Geoff Palachuk

Geoff Palachuk

Seattle, Washington

Geoff is a trial lawyer who focuses on construction and real estate litigation. He navigates a variety of development and property issues from contract negotiation and project delivery through arbitration or trial.

Specializing in commercial projects and construction litigation, Geoff handles multi-million dollar arbitrations, bench trials, or jury trials, with claims involving breach of contract, lien foreclosure, quantum meruit, specific performance, work stoppage, construction design, construction defect, pass-through claims, offsets, and delays. He utilizes a direct, no-nonsense approach for owners, architects, general contractors, or subcontractors, and represents those clients through every phase of their projects.

Before joining JBSL, Geoff worked at a large insurance defense firm. While there, he defended regional utility companies, national railroads, and local construction companies throughout the country. With that background, he strives to reduce or eliminate his clients' exposure to liability and maintains a keen awareness of potential risk-mitigation.

Born and raised in the Pacific Northwest, Geoff enjoys sporting events, concerts, trivia, breweries, hiking, and rafting.

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: Alpha Kappa Delta Academic Honors
    • Honors: Order of Omega Academic Honors
    • Honors: Centurion Award

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, 2017 - 2019
  • Top Lawyers, Seattle Met Magazine, 2017 - 2019
  • Distinguished Rating, Martindale-Hubbell, 2017 - 2019
  • Board of Trustees, King County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division, 2017 - 2019
  • Nominee, Puget Sound Business Journal, 40 Under 40, 2018
  • Best Lawyers, Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living, 2016

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association, Section on Construction Law
  • American Bar Association, Section on Litigation
  • American Bar Association, Young Lawyers Section
  • King County Bar Association Board of Trustees, YLD Executive Committee, Treasurer
  • King County Bar Association, Section on Construction Law
  • King County Bar Association, Judiciary and Litigation Committee
  • Microsoft & Hispanic National Bar Association, IP Law Institute, Fellow
  • NAIOP Washington, Emerging Leaders
  • Washington State Bar Association, Section on Construction Law

Pro Bono Activities

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


  • Delta Tau Delta