701 Fifth Avenue
Suite 2100
Seattle, WA 98104

San Francisco
275 Battery Street
Suite 2000
San Francisco, CA 94111

Los Angeles
633 West Fifth Street
52nd Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90071

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

721 Depot Drive
Anchorage, AK 99501


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 Gordon & Rees where he advises clients on construction, public procurement, commercial, and renewable energy matters.  Mr. Estes also serves as a Co-Chair of the Construction Practice Group.
In his construction practice, Mr. Estes 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, 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, Mr. Estes 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. Mr. Estes' clients operate in a variety of industries, to include energy, healthcare, infrastructure, transportation, construction, telecommunications and information technology, to name a few. Mr. Estes 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.
Mr. Estes also counsels businesses regarding commercial matters such as contract drafting, breach of contract and product liability issues.
Mr. Estes 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.


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


Pierce County Bar Association
King County Bar Association
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)
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