Erika B. Grubbs is a trusted advisor, effective decision-maker and mediator, accomplished negotiator, and engaging communicator with a demonstrated ability to cultivate meaningful relationships and work productively with key stakeholders. She is a skilled attorney with extensive experience in state, federal, and local forums. Ms. Grubbs possesses excellent legal research, writing, and verbal communication skills which contribute to high level of success in complex and often high profile cases. Her active practice focuses on the areas of construction law and contracts. She has extensive experience in litigation, mediation and arbitration and has been a frequent presenter on a variety of topics.
Ms. Grubbs’ grandfather was a construction lawyer and her family still runs the construction firm he worked with decades ago. Construction law is in her blood and she has a passion for that work.
Ms. Grubbs obtained her Juris Doctor from Wake Forest University School of Law and her Bachelor of Science from Springfield College.
Ms. Grubbs is certified in the following:
Certificate in Interest Based Mediation, Fulcrum Institute
Certificate in Risk Management, Public Risk Management Association
Certificate in Risk Management, Idaho Counties Risk Management Program
Represents owners, contractors, design professionals, and material and equipment suppliers throughout the construction industry.
Routinely assists clients with both private and government projects, from inception through completion and beyond.
Well versed in construction and design contract negotiation, drafting, interpretation, and implementation.
Partners with clients to help ensure compliance and to problem-solve when things do go wrong. Because she is seasoned in both construction transactions and litigation, she is able to bring a practical and experienced lens to all issues, potential or realized. She has successfully arbitrated multi-million-dollar construction disputes involving delay, breach of contract, and negligence claims.
Achieves favorable resolutions for clients with change order disputes, site condition issues, and contract terminations.
With a strong background in Risk Management, Ms. Grubbs brings a proactive approach to counseling her clients. She looks at the “big picture” and works with her clients to help them avoid exposure and mitigate risk whenever possible. Ms. Grubbs has also assisted residential, commercial, and industrial clients in navigating through land use planning and development processes. She is well familiar with local, state and federal regulations and permitting processes. That understanding has enabled her to partner integrally with her clients to move their projects forward effectively and efficiently with the applicable regulatory agencies. This unique background ensures that Ms. Grubbs meets a wide array of her construction clients’ needs, practically and seamlessly. Her abilities to establish positive professional relationships, bring a proven business and legal acumen to her work, and to quickly understand a client’s unique issues and present creative and well-crafted resolutions, have made her a valued team member to her clients, many of whom have called upon her for legal counsel for over two decades.
Idaho State Bar IOLTA Committee, Member
Idaho Bar Association, Bar Exam Grader
Washington Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, Regional Representative
First District Bar Association Magistrate Commission, Commissioner
National Association of Women in Construction (“NAWIC”)
North Idaho College, Adjunct Professor
Top Lawyer, Spokane Coeur d’Alene Living Magazine, 2017, 2018, 2019
Award for Pro Bono Services, Spokane County Bar Association
Award for Exemplary Service to Victims of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, Women’s Center