Fred R. Butterworth, Esq.

T: 206-622-5267
F: 206-292-9082
Available nationwide
Business/Commercial
Mr. Butterworth has over 40 years of experience as a lawyer and 18 years of experience as an arbitrator, mediator, and special master.

Representative Mediations

  • Claim by commercial property owners to compel building contractor to make necessary corrections and repairs to completed apartment complex
  • Conflict between investors and promoter dealing with overseas investment
  • Difficult family dispute over the use of a long-standing family farm to resolve certain individual family members' personal debts
  • Dispute as to whether claimant was a partner or employee
  • Dispute between homeowners and contractor employed to remodel an older home into a "dream house," specifically involving change orders and weather delays
  • Dispute between parties concerning a contract to purchase a restaurant; primary issues concerned misrepresentation of assets included and sales volume by seller
  • Dispute related to dissolution of a partnership dealing in time-share vacation properties
  • Problem that resulted when a condo unit purchaser immediately developed a debilitating allergic reaction when she moved into the unit
  • Property owners dispute with municipality concerning the meaning of an agreement to provide and maintain underground utilities.
  • Series of legal malpractice disputes involving a multitude of issues

Representative Arbitrations

  • Case involving a real estate agent's obligation and commitment to the real estate broker
  • Dispute between two major international companies on the meaning of contractual language relating to product development and purchase of sales rights
  • Dispute involving individual companies, counties, and municipalities attempting to resolve clean up of long-standing toxic waste

Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities

  • King County Bar Geisness Award, 1993
  • King County Superior Court (Juvenile Court Conference Committee, Judge Pro Tem, Arbitration Panel, Early Disposition Panel, Congestion Committee)
  • Seattle Municipal Court (Judge Pro Tem), Lake Forest Park Municipal Court
  • Juvenile Court Conference Committee Advisory Board, and many other committees and panels
  • Member, Washington State Bar Association and Seattle-King County Bar Association (President, 1988-1989), Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (past president)
  • Author, "Preserving Mediation’s Greatest Attribute: Simplicity," Washington State Bar News, March 2004; "Mediation Magic," Washington State Bar News, April 2007

Background and Education

  • JAMS "Remedies in Arbitration" Training, 2009; Arbitration Workshop, JAMS Institute, 2004; Special Master/Discovery Referee Workshop, JAMS Institute, 2006
  • Partner, Keller Rohrback, 1958-1997
  • Corporate Counsel, Avtech, a major supplier of aviation electronics, Seattle, 1960-1997
  • Assistant Attorney General, State of Washington, 1956-1958
  • U.S. Army Reserve, Lt. Col. Retired
  • J.D., University of Washington, 1956

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