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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. has served as an arbitrator or mediator in numerous engineering & construction cases.  With an electrical engineering degree, he is adept at handling complex matters including design and/or construction of hydroelectric projects, cogeneration facilities, hospitals, correctional facilities, sewer lines, roads, and alarm systems. Issues have included interpretation of construction or design contracts, construction defects, delay, cost overruns, and change in conditions.

Representative Matters

  • Construction defect case involving an architect's design of an electrical system for an internet site
  • Commercial construction dispute between general contractor and subcontractor over terms of construction subcontract
  • Construction and engineering dispute between power company and hydroelectric contractor over construction defects and delay claims involving construction of low-head hydroelectric facility; several hearings over several years
  • Dispute between power company and cogenerator of electrical energy over cost to purchase power
  • Dispute between county, as owner of correction facility, and general contractor over claims of changed conditions, costs overruns, and delay
  • Dispute between manufacturer of garage doors and general contractor regarding defect of manufacturer’s product
  • Dispute between owner of church and contractor over construction of an energy management system; claims involved delay, defective design and construction, and breach of performance guarantees
  • Dispute involving the owner of a jet airplane and the contractor providing interior furnishings
  • Hospital construction dispute between owner and contractor
  • Road construction dispute between property developer and road contractor involving claims of defective work and delay
  • Arbitration involving construction of two professional office buildings
  • Construction and commercial dispute regarding adequacy of performance on a commercial construction project
  • Dispute involving technical engineering and construction, with claims of defects and delays relating to the design, timber frame, and panel package of the construction of a residence; further claims include incomplete accounting of allowable items and cost overruns
  • 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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