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3400 U.S. Bancorp Tower
111 S.W. Fifth Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
T: 503.205.2454

John F. Purcell


I have had a diverse practice at Miller Nash Graham & Dunn for over 30 years, emphasizing both legal counseling and commercial litigation. I serve as general outside counsel for several manufacturing and construction companies, and value my relationship as a partner on the business team for these clients. I strive to be a creative problem-solver, and always look for ways to resolve issues outside of court and at the minimum expense to the client. If a lawsuit does arise, however, I am an experienced and successful litigator and trial lawyer.

Over the years, I have developed a special expertise in the field of construction law. I have handled virtually all types of construction law matters for both local and national clients, including contract and payment disputes, construction lien issues, surety bond claims, construction-defect claims, insurance issues, and public contracting matters and bid disputes. I have successfully tried and arbitrated large construction cases throughout Oregon and in other states as well, often involving multimillion-dollar claims.

I am very active in alternative dispute resolution, having served for many years on the approved panel of neutrals for complex construction disputes for the American Arbitration Association. As an advocate, I have handled many arbitration proceedings and scores of mediations.

Representative Experience

Represented the claimant in an arbitration proceeding involving claims arising out of a contract to build and supply large cranes for Coast Guard vessels. The case was arbitrated in Wisconsin and resulted in an award exceeding $1.4 million for the client, which was the bulk of its claims.
Represented a national bakery owner in claims against the project architect and other parties for defective design of a bakery addition. Total claims exceeded $1.3 million. The case was tried to a jury, which awarded a verdict in favor of the client together with recovery of attorney fees.
Represented the parent corporation of a window manufacturer that supplied curtain walls and window systems to a large condominium project. The general contractor and a subcontractor sued for over $4 million, alleging repair costs and extra-work claims arising out of the window systems. The case also involved insurance coverage disputes for construction-defect claims. This case was successfully settled for the client.
Represented the bankruptcy trustee of a general contractor that had a large claim against the California Department of Transportation for delays, disruption, and extra costs on a bridge project in southern California. The claim was arbitrated in California and resulted in a large award for the client.
Represented the main contractor in a major munitions cleanup project at a closed military training facility. The quantity of buried munitions on site greatly exceeded the projections provided by the government, leading to extra work and claims. The matter was successfully settled following a multiple mediation process.