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ADR Neutral: Louis David Peterson

Louis David Peterson
999 3RD AVENUE, SUITE 4600
Tel: 206-470-7607

Focus of Practice

Lou Peterson is a trial lawyer, mediator and arbitrator. He represents individuals and businesses in commercial cases of all types from securities and intellectual property claims to shareholder and employment disputes. He has represented major companies, securities and financial institutions, municipalities and universities in complex high-stakes litigation across the country including several cases where the stakes exceeded $1 billion. His experience encompasses the broadest range of activities from biotechnology and college athletics to timber and airlines. He also has a depth of experience in police shooting cases.

Legal Experience

Law clerk to The Honorable Morell Sharp, United States District Court, Seattle, 1974-1975; Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson, P.S., since 1975. Managing Principal, 1981-1984, 1987 to 2013. Lou is widely recognized as one of the top mediators and arbitrators. He has served as the mediator in hundreds of complex cases arising throughout the U.S., and he has been the arbitrator in both domestic and international disputes. Lou was formerly chair of the KCBA Judicial Screening Committee, and a founding member of the ADR Roundtable.

Court Admissions

United States Supreme Court; the Washington State Supreme Court; United States District Courts for the Western and Eastern Districts of Washington, and for the Northern District of California; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit


Harvard Law School, J.D., magna cum laude, 1974; Harvard College, A.B., magna cum laude, 1971. Phi Beta Kappa.

Professional Associations

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers; King County Bar Association (Judicial Conferencing Committee, 1992 - 2001, Co-Chair, 2000 - 2001; Judicial Screening Committee, 1988-1993, Chair, 1990-1992; Young Lawyers Section, Judicial Selection and Discipline Committee, 1977-1981, Legislation Committee, 1975-1977, Chair, 1976-1977); Washington State Bar Association (Litigation Section) Judicial Recommendations Committee, 1989-1992; American Bar Association (Antitrust, Litigation, and Business Law Sections); ADR Roundtable, Founding Member; A/V Preeminent Lawyer, Martindale Hubbell; Repeatedly listed in Best Lawyers, in Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Intellectual Property Litigation, and Securities Litigation. Named 2015 Seattle Bet-the-Company Litigation Lawyer of the Year

ADR Training

1.ADR Section of the King County Bar Association CLE Presented The Neuroscience in Mediation MCLE #337515, March 14, 2013 -7.50 credits 2.Hillis Clark Martin & Peterson P.S., CLE Presented A Mediator's Advice to Trial Lawyers MCLE # 350655, August 26, 2013 6.0 credits; and 3.For the 36 months immediately preceding this recertification, I have presided over 100 mediation sessions, or approximately 1,500 hours of conducting mediations

ADR Experience

Have served as an arbitrator or mediator in several hundred cases

ADR Practice Areas

Business Litigation, Contracts, Corporations, Employment, Intellectual Property, Securities