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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2435

D. Gary Christensen


Gary Christensen chairs the firm's construction industry team and has more than 30 years of experience representing all segments of the design and construction industry in the Northwest. Since joining the firm in 1988, Gary has focused his practice on commercial construction litigation, negotiation of design and construction contracts, insurance recovery, public contracting, and strategic options for construction projects. He helps clients build schools, medical facilities, affordable housing, distribution centers, resorts, and other large commercial and public projects, from planning, structuring, and negotiating contracting relationships to litigation of claims both during and after construction. Gary regularly negotiates design, construction, design-build, construction management, and related contracts and subcontracts, in addition to arbitrating and litigating delay, lien, payment, priority, and defect claims both during and after construction.

Gary has been selected for inclusion in Oregon Super Lawyers magazine every year since 2006 and has been included on the Top 50 attorneys in Oregon list since 2019. Additionally, he is listed in Best Lawyers in America for Construction Litigation and rated AV® Preeminent™ by Martindale-Hubbell®.

Representative Experience

Represent national/international Internet service provider to prepare and negotiate design/build and conventional construction contracts for data farms and facilities nationwide.
Design and construction counsel for Northwest United States facilities for the leading developer of computer processors and related technology. Assist with preparation of contracts for construction and expansion of large fabrication facilities under extreme design and construction conditions.
Represent leading national architecture firms in contract negotiations for major construction projects and claim disputes.
Represent several public entities on design and construction contracting for new facilities or expansion projects, including bond capital facilities expansion projects, and litigation for defects and claims.
Multimillion-dollar recovery in the largest private sector construction-defect case in the history of the state at that time. Case involved claims of negligence, breach of contract, and breach of warranty for multiple defects. Representation of The Resort at Seaside against a general contractor and some 28 additional subcontractors, architects, designers, vendors, and material suppliers. Case complexities included dealing with condominium association rights and complex insurance coverage issues.