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Allen W. Estes III


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701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2100
Seattle, WA 98104

421 W. Riverside Avenue
Suite 1555
Spokane, WA 99201

721 Depot Drive
Anchorage, AK 99501

San Francisco
315 Pacific Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94111

San Diego
101 W. Broadway
Suite 2000
San Diego, CA 92101


J.D., with Certificate of Concentration in Civil Litigation, University of California Hastings College of Law, 2000
B.A., with distinction, Political Science, San Diego State University, 1996

Judicial Clerkship

Judge Franklin D. Burgess, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington (2002 – 2003)


Member, Golden Key National Honor Society
Member, and former President, Pi Sigma Alpha, Political Science Honor Society, San Diego State Chapter
Allen W. Estes, III is a partner at GRSM where he advises clients on construction, public procurement, commercial, and renewable energy matters.  He also serves as a Co-Chair of the Construction Practice Group, a Co-Managing Partner of the Seattle office and is a member of the firm’s Executive Committee. He is a Fellow in the American College of Construction Lawyers.
In his construction practice, Allen advises developers, engineers, general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers and sureties in all phases of project administration and delivery on public and private projects to include bidding issues, contract drafting/negotiation, contractor licensing issues, project performance, project disputes, project closeout and warranty issues on transportation, infrastructure, marine, waste water/water, power and renewable energy projects. His litigation experience includes bench and jury trials, as well as arbitrations, throughout the United States.
In his public procurement practice, Allen advises clients regarding doing business with federal, state and municipal government agencies, to include advising on bid protests, contract drafting/negotiation, contract performance and compliance issues, claims and dispute resolution. Allen's clients operate in a variety of industries, to include energy, healthcare, infrastructure, transportation, construction, telecommunications and information technology, to name a few. He has helped his clients succeed in both protesting and defending against protests in a variety of solicitation evaluation formats, including best value, negotiated best value and lowest responsible bidder formats.
Allen also counsels businesses regarding commercial matters such as contract drafting, breach of contract and product liability issues.
Allen lectures nationally and writes articles on a variety of topics, including contract evaluation, contract administration, claim preservation and prosecution, dispute resolution, public-private partnerships, integrated project delivery, power purchase agreements and renewable energy projects.


  • Washington
  • California
  • U.S. District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Washington
  • U.S. District Court, Northern, Central, Southern, and Eastern Districts of California


  • Pierce County Bar Association
  • King County Bar Association
  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers 
  • Washington State Bar Association, Construction Law and Litigation Sections
  • Steering Committee Member of the California AGC CLC San Francisco Chapter (2014 – 2016)
  • California State Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Member of AGC of California
  • Member AGC of Washington
  • ELECTRI Foundation Council Member
  • Steering Committee Member of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Division 10 (2012 – 2017)
  • Chair of ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Division 10 (2017 – 2019)
  • Past Chair of ABA Forum on Construction Industry, Division 10 (2019 – 2022)
  • Member of ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Diversity Committee (2012 – present)

Community Involvement

  • Caleb-Joshua Education & Humanitarian Project, Board Member

*Not admitted to practice in Alaska

Publications & Presentations