Severson & Werson is pleased to announce Mary Kate Sullivan has been named the new Chief Executive Officer and Managing Partner. The newly elected members of the Executive Committee are Mary Kate Sullivan, Mark Wraight, Mike Murphy and Duane Geck.

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David A. Ericksen

David Ericksen construction and environmental litigation

David Ericksen is a trusted resource and advocate to the professional service community (design, construction, environmental, real estate, and insurance) and passionately committed to collaboration in their long-term strategic success.

Since 1997, David Ericksen has led the Firm’s Construction/Environmental Litigation and Transactional Practice, as well as focusing on liability and insurance issues through insurers. For over twenty years, he has repeatedly and successfully represented design professionals in jury trial, bench trial, single arbitrator arbitration, and panel arbitration as well as mediation and other forms of alternative dispute resolution in state and federal courts. He has built on that experience of troubled projects and contracts and failed communications to become a trusted resource and counselor on the risk management strategies to avoid such disputes through strategic planning and management.  In that capacity, he focuses on contractual, risk management and litigation issues affecting the design, construction, environmental, real estate, and insurance professional community.  He does so both as outside general counsel to many firms as well as short term interventions in pursuit of strategic solutions and remedies  As a result, he is a frequent speaker before construction professional organizations such as the AIA, SEA, ACEC, NSPE, SDA, CSI and others, and also provides in-house training seminars and strategic planning for firms. He has written numerous articles addressing issues important to the design and construction communities which have been published by professional organizations and industry related periodicals.

Mr. Ericksen joined Severson & Werson in 1991 and has been a Member since 1997. He has been the Firm’s lead construction trial and arbitration counsel since 1996. He is a graduate of the Law School at the University of California, Berkeley after receiving multiple undergraduate degrees from Pacific Lutheran University.  Prior to joining Severson & Werson, Mr. Ericksen served as the law clerk to Justice James M. Dolliver of the Washington State Supreme Court.  He has been admitted to the Bar of the States of California and Washington and multiple Federal Courts up to and including the United States Supreme Court as a nominee of ACEC.  Mr. Ericksen has been named a Northern Californian “Super Lawyer” for more than ten consecutive years.

He and his wife of 30 years live in the East Bay and have four children. Their family has been active in athletics, Acalanes High School, community theater and music, and various churches.

Education

  • University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, J.D., 1990
  • Pacific Lutheran University, B.A., 1986

Admissions

  • California
  • United States Supreme Court
  • Washington

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