Ball Janik LLP

Ball Janik LLP

Advancing Clients' Goals since 1982

Firm Overview

Ball Janik LLP was founded on July 1, 1982 with six lawyers and a four-person support staff. The founding partners' vision was to establish a firm focused on performing high quality professional work and advancing clients' objectives. The founders believed that if those two elements were consistently present, the firm would succeed.

Initially, the firm was known as Ball Janik & Novack, and its focus was in the areas of real property, land use and permitting, and in specialized litigation. We are fortunate to have attracted and retained valued clients and people over the years. Our firm has grown and prospered because of the confidence that our clients have shown in us. We constantly strive to reciprocate.

We opened our Orlando, Florida office in January 2014, and offer services in creditor rights and fiduciary disputes, construction litigation, real estate litigation, attorney malpractice, large judgment collection, and insurance recovery including bad-faith litigation.

Conscious of our roots as a small group of like-minded lawyers and staff, Ball Janik has carried forward the informality and collegiality of its early days. Doors are open. Discussions are encouraged. Decisions are reached on a consensus basis. Lasting client relationships are valued as the ultimate testament to the firm's work. Each person working at Ball Janik understands that in all of our efforts, we are continuing to work on advancing our clients' interests.
Main Office
Main Office
101 S.W. Main St., Ste. 1100
Portland  OR  97204
Phone
  • (503) 228-2525
Websites

Stephen T. Janik, Partner

We have always been committed to advancing our clients' interests through superior legal work, creativity and cost effectiveness."
Steve Janik is a founding partner of Ball Janik LLP. His principal areas of practice are real estate, real estate finance, and land use law, with an emphasis on large, high-profile projects. He has guided private and public clients through some of the region's most important real estate projects, including mixed-use, multi-block developments, major office towers, hotels, and major league sports arenas and stadiums. Mr. Janik has argued several of Oregon's landmark land use cases.

Mr. Janik has been recognized by his clients and peers in The Best Lawyers in America since it was first published in 1983 and has been selected as a Portland, Oregon "Lawyer of the Year" in 20102013 in several areas related to real estate and land use. He is perennially ranked by Chambers USA as an industry leader in real estate and land use, and has led Ball Janik's Real Estate practice group to Chambers USA's top-tier ranking every year since Chambers started reviewing Oregon firms. Chambers has ranked Mr. Janik as a "Star Individual" lawyer in real estate since 2007, a ranking given to lawyers with exceptional recommendations in their field. Chambers commentators widely agree that Mr. Janik is "the best real estate lawyer in town," with one going so far as to call him "a meteoric superstar" of the real estate market. Mr. Janik has been recognized as one of Oregon's "Top 10" attorneys by Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine. He has also earned the AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, American Registry.

Practice Areas
-Finance and Corporate
-Construction and Design
-Real Estate
-Public Agencies and Schools
-Land Use

Phone: 503.944.6053
Email: sjanik@balljanik.com

Kevin S. Mapes, Partner

"Our unique insight into the insurance claims process has allowed us to recover, and save, millions of dollars for our clients."

Kevin Mapes is co-chair of Ball Janik LLP's Insurance Recovery practice. He joined Ball Janik in 2001 and became a partner in 2006. His practice focuses on commercial litigation, especially environmental litigation, representation of policyholders in insurance coverage disputes, and construction defects. He regularly litigates general commercial matters in state and federal courts, representing plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of business disputes. Mr. Mapes' previous experience advising insurance companies gives him a unique perspective on the insurance claims process, and has helped him recover millions of dollars for his policyholder clients. He has earned the AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell,American Registry. Mr. Mapes was listed as one of "Oregon's Top Rated Lawyers" in 2013 by ALM Legal Leaders, published by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazine, affiliated with Martindale-Hubbell. He has been selected to the Oregon Super Lawyers list, published by Super Lawyers Magazine, from 2015-2017.

Practice Areas
-Insurance Recovery
-Litigation
-Construction Defect
-Environmental

Phone: 503.944.6090
Email: kmapes@balljanik.com

Adele J. Ridenour, Partner

"The number of parties involved and overall complexity of construction defect lawsuits requires constant innovation to find the approach that best serves our client's individual and unique interests."

Adele Ridenour is a litigator whose practice focuses on complex construction, insurance, and design related disputes. She has also developed an extensive background and practice advising educational institutions regarding Title IX, including analysis of Title IX with regard to school facilities and new construction. She handles all aspects of property tax appeals for both residential and commercial owners. Ms. Ridenour was selected as one of the "Top 40 Under 40 Litigation Lawyers" in 2014 and 2015 by the American Society of Legal Advocates, and has been selected to the Oregon Super Lawyers list since 2013.

In February 2016, Ms. Ridenour successfully represented multiple homeowners in an 8-day jury trial. The case resulted in a jury verdict in favor of each of the owners, with a total verdict over four times the defendant's last settlement offer.

Practice Areas
-Construction Defect
-Insurance Recovery
-Litigation
-Public Agencies and Schools

Phone: 503.944.6062
Email: aridenour@balljanik.com

Bruce H. Cahn, Partner

"Achieving success for our clients depends on a clear strategy for victory, intense preparation and skilled advocacy. Our ability, and willingness, to take each case to trial strengthens our hand at every stage of a dispute."

Bruce Cahn is a trial and appellate lawyer whose practice is focused on sophisticated large-dollar commercial, business, and real estate disputes. He represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex cases, including business torts, trademark infringement, fraudulent transfer claims, banking matters, construction cost overruns and condemnation of property. He represents clients in numerous industries including hospitality, transportation, construction, banking, financial services, natural resources and technology, and he represents governmental clients in a variety of matters. Mr. Cahn received the AV Preeminent Rating from MartindaleHubbell. In 2013, Mr. Cahn was recognized as one of "Oregon's Top Rated Lawyers" for Commercial Litigation by ALM Legal Leaders, a publication affiliated with Martindale-Hubbell, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazine.

Practice Areas
-Public Agencies and Schools
-Construction and Design
-Securities Litigation
-Litigation
-Financial Services, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights
-Environmental
-Construction Defect

Phone: 503.944.6115
Email: bcahn@balljanik.com

Jack L. Orchard, Partner

"We are fortunate that clients continually bring us different and challenging problems. We appreciate their confidence that, together, we can resolve what's important to them, without preconceived notions of what the solution will be."

Jack Orchard is a founding partner of Ball Janik LLP and has practiced law for more than 35 years. His principal areas of practice are transactional real estate, real estate development, and land use law. Mr. Orchard has represented clients on some of the region's most important land use and real estate development projects, including: Oregon's largest, single-owner, mixed-use development (Tanasbourne); Hawthorn Farm Industrial Park, anchored by an Intel facility; and several major residential developments. He has provided ongoing representation to a 19-acre retirement community (Mary's Woods at Marylhurst), financed with tax-exempt revenue bonds, and continues to assist one of Oregon's fastest growing and largest public school districts (Beaverton Schools) in acquiring multiple school sites.

Mr. Orchard's real estate work has expanded to include significant property tax appeal cases before the Oregon Tax Court, as well as representing clients in condemnation matters. In his land use practice, he has successfully argued cases before the Oregon Land Use Board of Appeals, Oregon Court of Appeals, and Oregon Supreme Court and has represented clients before virtually every metropolitan Portland government. Mr. Orchard was recognized as a "2015 Top Rated Lawyer in Land Use and Zoning" in the June issue of Corporate Counsel magazine and The American Lawyer, profiling AV-rated lawyers by Martindale-Hubbel, American Registry. He was also recognized as one of "Oregon's Top Rated Lawyers" in 2013 by ALM Legal Leaders, published in The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazine, which is affiliated with Martindale-Hubbell. He has earned AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, American Registry. Mr. Orchard has been selected to the Oregon Super Lawyers list.

Practice Areas
-Public Agencies and Schools
-Land Use
-Real Estate

Phone: 503.944.6026
Email: jorchard@balljanik.com

Phillip E. Joseph, Partner

"Our experience in construction law is attracting clients from around the Pacific Northwest and the country. These clients appreciate our big picture, strategic understanding of all the elements needed to resolve, or win, each case."

Phillip Joseph co-chairs Ball Janik LLP's construction litigation practice, which is growing in national reach and prominence. He is a commercial litigator whose primary focus is construction and real estate litigation, including design and construction disputes, construction defect, general counsel for community associations, purchase/sale disputes, real estate disputes, commercial landlord/tenant, and collections. Mr. Joseph has received the AV Preeminent Rating from MartindaleHubbell. He was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Community Association Law in 2017.

Mr. Joseph has extensive experience litigating multi-million dollar construction disputes representing predominantly owners. These construction disputes include construction lien litigation, defective design and construction, late delivery, extra/changed work and impact claims, Little Miller Act claims, and insurance coverage for construction disputes. With respect to design/build construction projects, Mr. Joseph has defended multi-million dollar claims for additional compensation. For example, he represented, tried, and obtained a verdict in favor of an international wafer chip fabrication facility against $20+million claims by a design/build contractor of a clean-room facility; represented and settled claims against the owner of two large apartment projects against million dollar claims by a design/build subcontractor; and defended and settled claims against the developer of a large-scale apartment and condo project in Tacoma, Washington from multi-million dollar claims of a design/build contractor; and represented and settled claims against the owner of a paper-making plant by the design/build contractor responsible for re-piping and overhauling a paper manufacturing machine.

Practice Areas
-Community Associations
-Construction Defect
-Litigation
-Real Estate

Phone: 503.944.6037
Email: pjoseph@balljanik.com

Gabriel M. Weaver, Partner

"Our clients trust us with their most important matters because we are aggressive, creative, and passionate about finding practical solutions to complex problems."

Gabe Weaver is a business litigator and trial lawyer. He has broad experience representing clients in high-stakes litigation in state and federal court, and before arbitration panels. Mr. Weaver has represented contractors, design professionals, and owners in numerous complex construction disputes. His practice also includes assisting financial institutions with troubled loans, workouts, fraudulent transfer allegations, and lender liability claims. He has represented domestic and international companies, financial services firms, accounting firms, start-ups, technology companies, directors, and officers in matters involving contract disputes, negligence, securities fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and shareholder derivative complaints. Mr. Weaver also represents individuals and estates in catastrophic personal injury and wrongful death claims.

Practice Areas
-Litigation
-Financial Services, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights
-Construction and Design
-Insurance Recovery

Phone: 503.944.6141
Email: gweaver@balljanik.com

Dwain M. Clifford, Partner

"We have earned a reputation as tough, smart, sure-footed litigators by forcefully pursuing our clients' interests in every case."

Dwain Clifford is co-chair of Ball Janik LLP's Insurance Recovery practice. He joined the firm in 2002 after representing clients in commercial litigation with a large firm in Dallas, Texas, and became a partner with Ball Janik in 2008. His principal areas of practice are insurance recovery, broker malpractice, general commercial litigation, and construction law. He has represented a wide variety of plaintiffs and defendants in complex business litigation and has experience litigating cases in state and federal courts in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. Mr. Clifford has been selected to the Oregon Super Lawyers "Rising Stars" list.

Practice Areas
-Securities Litigation
-Insurance Recovery
-Litigation
-Construction Defect

Phone: 503.944.6059
Email: dclifford@balljanik.com

James C. Prichard, Partner

"Our construction practice has earned a national reputation through innovation and constant refinement of techniques in this evolving area of law. We are lean, efficient and relentless in pursuing the client's objectives."

Jim Prichard is Ball Janik LLP's Managing Partner and maintains a broad practice in all aspects of construction law. He is a leader in the firm's growing regional and national practice, prosecuting and defending design and construction defect claims. As plaintiff's counsel, he has been instrumental in achieving some of the largest settlements in Oregon. He represents a wide range of clients in the Western states and Florida, including owners of single family residences, townhomes, condominiums, hotels, commercial buildings, manufacturing facilities, schools, and other public buildings.

Mr. Prichard also defends developers, large general contractors, and home builders from design and construction defect claims, and works with these clients to develop and implement risk management practices. He is frequently retained to position such claims for insurance coverage, and to represent client interests when insurers appoint panel defense counsel. Mr. Prichard has successfully triggered insurance coverage on behalf of several policyholder clients, particularly home builders.

Practice Areas
-Construction and Design
-Community Associations
-Construction Defect
-Litigation

Phone: 503.944.6054
Email: jprichard@balljanik.com

Christopher M. Walters, Partner

"The focus of my practice is to understand and address client needs in a way that adds value to their projects."

A partner with Ball Janik LLP, Chris Walters has practiced at the firm for over 25 years. His areas of practice include real estate, construction, finance, sales and leasing, venture formation and representation, public contracting, and all aspects of project funding, development and management. He has assisted developers, investors, landlords, tenants, lenders, corporations, public agencies, contractors, design professionals, health organizations, resort and hospitality providers, and religious, nonprofit and community associations in a wide variety of matters. His representation of public agencies has included the State of Oregon, the City of Portland, the Portland Development Commission, the City of Vancouver, and several Oregon school districts. He has established and represented community associations in all aspects of their operation, governance, construction activities, and claims management. In recognition of his achievements, Mr. Walters has earned the AV Preeminent Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, American Registry.

Practice Areas
-Real Estate
-Finance and Corporate
-Financial Services, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights
-Construction and Design
-Public Agencies and Schools
-Community Associations

Phone: 503.944.6101
Email: cwalters@balljanik.com

Ciaran P. A. Connelly, Partner

"I distill complex legal matters into clear business terms so that my clients can make informed decisions and get on with running their businesses."

Ciaran Connelly guides his clients through business disputeswhether they are best resolved through early intervention, or require full-blown litigation. Mr. Connelly has broad experience with complex commercial contract and real estate disputes, tort, insurance, and securities litigation. He was recognized as one of Oregon's Rising Stars in 2017 by Super Lawyers Magazine. Before joining Ball Janik, Mr. Connelly worked as an associate at two prominent New York law firms, where he handled diverse matters ranging from complex commercial lease and contract disputes to masstort and insurance disputes, to regulatory and compliance investigation and defense.

Practice Areas
-Securities Litigation
-Litigation

Phone: 503.944.6010
Email: cconnelly@balljanik.com

Angela M. Otto, Partner

"Strategy, experience and cost-effective results underscore Ball Janik's approach to client service. This has made the firm successful and indispensable in representing clients in the construction and design industry."

Angela Otto joined Ball Janik LLP as a partner in the construction and litigation practices. Her focus is representing clients on construction and design, construction defect, and litigation matters. Ms. Otto represents general contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, owners, developers and design professionals in construction disputes, litigation, arbitration and mediation. She also represents clients on significant delay and impact claims, complex disputes, and other matters pertaining to the design and construction of multi-million dollar facilities. Additionally, Ms. Otto has extensive experience representing sureties and insurance companies on construction related matters. She has been recognized by Oregon Super Lawyers magazine in the field of Construction Law as a Rising Star for three years, and is counsel to the board for the Associated General Contractors Oregon-Columbia Chapter.

Practice Areas
-Construction and Design
-Construction Defect
-Litigation
-Public Agencies and Schools

Phone: 503.944.6042
Email: aotto@balljanik.com

Robert W. Wilkinson, Partner

"We specialize in difficult cases that require patient, persistent and principled representation. I push hard for a resolution that will allow the client to fix the problem and move on."

Robert Wilkinson is a litigator and trial attorney who has developed a broad practice in real estate and construction law, with extensive experience handling construction disputes including construction defect and property damage claims. He has successfully represented clients in design and construction defect claims in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Utah, including the owners of condominiums, townhomes, apartments, affordable housing communities, single family homes, hotels, retirement centers, and commercial buildings.

Mr. Wilkinson's representative construction experience includes:

Successful jury trial for a 63-unit condominium community focused on improperly installed stucco siding.
Successfully represented a townhome project on the Oregon coast with construction defects that were so severe that the decks had to be condemned by the town authorities.
Successfully represented many groups of single family homes in lawsuits focused on construction defect claims against developers, general contractors, and subcontractors.
Successfully represented homeowners in Idaho with extensive construction defects including leaking windows and improperly installed stucco siding.
Successfully represented a Utah-based general contractor in a payment dispute arising from the construction of a hotel in Idaho.

Practice Areas
-Public Agencies and Schools
-Community Associations
-Construction and Design
-Construction Defect
-Litigation
-Real Estate

Phone: 503.944.6093
Email: rwilkinson@balljanik.com

David W. Criswell, Partner

"Clients appreciate our ability to take on complicated financial situations, to distill the law and the facts, and to lay out a clear path toward resolution."

David Criswell is Chair of Ball Janik LLP's Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights group. His principal areas of practice are business bankruptcy, corporate restructuring, loan workouts, insolvency, and real estate. He has represented numerous debtors-in-possession, secured lenders, and purchasers in complex Chapter 11 cases. He has also represented lenders and borrowers in out-of-court loan restructurings. Mr. Criswell is often sought out by community banks and hedge funds in the Pacific Northwest and beyond for assistance with loan recoveries, loan documentation and other financial services issues. Mr. Criswell was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America in Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law in Portland, Oregon from 2015-2017.

Practice Areas
-Financial Services, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights
-Real Estate

Phone: 503.944.6030
Email: dcriswell@balljanik.com

James T. McDermott, Partner

"We are aggressive and creative litigators who can take control of a case from the beginning, or in midstream, find its economic essentials and drive it to a successful conclusion for the client."

Jim McDermott is head of the firm's Litigation and Insurance Recovery practice groups. Mr. McDermott is a commercial business litigator and trial lawyer who represents both plaintiffs and defendants in complex cases. He has tried scores of cases and argued appeals in federal and state courts on a broad range of issues for nationally known public and private companies, small businesses, and individuals.

Mr. McDermott has been recognized as an industry leader by Chambers USA with peers highlighting his "forceful stance and impressive technical skills." They have also called him a "very impressive lawyer" with an "extremely responsive, client-focused litigation management approach" who provides "smart advice that is always on the money," and he is "on top of his game when it comes to strategy." Mr. McDermott has received the AV Preeminent Rating from MartindaleHubbell. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of Litigation Construction; Litigation Insurance; and Litigation Securities. He has been perennially selected to the Oregon Super Lawyers list, published by Super Lawyers Magazine. In 2013, Mr. McDermott was listed as one of "Oregon's Top Rated Lawyers" by ALM Legal Leaders, published by The National Law Journal, The American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel magazine, affiliated with Martindale-Hubbell.

Practice Areas
-Construction and Design
-Securities Litigation
-Litigation
-Insurance Recovery
-Employment
-Environmental
-Construction Defect

Phone: 503.944.6025
Email: jmcdermott@balljanik.com

Brad T. Summers, Partner

"Clients turn to us in urgent situations where the future of their enterprise is at stake. With our fluent knowledge of bankruptcy law and highly efficient approach, we help them come through the process with their businesses and employees' jobs intact."

Brad T. (Tony) Summers joined Ball Janik LLP in 1991 and is a partner in the Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights group. His principal areas of practice are bankruptcy and debtor-creditor law, workouts and business transactions. He has represented numerous debtors-in-possession, trustees, creditors' committees, and secured creditors in Chapter 11 bankruptcy cases. He also represents parties seeking to make acquisitions from distressed businesses.

Mr. Summers has been recognized by Best Lawyers as a "Lawyer of the Year" in Portland, Oregon 2013-2016. In 2016 he was selected as the "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation-Bankruptcy, in 2015 "Lawyer of the Year" for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights / Insolvency and Reorganization Law, in 2014 "Lawyer of the Year" for Litigation-Bankruptcy, and in 2013 "Lawyer of the Year" for Bankruptcy and Creditor Debtor Rights/Insolvency and Reorganization Law. Mr. Summers has been recognized by his peers for inclusion in Best Lawyers in America every year since 2006. He also has been recognized as one of Oregon's "Top 50" attorneys by Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine.

Practice Areas
-Financial Services, Bankruptcy and Creditor Rights

Phone: 503.944.6046
Email: tsummers@balljanik.com

Evan J. Small, Partner

"Our construction practice group has earned its national reputation through aggressive and innovative advocacy that produces results for our clients."

Evan J. Small is a partner based in Ball Janik LLP's Orlando, Florida office and is a member of the firm's Construction Litigation and Defect practice group. He is a Florida Board Certified Specialist in Construction Law, designated by the Florida Bar as an expert in Construction Law (fewer than 1% of all lawyers in Florida have achieved this designation). Mr. Small was selected to the Florida Rising Stars list 2016-2017, published in Super Lawyers Magazine. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by the research team at Super Lawyers to receive this honor. Mr. Small's practice is devoted to assisting clients solve complex construction problems with a focus on representing owners in prosecuting construction defect and insurance coverage claims.

Practice Areas
-Construction Defect
-Litigation
-Insurance Recovery

Address: 201 E Pine Street, Suite 600
Orlando, FL 32801
Phone: 407.902.2076
Email: esmall@balljanik.com
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