Seattle ADR practitioner with 40 years of experience as an Arbitrator, deciding cases based on law and common sense, and as a Mediator, helping parties resolve their disputes.
Craig Beles’ experience as a trial attorney, commercial arbitrator, mediator, law professor and legal consultant spans 40 years. Mr. Beles has arbitrated, mediated or litigated nearly 300 complex disputes involving international contracts, intellectual property, antitrust, telecommunications, securities, transportation, construction, personal injury and employment. He has also presided in over 60 hearings as a Washington State Administrative Law Judge resolving unfair labor and discrimination claims. In addition to his regular ADR practice, Professor Beles has taught “Transnational Litigation & Arbitration” and “Comparative European International Arbitration” as an Adjunct Professor of Law in Seattle, Washington and as a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic.
He serves on the arbitration rosters of the AAA, ICDR, CPR, WIPO, ICC, Resolute Systems LLC, and FINRA. He also serves as a Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Hearing Officer, a King County MAR arbitrator and U. S. District Court mediator & arbitrator.
Mr. Beles is currently the Chair-Elect of the WSBA ADR Section and past chairperson of the Washington State Board of Bar Examiners. He was elected chairperson of the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council, Vashon Allied Arts, King County Rural Governance Committee, and executive board member of the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, and Northwest Folklife Association.
Mr. Beles routinely mediates and arbitrates matters in the following areas:
An independent commercial arbitrator and mediator with extensive experience, recognized for his legal knowledge, common sense and judicial temperament. Mr. Beles has 40 years of experience as an advocate, arbitrator, mediator and educator. He has dedicated his career to making dispute resolution faster, fairer and more affordable.
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Mr. Beles was chosen “Seattle Top ADR and Mediation Lawyer” by Seattle Metro Magazine in 2010.
“Top Ten Lawyers in Washington State” in the field of “Contracts/Agreements” by CEO Magazine in 2008.
Rated “AV-Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell every year since 1990.
Rated “10.0 Superb” by Avvo.com every year since 2007.
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of London, England.
Named to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals in December of 2013.
Selected by the U.S. State Department as a Fulbright Specialist in the field of International Dispute Resolution in April of 2013.
Selected for a Fulbright Specialist grant in Peace & Conflict to assist the Republic of Mauritius in developing a culture of ADR in October of 2014.