Professional Biography

Brendan J. Peters Partner

  • Seattle

    D +1.206.359.8132

    F +1.206.359.9132


    1201 Third Avenue, Suite 4900

    Seattle, WA 98101-3099




Brendan Peters represents clients in construction, real estate, and commercial litigation, as well as construction transactions. His 25 years of combined experience in legal and construction fields includes representing public and private owners, architects, engineers, contractors, and suppliers. Brendan negotiates and drafts complex construction and design contracts, litigates claims, and handles alternative dispute resolution proceedings.

Before becoming a lawyer, Brendan was an architect involved with all phases of the design and construction of complex commercial, civic, and residential projects. He is certified by the National Council of Architectural Registration Boards (NCARB) and is a licensed architect. Brendan also is a Construction Specifications Institute (CSI) Construction Documents Technologist (CDT) and a U.S. Green Building Council Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED® AP). Brendan taught construction law for more than a decade as an adjunct professor at Seattle University School of Law.

Brendan has worked on public and private construction projects, including:

  • Communications, including wireless
  • Energy projects, including nuclear, wind and hydro 
  • Green and sustainable buildings, including LEED®
  • Historic renovations
  • Hospitals
  • Hotels
  • Manufacturing facilities
  • Marinas
  • Medical facilities
  • Memorials and monuments
  • Mixed-Use
  • Multi-unit residential projects, including condominiums and apartments
  • Museums
  • Office buildings
  • Performing arts facilities
  • Public projects, including schools, professional sports facilities, justice and detention facilities, courts and fire stations
  • Residential
  • Resorts
  • Restaurants
  • Retail
  • Retirement and assisted living
  • Tenant Improvements
  • Transportation, including light rail, roads and utilities
  • University buildings
  • Warehouses

Ranked by Chambers USA Two Years in a Row


Professional Recognition

  • Listed in Chambers USA "America's Leading Lawyers" for Construction, 2022 – 2023
  • Listed in Best Lawyers in America: Construction Law; Litigation - Construction, 2016 – 2024
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, "Super Lawyer," 2014 – 2023
  • Listed in Super Lawyers Magazine, “Rising Stars of Washington Law,” 2012 – 2013
  • 2015 Pro Bono Honoree - Columbia Legal Services

Professional Leadership

  • American Institute of Architects (AIA), Member 
  • Editorial Board, Washington Civil Procedure Deskbook, Washington State Bar Association (3d ed.)
  • U.S. Green Building Council, LEED® Accredited Professional
  • National Council of Architectural Registration Boards
  • Licensed Architect (WA, NJ)
  • Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry
  • The Jefferson Society Inc., Member

Related Employment

  • Seattle University School of Law, Adjunct Professor, Construction Law, 2006 – 2017
  • Dorsey & Whitney LLP, Seattle, WA, Associate, 2003 – 2006
  • Michael Graves & Associates, Princeton, NJ, Architect, 1999 – 2000
  • SWBR Architects PC, Rochester, NY, Project Designer/Intern Architect, 1993 – 1996


  • Hon. Robert Lasnik, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, 2006 - 2008





Bar and Court Admissions

  • Washington
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Washington


  • Stanford Law School, J.D., 2003, Executive Editor, Stanford Law Review; Senior Editor, Stanford Journal of Law, Business & Finance
  • Princeton University, School of Architecture, M.Arch., 1999, Second in Class
  • University of Virginia, School of Architecture, B.S., Architecture, 1993, First in Class