M. Wayne Blair, Esq.

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Construction Defect
M. Wayne Blair, Esq. has served as an arbitrator or mediator in numerous defect cases. These matters have included disputes between owners and general contractors, owners and architects, multi-family housing, condominiums, single-family residences, and alarm systems. Issues have included interpretation of construction or design contracts, construction defects, delay, cost overruns, and change in conditions.

Representative Matters

  • Construction dispute between owner of multi-residential community and contractor of building, regarding the need to provide fire/safety alarm services
  • Dispute between developer of condominium and general contractor over claims of construction defects and delay
  • Dispute between homeowner and contractor over proper method of determining construction cost in a cost-plus contract
  • Many cases involving disputes between homeowners and general contractors over defective construction of private residences and delay claims
  • Dispute between a condo unit owner and the Association regarding construction damage
  • Residential construction defect case with claims of water damage, complicated by insurance coverage issues

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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