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SEATTLE, WA 98104-4088
(206) 505-5810
FAX (206) 505-5811

Current Employment: Full-time neutral: mediation and arbitration of commercial, construction, real estate, insurance and business matters.

Former Employment: Attorney and partner at Short, Cressman & Burgess PLLC (1981 to 2001)

Legal Experience:

Twenty seven years as a lawyer; twenty years as commercial and construction litigator. Experience includes:

Mediation Experience:

Active mediator since 1990. Primary areas: construction, commercial, real estate, insurance coverage, insurance as it applies to liability issues. Mediated hundreds of cases in seven Western States, including Alaska, Hawaii and California:

Arbitration Experience:

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training:

Group facilitator, ABA Annual ADR Meeting, 2006

Advanced arbitrator training, AAA, 2002,

Advanced construction mediation training, 1997;

Basic mediation training, 1992;

Trainer, observer, AAA mediation training, 1997;

Collaborative mediation training, ADR Options Consulting, 1996; Advanced arbitrator training, AAA, 1996;

Basic arbitrator training, AAA, 1991

Professional Licenses:

Bar admission, State of Washington 1981;
U.S. District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Washington;
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals;
U.S. Tax Court
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Activities:

Former chair, ADR Section, King County Bar Association;

Former Secretary, Washington State Bar Association Construction Section; National Electrical Contractors Association (former member);

National Mason Contractors Association (former member);

American Arbitration Association, commercial and construction arbitration panels;

Frequent CLE speaker on ADR and construction topics locally and nationally, including the ethics of negotiating, use of arbitration in lien foreclosure claims, etc.


Super lawyer, Washington Law and Politics, 2001-2007;

Top 100 vote-getter, Washington Law & Politics, 2006, 2007;

Seattle's Best Lawyers, Seattle Magazine, 2005, 2007

The League of Justice: Most Amazing Attorneys, Washington CEO Magazine, 2006, and 2007


Cornell Law School, J.D. 1981, Cornell International Law Journal;

University of Washington, B.S., 1977 cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa