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Sokol Larkin

Sokol Larkin, a boutique law firm located in Portland, Oregon, has earned its reputation as one of the Pacific Northwest’s premier firms in the areas of construction and design law, surety and fidelity law, and business, commercial and real estate matters. The firm’s clients range from individuals and small businesses to large multi-national companies.

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Sokol Larkin

4380 S Macadam Ave., Suite 530
Portland, Oregon 97239

Phone: (503) 221-0699
Fax: (503) 223-5706

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Jan D. Sokol

Mr. Sokol is one of the founders and the Managing Member of the firm. He represents prime contractors, subcontractors, real property managers, small corporations, sureties and fidelity insurers. His practice includes advising and organizing businesses, as well as the preparation of construction claims. He also has an extensive practice representing creditors in bankruptcy courts throughout the United States. Mr. Sokol handles complex corporate, commercial, construction and real property litigation, arbitrations and mediations.

Mr. Sokol is a frequent speaker at the Western States Surety Conference in Seattle and at the Pearlman in Woodinville addressing wide ranging topics in the construction and surety industry.

Oregon Super Lawyers Magazine listed Jan as one of the top lawyers in the state for the last fifteen consecutive years: 2006 to 2020.

Mr. Sokol is also a Senior Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon effectiveness and accomplishment in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation. The LCA is aggressively diverse in its composition. Established as a trial and appellate lawyer honorary society reflecting the American bar in the twenty-first century, the LCA represents the best in law among its membership.

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Thomas A. Larkin

Mr. Larkin is a commercial litigator and founding member of Sokol Larkin. Mr. Larkin assists his clients in achieving their goals through the delivery of sound, practical advice. He represents his clients in both preventing disputes and proactively addressing disputes when they arise.

Mr. Larkin has represented prime contractors, subcontractors, owners, design professionals and sureties in a wide variety of construction-related matters before state and federal trial courts, appellate courts, arbitration panels, boards and tribunals.

Mr. Larkin’s practice also focuses on complex business, corporate, forest products, and real property transactions and disputes. Mr. Larkin assists with the drafting and negotiation of construction and design agreements, business asset transfers, and real estate transactions.

In 2009, the Litigation Counsel of America inducted Mr. Larkin into its Trial Lawyers Honorary Society. In 2017, Mr. Larkin was honored again when he became a Senior Fellow in the LCA. Mr. Larkin is also a Fellow in the Construction Lawyers Society of America, as well as the American Bar Foundation.

In 2010, the U.S. District Court of Oregon Historical Society named Mr. Larkin as one of the most distinguished trial lawyers in Oregon. Those selected were identified as individuals who consistently exhibit a high level of trial advocacy and skill, as well as professionalism and integrity.

Super Lawyers named Mr. Larkin as one of the top Oregon lawyers in Construction and Business Litigation since 2012.

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Lawrence ("Lee") A. Wagner

Lee’s practice emphasizes design and construction law, business law, real estate law, commercial litigation, and surety law. Among others, he represents business owners, property owners, developers, contractors, design professionals, appraisers, realtors, material suppliers, insurers and sureties.

Lee handles all areas of construction disputes including lien claims, bond claims, design and defect claims, as well as all aspects of commercial litigation. He also represents individuals and entities in various business and real estate matters. In addition to helping clients resolve disputes, Lee assists his clients to negotiate and close commercial and real property transactions, helps corporate clients to efficiently maintain and operate their businesses, and advises clients regarding various insurance matters.

Lee dedicates a portion of his practice to assisting design and real estate professionals with risk management, loss prevention and professional liability matters.

Lee represents his clients in all aspects of litigation and arbitration matters, and is often called upon to assist clients in resolving time sensitive matters. Whether providing clients business solutions and services, or assisting clients to resolve commercial disputes, Lee provides practical advice in a cost-effective and time sensitive manner.

Lee was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers. Lee was named Best Lawyers 2016 Real Estate Litigation “Lawyer of the Year” in Portland.

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Tyler J. Storti

Tyler J. Storti is a member of Sokol Larkin having joined the firm in 2004. His practice focuses on the areas of construction law, business and commercial matters, and real estate transactions and disputes. He represents contractors, owners, sureties and design professionals in disputes and litigation related to the construction industry, including contract negotiation and drafting, payment and performance claims, construction liens and bond claims. He also regularly represents and advises individuals and businesses in connection with an array of business, commercial and real estate transactions, disputes and litigation. He is admitted to practice in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

Tyler has been recognized as one of the best lawyers in Oregon by Oregon Super Lawyers, which listed him as a Super Lawyer in construction litigation from 2018 through 2022, and as a Rising Star (an award recognizing the best lawyers under 40 years old) from 2012 through 2017.

For years, Tyler has been a member of the Executive Committee of the Oregon State Bar’s Construction Law Section, serving as the Chair in 2019. He is also a regular presenter at seminars on business and construction law.

Prior to joining the firm, Tyler clerked for the Honorable Michael R. McLaughlin, District Judge for the Fourth Judicial District of the State of Idaho.

A native of Idaho, Tyler has called Oregon home since relocating to the Northwest to attend law school at the University of Oregon. He enjoys playing golf and basketball, exploring the outdoors, experiencing live music, travel and spending time with his wife and active young sons. He is also involved in various community and charitable activities, including membership on the Ambassador Board for The First Tee of Greater Portland, which is an organization dedicated to promoting character development and life values in young people through the game of golf.

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Jesse C. Ormond

Jesse C. Ormond helps people build projects and communities.

Jesse is an experienced construction attorney focused on resolving real-time construction problems. He counsels international, national, and regional construction companies on sophisticated contract administration and project execution concerns that arise when building commercial, industrial and special-purpose structures. He understands how industry relationships operate under multiple project delivery methods, including design-bid-build, design-build, CM/GC, P3, EPC and other contract bases. As result, construction teams routinely collaborate with Jesse on “live” project issues to define strategies that balance immediate project interests with long-term business goals.

Jesse also partners with construction companies to advance or defend construction claims in litigation and arbitration. Over the last several years, Jesse has been privileged to serve on multiple large arbitration teams representing construction professionals in high-stakes disputes over complex projects located throughout the Pacific Northwest and Intermountain West. He routinely appears in state and federal courts and before private arbitration panels.

Jesse started his career as a construction laborer — and has now been involved with construction projects for nearly 20 years. He works with absolute passion to help people build projects and, by extension, communities.

Jesse is a member of multiple construction industry and construction law organizations in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. He regularly presents at construction claim and risk management seminars. He also contributes to publications on public-works procurement, construction damages, lien interests, and suretyship. In 2020 Jesse was selected as an Oregon Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Representative Work


Construction Arbitration and Litigation
  • National Design-Builder
    Partnered with national design-builder in arbitration of delay impact claims and substantial extended general conditions on multi-million-dollar commercial facility involving national fabricator and local specialty subcontractor. Secured favorable settlement after one week of arbitration and cross-examination of the primary opposing party’s principal witnesses.
  • Regional General Contractor
    Partnered with regional general contractor in high-stakes multi-million-dollar arbitration concerning delay impacts, design deficiencies and requests for equitable adjustment for extra-contract work on complex commercial project. Prevailed on all claims and counterclaims under arbitration award.
  • International Specialty Subcontractor
    Partnered with international specialty subcontractor in high-stakes arbitration of hundred-million-dollar construction claims for delay impacts, extra-contract work and installation deficiencies concerning complex manufacturing facility. Secured favorable settlement after comprehensive depositions and dispositive motion practice on eve of arbitration.
  • National General Contractor / Regional Specialty Subcontractor
    Partnered with national general contractor and regional specialty subcontractor to prosecute and defend construction claims concerning commercial development in multi-jurisdiction dispute. Secured favorable settlement on eve of trial.
  • General
    Member of several Sokol Larkin litigation and arbitration teams that successfully tried, arbitrated or resolved complex multi-million-dollar contract disputes involving sophisticated companies located in multiple jurisdictions.
Construction Contract Negotiation
  • International Specialty Subcontractor
    Partnered with international specialty subcontractor to negotiate terms with national general contractor for construction of underground structures involving technical, proprietary and sensitive manufacturing systems after the successful resolution of claims between those same companies in complex litigation concerning similar projects.
  • International Specialty Subcontractor
    Partnered with international specialty subcontractor to negotiate terms with international general contractor for construction of multi-billion-dollar technology and manufacturing facilities.
  • International General Contractor
    Partnered with international general contractor to define risk profile and deal structure for construction of multiple international telecommunication infrastructure projects.
  • National Design-Builder
    Partnered with national design-builder to structure contracts for multiple projects throughout the United States, including flagship commercial structures in Washington and Oregon.
  • Regional General Contractor
    Partnered with regional general contractor to define risk profile and negotiate contract terms with regional geotechnical engineering firm in connection with high-risk marine works project.
  • General
    Experienced with common form agreements, including American Institute of Architects (AIA), ConsensusDocs and Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) contracts. Highly experienced in drafting custom project-specific construction contracts.
Construction Contract Administration and Project Execution
  • International General Contractor
    Partnered with international general contractor to define strategies and action items concerning a public owner’s P3 solicitation to construct a sensitive multi-million-dollar telecommunications infrastructure project.
  • Regional General Contractor
    Partnered with regional general contractor to resolve multi-million-dollar disputes involving public owner and regional specialty subcontractors. Resolved all claims on favorable terms and opened consensus discussion on schedule acceleration for successful completion of project.
  • Regional General Contractor
    Partnered with regional general contractor to resolve project issues and assemble, where required, construction claims in connection with multi-million-dollar complex commercial facility.
  • Regional General Contractor
    Partnered with regional general contractor to resolve million-dollar dispute with national developer concerning financing concerns for commercial structure with complex tax, cost-accounting and construction consequences.
  • General
    Experienced with wide range and depth of construction contract administration and project execution challenges under multiple project delivery methods. Approaches every “live” project issue to protect immediate interests without compromising project relationships or long-term business goals.
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Grant N. Margeson

Grant is a part of the firm’s commercial litigation team. He has experience in complex commercial litigations, including those involving business torts and unfair competition claims.

Prior to joining the firm, Grant spent over six years litigating in the Bay Area at large international law firms. He also interned with the Honorable Judge Susan G. Braden in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims in 2012, and served as the executive editor of the Texas International Law Journal in 2013-14.

Grant received his undergraduate degree from Whitman College, and obtained a Master of Public Affairs from the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs. In 2014, Grant received his J.D. with honors from the University of Texas School of Law.

Outside the office, Grant enjoys exploring Oregon with his dogs.

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Christine Poklemba

Christine serves on the firm’s commercial litigation team. She has experience working on complex construction disputes involving high-stakes outcomes.

Prior to joining Sokol Larkin, Christine worked in solo practice. She has a wide-ranging background, with experience serving clients in the government, private, and nonprofit sectors.

Christine has also lived and worked abroad in France and Australia. Christine received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, where she graduated with high honors. In 2013, Christine received her J.D. with honors from Lewis & Clark Law School in Portland, Oregon.

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David J. Guild II

David J. Guild II is an associate at Sokol Larkin. He represents prime contractors, subcontractors, real property owners, businesses of all sizes, design professionals, and sureties in disputes and litigation related to the construction industry, including payment and performance claims, construction liens, and bond claims. He also regularly represents and advises individuals and businesses in connection with an array of construction, business, commercial, real estate, and commercial landlord/tenant transactions, disputes and litigation. He is admitted to practice in Oregon and Washington.

Before joining Sokol Larkin, Mr. Guild served as an articles editor for the George Washington Law School’s Business & Finance Law Review (2020-2021). He received his MBA from George Fox University in 2018 and graduated from the George Washington University Law School, with honors, in 2021.

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