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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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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