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Allen Ward Estes III

  • Sr. Partner
  • Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani, LLP
  • 701 Fifth Avenue, Ste. 2100
  • Seattle, Washington 98104
  • Email:
  • Phone: (206) 695-5127
  • Cell: (808) - 300 6205
  • Company Phone: (206) 695 - 5100
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  • Undergraduate: B.A. with Distinction, Political Science San Diego State University 4
  • Law School: J.D. University of California, Hastings College of the Law 3

Honors and Activities

Member, Golden Key National Honor Society

Member and Former Chapter President, Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society, San Diego State Chapter

Judicial Clerkship, Judge Franklin D. Burgess, United States District Court for the Western District of Washington (2002 – 2003)


Allen W. Estes, III is a partner at Gordon & Rees where he advises clients on construction, public procurement, commercial, and renewable energy matters. He also serves as a Co-Chair of the Construction Practice Group, a Co-Managing Partner of the Seattle office and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers.

In his construction practice, Mr. Estes advises developers, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and sureties in all phases of project administration and delivery on public and private projects to include bidding issues, contract drafting/negotiation, contractor licensing issues, project performance, project disputes, project closeout and warranty issues on transportation, infrastructure, marine, waste water/water, power and renewable energy projects. His litigation experience includes bench and jury trials, as well as arbitrations, throughout the United States.

In his public procurement practice, Mr. Estes advises clients regarding doing business with federal, state and municipal government agencies, to include advising on bid protests, contract drafting/negotiation, contract performance and compliance issues, claims and dispute resolution. Mr. Estes’ clients operate in a variety of industries, to include energy, healthcare, infrastructure, transportation, construction, telecommunications and information technology, to name a few. Mr. Estes has helped his clients succeed in both protesting and defending against protests in a variety of solicitation evaluation formats, including best value, negotiated best value and lowest responsible bidder formats.

Mr. Estes also counsels businesses regarding commercial matters such as contract drafting, breach of contract and product liability issues.

Mr. Estes lectures nationally and writes articles on a variety of topics, including contract evaluation, contract administration, claim preservation and prosecution, dispute resolution, public-private partnerships, integrated project delivery, power purchase agreements and renewable energy projects.

Professional Activities

Pierce County Bar Association
King County Bar Association
Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers
Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law and Litigation Sections
Steering Committee Member of the California AGC CLC San Francisco Chapter (2014 – 2016)
California State Bar Association, Litigation Section
Member of AGC of California
Member AGC of Washington
ELECTRI Foundation Council Member
Steering Committee Member of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Division 10 (2012 – 2017)
Chair of ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Division 10 (2017 – 2019)
Past Chair of ABA Forum on Construction Industry, Division 10 (2019 – 2022)
Member of ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Diversity Committee (2012 – present)

Member of ABA Forum on the Construcrtion Industry Marketing Committe (2021 – present)

Representative Articles, Publications, Speeches and Seminars


Counting the Chickens while they Hatch and the Double-Edge Sword of Tracking Project Claims and Delays, American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry (2014)

Contributing Author/Editor, Wiley Construction law Update, Aspen Publishing (2005, 2008, 2019, 2021, 2022)

Contributing Author, ABA Forum on Construction Industry 50 State and Federal Update, American Bar Association (2012, 2013 and 2017)

Presentations/Speeches and Seminars:

Claim Strategies, What Electrical Contractors need to know, ELECTRI International (2022)

Subcontractor Killer Clauses, ELECTRI International (2021)

Masonry, ABA Forum on Construction Industry Sticks and Bricks Program (2021)

Terminations, ABA Fundamentals of Construction Law Program (2013, 2017, 2021)

Developments in Change Orders, NECA (2017)

Public Procurement: The Basic Rules of the Road (2016)

Project Conception: Anatomy of a P3 Project and Tips for Selecting the Right Approach, Law Seminars International P3 Workshop (2014)

Dispute Resolution: Terms to Facilitate a Long-Term Relationship for Long-Term Projects, Law Seminars International P3 workshop (2014)

Recent Developments in Integrated Project Delivery, NECA (2013)

Evaluating Contracts: There is a Method to this Madness (2013)

Alternative Energy projects: Rules and Regulations you must know to Assess Business Opportunities , NECA (2011)

Power Purchase Agreements: How they Work and What you Need to Know, ELECTRI International (2011)

Counting Chickens while they Hatch and the Double-Edge Sword of Tracking Project Claims and Delays, ABA Forum on Construction Industry (2010)

Court Admissions



U.S. District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Washington

US District Court, Northern, Central, Southern and Eastern Districts of California

Community Activities

Caleb-Joshua Education & Humanitarian  Project, Board Member and Humanitarian Project Chair

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