awarded an "AV" Preeminent rating by Martindale-Hubbell. This rating is given to attorneys who demonstrate the highest ethical standards and professional ability.


  • JD, cum laude, Gonzaga University School of Law, 1978
  • BA, University of Washington, 1975

Bar and Court Admissions

  • State of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington

Professional Associations

  • Contract Law Section, American Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Washington State Bar Association

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