Thaxton  Parkinson pllc
Construction and Employment Law


Thaxton Parkinson, PLLC
Founder, 2008 to Present

Groff Murphy, PLLC: 
      Of Counsel 2001 to 2009
Partner 1998 to 2000
      Associate, 1994 to 1997

Seattle University Albers School of Management
    Adjunct Professor 2002-2005

XO Communications, Inc. (Formerly Nextlink)
      Director of Contract Administration 2000 to 2001  

Perkins Coie:  
    Associate, 1989 to 1994 (Anchorage and Seattle Offices)  


q  Reviewed, drafted and negotiated numerous construction contracts for owners and general contractors, including design build and teaming agreements. 
q  Participating on the DBIA task force to revise the national DBIA form agreements
q  Reviewed design-build procurement for $600,000,000 light rail project.q  Drafted design-build agreement for professional baseball park.
q  Reviewed design build agreement for $160,000,000 heavy civil freeway renovation;
q  Reviewed design build agreement and drafted subcontract agreement for portions of Seattle’s Monorail projectq  Reviewed Joint Venture Agreement for $200,000,000 projectq  Drafted $200,000,000 condominium contract with complex financial structure
q  Drafted $150,000,000 contract for multi use complex including retail, hotel and residential
q  Represented Public Owner in managing design build preliminary agreement and drafting prime design build agreement for $45,000,000 hospital project
q  Represented DBIA on Washington State Capitol Projects Advisory Review Board subcommittee negotiating changes to Washington’s alternative procurement legislation
q  Contract Administration of XO Communications construction program, including management of $200 million master design build construction agreement.  Advised XO on numerous contract and construction related issues, including development of contract administration processes, drafting and negotiating numerous contracts, and resolution of disputes with contractors.  
q  Represented numerous employers in defending handicap, race, age, and sex discrimination and harassment claims before the EEOC, the WSHRC and in mediation and litigation.  
q  Established "dual gate" procedures at multiple locations and successfully avoided disputes with Union labor counsel regarding use of non-union subcontractors.  
q  Successfully represented employers in enforcing covenants not to compete with employees.  
q  Reviewed numerous employment handbooks and policies, including compliance with the Family Medical Leave Act, Federal and State Wage and Hour laws, and the Worker Adjustment and Retraining Notification Act.  
q  Advised numerous employers on employee discharge and discipline procedures and decisions.  


J.D., University of Colorado School of Law, 1989
President, Class of 1989
B.A., University of Texas at Austin, 1986             Who’s Who Among Students in American Colleges and Universities
            Texas Union Board of Directors

Professional Activities

Washington State Bar Association
          Member, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
          Member, Construction Law Section

Design Build Institute of America
          National Board of Directors 2010 to present
          Executive Committee 2012, 2013
          Co-Chair National Legal Committee
          President, Northwest Region 2008-2010
          National Contracts Drafting Task Force
          National Education Committee           
          Secretary Northwest Region 
National speaker for Contracts and Risk 
                            Management Course
Designated Design Build Professional
          Chair, 2012
National Conference Planning  Committee


Washington State Bar 
Federal Court, Western District of Washington
Federal Court, Eastern District of Washington
Federal Court, Alaska
Court of Federal Claims
Alaska State Bar (Inactive)


“Design-Build Contract and Risk Management” Design Build Institute of America.  For the last 5 years, I have been the primary instructor for DBIA in multiple locations across the country

"Risk Evaluation in Design Build Contracts”, CSI (Construction Specifications Institute) seminar December 2009

“The Revised DBIA Family of Documents”, DBIA National Convention presentation with Michael Loulakis, Bennett Greenberg and William Quatman, November 2009

“Construction in a Changing Economy”, Panel Discussion for Washington State General Administration Department, June 2009

“The Revised DBIA Documents”, DBIA NW Region breakfast meeting January 2009

“Release and Review of the ‘New’ DBIA Contract Documents” DBIA National Convention presentation with Michael Loulakis and Bennett Greenberg, November 2008

“Managing the Supply Chain:  Subcontractors and Suppliers in Design-Build.”  DBIA National Convention presentation with Barry Bannett, AIA, DBIA, November 2008

“Alternative Procurement in Washington”  DBIA NW Region Hospitals Conference, October 2008

“Meeting of the Minds:  Reconciling Design after Contract Award.”  DBIA National Convention presentation with Barbara Jackson, PhD., DBIA, November 2007

“Washington’s New Alternative Procurement Legislation”  DBIA NW Region, October 2007

“Design-Build Contract and Risk Management” Design Build Institute of America, 2006-present, multiple locations across the country

"Limitations of Liability:  Do they Really Work?"  Design Build Dateline, June 2006

"Limitations of Liability: Do they Really Work?"Design Build Dateline, June 2006

“Building a Foundation for Managing Complex Construction Law Issues in Washington,” National Business Institute, February 2006

“DBIA Holds Forum on Risk Allocation,” Design Build Dateline, December 2005 

“Legal Aspects of Building Information Modeling Systems,” Design Build Institute of America Northwest Chapter, American Institute of Architects, December 2005, Design Build Magazine, February 2006

“Update on Washington Wage and Hour Law and the Employee Reference Safe Harbor,”  AGC HR Roundtable, October 2005 
“There is no ‘I’ in Team, but there is a ‘U’ in Lawsuit; Enforceability Issues in Teaming Agreements,” Design Build Dateline, June 2005

“Analyzing, Pursuing and Resolving Construction Claims in Washington”  Professional Education Systems Institute, April 2004

“Successful Design-Build Delivery”  Design Build Institute of America/National Institutes of Health, February 2004

“Retaliation In the Workplace” Labor and Employment Law Seminar, The Seminar Group, August 2003, August 2004

“Successful Design – Build Project Delivery,” Design Build Institute of America, July 2003, October 2003

“Construction Law Section Midyear Meeting”, Washington State Bar Association, June 2003

“Employment Discrimination and Harassment”  Approach Management Services March 2003, August 2003, September 2003, February 2004, March 2004, May 2004 “Construction Claims,” The Seminar Group, September 2002 “Construction Issues in Washington,”  Lorman Education Services, May 2002 “Public Procurement Private Construction Law Section Mid-Year” Washington State Bar Association, May 2000 "AIA A201 Documents for the New Millennium"  Associated General Contractors Seminar, March 1998, October 1999 "Hiring, Discipline and Discharge Decisions"  Associated General Contractors Seminar, November 1996, May 1998











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