James C. Prichard

Partner

101 SW Main Street, Suite 1100    
Portland, Oregon  97204  

t 503.944.6054  
f 503.295.1058

jprichard@balljanik.com

 

“Our construction practice has earned a national reputation through innovation and constant refinement of techniques in this evolving area of law. We are lean, efficient and relentless in pursuing the client’s objectives.”

Jim Prichard is Ball Janik LLP's Managing Partner and maintains a broad practice in all aspects of construction law. He is a leader in the firm’s growing regional and national practice, prosecuting and defending design and construction defect claims. As plaintiff’s counsel, he has been instrumental in achieving some of the largest settlements in Oregon. He represents a wide range of clients in the Western states and Florida, including owners of single family residences, townhomes, condominiums, hotels, commercial buildings, manufacturing facilities, schools, and other public buildings.

Mr. Prichard also defends developers, large general contractors, and home builders from design and construction defect claims, and works with these clients to develop and implement risk management practices. He is frequently retained to position such claims for insurance coverage, and to represent client interests when insurers appoint panel defense counsel. Mr. Prichard has successfully triggered insurance coverage on behalf of several policyholder clients, particularly home builders.

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“Our construction practice has earned a national reputation through innovation and constant refinement of techniques in this evolving area of law. We are lean, efficient and relentless in pursuing the client’s objectives.”

Jim Prichard is Ball Janik LLP's Managing Partner and maintains a broad practice in all aspects of construction law. He is a leader in the firm’s growing regional and national practice, prosecuting and defending design and construction defect claims. As plaintiff’s counsel, he has been instrumental in achieving some of the largest settlements in Oregon. He represents a wide range of clients in the Western states and Florida, including owners of single family residences, townhomes, condominiums, hotels, commercial buildings, manufacturing facilities, schools, and other public buildings.

Mr. Prichard also defends developers, large general contractors, and home builders from design and construction defect claims, and works with these clients to develop and implement risk management practices. He is frequently retained to position such claims for insurance coverage, and to represent client interests when insurers appoint panel defense counsel. Mr. Prichard has successfully triggered insurance coverage on behalf of several policyholder clients, particularly home builders.

Mr. Prichard’s practice extends to cases in the areas of public contract law, insurance recovery, construction cost overruns, bankruptcy, and real estate. He represents owners, design professionals, contractors, and material suppliers in mediations, arbitrations, trials, and appeals, and is often called on to help resolve time-sensitive disputes that arise during the course of construction projects.

Mr. Prichard frequently represents material suppliers, contractors, and owners in prosecuting and defending payment claims, including construction lien and surety bond claims on both public and private projects.

Before joining Ball Janik LLP, Mr. Prichard practiced at a prominent construction law boutique where he represented an international design-build contractor in a multi-million dollar cost overrun dispute arising from the construction of a semiconductor facility in Clark County, Washington.

From 2001 through 2003, Mr. Prichard was the lead attorney in prosecuting approximately 400 avoidance and recovery claims on behalf of the liquidating agent in a Chapter 11 bankruptcy case titled In re Great Western Chemical Company. Mr. Prichard supervised the bankruptcy estate’s recovery of more than $5.8 million in value, which resulted in a dividend to unsecured creditors that far exceeded the liquidating agent’s early projections.

Before law school, Mr. Prichard held a graduate fellowship at the Workshop in Political Theory and Policy Analysis, an interdisciplinary program at Indiana University combining research in law, political science, economics, public affairs, and anthropology. During law school, Mr. Prichard was a Lane County Circuit Court mediator and was a co-founder of the alternative dispute resolution student group.

Mr. Prichard has authored numerous articles on construction and surety law, and is a frequent speaker at continuing education seminars, organization meetings, and professional conferences.

Currently, Mr. Prichard serves on the Legal Committee and Associates Council of Associated General Contractors, and is active in Community Association Institute (CAI) state chapters where he practices. He is also a member of the American Bar Association’s Forum on the Construction Industry, and the Surety and Fidelity Law Committee of the ABA’s Tort and Insurance Practice Section.

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Education

J.D., 1999
University of Oregon School of Law
     Otto J. Frohnmayer
     Scholarship

Graduate Fellowship, Political Theory and Policy Analysis, 1995/6
Indiana University

B.S., magna cum laude, Political Science and Psychology, 1995
University of Oregon

Admissions

California
Oregon
Utah
Washington
All Federal Courts in California, Oregon and Washington

Honors

The Best Lawyers in America, 2017

 

Recognized by Portland Business Journal's 2015 “Forty Under 40”

 

Oregon Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list, 2010–2014

 

Oregon Super Lawyers list, 2016

News

Events

  • Condominium Design and Construction Defect Litigation – Condominiums: Opportunities & Pitfalls

  • 09/15/2006

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  • Extras and Changes – Advanced Construction Law in Oregon

  • 02/22/2005

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  • Ethical Considerations in Oregon Construction Litigation

  • 08/01/2000

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  • New Sub, Old Problem: A Technically Sophisticated Subcontractor’s Duty to Provide Information and Disclose Superior Knowledge

  • 10/01/1999

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Super Lawyers 2016 Prichard James
PBJ 2015 Forty Under 40
Avvo Rating Superb Prichard 2015
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