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ADR Neutral: Craig Charles Beles

Craig Charles Beles
216 FIRST AVE S, STE 204
Tel: 206-623-9119

Focus of Practice

Over 42 years of experience as an advocate, commercial arbitrator, mediator, law professor and legal consultant. Chosen to arbitrate nearly 300 disputes involving commercial and international contracts, high technology, intellectual property, personal injury, insurance, healthcare, securities, employment and construction law issues. Rated "AV Preeminent" since 1990 and "10.0 Superb" since 2007. Rated "Exceptionally Well Qualified" to sit on the King County Superior Court Bench by every local bar association. Chosen Seattle Top ADR and Mediation Lawyer, by Seattle Metro Magazine in 2010. Rated Top Ten Lawyers in Washington State, in the area of Contracts/Agreements, by CEO Magazine in 2008. In 2010, Mr. Beles was named a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. State Department and taught International Dispute Resolution and Comparative Torts in the Czech Republic. In April of 2013, he was awarded a 5-year appointment to the Fulbright Specialist Roster with a specialty in International ADR," and in October of 2014, he was selected for a Fulbright Specialist Grant in Peace & Conflict to assist the Republic of Mauritius in developing a culture of ADR.

Legal Experience

Owner/Arbitrator and Mediator, The Beles Group, Counselors at Law, Seattle, 1990-2017; Fulbright Scholar & Lecturer, (International Dispute Resolution & Comparative Torts), Masaryk Faculty of Law, Brno, Czech Republic, 2010; Adjunct Professor of Law, (Transnational ADR), Seattle University School of Law 2006 - present; Arbitrator and Mediator for the AAA, ICDR, WIPO, ICC, CPR, FINRA, WSBA, Federal District Court and King County, 1987 - present; Private Practitioner, Kargianis, Austin & Erickson, Attorneys at Law, Seattle, 1987-90; Associate Prof of Law, (Torts, Products Liability, Criminal Procedure & Forensic Evidence), Gonzaga University, Spokane, 1979-87; ALJ, Washington State Higher Education Personnel Board, Spokane, 1980-86; Washington State Assistant AG, (Antitrust & Education Divisions), Olympia and Spokane, 1976-79;

Court Admissions

Washington State, 1975; U.S. District Courts for Washington, Eastern & Western Districts, 1976; U.S. District Court for California, Northern District, 1994; U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1988


Boalt Hall, LLM (High Honors) in International Dispute Resolution '87 Gonzaga University School of Law, JD Magna Cum Laude '75 U.C. Santa Cruz, BA Psychology '71

Professional Associations

National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals; The London Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member; WSBA (International Practice & ADR Sections); Past-Chair of the WSBA Board of Bar Examiners; WSBA Professional Development Committee; WSBA Judicial Recommendations Committee; AAA, WIPO, FINRA, ICDR, ICC and CPR Panel of Neutrals; WSBA - Disciplinary Hearing Officer; U.S. District Court Arbitrator; King County Arbitrator; Charles Powell Trial Advocacy Inn of Court, Bencher.

ADR Training

NW DR Conf, The Art & Method of Selecting Arbitrators; Considerations in Choosing an Ad Hoc/Administered Arbitration; Narrative Mediation, 2017; ADR Practice Tips; Consumer Arbitration Clauses; Disciplinary Settlement Conferences, 2016; U.S. Embassy, Mauritius, The Basics of Arbitration Workshop; International Trade Contracts; Resolving Construction Industry Disputes; Resolving Financial Sector Disputes; Resolving SME Disputes; Basics of Mediation Workshop; WSBA, Client Counseling; WSBA, Avoiding Litigation-Style Discovery in Arbitration, 2015; Early Mediation, 2014; AAA, Arbitration in IP/Technology Disputes, 2013; How to Become a More Innovative Neutral, 2012; Leading Arbitrators' Symposium on the Conduct of International Arbitration, 2010; AAA, Current Issues in Employment Arbitration; State Bar of California, Debates on International Arbitration: Asia-Pacific, 2007; Chairing an Arbitration Panel; Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure; International Arbitration Advocacy; International Arbitration; UW Law School Professional Mediation Skills Training Program, 2005; AAA, Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards; NASD Chairperson Training, 2004; Arbitrator Training; WIPO Workshop for Arbitrators; Workshop on Domain Name Disputes, 2003; AAA, Advanced Case Management Issues, 2002; Advocacy in Mediation Seminar; AAA/ICC/WIPO, Silicon Valley 2000 ADR, 1997.

ADR Experience

I have presided over or advocated in more than 400 complex disputes involving international contracts, intellectual property, antitrust, telecommunications, construction, personal injury and employment. Additionally, presided in over 60 hearings as a Washington State Administrative Law Judge resolving unfair labor practices, discrimination and other disciplinary matters.

ADR Practice Areas

Antitrust/Trade Regulation, Business Litigation, Consumer Protection, Constitutional, Contracts, Corporations, International, Intellectual Property