Washington School and Real Estate Attorney David Alskog

David A. Alskog

Member phone: 425.822.9281 fax: 425.828.0908

Legal Assistant: Laura Faulstich

For over 30 years, David Alskog’s practice has focused on public contract and construction law, school law, real estate and commercial litigation. David’s school and municipal law practice has allowed him to advise his clients concerning a broad range of issues including the Open Public Meetings Act, Public Records Act, student discipline, First Amendment and privacy rights, discipline of school district employees, land use and construction, contracts and transactions, procurement and purchasing, public bidding and bid documents, bid protest and claims analysis, and litigation supervision. As a lawyer to school districts and a public hospital district, Mr. Alskog has fostered close relationships with superintendents, board members, CEOs, and administrators, who often turn to him for counsel and advice on both business and legal matters in which thoughtful, sound judgment and a prompt response is often required.

Mr. Alskog’s real estate and construction practice are devoted to the representation of owners, contractors and design professionals, developers, healthcare and business clients, and individuals in purchase and sale agreements, contracts, easements, leases, environmental issues, all aspects of the development of real property and day-to-day advice on the construction process.

Representative Matters

  • Snoqualmie Valley School District; Lake Washington School District; Riverview School District, et al. David has successfully represented and advised school districts for over 30 years on a broad range of issues, as well as successful results on citizen’s petitions to transfer territory between school districts and appeals to the court, arbitrations, and labor and employment issues.
  • Riverview School District vs. Loadmaster. David represented a public school district against the designer and manufacturer of a roofing system for a new high school. David obtained a jury verdict in the amount of $1.5 million and his client was awarded more than $100,000 in attorney’s fees. The judgment was affirmed by the Court of Appeals.
  • Strand Hunt Construction vs. Lake Washington School District. David defended a public school district from a multi-million dollar claim involving the construction of Redmond High School. David obtained two separate summary judgments dismissing the contractor’s claims for additional compensation and delays. The decisions were upheld by the Court of Appeals and the petition to the Supreme Court was denied.
  • Pharr Company vs. Landphere Enterprises, Inc. In this case, David represented the prime contractor in a multi-million dollar mechanics foreclosure litigation arising from the construction of a new state-of-the-art Harley Davidson retail facility in Renton, Washington. David was able to successfully negotiate all of the owner’s and subcontractors’ claims and obtain a very favorable result for his client at mediation.
  • King County Public Hospital District No. 2 vs. Berschauer Phillips Construction Company. David represented a public hospital both in defending multi-million dollar claims from a contractor arising from the construction of a new patient facility and operating rooms at Evergreen Hospital as well as the claims of the hospital for liquidated damages and operating costs from the contractor’s delay. David obtained summary judgment in favor of the hospital dismissing the claims of the contractor.
  • VanderHoek Corp. v. J.R. Abbott Construction, et al. David represented the owner/developer of a new apartment building in downtown Bellevue on claims of latent defects against the contractor and subcontractors based upon water damage to the building. The case was successfully concluded in favor of the owner at mediation.

Professional & Civic Involvement

  • Washington Council of School Attorneys
  • National Council of School Attorneys
  • American Institute of Architects, Affiliate
  • Kirkland Performance Center, Board Member and Legal Counsel
  • Lake Washington School Foundation, Trustee and Legal Counsel
  • Lake Washington School Levy Committee

Honors/Awards

  • Martindale Hubbell, AV Rated (Martindale Hubbell Award, more than 15 consecutive years)
  • Seattle Magazine, Best Education Lawyers

Personal

David enjoys an active life with his family, including travel, the arts, Husky basketball and football, reading, music, boating, hiking, golf, snow skiing and waterskiing.

  • Education

    • J.D., University of San Francisco School of Law, 1979
    • B.A., University of Washington, 1973
  • Bar/Court Admissions

    • Washington State Bar Association
    • American Bar Association
    • King County Bar Association