2017 Presenter Bios

Gary Andrews is a Senior Counsel in the Torts Division’s Early Resolution Program of the Washington State Attorney General’s Office.  As part of the Early Resolution Program for over 10 years, he has resolved hundreds of claims and cases in the early stages of litigation against State agencies.  Gary has served the State for over 22 years with three stints with the Attorney General’s Education and Torts Divisions and five years as the Risk Management Attorney for the Washington State Department of Corrections.  With the DOC, he was the client representative in numerous mediations related to tort liability for the department and was a key negotiator in restructuring a major software development contract.  Gary was in private practice for 15 years where he maintained a business, real estate, estate planning and related litigation practice. (Session 3.4)

Matthew W. Argue has been a full-time construction mediator for more than 10 years throughout Southern California. He is an arbitration panelist with the American Arbitration Association and mediation panelist with AMCC. He has litigated, mediated and arbitrated myriad complex commercial and construction disputes with both major and solo firms in California over a 30-year legal career. He is admitted to practice law in California, Nevada, Washington, Arizona and Texas. Mr. Argue’s principle office is in Los Angeles, California. (Session 2.5)

Hon. Sharon S. Armstrong (ret.) joined JAMS in 2013 and focuses her practice in arbitration and special master assignments concerning business/commercial, employment, environmental/natural resource, personal injury, professional liability, and trade regulation matters.  She served on the King County Superior Court from 1985 to 2012 .  Judge Armstrong is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Washington School of Law.  She was a trial attorney with the Federal Trade Commission and a principal at Garvey, Schubert and Barer, where her practice emphasized complex civil litigation.  She has been honored for her judicial work by the American Board of Trial Advocates, the King County Bar Association, the Washington State Bar Association, and the Washington Law Review.  In 2013 she received the KCBA William L. Dwyer Outstanding Jurist award.  (Session 6.1)

Franca Baroni is an award-winning author, speaker, intuitive, actress, mediator and practicing immigration attorney. She holds a doctorate in law from the University of Basel, Switzerland and a Masters in Comparative Law from the University of Miami School of Law and is a member of the New York and Swiss Bars. For the past eighteen years she has guided countless individuals and groups, helping them to connect to their deeper selves and highest potential and to navigate their dark side as a way to reclaim inner wisdom. Franca possesses the unique capacity to articulate the voice and wisdom of the heart, personally and collectively. In her blogs, Franca translates current events through the lens of the public heart to deepen our understanding and experience of the power of Love.  In 2011 her deep intuitive exploration intersected with her academic credentials with the publication of her first book ON GOVERNANCE, an award-winning template of governance and law for a heart-intelligent society. Franca has spoken at several events in Europe and the United States and has begun offering Continuing Legal Education programs to lawyers and mediators. She was a presenter at the 2003 and 2016 Annual NW Dispute Resolution Conference.  (Session 2.6)

Craig C. Beles has served as advocate, arbitrator, mediator and professor for 41 years. He has arbitrated and mediated over 400 complex disputes. He earned a B.A. in Psychology from UC Santa Cruz, JD from Gonzaga, Magna Cum Laude, and an LLM in International Practice from UC Berkeley, with High Honors. Craig is a member of the AAA, WIPO, ICC, FINRA and Mauritius neutral rosters. He is also a WSBA disciplinary/settlement officer and a U.S. District Court mediator/arbitrator. Elected to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. In 2010, Craig taught International Dispute Resolution as a Fulbright Scholar in Prague and Brno, CZ.  In 2013, he was named a Fulbright Specialist in Peace & Conflict Resolution and in 2014 he delivered four weeks of ADR workshops in the Republic of Mauritius. He is immediate past chair of the WSBA ADR Section and the Board of Bar Examiners. (Session 3.3)

Lee Jay Berman began as a full-time mediator over 22 years ago and has successfully mediated over 2,100 matters.  He is on the American Arbitration Association’s elite Master Mediator panel for employment matters and is a national panelist on AAA’s commercial and construction panels.  He is a Distinguished Fellow with the International Academy of Mediators, a Charter Diplomat with the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, certified by the International Mediation Institute, and a Dispute Resolution Expert with the United Nations Development Programme.  He was Mediator of the Year for the US Bankruptcy Court in California, California’s Daily Journal twice named him “Top Neutral”, Acquisition International Magazine awarded him “Mediator of the Year – California” from 2012-2016, and he has been voted by his colleagues into the Who’s Who of International Commercial Mediation in 2012-2016.  Also respected trainer, he founded the American Institute of Mediation, leaving his position as Director of Pepperdine Law School's “Mediating the Litigated Case” program after seven years. (Sessions 2.3 and 6.2)

Monte Bersante is a partner in the Davies Pearson law firm in Tacoma, WA, with an active practice focus in the areas of medical malpractice, healthcare disputes, serious personal injury and wrongful death claims. Monte represented defendants in civil and criminal cases for several years before shifting to a plaintiff-oriented civil practice. He has been named by Seattle Magazine as one of the area’s top lawyers in medical malpractice and a Super Lawyer in personal injury by Super Lawyers magazine for the past five years. Monte has worked in the federal and appellate courts, and he has tried approximately 30 civil and criminal cases to jury verdicts in superior court.  In 2013, Mr. Bersante joined Washington Arbitration & Mediations Service (WAMS) and currently provides mediation and arbitration services through that organization. (Session 6.4)

Gregg Bertram is one of the Pacific Northwest’s most experienced and respected mediator/arbitrators.  In the past twenty-five years he has successfully mediated several thousand civil cases of virtually every dimension. He is a former JAMS shareholder, former Chair of the Federal Bar Association ADR Section, a member of the ADR Roundtable and National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and a panelist of the American Arbitration Association. Gregg is the founder of Pacific ADR, whose panel of neutrals has been selected by Gregg to implement his commitment to service of the ADR process at the highest professional level. (Session 7.1)

Stephanie Bell Blondell is an Assistant Professor of Law and Practice and Associate Director of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law. She supervises the Mediation Clinic and teaches Mediation Theory and Practice, Psychology of Conflict and Criminal Law. Prior to joining Pepperdine, Stephanie served as the Manager of the King County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program and Interlocal Conflict Resolution Group, a tri-county labor-management and public policy mediation program in the Seattle area. Prior to this she was the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinator for the City of Seattle where she designed and implemented a labor and employment mediation program for city government. Before joining Straus full time, Stephanie served as an adjunct at Straus, Seattle University School of Law, and the University of Washington Master’s in Public Administration Program.  She earned her B.A. with Honors in American Civilization from Brown University, and her J.D. from the University of Washington School of Law.  (Sessions 6.5 and 7.4)

Bryan J. Branon is the Director of ADR Services for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) in their Seattle regional office and was previously the Regional and International Liaison for the AAA and their International Centre for Dispute Resolution where he helped found the International Mediation Institute. A former law clerk on the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee and intern in the Irish Parliament and U.S. Court of International Trade, Bryan has worked for the ADR Center in Rome, Italy where he co-authored a study on the implementation of the 2008 E.U. Mediation Directive into Member States’ national legislation and helped establish the Afghanistan Center for Commercial Dispute Resolution. Bryan graduated with a B.S. in Political Science from St. Michael’s College in Colchester, Vermont and earned his J.D. from the Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law in New York, New York where he received his mediator certification through the New York Peace Institute in conjunction with the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution.  (AAA Advocates track.)

Beth Bryant is a coach and mentor with a passion for facilitating personal and institutional transformation.  Her practice focuses on helping lawyers and other professionals reduce stress, improve effectiveness, and rekindle their sense of purpose and meaning as conscious advocates within the legal profession. She coaches individuals and groups in the art and science of using heart-based techniques to transform their challenges into opportunities for growth, expansion, and joyful creation. Beth is an AAMET Level 2 certified practitioner of Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT), a certified practitioner of Matrix Energetics, and a Reiki Master. She also holds degrees in law, marine affairs, and environmental policy analysis. As an affiliate professor at the University of Washington School of Marine and Environmental Affairs, Beth specializes in ocean and coastal law and policy. (Session 2.6)

Carolyn Cairns is a full time neutral, providing services as a mediator, arbitrator, investigator, neutral evaluator and discovery master in a variety of areas.  Prior to becoming a full-time neutral, Carolyn was a shareholder with Stokes Lawrence, P.S.  She is on the mediation and arbitration panels of the Washington Arbitration and Mediation Service, the employment and commercial arbitration panels of AAA, and the Rule 39.1 panel of mediators and arbitrators for the U.S. District Court for the Western District of WA.  She is also a member of the ADR Roundtable. She served as President of the Federal Bar Association for the W.D. of WA., as a Ninth Circuit Representative, as a Trustee of the King County Bar Association, and President and Trustee of the Labor and Employment Law Section of the King County Bar Association. Carolyn has been named as a Washington “Super Lawyer” from 1998-2016 and as a “Best Lawyer in America” from 1989-2017. (Session 4.2)

Chris Carroll is a founding member of Carroll McNulty & Kull LLC and has extensive experience in resolving insurance coverage disputes for both policyholders and insurance companies, including those involving environmental, toxic tort, asbestos, construction, advertising liability, products, property, automobile and employment issues. He has represented clients in insurance coverage disputes in all states, Puerto Rico and Europe for more than 24 years.  His clients span all industries, including hospitals, oil companies, refineries, automobile manufacturers, large design and consultant companies, international conglomerates, and domestic and international insurers and reinsurers. Chris is a frequent lecturer on numerous litigation, insurance and ADR topics.  Chris is AV-Rated by Martindale-Hubbell and is on the Editorial Advisory Board of Insurance Law & Litigation Week.  Chris also is a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Joseph's College.  (Session 5.4)

Jeanne Marie Clavere is a 1987 graduate of the University Of Puget Sound School Of Law (now Seattle University School of Law). Prior to earning her law degree she received a Master of Business Administration from DePaul University in Chicago. Jeanne Marie began her solo practice in 1991, focusing on estate planning, elder law, and contract based criminal prosecution. In February, 2010 she joined the staff of the Washington State Bar Association as Professional Responsibility Counsel.  She supervises the Law Office Management Assistance Program and works with the Rules of Professional Conduct, WSBA Advisory Ethics Opinions, the Rules for Enforcement of Lawyer Conduct, and the ABA Standards for Imposing Lawyer Sanctions. Jeanne Marie is the primary responder on the WSBA Ethics Line, and she wants every attendee to commit the number to memory and call her before they run into an ethical dilemma. Jeanne Marie is past chair of the Washington State Bar Association Elder Law Section, is past president of the State Washington Women Lawyers, and has spoken at CLEs on a wide variety of topics. She is a member of the American Bar Association and the ABA’s Center for Professional Responsibility and the Law Practice Division.  (Session 7.1)

Ken Cloke is Director of the Center of Dispute Resolution, and a mediator, arbitrator, consultant and trainer, specializing in resolving multiparty conflicts and designing dispute resolution systems for organizations.  He is the author of Mediating Dangerously: The Frontiers of Conflict Resolution; Resolving Conflicts at Work: Ten Strategies for Everyone on the Job; Resolving Personal and Organizational Conflicts: Stories of Transformation and Forgiveness; The Crossroads of Conflict: A Journey Toward the Heart of Conflict; Conflict Revolution: Designing Preventative Systems for Chronic Social, Economic and Political Conflicts; and The Dance of Opposites: An Exploration into Mediation, Dialogue and Systems Design.  He holds BA and JD degrees from UC Berkeley, and PhD and LLM degrees from UCLA.  He did post-doctoral work at Yale, is a graduate of the National Judicial College, and teaches at Pepperdine University, Southern Methodist University, Saybrook University and USC.  He is co-founder and President of Mediator Beyond Borders. (Session 1.1)

Harold Coleman, Jr., is senior vice president for mediation at the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and executive director/mediator for MEDIATION.org, a division of the AAA. He also trains new AAA arbitrators and aspiring mediators in basic/advanced arbitration case management techniques and basic/advanced mediation skills. A former multi-disciplinary project manager and complex litigation attorney, Harold has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of litigated and non-litigated disputes during a 30-year legal and ADR career. He is a Fellow and former director of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA) and director of the International Mediation Institute (IMI). Coleman serves from the Association’s Southern California and New York offices.  (Session 2.5)

John R. (Jack) Connelly is named to the Best Lawyers in America and has consistently ranked in the top lawyers in Washington State.  His advocacy for Plaintiffs in numerous high profile cases has resulted in landmark verdicts and positive changes in laws protecting vulnerable citizens.  Jack has been practicing law in the Puget Sound for over 28 years, entirely in representation of plaintiffs.  Jack earned his JD at University of California, Hastings College of the Law, and was the Editor of the Hastings Constitutional Law Quarterly, 1980-1981.  He has a B.A. in Human Biology/Psychology from Stanford University.  He has been a lecturer and instructor in over 100 CLE and Trial Practice Courses over the past 31 years. (Session 3.4)

Michelle Corsi has practiced law since 1994 and is currently a shareholder in the Lee Smart firm in Seattle, WA.  Her practice has an emphasis in the areas of professional negligence, including real estate, accounting and legal malpractice matters, employment discrimination and personal injury.  She has frequently appeared on Seattle Met Magazine’s “Top Lawyers” list and has been named a Super Lawyer in Washington.  In 2013, Michelle became a member of the mediation and arbitration panels of Washington Arbitration & Mediation Service (WAMS). Additionally, she has served as an arbitrator for King and Snohomish county mandatory arbitration programs and as a sole and panel arbitrator in UM/UIM proceedings.  She is a Rule 39.1 certified mediator in the Western District of Washington. (Session 6.4)

Deirdre Curran has been employed as an academic at NUI Galway for the past eighteen years. She holds a PhD in ‘Employment Relations and Law’. Her current area of research interest is mediation as a mechanism for addressing workplace conflict.  Deirdre is the coordinator of the Kennedy Institute Workplace Mediation Research Group based at the Kennedy Institute for Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University. This Group acts as a community of practice promoting, developing and delivering high quality mediation research in Ireland.  The role envisioned for the Group is a partnering and collaborative role with practicing mediators, organizations using mediation and participants in mediation to explore the practice of workplace mediation.  The Group has just completed a research project, commissioned by the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII) identifying the skills/competencies/behaviours of effective mediators.  (Session 7.5)

Phil Cutler is a lawyer, mediator and arbitrator with Cutler Nylander & Hayton in Seattle.  He focuses his practice on service as the neutral in commercial and business mediations and arbitrations.  Phil is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators and Chair of the ADR Roundtable, an association of Seattle-area lawyers who are leaders in the ADR community.  Since the early 1990s he has arbitrated over 400 cases privately and for the American Arbitration Association (National Commercial and Large Complex Case panels), FINRA and King County Superior Court’s Mandatory Arbitration Program.  Over the past 30 years, Phil has been active in the ABA, WSBA and KCBA ADR sections, was instrumental in the Washington Legislature’s 2015 adoption of the International Commercial Arbitration Act and the Legislature’s 2005 adoption of the Revised Uniform Arbitration Act.  He speaks and writes frequently on mediation and arbitration practice and procedure.  He can be reached at philcutler@cnhlaw.com or phil@cutleradr.com(Session 5.1)

Mark S. Davidson is a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Washington Law School.  He began his legal career as a trial attorney with the United States Department of Justice, Criminal Fraud Section, in Washington, D.C.  Beginning in 1979, he practiced with the Seattle based law firm of Williams Kastner & Gibbs, with which he remains affiliated.  Mark has drafted arbitration clauses for inclusion in commercial contracts and has litigated complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts and in AAA, ICDR and private arbitrations.  Since 2010, he has served as a member of the leadership of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association.  He has been an AAA panelist since 1993, arbitrating a variety of commercial claims, most frequently involving real estate, contract and technology issues.  (Session 4.1)

Dominique Davis is the Director of Community Passageways and a founding member and former co-Director of the 180 Program. He is developing a gang intervention program which will place at-risk youth in internships and jobs and is working with King County Superior Court judges to address disproportionality, racial injustice, and social inequity in the juvenile justice system. (Session 6.3)

Polly Davis is assistant Program Manager with the KCADR, which provides services to prevent, resolve and manage workplace and civic conflict for King County departments, labor organizations, courts, and public entities.  She is leading the Restorative Mediation Program for King County Juvenile Court. (Session 6.3)

Jane Faulkner is a highly respected leadership coach, guide and teacher. She works with lawyers, professionals, emerging leaders, and executives in all areas of professional development, including leadership presence, emotional intelligence, communication and conflict management.  Jane applies a holistic approach, working at the level of mind, feelings, body and spirit. As a result of her coaching, her clients are able to create thriving lives and careers.  Jane brings 12 years’ experience as a commercial litigator to the table, allowing her to cut through complex issues and get to the heart of the matter with her corporate and professional clients. She has been coaching since 2005 and has a broad range of training, experience, and wisdom to respond effectively to the demands of each engagement. Her background includes somatic leadership training, systems based change, neruolinguistic programming, sound healing, voice dialogue and Inside Team certification, Reiki and shamanic healing. She has engaged on her own inner journey for many years. As a presenter, Jane has designed and presented continuing legal education seminars for lawyers. (Session 2.6)

Cliff Freed practiced with Frank Freed Subit & Thomas from 1984 until he retired from the firm in 2016 in order to become a full-time mediator and arbitrator.  He has been on the panel of mediators and arbitrators of Washington Arbitration and Mediation Service (“WAMS”) since 1996 and is also on the AAA panel of labor and employment arbitrators.  Cliff has presented on a variety of subjects before bar and professional groups, employer associations and unions.  He is the former President and Trustee of the Labor Law Section of the Seattle-King County Bar Association, serves on the panel of the Federal Pro Bono Screening Committee, and is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Seattle University School of Law.  He has perennially been named a “Super Lawyer” by Washington Law and Politics Magazine and is a member of the Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. (Session 4.2)

Jeffrey M. Garcia is Vice President for the American Arbitration Association’s Western Case Management Center located in Fresno, California.  Jeff has responsibility for center operations, as well as oversight of Commercial and Construction case management services in 13 western states.   For nearly 17 years, Jeff has served as faculty for AAA’s Education Services, providing training to staff and panelists.  Jeff received his B.A. in Organizational Leadership and his M.A. in Leadership and Organizational Studies.  In 2008, Jeff completed a 30-hour Certificate Program in mediation from the Center for Peacemaking and Conflict Studies’ Basic Institute in Conflict Management and Mediation.  Jeff can be reached at GarciaJ@adr.org(Session 6.1)

Rick Gautschi is a Seattle-based mediator who has two decades of experience representing employees in litigated matters.  After law school he clerked for a federal judge and a member of the Washington Supreme Court.  Before becoming a lawyer Rick spent ten years in academia as a tenure track faculty member.  He has published several articles in academic journals.  His teaching experience includes courses in negotiation, decision making, organization theory, quantitative research methods, business and society, and introduction to law.  He holds a B.S. from the U.S. Naval Academy, an MBA from California State University, East Bay, a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, and a J.D. from the University of Washington.  Before pursing an academic career, he was an instructor pilot in the U. S. Air Force. (Session 7.6)

Chris Goelz has been a mediator for the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals for twenty-five years.  Before joining the court’s mediation program, Chris worked in the court’s motions unit.  Before that, he was a litigator in a small San Francisco firm.  Chris graduated from Yale Law School and has an undergraduate degree in engineering.  He has taught negotiation at UW Law School and is an author of a Ninth Circuit practice guide published by the Rutter Group. (Session 7.3)

Alex Higgins has successfully represented both employees and employers in discrimination, retaliation and reasonable accommodation cases. In addition to his trial work, Alex regularly serves as a mediator in employment disputes.  He served as Chair of the King County Bar Association, Labor & Employment Section in 2004.  He currently serves on the Executive Committee for the Labor and Employment Section of the Washington State Bar Association.  In other lives, Alex has also worked as a U.S. Park Ranger in Montana and a high school history teacher in Mexico.  (Session 4.7)

Sam Imperati is the Executive Director of the Institute for Conflict Management, Inc., a Northwest-based, national provider of mediation, facilitation, decision-making and training services.  He has been an attorney for over thirty-seven years and enjoys Martindale-Hubbell’s AV Preeminent rating.  He appears in the 2006-2017 editions of Best Lawyers in America.  Sam was formerly Assistant Corporate Counsel with Nike and has handled litigation and mediated everything from “Admiralty to Zoning.”   He has served as a Judge Pro Tem and as Chair of the Oregon State Bar ADR Section.  Sam has taught mediation, negotiation, ethics and decision-making at the law school and MBA levels.  He has published four mediation law review articles.  He earned his BA, Magna Cum Laude, from University of Santa Clara and his JD from UC Davis.  (Session 7.3)

Govinda Jayasinghe is a Legal Counsel for RealNetworks, Inc. a Seattle-based Technology Firm. He is responsible for RealNetworks IP Law and Privacy Law Practice. Before joining RealNetworks Govinda worked as an International Case Counsel for the International Center for Dispute Resolution for over four years. Govinda has an LLM in Alternative Dispute Resolution from the University of Missouri-Columbia and has over ten years’ experience in Alternative Dispute Resolution. Govinda can be reached at gjayasinghe@realnetworks.com(Session 4.1)

Lisa Jaye was a Circuit Mediator with the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.  In that capacity she initiated and conducted global settlement negotiations in federal civil appellate disputes and related federal, state, bankruptcy, workers’ compensation and administrative proceedings.  She has settled hundreds of cases including but not limited to constitutional, civil rights, employment, ERISA, intellectual property, commercial, tax, personal injury, insurance, environmental, tribal, agency and administrative disputes and immigration matters.  Lisa has co-mediated hundreds of petitions seeking refunds arising from the California Energy Crisis, with total settlements in excess of $8 billion.  She received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center and currently mediates in the San Francisco Bay area. (Session 5.4)

Treasa Kenny is Program Coordinator and Lecturer in Negotiation, Mediation and Conflict Intervention at Maynooth University. She is in the final year of her PhD program.  She specializes in workplace mediation and conflict management systems.  Treasa is also a conflict resolution practitioner and a member of the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland. She has recently published two articles in the Journal of Mediation and Applied Conflict Analysis – one related directly to her literature review and the second a reflection on practice. Treasa is a founding member of the National Workplace Mediation Group.  She is part of the research team that worked on a project sponsored by the Mediators’ Institute of Ireland (MII) exploring the skills and competencies of effective workplace mediators. (Session 7.5)

Michael Kern is Director of the William D. Ruckelshaus Center and Assistant Professor of Extension at Washington State University. A graduate of the University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy and Governance, he has 25 years of experience in helping diverse groups reach common ground on public policy issues in Washington and the Pacific Northwest. Prior to joining the Center, he was a Senior Associate at Triangle Associates Inc., providing facilitation, mediation, public involvement, strategic planning, project management and other services. He has also provided these services at non-profit and academic institutions for the North Cascades Initiative, Hatchery Reform Project, Hanford Openness Workshops and other projects. (Session 4.3)

Steve Koh is a partner in Perkins Coie’s Seattle office.  He serves on the firm’s Executive Committee, chairs the International Arbitration practice group, and leads the firm’s relationship with The Boeing Company.  Steve graduated from the University of Washington and Yale Law School.  He clerked for the Honorable Patricia M. Wald of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit and then served as Trial Attorney in the Department of Justice Honors Program before joining Perkins Coie.  He was President of the Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Washington, a Lawyer Representative to the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference, and President of Board of Trustees for Childhaven.  Steve has successfully handled numerous significant arbitrations, including winning an ICC arbitration in Paris over a $1B satellite phone system, obtaining dismissal of an ad hoc arbitration in which a Canadian company sought $400M from a US client, and obtaining a $56M award in an AAA arbitration on behalf of a prime contractor seeking recovery from a subcontractor.  (Session 2.1)

Kimberlee Kovach has been a leader and visionary in the modern mediation and dispute resolution movement for over thirty-five years.   She is a prominent teacher, trainer, scholar and practitioner in the field of dispute resolution.  Kim was a founding officer and served as Chair of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. She also served as Chair of the ADR Sections of both the Texas and Houston Bar Associations.  Kim created and conducted the first mediation training in the state of Texas in 1980 and has continued to teach and train mediators around the globe.  Kim has taught a variety of ADR courses in legal education for over twenty-five years. She has also published numerous articles and book chapters on a variety of ADR topics and authored the first widely adopted mediation textbook, as well as the Nutshell on Mediation. Kim has received several awards for her contributions to the field, including the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Academy of Mediators. She currently serves as an independent arbitrator, mediator and trainer, and is a member of several national neutral panels.  (Sessions 1.2 and 6.5)

Jennifer Kresge is a mediator and licensed psychology professional in private practice.  She has provided mediation services for 30 years and mediated over 4,000 cases. She is nationally known for her work as a neuro-strategist and for her specialized training in the application of brain research in a variety of settings, involving conflict, negotiation, and leadership.  She teaches nationally and internationally, sharing her knowledge in neuroscience and her experience in negotiation, mediation, systems thinking, psychology, human development and communication. She is a practitioner/trainer with Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR), a member of the Family Association of Conciliation Courts (AFCC) and the American Bar Association (ABA), a past President for the California County Boards of Education, an elected trustee on the Napa County Board of Education, a member of the Napa Valley Leadership Council, a past President of the Board of Directors for the Association for Dispute Resolution of Northern California and a member of the Learning Omnivores and the Brainy Bunch. (Session 6.6)

Makoto Kurokawa is originally from Japan and have been in the U.S. for three years. She holds a LL.B (B.A. in Law) from Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan and LL.M from University of Oregon. She is currently pursuing the Master of Science in Conflict and Dispute Resolution program (CRES) at University of Oregon and working for the UO Conflict Resolution Services as a Cultural Liaison Coordinator to provide culturally appropriate services for international students and scholars.  (Session 3.7)

Tamara Lange works for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California as the Court’s ADR Program Attorney & Mediator.  She previously had a private mediation practice and served on the Northern District’s mediation and ENE panels, as a settlement conference officer for the San Francisco Superior Court, and on mediation panels for the Alameda County Superior Court, and the San Francisco Police Department’s Office of Citizen Complaints. Tamara received her J.D. from Berkeley Law in 1995, where she was Order of the Coif, and her BS/BA with honors from Cornell University in 1990, where she was a College Scholar with a focus on neurobiology and behavior. She clerked for the Hon. Richard A. Paez in the Central District of California and the Hon. William A. Fletcher at the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. As a civil litigator, Tamara worked at Heller Ehrman, the National ACLU LGBT & AIDS Project, the National Center for Youth Law, and Santa Clara County Counsel.  (Session 5.5 and lunch session)

Serena Lee is the Vice President of the San Francisco regional office for the American Arbitration Association (AAA).  She is responsible for overseeing the case management of large, complex commercial arbitrations in AK, WA, OR, CA, HI and Guam. Additionally, she manages AAA’s roster of commercial arbitrators and mediators in western U.S. and is a frequent speaker on ADR topics at industry groups, law firms and law schools. Serena received a B.A. in Political Science and Communications from the University of Washington, a J.D. and Certificate in Dispute Resolution from Benjamin N. Cardozo School of Law, and a mediator certification from the Kukin Program for Conflict Resolution.  She is an active member of the NY State Bar, the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution, the Asian Bar of Washington and the WA State Bar ADR Section.  She can be reached at LeeS@adr.org(Sessions 2.1 and 4.1)

Emily Martin is a co-founder and gamer designer at Pig and Potato Games, which created Zombie Fight or Flight - a cooperative card game.  She is also a public sector labor relation neutral who works at the state agency with jurisdiction over collective bargaining statutes.  Her caseload includes mediations, hearings, and trainings.  She mediates collective bargaining agreements, grievances, and unfair labor practices settlements.  She adjudicates administrative law hearings and arbitrations.  Emily develops and provides trainings for unions and employers looking to bargain more collaboratively, to have better relationships and communications, and to better understand labor law. She is a member of the Washington State Bar Association, a leader at the King County Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, and a Co-Chair of the Social Media Committee for the American Bar Association’s Section of Labor and Employment Law.  (Lunch session)

Ann McBroom is the Director of the King County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program. The King County Alternative Dispute Resolution Program provides conflict resolution services to King County Government and mediation services to a consortium of public jurisdictions and labor unions in the Puget Sound area. (Session 4.3)

Andrew McMasters is a nationally renowned trainer in the field of experiential learning and using improvisation for business. As a founder of Seattle’s Jet City Improv, he is a practicing artist with over 30 years of experience and has worked for many multinational companies such as Apple, Microsoft, Hasbro. He currently runs a series of classes for CEOs to help increase communication, collaboration and innovation in organizations of any size. (Session 2.4)

John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist with research interests in the isolation and characterization of genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. He has spent most of his research life as a private consultant, working primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on issues related to mental health. The New York Times best-selling author of Brain Rules, he holds an affiliate faculty appointment at the University of Washington in its Department of Bioengineering. (Session 1.3)

Tom Melançon (Session 4.3)

Nina Meierding has mediated over 4000 disputes and trained thousands of individuals in almost all 50 states, India, Ireland, England, Scotland, Sweden, the Netherlands, Canada and New Zealand.  She taught at the National and California Judicial Colleges and has been Adjunct Professor at Pepperdine University School of Law for almost 25 years.  She also trains businesses, medical groups, local state and federal governments, law firms, school districts and non-profits in negotiation, communication, gender and cross-cultural issues.  Nina has served on countless boards of directors, the Council for Distinguished Advisors at Pepperdine University, and the Advisory Council at Southern Methodist University.  She was awarded the Peacemaker award by the Southern California Mediation Association, the Distinguished Mediator Award from the Association for Conflict Resolution, and in 2017 she will be receiving the Lifetime Achievement Award from the American College of Civil Trial Mediators. (Session 8.1)

Jeff Merrick has worked as a trial attorney for 31 years, defending employment law, personal injury, product liability and construction law claims, among others.  He has also represented plaintiffs in employment, personal injury, mass torts, product and pharmaceutical product liability, medical, dental and legal malpractice and other claims.  Jeff has been mediating cases for five years.  He believes skilled, professional mediators make a positive difference.  Mediators must be the calm center, persistent and patient, and quick to grasp the subtleties of personality, facts and law.  Jeff is on the mediator panels of the American Arbitration Association, U.S. District Court for Oregon, the Oregon Patient Safety Commission, and state courts of Oregon.  More information at merrickmediation.com. (Session 3.6)

Doug Nathan has been a conflict engagement professional since 2006, providing advanced conflict management, organizational development, leadership coaching, training, and facilitation to organizations in both the public and private sectors. He has a Master's degree in Organization Systems Renewal and brings his systems thinking to enhance team dynamics and support healthy work environments. His conflict engagement background includes mediating employment and labor disputes, facilitating large-scale multi-party disputes, providing environmental scans, and designing collaborative processes to prevent, improve, and resolve conflict situations. (Session 5.6)

Karl F. Oles is a partner at Stoel Rives in Seattle practicing in the Construction and Design group. For nearly thirty years, he has helped owners, architects, engineers, and contractors solve complex legal problems through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and trial. Karl has also drafted, negotiated, and analyzed multimillion-dollar design and construction contracts on a wide variety of construction projects. He serves as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association's construction panel and is co-author of the current standard treatise on Washington construction lien law. (Session 5.1)

Tamia Pervez serves as Training Coordinator at the Dispute Resolution Center of King County (DRC), where she coordinates a variety of trainings, including professional development, community workshops and contract trainings. Tamia has presented on local, regional and national conference panels about working in the non-profit sector, hate crimes, racial profiling, immigration enforcement and community organizing. Tamia holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) School of Law where she specialized in Critical Race Studies. Tamia received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science with minors in Spanish and American Sign Language from the University of Rochester in New York. Tamia enjoys traveling, photography and interior design. She hopes to continue contributing toward building more peaceful and connected communities. (Session 7.7)

Sasha S. Philip is a professional mediator and arbitrator and the owner of Philip Mediation, which she founded in 2014. She is an adjunct faculty member at Seattle University School of Law, is certified as a Rule 39.1 Neutral by the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington, and acts as an arbitrator for the King County and Snohomish County Superior Courts in mandatory arbitration matters. She is also active as a mediation coach, trainer and volunteer mediator for the EEOC, the Seattle Federal Executive Board's ADR Consortium, the King County Dispute Resolution Center, the Seattle Office of Civil Rights, and the City of Bellevue Neighborhood Mediation Program. As a successful former civil litigator and current WSBA ADR Section executive committee member who also plays an active role in community mediation, Sasha is especially passionate about early mediation, as well as efforts to bridge the gap between attorney mediators and community/non-attorney mediators. Sasha can be reached at (425) 298-7839, Sasha@PhilipMediation.com, or through her website, www.PhilipMediation.com. (Session 3.1)

Stevan Phillips is a partner at Stoel Rives concentrating his practice in commercial litigation with an emphasis on complex business litigation, including antitrust, insurance coverage, environmental and trade regulation matters. He has also been involved in numerous commercial class actions, contested takeover litigation and lawsuits involving financial institutions and lending practices. Steve has participated in numerous mediations and arbitrations on behalf of clients in complex commercial, insurance, antitrust and contract litigation.  He was listed in Washington Super Lawyers (Insurance Coverage, Business Litigation, Antitrust Litigation) 2003-2009, 2011–2016.  Before joining Stoel Rives, Steve was a former adjunct professor of law at the University of Puget Sound Law School, a former staff attorney at the Federal Trade Commission (Region X) and a former judge pro tempore for the Seattle Municipal Court.  (Session 5.4)

Darrell Puls has been a conflict management professional for 40 years and has served in a number of roles, including labor negotiator, arbitration advocate, investigator, police hostage negotiator, and mediator (divorce, lawsuits, organizations, interpersonal, schools, universities, federal government).  He specializes in large scale organizational and religious conflicts across North America. A certified stress management trainer since 1982, Darrell has worked at the intersection of conflict and stress management for dozens of organizations.  Darrell currently serves as Academic Dean at Gather4Him Christian College and has been asked to join the adjunct faculty in conflict management at Creighton University and to co-design a Master’s degree program in religious conflict management. (Sessions 3.5 and 7.2)

Peggy Rasmussen is a litigation attorney and arbitrator with Harrigan Leyh Farmer & Thomsen LLP in Seattle.  She is a member of the panel of arbitrators of the American Arbitration Association, the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, and the King County Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration Program and also serves as arbitrator in private arbitrations.  She has practiced law in Seattle for over thirty years and her litigation practice focuses on complex commercial and tort litigation.  She can be reached at peggyr@harriganleyh.com. (Session 5.1)

Warren Rheaume is a partner at the law firm Davis Wright Tremaine where he represents clients in complex commercial litigation, with an emphasis on intellectual property and technology disputes. In more than 30 years of practice, he has litigated and tried a wide variety of matters, including patent, copyright, trademark, noncompetition, and trade secret cases. Warren represents clients from a diverse group of industries, including computer hardware and software, cloud computing, online content, aviation, consumer retailing, and medical devices.  Warren maintains an active mediation practice serving as the neutral in state and federal cases. Warren is also a member of DWT’s Breach Response Team (dwt.com/IncidentResponse). Prior to coming to Davis Wright in 2008, Warren was a partner at Heller Ehrman, and before that, at Foster, Pepper & Shefelman.  (Session 4.1)

Trevor Robinson is a third-year graduate student at the University of Washington who is serving as an Evaluation and Project Intern at the Ruckelshaus Center. He is pursuing a Master of Science and a Master of Public Administration through a concurrent degree program with the UW’s School of Environmental & Forest Sciences (SEFS), and Evans School of Public Policy & Governance. His academic and professional interests include environmental policy, collaborative governance, and program evaluation, with an emphasis on applying collaboration to environmental issues. Prior to joining Ruckelshaus, Trevor worked as a research assistant at SEFS. Trevor received a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Policy & Planning from Western Washington University in 2014, graduating with magna cum laude honors. (Session 4.3)

Katie Rosen focuses on defending complex employment law class actions and multiple-plaintiff cases across the country. She has represented employers in numerous wage and hour and discrimination actions in both federal and state courts.  While many cases settle, Katie has successfully tried several civil jury trials to verdict and has also tried criminal cases. In addition to her litigation practice, Katie serves as temporary in-house counsel for a Fortune 500 company, handling a range of employment counseling and pre-litigation matters. Katie’s clients include JP Morgan Chase, T-Mobile, Sur La Table, Russell Investments, Virginia Mason Medical Center, and Providence Health and Services.  Katie is also one of two lawyers responsible for managing all aspects of the client relationship with Microsoft.  She is a frequent speaker on wage and hour issues. (Session 4.7)

Amanda Semenoff is a civil mediator, facilitator and conflict resolution consultant in New Westminster, BC.  Amanda has a B.A. (Economics and Int’l Relations) from UBC and her Conflict Resolution Cert. (Mediation) from the Justice Institute of BC.  She specializes in group disputes and high conflict meeting facilitation.  She is a member of the BC Arbitration and Mediation Institute and a Mediate BC Associate roster member. Amanda brings 10 years of experience in Emergency Services to her mediation practice and is an active member of the Ecomm911 Critical Incident Stress Team.  Recently she has had the pleasure of co-founding Pig and Potato Games, designing collaborative games as tools for dispute resolution.  (Lunch session)

Joseph Shaub has been an attorney for more than forty years and marriage and family therapist for more than twenty. He is mediator, therapist, writer and frequent lecturer to therapists, attorneys and couples in distress. As a long-time instructor at University of Washington and Seattle University Law Schools and professional speaker, Joe has introduced thousands of people to the principles in this book, “Divorce or NOT – A Guide.” (Sessions 2.7 and 5.3)

Chris Sheesley puts derailed workplace relationships back on track. Senior managers and HR professionals hire him when they recognize the need for an experienced, objective facilitator to transform high-stakes or seemingly impossible internal disputes into cooperation and employee efficiency.  With 25 years of full time experience, a client roster of hundreds of notable organizations and a track record of over 1,750 cases, Chris is among the most seasoned conflict management professionals on the West Coast. He has amassed over 5,000 hours of experience teaching dispute resolution and related skills grounded in his real-world experience.  Chris lives in a 1908 farmhouse on 26 Oregon acres with his wife, two elementary aged sons, dogs, horses, chickens and other critters. When not fussing around on the property, he’s sailing Zeitgeist on the Columbia River.  (Session 6.7)

Mel Simburg is a partner in the law firm of Simburg, Ketter, Sheppard & Purdy in Seattle, Washington.  He advises clients and provides dispute resolution assistance for business, IP and real estate matters, especially for technology and web contracts, rights licenses and international distribution. Mel has served as an arbitrator for over 25 years and a mediator for over 10 years.  He is a member of the Rule 39.1 neutral panel for the U.S.D.C., W.D. WA. He mediates business-related disputes, including partnership issues and disputes involving IP, real estate, licenses and other business transactions. He has served on Washington State and ABA committees, chaired seminars and written several articles. He has presented on mediation issues from fundamentals of mediation to resolution of IP disputes, including psychology of mediation and the advocate’s role.  (Session 3.1)

Jerry Stehlik has thirty-five years in the private practice of business law and litigation including prosecution of numerous cases resulting in multi-million dollar recoveries.  He is founding and managing partner of Bucknell Stehlik Sato & Stubner, LLP, a boutique Seattle business law and litigation firm formed in 1993 and has extensive experience in a wide variety of business related practice areas including commercial litigation (UCC article 2 and article 9, contract and tort), commercial transactions, business valuations and economic damages, accounting standards, bankruptcy litigation, reorganizations, debt restructuring and insolvency proceedings (Chapter 11 bankruptcies and receiverships), corporate director and officer liability, lender liability and mediating commercial disputes. (Session 4.4)

Matt Smith is a communications process facilitator and trainer.  He consolidates decades of performance, writing and teaching into trainings based on improvisational theatre theory in design innovation, teambuilding, conflict resolution and creativity.  As A.D. of Seattle TheatreSports in 1985, a founding member of Seattle Improv and member of the legendary None of the Above, Matt has taught thousands to improvise, in the theatre and the workplace.  Matt has installed "The Failure Bow”, a practical response to mistakes and other unexpected results, into the cultures of countless institutions. He also founded Stark/Raving Theatre with Edward Sampson in 1988.  His solo performances include Helium, My Boat to Bainbridge, and Beyond Kindness.  Screen credits include Outsourced, Spiderman, Sleepless in Seattle, Whiteface and Almost Live!.  His monologue, My Last Year with the Nuns, is now a feature film. (Session 4.5)

Marcus Stubblefield, as Systems Integration Coordinator, King County Office of Performance, Strategy & Budget, has been managing a multisystem collaborative called Uniting for Youth since 2007.  He has worked with underserved communities to repair harm and strengthen relationships.  A critical component of his work has been to bring his extensive knowledge and history in restorative justice into the criminal justice system.  (Session 6.3)

Beckey Sukovaty is a mediator and ABD Ph.D. in Human Development from Fielding Graduate University. Beckey has extensive experience mediating and facilitating in interpersonal and group settings and has taught college courses and adult education seminars, including in conflict resolution. She currently serves with the Dispute Resolution Center of King County as a Lead Mediator in Small Claims Court, mediation training coach, and mediator for family and community cases. As part of her private academic coaching and tutoring practice, Beckey supports parents and teens/young adults in working together to resolve their differences. She holds a Masters of Public Administration, Masters of Philosophy and graduate certificate in Women and Gender Studies, with thesis on mediation pioneer Mary Parker Follett. (Session 5.7)

Teresa A. Wakeen is Founder and Chief Executive of Wakeen & Associates Mediation Services LLC, a Distinguished Fellow and Past President of the International Academy of Mediators, and a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.  She has served as a member of CPR’s Panel of Distinguished Neutrals.  She has mediated over 5000 cases and is known for her adept handling of high-profile multiparty conflicts, resolving the most difficult and challenging of disputes.  She is creative, insightful and effective in identifying the critical issues and developing a clear path to resolution while maintaining the trust and confidence of the parties.  She is recognized as one of the top commercial mediators in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation, 2013 to present, and is honored in Who’s Who Legal: Mediation (2016) as one of two “Most Highly Regarded” individual mediators in the U.S. (2016). She can be reached at 206-292-8300, twakeen@wakeen.net, or through her website, www.wakeen.net. (Session 3.4)

Kathleen Wareham is a full-time mediator with WAMS (Washington Arbitration and Mediation Service). She mediates disputes, drawing upon over thirty years of legal experience in negligence, personal injury, civil rights, wrongful death, employment, and complex probate, guardianship, and trust matters. In addition to mediating formal legal disputes, Ms. Wareham facilitates meetings, including family, fiduciary and business entity meetings, to help participants discuss and resolve or defuse sources of conflict.  Ms. Wareham’s law degree is from Columbia University and she earned her BA in philosophy, with honors, with a minor in economics, with honors, from the University of Washington. Her mediation and facilitation training includes the Professional Mediation Skills Training Program at the University of Washington School of Law, WAMS Advanced Mediation Trainings, and annual ABA or Northwest Dispute Resolution Conferences.  She is a frequent speaker on mediation advocacy skills, conflict resolution skills and mediation ethics. She is the author of Chapter 12 “Washington Mediation Ethics” in the WSBA Washington Legal Ethics Deskbook, 2009. (Lunch session)

Gordon White has maintained a general mediation practice in British Columbia for 20 years. He teaches at the Justice Institute and in a Masters program at Royal Roads University. Gordon blogs regularly at theconflictjourney.com, and he has a passionate interest in the conflict experience and what it has to offer for both individual and organizational growth. (Session 2.2)

K. Joy Williams is a Philadelphia native who has lived in the Pacific Northwest for 20 years. She is currently the Diversity and Public Service Programs Manager at the Washington State Bar Association. Joy served 7 years in the US Army and has over 15 years of experience working in the non-profit sector. She holds a BA in Urban Studies from the University of Washington, and a Masters of Public Administration from Seattle University. Joy has served on the City of Seattle LGBT Commission and is a member of the Equal Justice Community Leadership Academy 2015 cohort, 2014 United Way of King County Project LEAD alumni and Washington Initiative for Diversity Board Member. Joy writes, speaks and consults on issues related to diversity, inclusion, equity, implicit bias, self and community empowerment, and intersectional identities.  Joy has written for Black Women’s Blueprint, For Harriet, NWLawyer and NWSidebar. (Session 3.2)

Adrienne Keith Wills is an attorney/mediator, working primarily in the area of family law to help couples and families find common ground. Her practice also includes estate planning.  Drawing on her professional experience, Adrienne guides clients in meeting the demands of the legal process and addressing their interests. Adrienne graduated with honors from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and attended the University of Wisconsin Law School.   Adrienne has been active in the WSBA ADR Section, KCBA ADR Section, King County Collaborative Law, and the Bellevue Neighborhood Mediation Program. She is the Chair of the WSBA ADR Section and a past chair of the King County Bar Association’s ADR section.  She has presented on mediation and Collaborative Law on a WSBA ADR Membership Committee panel, at the King County Bar Association’s Civil Collaborative Law trainings, and to law school classes at the University of Washington and Seattle University. (Session 3.1)

is a partner at Stoel Rives in Seattle practicing in the Construction and Design group. For nearly thirty years, he has helped owners, architects, engineers, and contractors solve complex legal problems through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, and trial. Karl has also drafted, negotiated, and analyzed multimillion-dollar design and construction contracts on a wide variety of construction projects. He serves as an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association's construction panel and is co-author of the current standard treatise on Washington construction lien law.

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