Specific Areas of Expertise

Early Mediation: With a background in construction, a licensed architect in Washington and an attorney for the last two decades, Mr. Knight provides a unique skill set as a mediator. With the ability to speak the language of construction, Mr. Knight can grasp the relevant factual issues quickly. Blending this skill set with his knowledge of the law gives Mr. Knight insights that few mediators possess.

Commercial Litigation: Business purchase and sale agreements, partnership and shareholder disagreements, contract issues, financial agreements and work arounds, vendor disputes, business entity formation and the nature of liability, restriction on liability, sale of business and transfer of assets and liabilities.

Insurance: Disputes between insured and insurers, resulting damages, interpretation of insurance agreements, bad faith investigation, reservation of rights, assignments of rights, subrogation and interpretation of settlement or waiver documents.

Construction Litigation: Construction defects, defective plans and specifications, change orders, equitable adjustments, contract interpretation, AIA and AGC contracts, duty to defend and indemnify, mechanics liens, defective bid, excessive weather, acts of god, liability of local jurisdictions, delay, permitting, platting, performance bonds, insurance, wrongful termination by either party, building code issues.

Residential Construction Litigation: Cost plus (time and materials) contracts, work performed without a written contract, disputes over scope of work, defective work, allowance items, delay, mechanics liens, insurance issues, failure to satisfy building codes, lender issues, default, owner did not receive what they thought they were going to get.

Real Estate: Property line disputes, disputes between real estate agents and home owners, water rights, trespass, damage from neighboring property, flooding, disputes with towns and cities, dedication of streets and utilities to cities and towns, plat issues, development disputes, rights-of-way and easements, claims of both borrowers and lenders, default, foreclosure, mechanics liens, toxic waste and remediation, SEPA reviews.

Home Owners Associations: Interpretation and enforcement of restrictive covenants, restrictions on architectural control committees, common area concerns, liability of the board, view corridors.

Land Use: Land use and planning issues, plat issues, development disputes, toxic waste and remediation, State and local jurisdiction environmental disputes, water rights, SEPA reviews, clean air and water disputes.

Trespass: Changes in watercourse or collection of water causing downstream or upstream flooding, slides onto neighboring property, improperly located fencing and buildings.

Employment Litigation: Wrongful termination, discrimination, hostile work environment, wage and hour disputes and employee embezzlement.

Professional Negligence: Malpractice by architects, engineers, surveyors, and attorneys.

Personal Injury: Industrial accidents and personal injury in the work place or a construction site.

Dispute Evaluation: Evaluation of litigation in progress to determine discovery issues, negotiation and settlement strategies and provide a factual and legal analysis of likely outcomes.

Americans with Disabilities Act: Disputes between property owners and Americans with disabilities.

Copyright: Disputes over published writings, including plans prepared by architects and engineers.

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Sherman successfully mediated a complex construction defect case just before the scheduled jury trial. Sherman arrived with a full understanding of the conflicting experts’ opinions and insurance issues, which made settlement nearly impossible. His construction background definitely focused the parties critical claim issues. His litigation background supplemented my clients understanding of the risks of going to trial. He interacted with clients well and used his mediation techniques effectively. I would definitely use Sherman again as a mediator.

~ Thomas Bigsby – Attorney

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