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Chris Butler
Chief Legal Council

Chris has worked for Potelco since September 2011. He handles all legal matters including: litigation, Labor and Industries appeals, general liability claims, contract and contract bid reviews, and human resources issues. He works closely with contract management, project management, human resources, and addresses any legal questions from field personnel on up to the executive team. Before joining Potelco he was in private practice and focused on high-value complex litigation matters. He worked on behalf of Bechtel BWXT, Inc. in federal contract related litigation, and R.J. Reynolds and Microsoft Corporation in antitrust-related lawsuits, and many other notable cases. Chris also worked on behalf of general and specialty contractors in construction defect related claims, delay and impact claims, changed conditions and differing site conditions claims, as well as advised clients in contract review and negotiations. He has presented to construction industry and business groups on federal contracting and construction related topics. Chris has also participated as a guest lecturer at the Seattle University School of Law on topics relating to Federal Government Contracting.

Presenter: “Back to Basics: Five Things Every Contractor Should Know”, OMRB Construction and Public Contract Law Seminar (2005)
Presenter: “Bidding Federal Contracts to win.” AGC Tacoma meeting (2010)
Presenter: “Federal Methods for Green building” NECA Conference, Phoenix AZ (2010)
Presenter: “Contract Close Out” OMRB Construction and Public Contract Law Seminar (2010)
Contributing Author: “Construction Change Order Claims,” Aspen Publishing (2005)
Contributing Author: Wiley “Construction Law Update,” Aspen Publishing (2005-2010)
Pocket Parts Editor: Washington Practice Vol 23 :Environmental Law and Practice” (1998)
King County Bar Association (Member)
Washington State Bar Association (Member, Construction Law and Litigation Sections)
Board of Contract Appeals Bar Association (Member)

J.D., Seattle University, cum laude, 1997
B.A., St. John’s University, 1991

Washington State Courts
U.S. District Court, Western District, Washington