Tyler has focused on commercial litigation in his over 30 years of practice in Washington, with an emphasis on construction, antitrust and employment cases.
Paschen v. Washington State Convention and Trade Center: Defended WSCTC in suit by general contractor seeking $35 million in alleged cost overruns arising out of construction of the Convention Center; achieved favorable settlement, including design team's payment of 50% of the settlement amount and design team's insurer's payment of a substantial portion of WSCTC's attorneys' fees
State of Washington v. Traylor Bros.: Hired as Special Assistant Attorney General to represent the State in action against general contractor for recovery of damages resulting from the sinking of the I-90/Lake Washington Bridge; obtained substantial settlement payment after four-day mediation utilizing the novel concept of a 3-member mediation panel
E.J. Bartells v. Southwest Marine: Represented plaintiff subcontractor in Federal Court action in Oregon against general contractor for recovery of delay and disruption damages in connection with overhaul of the U.S.S. Standley; won $600,000 jury verdict plus substantial prejudgment interest award and successfully defended appeal to the Ninth Circuit
Raytheon v. Washington Public Power Supply System: Defended Supply System in Federal Court action in Arizona brought by general contractor/construction manager seeking $20 million in damages and penalties arising out of termination of the Supply System's Project No. 3 at Satsop; after 2 week bench trial, the Court issued judgment in Supply System's favor on all claims; successfully defended appeal to Ninth Circuit
Riverfront Landing Phase II Owners Association v. GT Framing et al.: Represented plaintiff owners association in arbitration against project subcontractors for recovery of damages resulting from defective condominium construction; won $2.4 million arbitration award after one week arbitration
Tidewater Cove Condominiums v. Tidewater Cove LLC: Counsel for luxury condominium association; investigated as-built condition of seven large residential buildings and a clubhouse; prosecuted construction defect claims against developers and subcontractors; negotiated settlements totaling more than $11 million
HNTB & M.A. Mortenson v. Bellevue Convention Center Authority (Meydenbauer Center): Defended Meydenbauer Center against substantial damage claims by design team (HNTB) and general contractor (Mortenson) alleging cost overruns arising out of construction of the Meydenbauer Center; achieved successful results in arbitration with HNTB and in settlement with Mortenson.
Sealaska Corp. v. Zidell: Represented plaintiff Sealaska in Federal Court action seeking damages resulting from commercial bribery/kickbacks in barge transactions; obtained substantial settlement payment after mediation.
Kiewit v. Washington State Convention and Trade Center: Defended WSCTC against general contractor asserting a $14 million claim for cost overruns and disruption damages in connection with the substantial WSCTC expansion project; achieved favorable settlement at mediation, including Kiewit's agreement to perform and complete disputed work and a substantial payment by the design team's insurer
Snohomish County v. IMCO: Represented plaintiffs Snohomish County, City of Lake Stevens and Drainage Improvement District No. 8 in action against general contractor and engineer for recovery of damages resulting from construction and design defects in aerator installed in Lake Stevens; obtained favorable settlement at mediation, including substantial payments from both defendants
Martin v. Northwest Composites: Defended employer in Federal Court action by employee seeking $900,000 in damages for alleged employment discrimination; jury issued defense verdicts on six of plaintiff's seven claims and awarded plaintiff $12,500 on seventh claim
Agnello v. Bethlehem Steel: Represented 100 salaried employees in Federal Court ERISA action challenging reduction of retirement benefits following sale of steel plant; confidential settlement
Hedreen v. Washington State Convention and Trade Center: Defended WSCTC against $6 million claim asserted by one of the private developers involved in the WSCTC expansion; achieved favorable settlement at mediation, including resolution of complex scheduling issues and release of WSCTC from potential claims by general contractor
Polymer v. Allen: Represented six shareholders of an "S" Corporation in Bankruptcy Court adversary proceeding regarding payment and recovery of income distributions; achieved favorable settlement at mediation
National Bank of Washington v. Strand: Represented plaintiff shopping center owner in Superior Court action against general contractor and design professionals for recovery of damages resulting from roof/truss construction and design defects; achieved favorable settlement at mediation
Tyler began practicing in 1980 with the Seattle law firm of Culp Dwyer Guterson & Grader, where he became a partner and practiced until the firm dissolved in 1995. He then became one of the founding members of McNaul Ebel Nawrot Helgren & Vance, PLLC, where he practiced from September 1995 through May 2006. He became Of Counsel at Rafel Law Group PLLC in June 2006.
Washington State Bar Association
King County Bar Association
Contributing Author, Washington Public Bidding Law Deskbook
Panel Member, Washington CLE Seminar on Dispute Resolution During Construction Projects
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Washington Law & Politics Magazine "Super Lawyer" 2005.
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