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Richard Ottesen Prentke



Dick Prentke, Chair of the firm's Construction Group, has more than 30 years of experience handling construction transactions, counseling and disputes. His work includes preconstruction, architectural, engineering, construction-management, consultant, design-build, design-build-operate, EPC, turn-key, procurement, and construction transactions; advice on all aspects of the design, procurement, and construction process; and dispute resolution, including alternative dispute resolution (mediation, intervention, DRBs, mini-trials, and arbitration) and litigation of construction, procurement, and related technical and competition issues. Dick has worked on private and public construction projects and programs in the United States, Asia and Africa, including:

      • Communications, including wireless and satellite
      • Condominiums and apartments
      • Energy projects, including hydro, solar, wind, geothermal, tidal, nuclear, co‑generation and waste-to-energy
      • Green buildings, including LEED
      • Historic renovations
      • Hospitals
      • Hotels and resorts
      • Infrastructure and transportation, including light rail, roads, bridges, tunnels, pipelines, water treatment, shipping and utilities
      • Laboratories
      • Manufacturing facilities
      • Mixed-Use projects
      • Museums
      • Office buildings
      • Planned communities
      • Public/private partnerships
      • Public facilities, including administrative buildings, sports facilities, convention centers, city halls, schools, universities, fire stations, theaters, performing arts centers, arenas and concert halls
      • Retail and shopping centers
      • Retirement and nursing facilities
      • Shipyards and ports
      • Warehouses 

Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Who’s Who in American Law, 1989 - present
  • Listed in Who’s Who in America, 1990 - present
  • Listed in Washington Law and Politics “Super Lawyers,” 2001 - present
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America 2003 - Present: Construction Law - Arbitration and Mediation, Commercial Development, Commercial Litigation, Condominiums, Construction Disputes, Contract Review and Negotiation, Design, Residential Development, Litigation - Construction
  • Listed in Seattle Business Monthly "Best Business Lawyers"
  • Listed in Seattle Metropolitan "Best Lawyers"
  • Peer Review Rated AV in Martindale-Hubbell

    (AV®, BV® and CV® are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies.)

Professional Leadership

  • King County Bar Association, Judicial Screening Committee, 1985 - 1992; Chair, 1987 - 1991; Task Force on Judicial Selection, Chair, 1990 - 1993
  • Washington State Bar Association, Litigation Section; Construction Section, Board, 1996 - 2000
  • Seattle Chamber of Commerce, Leadership Tomorrow Program, 1985 - 1986
  • King County Superior Court, Arbitrator
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, Mediator

Community Involvement

  • Princeton University, Class President
  • Princeton University, Trustee, Princeton Varsity Club, 2004 - present
  • Princeton University Rowing Association, Trustee , 1980 - present; Vice-President, 1984 - 1993; and President, 1993 - 2001
  • Princeton Club of Western Washington, Trustee, 1990 - 1998; President, 1990 - 1992
  • Pocock Foundation, Trustee, 1996 - 2004
  • Seattle Country Day School, Board of Trustees, 1991 - 1994
  • Skidmore College, Athletics Advisory Council, 2003 - 2007
  • United Way of Washington, Red Feather Chair, 1993 - 1996

Related Employment

  • U.S. House of Representatives, Assistant to Congressman Max McCarthy
  • U.S. Navy, Staff of VADM Rickover, Washington, D.C., Officer


  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Princeton University, B.S.E.

Bar Admissions

  • Washington

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • 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 Northern District of California