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Richard Ottesen Prentke

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Partner

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, technical, and competition issues. Dick has worked on public and private construction projects and programs in the United States and Asia, including:

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

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; 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, 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, 1970 - 1971
  • U.S. Navy, Staff of VADM Rickover, Washington, D.C., Officer, 1967 - 1970

Education

  • 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