Loni Hinton

Loni Hinton

Loni L. Hinton is an attorney in the Seattle office and practices with the firm’s Construction and Design group. Loni assists land owners, developers, contractors, subcontractors, design professionals, and product manufacturers with risk management, contract drafting and negotiation, course of construction disputes, and construction defect claims.

As a fourth-generation property developer in Western Washington, Loni is keenly aware of the technical and market-driven challenges her clients face. Prior to joining the firm, she was a law clerk and associate attorney at Heffernan Law Group PLLC. While in law school, Loni clerked at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office’s Economic Crimes Unit, Northwest Justice Project’s Foreclosure Prevention Unit, and several other private real estate and land use law firms.

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As COVID Continues to Cripple Businesses, New Safety Technologies Emerge

The economic ruin caused by COVID-19 is out of control.  According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ report dated August 7, 2020, unemployment is at approximately 10.2%.  However, the economic impact of COVID-19 does not stop at America’s unemployment rates. In August 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued an Order that … Continue Reading

Construction Alert: Washington Court of Appeals’ Conway Opinion Provides New Guidance Regarding a Right to Cure, a Set-Off, and Recovery of Attorney Fees

In Conway Construction Company v. City of Puyallup, No. 80649-1-1 (May 4, 2020), the Washington Court of Appeals, Division 1, adopted Oregon’s Shelter Products, Inc. v. Steelwood Construction, Inc., precluding certain claims for defects in termination cases and limiting the justification for termination to those listed in the termination notice.  It also held that Washington’s … Continue Reading

Construction-Related Activity Restrictions in Select States

State and local officials across the country have responded to COVID-19 with various executive orders and restrictions on businesses to help flatten the curve of the pandemic. Each state’s response opens the door for potential impacts on projects commencing or under construction, and on the parties involved with those projects. To assist clients and friends, … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Alert – Governor Jay Inslee Extends Stay at Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation Through May 4, 2020 and Delays Implementation of New State Building Code

On March 23, 2020, Governor Jay Inslee issued the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20‑25) in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Originally, the Proclamation was to be in effect through April 8, 2020.  Despite Washington’s aggressive efforts to flatten the curve, on April 2, 2020, Governor Inslee announced his decision to extend the Proclamation through … Continue Reading

COVID-19 Update: Washington Governor Issues Construction Guidance Memorandum

On March 25, 2020, Washington Governor Jay Inslee issued a memorandum that provided members of the construction industry with additional guidance regarding the Stay Home, Stay Healthy Proclamation (20-25) issued on March 23, 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Proclamation raised a number of questions in the industry, including whether all residential construction was deemed an essential … Continue Reading

An Owner’s Guide to Accessibility Claims in Washington

When owners engage architects and accessibility consultants to design their projects, they naturally expect good design, but they must also be sure the design provides all users with the practical ability to use and enjoy the end result. Civil rights acts such as the ADA and Fair Housing Act were enacted to provide certain protected … Continue Reading

Legal Insights for Canadian Product Manufacturers and Suppliers Involved in Cross-border Construction Projects

Seattle and Bellevue’s strong real estate markets present a plethora of lucrative business opportunities for Canadian product manufacturers and suppliers.  Because Washington-based developers and contractors are perhaps more litigious than their Canadian counterparts,  Canadian-based product manufacturers and suppliers should consider a full spectrum of risk management and mitigation strategies before engaging in cross-border business activities. … Continue Reading

What International Developers Needs to Know About Condo Liability in Washington

An international developer considering condominium projects in Washington should be abreast of the potential risks and liabilities arising from the Washington Condominium Act (“WCA”), which provides a broad array of warranty protections for condominium purchasers. The WCA has given rise to a significant increase in the number of construction defect lawsuits — a deterrent to … Continue Reading

Washington Court of Appeals Provides Guidance Regarding Frivolous and Excessive Lien Claims Against Condominium Projects

Recently, Division One of the Washington Court of Appeals issued an opinion providing guidance regarding the scope of Washington’s frivolous lien statute and the subtle intricacies of preparing and filing a construction lien against a condominium project.   This article provides a high-level overview of how to file a lien against a condominium project in Washington … Continue Reading

Here’s what building owners need to know following last year’s wildfires, earthquakes

California’s 2018 wildfire season — the most damaging and deadly on record — and a pair of earthquakes in Alaska can serve as case studies for Northwest property owners as to steps they can take to mitigate their risks in the event such disasters strike closer to home. In my latest article for the Seattle … Continue Reading

Dispute Resolution for Developers

The nearly 60 cranes towering over Seattle’s skyline may be a sign of the building boom in the city, but they also could portend a flood of construction claims arising from the projects they help build. Despite the frequency of construction claims, many developers are not familiar with the dispute resolution methods available to them … Continue Reading

Cross-Laminated Timber Projects: The Pacific Northwest’s Next Big Timber Development

Cross-laminated timber (“CLT”) is a leading building technology that has been employed by European developers for decades, but the product’s use in the United States only recently took hold after its adoption by the 2015 International Building Code. A type of structural timber product composed of dimensional timber layers bonded together with structural adhesives, CLT … Continue Reading

The Owner’s Guide to Negotiating Construction Contracts During Volatile Trade Negotiations

President Trump’s new tariffs and ongoing trade negotiations concerning building commodities like steel, aluminum, and lumber have resulted in uncertain market conditions for those in the construction industry, making it nearly impossible for owners, developers, contractors, and suppliers to accurately analyze and allocate risks during construction contract negotiations. In my latest article for the Daily … Continue Reading

Condominium Comeback? Bullish-Developers Must Consider the Liabilities Associated with the Resurgence of Condominium Developments

The condominium embodies a missing price point in Seattle’s real estate market. As a result, we have noticed an uptick in the number of developers seeking legal advice regarding the potential risks associated with condominiums. In my first article for the Daily Journal of Commerce, I provide an update on Washington’s condominium laws, a summary … Continue Reading

Crumbling for Coverage?: Recent Ninth Circuit Opinion Relies on Washington Supreme Court’s Definition of “Collapse” in Declaratory Coverage Action

On May 9, 2018, in an unpublished opinion, the Ninth Circuit held that the proverbial London Bridge should be near collapse for an insured owner to successfully obtain insurance coverage for same.  In American Economy Insurance Co. v. CHL LLC, No. 16-35606, an owner appealed the district court’s decision in a declaratory coverage action regarding … Continue Reading
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