Thaxton  Parkinson pllc
Construction and Employment Law
Experience

COMMERCIAL LAWYER

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)  

REPRESENTATIVE EXPERIENCE

   
Robynne is a practicing attorney and consultant and is one of the most experienced attorneys with respect to design-build procurement and delivery.  Her first design-build project was in 1996 for a private owner developing a golf course.  Soon thereafter, she started working as outside counsel for Nextlink Communications developing their design-build program building out their fiber optic backbone and ultimately became their in house resource for design-build contracts.  Robynne has reviewed, drafted and negotiated numerous construction contracts for owners and general contractors, including design build and teaming agreements.  Recent design-build experience includes:

q  Assisting Seattle City Light with developing the procurement documents and contract for the Boundary Dam Generator Overhaul Project (Unites 51, 52, and 54)

q  Developed eight design-build training modules for the Washington State Department of Transportation.

q  With Hill International, assisted with developing design-build best practices white papers for Washington State Legislature Joint Transportation Commission

q  Assisting with developing the procurement and contract for the Los Angeles County Correctional Treatment Facility ($1.8 billion)

q  Developing the RFQ/RFP and progressive design-build contract for the renovation of the City of Spokane Riverfront Park Pavilion Project ($18 million)

q  Developing the RFQ/RFP and progressive design-build contract for the Okanagan County PUD Enloe Dam Powerhouse Project ($40 million)

q  Developed RFQ/RFP and progressive design-build contract for renovation of the Portland Building, a historic landmark, for the City of Portland ($100 million)

q  Developed the RFQ/RFP and design-build contract for the Port of Seattle’s Hardstand Project at Seattle/Tacoma International Arrivals Airport ($24 million)

q  Developed the procurement and contract for the design and construction of the Port of Seattle’s Alternative Utility Facility at Seattle/Tacoma International Arrivals Airport ($28 million)

q  Developed the RFQ/RFP and progressive design-build contract for progressive design-build renovation of the International Arrivals Facility at Seattle/Tacoma International Airport ($650 million).

q  Responsible for drafting the form RFQ/RFP and RFQ/RFP Guide for the DBIA national form contracts.

q  Developed the RFQ/RFP and progressive design-build contract for the City of Richland Town Hall Project (approx. $12.5 million)

q  Developed the RFQ/RFP and progressive design-build contract for the City of Liberty Lake Town Center project (approx. $13 million)

q  Developed the RFQ/RFP and progressive design-build contract for the Spokane Convention Center Sportsplex facility (approx. $25 million)

q  Developed the RFQ/RFP and progressive design-build contract for the Grant County Public Utility District Substation Reliability Project (approx. $13 million)

q  Drafted design-build agreement for progressive design-build manufacturing facility (approx. $20 million).

q  Drafted design-build agreement and reviewed procurement documents for the City of Richland progressive design-build, build to budget fire station (approx. $2.3 million).

q  Drafted design-build agreement and reviewed procurement documents for City of Spokane Refueling Station (approx. $14 million).

q  Drafted design-build agreement and reviewed procurement documents for Spokane County Convention Center (approx. $40 million)

q  Drafted form design-build agreement for Hawaii State Department of Education

q  Drafted design-build agreement and procurement documents for the Washington State University Wine Science Center (approx. $12 million).

q  Reviewed design-build procurement for $600 million light rail project.

q  Drafted design-build agreement and reviewed procurement documents for City of Tacoma Rainiers Stadium (approx. $40 million).

q  Reviewed design build agreement for $160 million heavy civil freeway renovation;

q  Reviewed Joint Venture Agreement for $200 million heavy civil freeway design build project

q  Contract Administration of XO Communications construction program, including drafting and management of $200 million master progressive design build agreement.  The project encompassed multiple projects across the country including underground and overhead utility installations, switch facilities and office build outs.

q  Represented DBIA and AIA in an Amicus Brief in Metcalf v. United States, before the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit

EDUCATION

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 2016
          Executive Committee 2012, 2013
          Vice-Chair National Education Committee 2016 to present
         Co-Chair National Legal Committee 2013-2016
          President, Northwest Region 2008-2010
          National Contracts Drafting Task Force     
          Secretary Northwest Region 
          
National speaker for Contracts and Risk 
                            Management Course
          
Designated Design Build Professional
          Chair, 2012 
National Conference Planning  Committee
 
BAR MEMBERSHIPS

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)

PUBLICATIONS AND SEMINARS  

“Design-Build Contract and Risk Management” Design Build Institute of America.  I have instructed this course for DBIA since 2004

“Design-Build Best Practices”, DBIA Rocky Mountain Region Owner’s Breakfast, October 2017

“The New DBIA Form RFQ and RFP”, DBIA Webinar March 2017

“Progressive Design-Build”, California Community Colleges Facilities Coalition Annual Convention, November 2016

“Comparison of DBIA, AIA, ConsensusDocs Form Contracts”, AGC BuildCon, Oct 2016; DBIA National Conference, November 2016; Construction Superconference December 2016; AGC Webinar, April 2017.

“New DBIA Form RFQ/RFP”, DBIA National Conference, November 2016; DBIA Water/Waste water conference March 2017; DBIA Transportation conference March 2017

“Progressive Design-Build in Transportation”, DBIA Transportation Conference General Session, April 2016

“Progressive Design-Build in Washington,” DBIA Northwest Region Breakfast, March 2016

“DBIA Contract Focus:  The RFQ/RFP Process, the Owner’s Considerations”, DBIA Webinar October 2015

“DBIA Contract Focus:  Form Contracts,” DBIA Webinar August 2015

“ENR Construction Risk Summit, The Colorado VA Mess and Beyond” Dallas, TX June 2015

“Legal Issues in Alternative Procurement”, Pacific NW CMAA Chapter, March 2015

“Emerging Trends in Design/Build Projects” American Conference Institute, New York, NY February 2015

“Metcalf Construction v. U.S.”, Construction Superconference, Las Vegas, NV December 2014

“Modern Application of the Spearin Doctrine”, Washington State DES Client Workshop October 2014

“DBIA Contract Focus on the Prime/Sub Relationship”, DBIA Webinar June 2014

“DBIA Contract Focus on the Procurement Process”, DBIA Webinar, February 2014

“The Five Risks You Never Saw Coming That Could Badly Damage Your Business”, ENR Webinar November 2013

“Best Practices Implementing Washington’s New Legislation”, DBIA NW Region Owner’s Forum, November 2013

“DBIA Contract Focus on the Prime Relationship”, DBIA Webinar November 2013

“Construction Delivery Methods”, Society of College and University Planners, Portland, OR November 2013

“Scope of the Arbitrator’s Authority”, American Arbitration Association Webinar, October 2013

Metcalf Construction v. U.S.:  How the Duty of Independent Site Investigation Negated Owner's Duty to Pay”, American Bar Association Webinar, July 23, 2013

 “The Use of Lean Construction Techniques in Design-Build Delivery”, Lean Construction Institute National Congress, October 2012; LCI Cascadia Practice, November 2013

“New DBIA Contract Documents”  DBIA National Convention, New Orleans, LA November 2012

“Risk Allocation in Design-Build Delivery”, Northwest Construction Consumer’s Council, October 2012

“Construction Update”  Washington State General Administration Client Workshop, November 2010, 2011

“Taking Design-Build to the Next Level”, DBIA National Conference presentation with Barbara Jackson, October 2010

“The Benefits of Integrated Delivery Techniques:  IPD and Design-Build Compared”, DBIA National Conference presentation with Tom Porter, Kim Lum, and Craig Unger, October 2010

“Design-Build Risk Factors”, Joint ACEC, DBIA NW Region half day conference, March 2010

"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

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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