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“At Ater Wynne, our mix of people gives clients a lot of expertise to draw on. We’ve got attorneys who’ve been practicing in the same place for 35 years, and smart young attorneys. That makes us venerable, yet cutting edge. Together, we’re a group of COMPETENT, SUCCESSFUL, STRATEGIC ADVISORS.”

– Jonathan Ater, Partner Emeritus

Brenda S. Molner

Of Counsel

Brenda Molner’s practices focuses on telecommunications, construction, and commercial law - transactional and litigation.

Her telecommunications practice includes negotiating and drafting complex contracts, including  build-to-suit agreements, DAS master services agreements, master license agreements, field services agreements, supply agreements, assignments, and many others.  She advises clients on issues related to their business objectives, such as implementation of new technologies, national and regional services agreements, licensing, full utilization of existing contractual rights, and defense against contractual claims.

Brenda’s construction practice deals with all aspects of public and private construction matters, including drafting and negotiation of agreements, lien foreclosures, contractual disputes, change and claims.  She has experience drafting construction-related agreements of all kinds – from requests for proposals, construction management agreements, general contracts, EPC agreements, design-build contracts, subcontracts, supply agreements, professional services agreements, and settlement agreements.  The years Brenda spent working as an engineer for a large industrial construction firm and her degree in mechanical engineering in combination withher legal training and experience give Brenda a mix of practical skills and experience unique to the legal industry.

Brenda also has extensive alternative dispute resolution experience, as a neutral and as an advocate.  She has served on the American Arbitration Association’s commercial and construction arbitration panels since 2003, serves as an arbitrator for both King and Pierce County’s Superior Courts, and also conducts private arbitrations and mediations. Brenda regularly provides legal insight on telecommunications issues in the Telecom Law Today blog.  She also writes about legal issues affecting the construction industry for the Puget Sound Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction Newsletter.

Professional Experience

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Admitted to Practice

  • Washington
  • Oregon
  • U.S. District Court, E.D., Washington
  • U.S. District Court, W.D., Washington

Professional Activities and Associations

  • American Arbitration Association, Commercial and Construction Panel of Neutrals, 2003 to present
  •  Arbitrator for King County and Pierce County Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration Program, 2007 to present 
  • King County District Court, Volunteer Mediator, 1999 to 2002
  • National Association of Women in Construction, Puget Sound Chapter, Treasurer, 1999; 
  • Vice President, 2000; Secretary, 2001, Board Member 2013
  • Northwest Wireless Association
  • Washington Bar Association, Construction, ADR Sections
  • American Bar Association, Construction, ADR and Civil Litigation Sections

Representative Litigation Matters

  • Won a declaratory judgment releasing a land owner from a sale and development contract
  • Represented a general contractor in the litigation and successful resolution of a $3.5 million dollar breach of contract and lien foreclosure suit against a sugar beet processing facility
  • Provided representation, advice and counsel to a multi-state steel erector in several matters, including successful resolution of a $400,000 delay claim on a public works project and a $1,200,000 wrongful termination claim
  • Provided representation, advice and counsel to a major structural steel and rebar supplier in numerous matters, including litigation in Washington, Oregon and Alaska
  • Represented a site work subcontractor in a $1.1 million multi-week trial
  • Won dismissal in a quiet title against a public entity on summary judgment and successfully defended on appeal
  • Won a $400,000 arbitration award for a local manufacturer of residential millwork against a software supply company
  • Successfully negotiated settlements for subcontractors, general contractors, engineers, and suppliers  through mediation in several suits with claims from $40,000 to $3,000,000

Representative Publications and  Presentations

  • Telecom Law Today Blog
  • Are You Ready for Arbitration?  Presentation at the 2013 national convention for the National Association of Women in Construction
  • Current Issues in Negotiating Telecommunications Agreements, Presentation at the 2012 Northwest Wireless Association Conference
  • Controlling the Discovery Monster in Arbitration.  Presentation at 2010 Northwest ADR Conference