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ADR Neutral: Clifford Freed

Clifford Freed
705 2ND AVE, STE 1200
SEATTLE, WA 98104-1729
Tel: 206-682-6711

Focus of Practice

The focus of my law practice was on employment and labor law, and civil rights litigation generally, with an emphasis on discrimination arising under federal and state laws, wrongful discharge, and wage and hour cases. While the majority of my practice involved representing individual employees and labor organizations, I also continue to represent some employers, including some not for profit corporations. I now devote 100% of my time to serving as a mediator and arbitrator.

Legal Experience

I worked at Frank Freed Subit & Thomas and its earlier incarnations since 1984,and retired form the firm in 2016 to devote my time in ADR . I have also conducted independent investigations for the United States government into charges of workplace discrimination, and have submitted written findings to the appropriate federal agencies. Additionally, I serve as an adjunct professor of law at Seattle University School of Law. I am on the arbitration and mediation panels of Washington Arbitration and Mediation Services (WAMS), and the American Arbitration Association (AAA).

Court Admissions

Washington, 1984; United States District Court, Western District, 1985; United States District Court, Eastern District, 1990; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, 1991.


Juris Doctor, University of Puget Sound School of Law, cum laude, 1984; Bachelor of Arts, English, Brooklyn College of the City University of New York, 1971.

Professional Associations

Former Chair and Trustee, King County Bar Association Labor and Employment Law Section; Washington State Bar Association; AFL-CIO Lawyers Coordinating Committee; Washington Employment Lawyers Associations; Federal Bar Pro Bono Screening Committee.

ADR Training

In January 1996, I completed the Professional Mediation Skills Training Certificate Program, administered by the University of Washington School of Law. I also regularly attend training sessions with Washington Arbitration and Mediation Service and the American Arbitration Association, with which I am affiliated, and am a frequent speaker on mediation at seminars and continuing legal education classes. In February 2013 I attended a two day arbitration training through the AAA. I conducted a three-day mediation training through the AAA in March 2013. Also in March 2013, I prepared and co-presented a one-hour CLE on mediation, which required three hours of preparation. In July of 2013, I prepared and presented a one hour CLE presentation on mediation basics, which required four hours of preparation, and in 2015, I prepared and co-presented a one hour CLE presentation on mediation, which required three hours of preparation.In 2016-18, I made presentations on ADR-related topics, with written materials (more than 5 credit hours).

ADR Experience

I am currently affiliated with the Washington Arbitration and Mediation Service and the American Arbitration Association. I have mediated over 800 cases, the majority of them relating to employment issues.

ADR Practice Areas

Civil Rights, Constitutional, Contracts, Employment, Torts