Stephanie Holmberg


As leader of Schwabe’s Real Estate and Construction industry group and as a Shareholder in the firm's Litigation Department, Stephanie Holmberg helps owners, developers, contractors and design professionals resolve disputes at the administrative level and in state and federal courts. She also navigates clients through the public works bidding process and regularly assists with bid protests. Drafting and negotiating contracts is another service Stephanie performs and are topics on which she routinely presents.

Stephanie is former in-house counsel to a national electrical utility contractor and has experience in all aspects of project development and claims resolution. She understands and appreciates her clients’ business priorities. Those considerations, along with her industry knowledge and involvement, make her an effective advocate for her clients.



Litigation and Dispute Resolution

  • Obtained arbitration award on behalf of general contractor on payment claim against project owner and successfully defended against counterclaim for liquidated damages.
  • Settled payment dispute between civil contractor and City of Portland involving issues of defect and delay.
  • Obtained a unanimous jury verdict on a six-figure bond claim relating to work performed on a public works construction project on behalf of a specialty subcontractor.
  • Represented a local architecture firm in a payment dispute against a homeowner, including defense against counterclaims and third-party claims.
  • Successfully resolved a six-figure payment claim on behalf of a local specialty subcontractor.
  • Assisted a local architecture firm in pursuing a seven-figure payment claim.
  • Represented a real estate developer in defending against a payment claim by a design professional and pursuing associated counterclaims.
  • Defended a national electrical utility contractor in complex construction litigation involving claims for breach of contract and delay.
  • Represented a local homebuilder in a breach of contract claim against a homeowner for nonpayment. Assisted in negotiating a favorable settlement.
  • Successfully appealed issuance of occupational safety and health citations based on serious injury incidents on behalf of a national electrical utility contractor.
  • Successfully negotiated resolution of several cases involving civil rights claims in Oregon federal court.
  • Defended national railroad companies in employee actions under Federal Employers Liability Act and Locomotive Inspection Act. Obtained favorable settlements in every instance.

Contract Drafting and Negotiation

  • Draft and negotiate contracts between owners and design professionals (architects and engineers), including but not limited to AIA contracts.
  • Review and revise remodeling contracts for commercial and residential property owners and contractors.
  • Draft and negotiate prime contracts, subcontracts and purchase orders for owners, general contractors and subcontractors, including but not limited to AIA and ConsensusDocs documents.
  • Assisted project owner in preparing design and construction contracts for use in large-scale capital improvement project.
  • Assisted a national energy supply company in developing delivery project methods and drafting associated construction contracts for several projects in the Northwest region.

Memberships & Awards


  • American Bar Association, Construction Industry Forum, Member
  • Association of Corporate Counsel, Member (2012-2014)
  • Associated General Contractors, Oregon-Columbia Chapter, Professional and Industry Associates Council, Member
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI); Construction Law and Women in the Law committees
  • Multnomah Bar Association, Member
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Member
  • National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), Portland Chapter, Member; Board of Directors (2016-2018)
  • Oregon State Bar, Member 


  • Oregon DJC's Women of Vision (2017)

Resources & Ideas

Seminars & Speaking Engagements

  • Co-Presenter, Oregon Corporate Activity Tax (CAT), Independent Electrical Contractors of Oregon (IEC), (February 2020)
  • Co-Presenter, “Successful Claims Management,” Oregon Society of CPAs, May 2019
  • Co-Presenter, “Specialty Contractors Council Success EDU Session – Help! I Think I Need a Lawyer!,” Associated General Contractors of Oregon, April 2019
  • Co-Presenter, “Legal Panel – Construction Claims and Disputes,” National Association of Women in Construction, Portland Chapter, February 2019
  • Co-Presenter, “Change Order Basics,” Lorman Education Services Webinar, January 2019
  • Presenter, "DJC Oregon Builder Breakfast Series: Where to Hedge Your Bets in 2019," November 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “Prime Contractors and Subcontractors: Friends or Foes?,” Oregon State Bar - Construction Section CLE, October 2018
  • Presenter, “Dealing with Construction Sureties and Pursuing Bond Claims,” The Seminar Group: Oregon Construction Law, September 2018
  • Co-Presenter, "Specialty Contractors Council Success EDU Session – Safety Culture: The Care and Feeding of Your Dinosaur," Associated General Contractors of Oregon, June 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “Appellate Law Update,” Oregon Association of Defense Counsel, June 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “Architect and Contractor: Friend or Foe?” American Institute of Architects, March 2018
  • Co-Presenter, “Key Provisions in Washington and Oregon Construction Contracts,” National Association of Women in Construction, Portland Chapter, May 2017
  • Co-Presenter, “Deconstructing Construction Contracts,” HalfMoon Education Inc.: Construction Contract Workshop, October 2016
  • Co-Presenter, “The More Things Change…The Latest Case Law and Statutory Developments,” The Seminar Group: Oregon Construction Law, September 2016


Community Activities

Community Activities

  • Oregon Law Center, Volunteer Attorney
  • Oregon Health and Science University, Center for Women's Health, Circle of Giving
  • Pittock Mansion Society – Board of Directors




Oregon State Courts

United States District Court, District of Oregon

Outside The Office