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 and Washington.

“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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Jennifer Marquardt

Associate Attorney

Jennifer Marquardt brings a highly analytical and collaborative approach to Truss Faber, specializing in litigation and general in-house counsel. Jennifer has worked in several practice areas, but she is particularly passionate about construction and manufacturing because of the complex and diverse nature of the industries. Approaching each case with a fresh perspective, her strength in litigation allows her to provide a comprehensive point of view and deliver a strategy tailored specifically to her clients’ needs. With Jennifer’s expertise in all aspects of client communication, she is committed to creating efficient, dynamic teams that work together to yield the best results possible.

Jennifer’s extensive legal experience has taken her to many major metropolitan areas throughout the United States, including Chicago and Los Angeles. She earned her J.D. from the University of Detroit Mercy School of Law in Detroit in 2011 and holds a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.

Burt Natkins

Of Counsel

Mr. Natkins is an attorney with substantial litigation and transactional experience in various areas of the law including construction, commercial, government contracts, and corporate law.  He also has notable compliance experience, having served as the Chief Compliance & Ethics Officer for a large multi-national engineering firm headquartered in New York.  Mr. Natkins is a result-oriented professional with the know-how to manage projects, manage internal and external clients, team build, and strategically plan.

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.

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. She earned her J.D. from Boston College Law School in 2006 and is barred to practice in Washington State, California and Washington, D.C.

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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.