Dennis J. Dunphy
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Dennis Dunphy's litigation practice focuses on condemnation actions, construction and related risk management for developers and contractors, and business disputes. He has represented numerous business owners whose property has been subjected to condemnation for station locations and other right of way acquisitions by Sound Transit and the Seattle Monorail Project. Mr. Dunphy participated in a rewrite of the Compensation section of Nichols, the leading treatise on the law of Eminent Domain (condemnation).
Mr. Dunphy has been AV rated by his peers for legal ability and ethics – Martindale-Hubbell's highest rating. Prior to joining Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt in 1981, he served as Assistant Attorney General for the State of Montana for three years.
Mr. Dunphy has been recognized as a Washington Super Lawyer, which is an annual listing of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement.
Professional & Community Activities
Mr. Dunphy belongs to the Washington State Bar Sections on Public Procurement and Private Construction Law and Environmental and Land Use Law. He has served as a faculty member at numerous continuing education seminars, including American Law Institute- ABA Condemnation courses, Executive Enterprise's Environmental Regulation Course, and an Associated General Contractors-sponsored course on construction law. Mr. Dunphy is the Washington State member of Owner's Counsel of America (OCA), an organization of experienced eminent domain lawyers, which selects only one attorney from each state. He was elected to a three-year term on OCA's national Board of Directors in 2009. Mr. Dunphy provides volunteer legal services for low income persons through the Legal Action Center at Catholic Community Services of Western Washington, and is a member of its Advisory Board.
Articles and Presentations
• Denial is not a Strategy: Business Planning to Minimize Condemnation Impacts
• Risk Management Strategies for Multi-Family and Mixed Use Development
• Have You Considered Pre-condemnation Planning?
• Court Allows Condemnation of "Excess" Private Property
• ALI-ABA 3rd Annual (2008) Condemnation 101 Seminar: Mediating the Condemnation Case
• ALI-ABA 4th Annual (2009) Condemnation 101 Seminar: Before and After - A Forensic Approach to Damages In Eminent Domain Cases
Admitted to Practice
Washington State Courts
Montana State Courts
United States District Court, Western District of Washington
United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
United States District Court, District of Montana
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
United States Court of Federal Claims
Georgetown University Law Center, Juris Doctor degree (1978)
Georgetown University, Bachelor of Arts degree (1974)