David A. Ericksen

David Ericksen is a trusted resource and advocate to the professional service community (design, construction, environmental, real estate, and insurance) and passionately committed to collaboration in their long-term strategic success. He has repeatedly and successfully represented design professionals in jury trial, bench trial, single arbitrator arbitration, and panel arbitration as well as mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in state and federal courts. He has built on that experience of troubled projects and contracts and failed communications to become a trusted resource and counselor on the risk management strategies to avoid such disputes through strategic planning and management. In that capacity, he focuses on contractual, risk management and litigation issues affecting the design, construction, environmental, real estate, and insurance professional community. He does so both as outside general counsel to many firms as well as short term interventions in pursuit of strategic solutions and remedies. As a result, he is a frequent speaker before construction professional organizations such as the AIA, SEA, ACEC, NSPE, SDA, CSI and others, and also provides in-house training seminars and strategic planning for firms. He has written numerous articles addressing issues important to the design and construction communities which have been published by professional organizations and industry related periodicals.
He is a graduate of the Law School at the University of California, Berkeley after receiving multiple undergraduate degrees from Pacific Lutheran University. Following law school, Mr. Ericksen served as the law clerk to Justice James M. Dolliver of the Washington State Supreme Court. He has been admitted to the Bar of the States of California and Washington and multiple Federal Courts up to and including the United States Supreme Court as a nominee of ACEC. Mr. Ericksen has been named a Northern Californian “Super Lawyer” for more than 15 years.
  • Digital Stamping, A Strategic Plan for Design Professionals. Structure Magazine (November 2017)
  • The Architect’s Handbook Chapter on Dispute Resolution (December 16, 2014)
  • American Council of Engineering Companies Risk Management Committee
  • AE Pronet