Thaxton  Parkinson pllc
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Robynne Thaxton Parkinson
is a Seattle based lawyer with substantial experience in both construction and employment law.  Previously affilliated with the law firm Groff Murphy PLLC, she started her own practice so that she could provide legal services to a full range of clients performing construction work, including Owners, Contractors, Design-Builders, Engineers and Architects.  In addition to construction law, Robynne counsels employers in all aspects of employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, contract claims and labor issues. 

Robynne's philosophy of providing practical, business based advice reflects her substantial experience in both the construction industry and employment field.  She started practicing in the Anchorage, Alaska office of Perkins Coie in 1989 providing advice in the area of labor and employment law.  When she transferred to Perkins Coie's Seattle office in 1991, she began work in the construction field representing public owners.  In 1994, she started working at Groff Murphy, PLLC, one of the Northwest's premier construction law firms, becoming a partner in 1998.  From 2000 to 2001, she was the Director of Contract Adminstration for XO Communications, Inc., assisting the company in building its infrastructure on a national basis.  She gained invaluable experience working in house as an owner drafting, negotiating and helping to manage design-build projects across the country. 

Robynne  is one of the leading experts in construction law and alternative procurement both in Washington State and on a national basis.  She served on the National Design Build Institute of America Board of Directors from 2010 - 2016.  She also serves on the Executive Committee of the American Arbitration Association National Construction Dispute Resolution Committee.  In addition, she is the Vice Chair of the DBIA Education Committee, which is responsible for revising and developing all of DBIA’s educational courses, and the former chair of the DBIA National Legal and Legislation Committee, where she continues to serve and is instrumental in drafting and revising the DBIA form Design-Build contracts and subcontracts.  She served as the President of the Northwest Region for DBIA from 2008 to 2010 and continues on its Board of Directors as co-chair of the NW Region Legal Committee.  Robynne was named as a Washington Super Lawyer in 2010-2018 and was named one of the top 50 women attorneys in the State of Washington for 2017-2018.  Robynne is a frequent lecturer for universities and industry organizations. 

Thaxton Parkinson, PLLC
9311 SE 36th St
Suite 103
Mercer Island, Washington 98040

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