Truss Faber is uniquely positioned to support companies in construction and manufacturing legal matters. Our founding attorney was previously CEO of an international heavy civil construction firm.

Our senior-level team has a proven track record of finding solutions using novel risk-sharing arrangements and embracing innovative approaches in providing legal services to the construction and manufacturing industries. Our clients benefit from our extensive experience solving complex legal problems at some of the nation’s biggest firms. We’ve simply stripped out the extra layers of billing attorneys and red tape.

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. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Washington, and U.S. Court of Federal Claims. John is also the Co-Regional Director for the Seattle Region for Society of Construction Law North America.

“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.”
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Kevin Fowler

Senior Associate

Kevin Fowler is an experienced and skilled litigator who has successfully navigated his clients’ best interests in the areas of government contracts, construction litigation, commercial real estate lease disputes, breach of contract, Eighth/Fourteenth Amendment federal rights defense and personal injury.  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, having appeared in state and federal courts and U.S. Government Boards of Contract Appeals.

Suzanne Garner


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. Suzanne prides herself in delivering efficient, effective, common-sense solutions. Most importantly, she is driven by her passion to create value that helps advance her clients’ businesses. Her approach focuses on using each client’s business objectives to guide the advice, work and results she delivers.

"A priority in my career has been to develop relationships with clients and colleagues who come to feel that they can call me at any time with any issue. I take pride in getting to know clients – their business, priorities, and objectives – so that I can be more effective in both helping to solve crises that come up from time to time, and to cut through the everyday noise to help achieve durable results and solutions that address multiple factors at once."
Q+A with Suzanne Garner

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.

Emily earned a B.A. in Social Sciences and a B.A. in Paralegal Studies, with a Minor in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, from Tulane University.

"Truss Faber has a deep care for its clients, which makes me, as a Paralegal, want to do my very best for the attorneys so they can support clients in a way that can’t be found at other firms."
Q+A with Emily Neltnor

Holly Theiss

Head of Legal Operations

Holly Theiss brings over two decades of excellent client service and legal experience, working as an administrator, paralegal and legal assistant for some of the top law firms in the Puget Sound area. Holly oversees all business operations for Truss Faber, in addition to managing the firm’s legal team. Her extensive experience with construction and manufacturing legal matters positions Holly as a highly valued resource and a thoughtful and intelligent leader at Truss Faber.

Holly went to University of Wisconsin Eau Claire in Eau Claire, Wisconsin and continued her education at Central Washington University, studying criminal justice/psychology. Most recently, she attended Edmonds Community College for its paralegal associate degree program.