International law firm Dorsey & Whitney LLP announced today that John C. Theiss has returned to the Firm and joined its Construction Litigation Group in Seattle as a Partner.

Mr. Theiss devotes his entire practice to representing public and private owners, contractors, engineers, architects and construction managers in litigation and arbitration related to public and private procurement and other matters in the construction, design and manufacturing industries. His practice focuses on resolving disputes through negotiation, mediation, arbitration and litigation. Part of his practice also includes transactions; he drafts agreements and counsels parties through the financing, bidding, procurement, administration and closing of projects. His practice encompasses public and private projects across the United States, including matters recently in Oregon, California, Colorado, Florida, Hawaii, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York and Washington. He also has considerable experience dealing with public and private projects located abroad, including recently in South America, Japan, Philippines, New Zealand, India, Guam, Diego Garcia, Kwajalein, the Marshall Islands, Vietnam, Canada, England, France, Monaco, Qatar and Iraq. Mr. Theiss is trained and certified to serve on dispute review boards (DRBs).

Mr. Theiss joins Dorsey from Davis Wright Tremaine LLP where he was a partner and led that firm’s Government Contracts and Construction & Design Professionals practice groups. Before joining Davis Wright, he was Of Counsel to Dorsey (2004-2006), Vice President of Administration and General Counsel of Nab Construction Corporation (College Point, New York) (1999-2004), General Counsel of Quality Food Centers, Inc. (Seattle, Washington) (1996-1998) and in private practice in Seattle and Chicago (1992-1996).

Mr. Theiss has a J.D. degree from DePaul University College of Law, graduating with honors and Order of the Coif, an M.S. degree in Construction Management from the University of Washington and a B.A. degree in Economics and Mathematics from Middlebury College.

“We are very pleased that John has returned to Dorsey,” noted Ken Cutler, Managing Partner of Dorsey & Whitney. “John’s expertise and experience will complement Dorsey’s strong Construction Litigation practice perfectly and will add even more depth to the Firm’s practices focused on the public-private project development and infrastructure sectors. We continue to add talent strategically across the Dorsey platform to better serve our clients around the world.”

“I am delighted to be joining Dorsey and its great Firm-wide team of Construction Litigation lawyers,” noted Mr. Theiss. “I look forward to serving Dorsey’s exceptional client base.”