Marisa M. Bavand


206.832.1477 Direct



Southwestern University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude
Southwestern Law Review, Special Projects Editor

University of California at Santa Barbara, B.A., with Distinction


State Courts of Washington

State Courts of California

United States District Court for the Western District of Washington

United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington

United States District Court for the Northern District of California

United States District Court for the Central District of California

United States District Court for the Eastern District of California

United States District Court for the Southern District of California

United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit

Marisa Bavand provides counsel to construction industry and government contracts clients.  She has been involved in most of the major construction and remediation projects in the Pacific Northwest for the past 20 years.  Marisa has served in contracting and dispute roles in national and international projects and has been nationally recognized for her experience in construction litigation.  Her practice includes representing public and private owners, general contractors, and engineers with pre-project planning and risk assessment, contract drafting, claim management and preservation, and litigating disputes.  Marisa provides strategic advice and litigation representation on a large variety of projects including heavy civil, light rail, highway, bored tunnels, universities, production facilities, fire stations, mixed use commercial projects, and various vertical construction projects.

Marisa has also represented federal government contract clients for over 20 years.  She is well versed in the Federal Acquisition Regulation and has helped her clients navigate complicated compliance issues and develop requests for equitable adjustments and various contract claims.  Marisa also has over 15 years of experience representing clients related to United States Department of Justice (DOJ) investigations and litigation of False Claims Act claims.  She has managed extensive DOJ Civil Investigative Demands and succeeded in avoiding fraud-based liability for her clients through negotiated resolutions.


Professional Associations, Activities & Recognition

  • “Best Lawyers in America,” Construction Law, Best Lawyers (2015-Present)
  • Society of Construction Law North America
    • Regional Director for the Pacific Northwest (2019)
  • Construction Law Society of America
    • Fellow (2018-Present)
  • Washington State Bar Association
    • Trustee, Construction Law Section (2014-2016)
    • Chairman, Washington State Bar Association Construction Law Section (2016-2017)
  • American Bar Association
    • Forum Committee on the Construction Industry
    • Section on Public Contract Law
  • Associated General Contractors of Washington
  • Design Build Institute of America
    • Legislative Affairs Committee (2014-Present)
    • Board Member, Legal Affairs Committee (2016-2017)
  •  “Super Lawyer,” Thomson Reuters
  • IR Global International Professional Services Network – Construction Law

Selected Publications & Seminars

  • Mechanics of Civil Investigative Demands (2019 Seminar, Richland, WA; Desert Bar)
  • Marisa Bavand, Allison Murphy, and Evan Brown, Federal Procurement, in Washington Construction Law Deskbook (June 2018)
  • Navigating the Complex World of eDiscovery (2018 Seminar, Seattle; Desert Bar)
  • Understanding the False Claims Act: Recent Changes, Compliance Strategies, and the Devastating Results of Non-Compliance (Construction Super Conference, San Francisco; Seattle; Desert Bar Association)
  • Subcontracting Issues in Government Contracts (2017 Seminar, Seattle; Desert Bar)
  • Contractor’s Design: Risk Liability (Construction Super Conference, San Francisco)
  • Notice and Claim Compliance (2017 Seminar, Seattle)
  • Lien and Bond Claims (2016, 2017, 2018 Seminar, Seattle)
  • Project Financing Risk Management (2015, 2016 Seminar, Seattle)