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Fred Butterworth

Fred R. Butterworth, Esq.

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Michele Wilson
T: 206-292-0457
F: 206-292-9082
1420 Fifth Ave. , Suite 1650 , Seattle , WA 98101
Mr. Butterworth has mediated, arbitrated, served as special master, and represented clients in numerous construction-related cases throughout his legal career as an attorney and as a neutral panelist with JAMS.

Representative Matters

  • Architect/Builder: Represented an architectural firm defending a developer's claim of failing to represent its view of design and building concepts resulting in termination of architect and starting over on project
  • City vs. Contractors: Mediated a significant dispute relating to appropriate use of materials to prevent cave-ins at major building excavators
  • Construction Defect: Served as special discovery master in litigation involving failed imported steel beams for the Convention Center
  • Cost Overruns by Builder: Bathroom project - mediated a homeowner's claims of improper installation of unapproved appliances in the bathroom; the costs were not as agreed by the parties
  • Defective Condo Drains: Represented builder-contractor in major failures in misplaced drains flooding condominium complex - resulting in the basic rebuilding of a new building
  • Fire Loss Disputes: While in private practice, was appointed by the King County Superior Court on a regular basis to act as the third party to resolve disputes between insurance carriers and home owners in fire losses
  • Homeowner vs. Builder: Arbitrated plaintiff's claim for failure to follow design plans, cost over-runs and incidental claims of resulting health problems and bankruptcy
  • Homeowner vs. Painting Contractor: Mediated claim against a painting contractor whose work lasted about six months before peeling and blistering
  • Luxury Home: Represented contractor in litigation dealing with cost over-run, delays and building errors
  • Remodeling Project: Mediated a homeowner's claim of failure to detect and correct "rot" and other problems that resulted in "dream home" remodel
  • Shared Property Use: Mediated claims of developer over joint use of garages, driveways, and landscaping
  • Wrong Lot: Mediated claim involving the building on the wrong lot
  • 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
  • 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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