The construction industry faces many challenges including contract negotiations, quality and efficiency concerns, insurance claims, construction delays and defects, and worker safety. Founded with deep construction experience, Truss Faber knows what's needed to lead clients to success.

The construction industry faces many challenges including contract negotiations, quality and efficiency concerns, insurance claims, construction delays and defects, and worker safety. Founded with deep construction experience, Truss Faber knows what's needed to lead clients to success.

A successful construction law firm certainly needs to be savvy, thoughtful and highly competent in understanding the law. Just as important, the firm must understand how construction works in the field, far removed from just contracts and drawings. Experience working in the trenches of a jobsite brings legal issues into sharper focus. Finally, a successful construction law firm must understand the business implications of any legal strategy.

Truss Faber is a full-service law firm, offering our clients the full array of legal services. We help our clients with contracting and contract negotiation. We help avoid disputes and, when necessary, we litigate those issues, relying on our years of experience fighting for our clients’ interests. More importantly, we offer our clients the benefit of our experience to set a course that is legally prudent, yet business oriented.


John Theiss

Founding Partner

John Theiss brings the legal expertise of a partner at a large firm paired with the first-hand industry experience running an international construction business. He has been a client himself and understands the CEO’s perspective. He founded Truss Faber because he is passionate about providing smart, practical legal solutions to the construction and manufacturing industries. John earned his B.A. in Economics and Mathematics from Middlebury College in Vermont in 1988 and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago in 1992. Driven by his interest in the construction industry, he completed his Master’s in Construction Management from the University of Washington in Seattle in 1996. Learn more

“I love working for construction and manufacturing clients because it gives me the opportunity to contribute to large-scale projects and lasting end results. Every time I go through the Beacon Hill Tunnel in Seattle, I point it out to my kids because I am proud to have supported the team that built it. This work is important, and I feel privileged every day to partner with clients to build the future and help our society thrive and grow.”

Kevin Fowler

Senior Associate

Kevin Fowler is a senior associate at Truss Faber PC, and an experienced and skilled litigator who has successfully navigated his clients’ best interests in construction litigation for over a decade.  He has effectively represented general contractors, owners and subcontractors in every phase of a construction project.  He has experience with both bench and jury trials, hearings, arbitrations, and mediations. Prior to joining Truss Faber, Kevin spent 10 years working in a complex construction litigation practice.  During that time, Kevin gained invaluable experience working with clients on all types of construction cases, lien claims, surety bond claims, breach of contract disputes, termination issues, Equal Access to Justice Act applications and Little Davis Bacon Act payment issues. Kevin has extensive knowledge of Federal Construction Contracting Principles and Regulations (FAR/EFARS). Learn more

Suzanne Garner

Consultant

Suzanne Garner brings extensive experience in international law and governance as a consulting attorney to Truss Faber, drawing on more than 15 years of federal and private practice. Suzanne enhances the firm’s services with her deep expertise in government, international trade policy and disputes. She advises on domestic and international regulation, compliance and dispute resolution, leveraging her work in cross-border commercial policy and arbitrations involving procurement processes, municipal contracts and measures affecting import and export. Before launching a business as a solo practitioner and consultant, Suzanne practiced in Washington, D.C., in the global compliance group of a leading international law firm, followed by serving as an associate general counsel for the United States Trade Representative for seven and a half years, spanning two presidential administrations. Suzanne has taught at the University of Southern California Gould School of Law, advised for the UN Conference for Trade and Development and participated as a presenter at numerous academic conferences. Learn more

Emily Neltnor

Senior Litigation Paralegal

Emily, an ABA certified paralegal, brings extensive industry knowledge through her unique background in the oil and gas industry.  Emily has vast experience in drafting, negotiating, and finalizing supplier and vendor related agreements. She has firsthand experience in case management of construction litigation, and she has significant trial experience in numerous high-profile suits involving professional liability, construction delay, construction defects, and bid protests in both state and federal courts around the United States. Learn more

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