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John V. Leary

Senior Counsel

(206) 695-6650
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Practices

Seattle
701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2100
Seattle, WA 98104


Education

J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 1987

  • Editor, Oregon Law Review
  • Editor and Founding Member, Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation

B.A., History, University of California Los Angeles, 1983

  • Rowing Team, Lightweight Varsity, 1980-82

Clerkship

Judicial Clerk, Hon. Alan M. Schwartzman, Idaho District Court (1987-88)

Since 2005, Mr. Leary’s practice has focused on construction law with an emphasis on claim preparation, litigation and dispute resolution for construction industry clients on public and private projects. He has substantial experience in mediation, arbitration and litigation representing owners, prime contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. His areas of expertise include contract drafting and negotiation, project performance disputes, delay and impact claims, mechanic’s liens, bond claims, stop notices, and prompt payment issues. He is experienced in public procurement matters, including competitive bidding and bid protests, requests for equitable adjustment, and pursuing contract claims and appeals before the Boards of Contract Appeals.

Mr. Leary also counsels small businesses and individuals in commercial and corporate matters, including business formation and planning, contract drafting and negotiation, and licensing. He represents digital media entrepreneurs and IT consultants in contract negotiations, deal making and dispute resolution. He also assists clients on real estate, employment and franchise law issues.

Prior to 2005, Mr. Leary split careers working as an attorney in Los Angeles, California and as a nonprofit advocate/executive director in Washington, D.C. and Seattle, Washington. His non-profit work focused on environmental issues and his California law practice focused on real estate, community redevelopment and eminent domain litigation.

Admissions

Washington
California
Nevada
Utah (currently inactive)
Idaho (currently inactive)
U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
U.S. District, Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
U.S. District, Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California
U.S. District Court, Nevada
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Memberships

Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section

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Contact

(206) 695-6650

jleary@grsm.com


Offices

Seattle

Education

J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, 1987

  • Editor, Oregon Law Review
  • Editor and Founding Member, Journal of Environmental Law and Litigation

B.A., History, University of California Los Angeles, 1983

  • Rowing Team, Lightweight Varsity, 1980-82

Clerkship

Judicial Clerk, Hon. Alan M. Schwartzman, Idaho District Court (1987-88)

John V. Leary

Senior Counsel

Practices

Biography

Since 2005, Mr. Leary’s practice has focused on construction law with an emphasis on claim preparation, litigation and dispute resolution for construction industry clients on public and private projects. He has substantial experience in mediation, arbitration and litigation representing owners, prime contractors, subcontractors and suppliers. His areas of expertise include contract drafting and negotiation, project performance disputes, delay and impact claims, mechanic’s liens, bond claims, stop notices, and prompt payment issues. He is experienced in public procurement matters, including competitive bidding and bid protests, requests for equitable adjustment, and pursuing contract claims and appeals before the Boards of Contract Appeals.

Mr. Leary also counsels small businesses and individuals in commercial and corporate matters, including business formation and planning, contract drafting and negotiation, and licensing. He represents digital media entrepreneurs and IT consultants in contract negotiations, deal making and dispute resolution. He also assists clients on real estate, employment and franchise law issues.

Prior to 2005, Mr. Leary split careers working as an attorney in Los Angeles, California and as a nonprofit advocate/executive director in Washington, D.C. and Seattle, Washington. His non-profit work focused on environmental issues and his California law practice focused on real estate, community redevelopment and eminent domain litigation.

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Admissions

Washington
California
Nevada
Utah (currently inactive)
Idaho (currently inactive)
U.S. District Court, District of Idaho
U.S. District, Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
U.S. District, Southern, Central and Northern Districts of California
U.S. District Court, Nevada
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit

Memberships

Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section

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