M. Wayne Blair, Esq.

T: 206-622-5267
F: 206-292-9082
Business/Commercial

With more than 20 years of experience, Wayne Blair, Esq. is very proficient in business and commercial cases. He was recognized by his peers for eleven consecutive years as a “Super Lawyer,” and has heard a wide variety of commercial cases, involving pharmaceutical companies, contractors, telecommunications companies, and hotels. His extensive legal practice related to business and commercial matters.

 

Representative Matters

  • Dispute involving the Fair Credit Reporting Act
  • Multiple partnership disputes, involving company’s shares and business dissolutions
  • Breach of contract dispute between a global technology services company and one of the world’s largest pulp and paper companies
  • International Breach of Contract dispute, involving a pharmaceutical company
  • Breach of Contract dispute in general contracting case
  • Breach of shareholder agreement, in a case involving an engineering company

 

Representative Arbitrations

  • Dispute between two physicians, dissolving their partnership and creating their respective medical practices
  • Dispute between seller and buyer of business for failure to make adequate disclosures and for breach of warranties
  • Dispute between Port and developer over terms of development and adequacy of performance
  • Various Breach of Contract disputes, involving major wireless communications companies, with claims as high as $2 Million
  • Partnership dispute between a major Shipping company and an individual
  • Breach of Contract agreement two leading telecommunications companies
  • Securities dispute between a family trust and a national money management firm, involving Breach of Fiduciary Duty, Fraud and negligent misrepresentation of investments
  • Breach of Contract dispute, involving a pharmaceutical company
  • Commercial dispute between owner of hotel and management company over termination of long-term management agreement
  • Multiple disputes involving laundry service companies
  • Multiple Commercial disputes involving rental of heavy equipment
  • Dispute involving both commercial and construction claims regarding the interpretation of a commercial lease and the remodeling of a professional office building
  • Commercial and construction dispute involving issues of “piercing the corporate veil” and adequacy of performance on small commercial construction project
  • Dispute between manufacturer and dealer of woodstoves
  • Dispute between international manufacturer of commercial valves and United States exclusive dealer
  • Dispute between manufacturer of water-cutting devices and purchaser (user)
  • Dispute between manufacturer of copier machines and dealer
  • Commercial dispute between manufacturer of large transformers and utility company, involving claims of defective transformer and delay
  • Dispute between manufacturer of audio equipment and dealer over claims of defective product
  • Commercial dispute involving the provider and recipient of advertising services over terms of agreement
  • Commercial dispute between international seafood provider and local dealer over terms of agreement
  • Dispute between international manufacturer of furniture and domestic dealer over defective furniture
  • Commercial dispute between provider of natural gas at the well-head and public utility, over the fair-market price of natural gas for a term of four years. Served as the neutral arbitrator in two such cases
  • Dispute between utility company and co-generator of electricity over interpretation of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission rules and obligation of utility company to purchase electrical power from the co-generator
  • Commercial dispute between dealer of custom cedar homes and purchaser
  • Commercial dispute between the seller of a restaurant and the buyer, over the terms of the purchase and sale agreement
  • Commercial dispute between seller and buyer of locomotive reconstruction center over the terms of the purchase and sale agreement
  • Numerous cases between buyer and seller of business (both stock and asset sales) over terms of purchase and sale agreement
  • Dispute between co-owners of jewelry store over its fair value under mandatory buy-out provisions 

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • 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

Background and Education

  • 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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