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M. Blair

M. Wayne Blair, Esq.

Case Manager
Michele Wilson
T: 206-292-0457
F: 206-292-9082
1420 Fifth Ave., Suite 1650, Seattle, WA 98101


M. Wayne Blair, Esq., an early advocate of alternative dispute resolution, is a highly respected dispute resolution professional who has served as an arbitrator or mediator in numerous complex business, commercial, construction, and real estate disputes since 1984. A recipient of many public service awards, Mr. Blair was most recently recognized by the Washington State Bar Association and Access to Justice Board with the Norm Maleng Leadership Award for his leadership and advocacy for justice.

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • Served as an arbitrator or mediator in over 275 complex business, commercial, construction, and real estate matters, including many cases involving multimillion dollar claim amounts
  • As one of the founders of the King County Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration Program, he assisted in developing the concept, advocated it before various bar associations and the Washington Legislature, assisted with drafting the legislation and the court rules, and served on the bench-bar committee in King County that first implemented the program

Representative Matters

  • Business/Commercial: Numerous cases involving interpretation of various commercial contracts including contracts relating to pharmaceutical companies; contractors; telecommunications companies; hotels; media services; education services; rental of heavy equipment; price of natural gas; co-generation of electrical power; gravel pit operation; business purchase and sale agreements (both asset and stock); shareholder disputes; dissolution of law firms and medical practices; mediation of fair credit act issues; among others
  • Construction: Disputes between owners and general contractors, owners and architects, general contractors and subcontractors involving design and/or construction of hydroelectric projects, hospitals, correctional facilities, multi-family housing, condominiums, single-family residences, sewer lines, roads, and alarm systems. Issues included interpretation of construction or design contracts, claims regarding construction defects, delay, cost overruns, and change in conditions
  • Employment: Arbitration of dispute between two commercial entities, arbitration of dispute between principal of high school and school district
  • Environmental: Arbitration of matters involving remediation
  • Estate/Probate/Trust: Mediated complex disputes among siblings
  • Family Law: Mediation of complex property divisions in marriage dissolutions
  • Insurance: Arbitration of matters including apportionment of responsibility for payment between carriers for fire loss to commercial structure; property damage
  • Professional Liability: Arbitrations involving engineers and architects
  • Real Property: Numerous matters involving the purchase and sale of commercial and residential properties; multiple matters involving landowners, homeowners, commercial tenants, and developers; arbitration of dispute between subdivision land owners and property developer over the terms of a commercial well and water rights agreement; issues involving real estate commissions, real estate leases, and landlord/tenant matters
  • Super Lawyer in ADR, Business/Corporate, or Real Estate category, Washington Law & Politics Magazine, 1999-2009 (Top 100 lawyers for five years)
  • Norm Maleng Leadership Award, the Washington State Bar Association and Access to Justice Board, 2008
  • Top Business Lawyer, Seattle Business Monthly, Arbitration Category, 2006
  • Top Lawyer, Seattle Magazine, ADR category 2005, Business Category 2001
  • Lifetime Service Award, Washington State Bar Association, 2004
  • On U.S. District Court, Western District, Rule 39.1 panel of mediators and arbitrators
  • Founding member of Alternative Dispute Resolution Section within the Washington State Bar Association, 1989; served as the first chair-elect of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 1990-1991
  • Past president, Washington State Bar Association and King County Bar Association
  • Author, “Mandatory Arbitration in Washington,” Chapter 2 of Alternative Dispute Resolution Deskbook, published by the Washington State Bar Association, First Edition 1989, Second Edition 1995
  • Author of numerous articles and speaker at many seminars on arbitration, and published numerous articles relating to the legal profession
  • JAMS "Remedies in Arbitration" Training, 2009
  • JAMS Mediation and Arbitration training, 2006
  • JAMS Special Master/Discovery Referee training, 2006
  • Member, Montgomery, Purdue, Blankinship & Austin, Seattle, WA, 1972-2007
  • Member, AAA panel of arbitrators and its Large Complex Case Panel, 1985-2005
  • Captain and Judge Advocate, USAF, 1968-1972
  • J.D., University of Washington, 1968
  • B.S., Electrical Engineering, University of Washington, 1965




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