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ADR Neutral: Craig Lewis Watson

Craig Lewis Watson
4616 25th Avenue N.E., #747
Tel: 206-622-1016

Focus of Practice

Admiralty and Maritime Law, Transportation Law, Insurance Defense, Coverage, and Subrogation, Personal Injury

Legal Experience

Solo Practice, 2005 to present Partner, Madden Poliak MacDougall & Williamson, 1984 to 2004 Associate, Madden Poliak MacDougall & Williamson, 1979 to 1983

Court Admissions

State of Washington, 1978; United States District Court for the Western District of Washington, 1978; United States District Court for the Eastern District of Washington, 1991


B.A., Yale University, 1974; J.D., University of Washington, 1978

Professional Associations

Washington State Bar Association, King County Bar Association, Maritime Law Association of the United States.

ADR Training

CR 39.1 Neutral Training Course, 1/23,30, 2/6,13/2008, ADR Committee, FBA of the W.D. of WA; U. of WA Law School Foundation Professional Mediation Skills Training Program; 10/6-8, 10/21-22, 2006 (36 hours training); Attended: Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conferences in 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2013, 2014. In the past 36 months, I have attended the following accredited ADR training: 6-14-2018 Understanding Unspoken Obstacles to Dispute Resolution; KCBA ADR Section; 1.50 credits 5-10-18 Holier Than Thou? Addressing Religious Beliefs in a Conflict; KCBA ADR Section; 1.50 credits 3-22-18 24th Annual NW Dispute Resolution Conference; 5.50 credits 2-8-18 Sexual Harassment Issues in ADR; KCBA ADR Section; 1.50 credits 1-11-18 Conflict Resolution Within the Tulalip Tribes Community; KCBA ADR Section; 1.50 credits 9-21-17 Psychology & Mediation; KCBA Guardianship & Elder Law Section; 1.00 credits 3-29-17 Exploring Unconscious Bias; WSBA; 1.50 credits 3-23 & 3-24-17 24th Annual NW Dispute Resolution Conference; 10.25 credits

ADR Experience

I have represented parties as counsel in numerous mediations and arbitrations over the past nearly 40 years. I estimate that I have participated as counsel in over 100 mediations and arbitrations. Many of these mediations have involved maritime personal injuries, damage to cargo, insurance coverage disputes, property damage, various other maritime and transportation issues, and contract and commercial matters. I have participated in mediations in state and in federal court actions, including actions in Western Washington, Eastern Washington, and in Oregon. I also have been appointed and served as an arbitrator numerous times in King County Mandatory Arbitration.

ADR Practice Areas

Admiralty/Maritime, Insurance, Torts