Geoff Palachuk

Geoff Palachuk

Seattle, Washington

Geoff is a trial lawyer who focuses on construction litigation. He navigates a variety of construction and commercial property disputes. He advises owners, lenders, architects, general contractors, and subcontractors in many different phases of pre-dispute and dispute resolution, and has representative experience in state and federal courts.

Before joining JBSL, Geoff worked at a large firm as an insurance attorney, where he defended regional utilities, railroads, and construction companies throughout the Pacific Northwest. With that background, he strives to reduce or eliminate his clients' exposure to liability and uses efficient strategies to achieve his clients' goals.

Outside of work, Geoff enjoys live music, traveling, art, and running.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Washington, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Washington, 2014
  • U.S. District Court Western District of Washington, 2015
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 2015


  • Notre Dame Law School, Notre Dame, Indiana
    • J.D. - 2014
    • Law Journal: Journal of College and University Law, Article Editor
  • University of Oregon
    • B.S. - 2009
    • Honors: With Honors

Published Works

  • CONSTRUCTION LAW, Washington Lawyers Practice Manual, Chapter 25 (2018)
  • Aereo, Brining the NFL to a "Cloud" Near You, 50 Gonz. L. Rev. 117 (Spring 2015)
  • Transformative Use Test Cannot Keep Pace with Evolving Arts, 16 U. Denv. Sports & Ent. L.J. 233 (Fall 2014)

Representative Clients

  • Benaroya Companies
  • Cosmos Group
  • Harvey Brand
  • Puget Properties LLC
  • R|Miller Inc.
  • Samis Land Co.
  • Serpanok Construction Inc.
  • Skidmore Janette
  • University of Washington

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Construction Litigation, 2018
  • Super Lawyers, Rising Star, Construction Litigation, 2017
  • Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished, 2017
  • Top Lawyers, Seattle Met, 2017
  • Best Lawyers, Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, 2016
  • Board of Trustees, King County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • KCBA Social Committee, Vice Chair
  • Microsoft & Hispanic National Bar Association Intellectual Property Law Institute, Fellow
  • King County Bar Association, Judiciary and Litigation Committee, Member
  • NAIOP, Member
  • King County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
  • Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law Section
  • American Bar Association, Construction Law, Member
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers, Member

Pro Bono Activities

  • Meals on Wheels, Volunteer
  • Catholic Charities, Spokane
  • Project Playmaker, Portland


  • Delta Tau Delta