Terence J. Scanlan is a principal in the firm. Terry has been a trial lawyer for more than 25 years, having tried over 70 jury trials and more than 150 bench trials to verdict.
Litigation & Trials
Prior to private practice, Terry was a prosecutor primarily handling violent crimes. Managing these cases in the early years of his career is when Terry began developing his skills as a trial lawyer. For the last 17 years, his practice has focused on commercial litigation and construction law with an emphasis on representation of engineers, architects and other design professionals. Terry represents regional, national and international consulting firms and project owners on a variety of complex infrastructure projects. Terry also represents private and public entities in defending tort claims resulting from catastrophic events.
Terry’s mediation practice focuses on disputes between businesses, local governmental entities and individuals engaged in commercial, contractual and tort-based disputes. With the increasing cost and risk of litigation, Terry recognizes the value of negotiating a resolution before a lengthy and potentially expensive lawsuit. When early settlement is not possible, he also recognizes the value in assisting parties to focus litigation on a path that conserves resources while moving toward settlement. Terry draws on his many years of experience advising and defending clients in Washington, Oregon and Alaska on a variety of commercial and governmental, construction-related and personal injury claims. His experience allows him to bring insight and a measured approach to his method for resolving disputes.
Terry’s substantial experience as a trial lawyer and litigator brings great value to his mediation practice. He understands that every case has unique and specific issues that impede resolution. Often these impediments are issues other than the legal dispute itself. Terry recognizes the need to fully understand each party’s perspective on the dispute to reach a resolution. He understands that it is often necessary to help the parties clarify their goals and expectations; that often more is involved in a dispute than merely the exchange of money. Terry’s approach to mediation is to assist the parties in reaching a mutually acceptable solution that allows for desired outcomes that are often unavailable from a court or judge.
- Washington State Bar
- Alaska State Bar
- Oregon State Bar
- U.S. District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
- U.S. District Court, District of Oregon
- U.S. District Court, District of Alaska
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
- U.S. Supreme Court