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Contact Tristan

2801 Alaskan Way, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98121
T: 206.777.7530

Tristan Swanson

Tristan Swanson joined Miller Nash Graham & Dunn in April 2019 as partner. Tristan’s practice focuses on construction, real estate, and insurance coverage disputes. He represents contractors, subcontractors, owners, landlords, and developers and has achieved successful outcomes for clients in state and federal courts, and in alternative dispute proceedings. Tristan prides himself on his ability to help clients reach successful outcomes by precisely tailoring strategies for each client’s unique situation.

Tristan is also well versed in dispute-resolution services, frequently conducting prelitigation negotiations or providing counsel related to the risks and rewards of moving forward with formal claims or lawsuits. He regularly advises on construction contracts, notice procedures, lien claims, demand letters, insurance tenders, and purchase and sale agreements.

Representative Experience

  • Achieved an advantageous settlement for two Washington contractors in multistate litigation arising from the construction of the Apple “Spaceship” campus.
  • Obtained a high-six-figure payment on a Miller Act payment bond claim without filing suit.
  • Assisted a site-work contractor in foreclosing on a six-figure mechanic’s lien against a prominent Washington developer.
  • Helped to resolve multiple lawsuits brought by and against contractors resulting from public works contracts.
  • Helped an Anchorage hotel developer recover hundreds of thousands of dollars from a builder’s risk insurance policy following a fire-suppression system water event.
  • Assisted a downtown Seattle hotel in recovering six-figure mitigation costs from an insurance company following a sewer line loss event.
  • Represented a subcontractor in a seven-figure OCIP claim in which the insurance company paid out the policy limit without going to court.
  • Represented a developer in an OCIP claim for construction defects and water intrusion arising from the construction of several duplexes. Recovered near policy limits.
  • Successfully defended a lawsuit filed by a buyer for nonperformance of a purchase and sale agreement for a commercial property. The case was dismissed, and the buyer paid attorney fees.
  • Successfully represented a client in an “upset offer” legal action following the purchase of real property at a trustees’ sale.
  • Successfully assisted a high-net-worth homeowner to rescind a purchase and sale agreement with a national developer.