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19610 Northeast 116th Street
Redmond, WA 98053
(206) 200-7706

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

Previous Practice: Attorney and partner at Short, Cressman & Burgess PLLC from 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

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.

Member National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

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

National Mason Contractors Association (former member)


Super lawyer, Washington Law and Politics, 2001-2016;

Top 100 vote-getter, Washington Law & Politics, 2006, 2007, 2012;

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