Craig Charles Beles
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The Beles Group, Counselors at Law
Services Provided
Arbitrator, Mediator
Practice Areas
Business, Consumer Law, Corporate, Employment (Non-Union), Labor (Union), Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury, Securities
Craig C. Beles, Esq.
The Beles Group
Counselors at Law
450 Grand Central on the Park
216 First Avenue South
Seattle, Washington 98104
Phone: 206-623-9119
Experience: My experience as an advocate, commercial arbitrator, mediator and law professor spans 39 years. I have focused on complex international commercial and high tech disputes pending before the AAA, ICDR, WIPO, CPR, ICC, FINRA and the Federal Courts. I have presided over or advocated in more than 150 complex disputes involving international contracts, intellectual property, antitrust, telecommunications, construction, personal injury and employment. Additionally, presided in over 60 hearings as a Washington State Administrative Law Judge resolving unfair labor practice and discrimination claims. Since 2006, I have taught “Transnational Litigation & Arbitration” and “Comparative European International Arbitration” as an Adjunct Professor of Law in Seattle, Washington and as a Fulbright Scholar in Brno, Czech Republic.
Education: UC Berkeley, Boalt Hall (LLM, International Practice, with high honors -1988); Gonzaga University, Spokane, Washington (JD, magna cum laude -1975); UC Santa Cruz (BA, Psychology -1971).
Work History: Owner/Arbitrator & Mediator, The Beles Group, Counselors at Law, Seattle, WA, 1990-present;
Adjunct Prof of Law, (Transnational ADR), Seattle University School of Law, 2006-present;
Arbitrator and Mediator for the AAA, ICDR, WIPO, ICC, CPR, FINRA, WSBA, Federal District Court & King County, 1987-present;
Private Practitioner, Kargianis, Austin & Erickson, Attorneys at Law, Seattle, 1987-90;
Associate Prof of Law, (Torts, Products Liability, Criminal Procedure & Forensic Evidence), Gonzaga University, Spokane, 1979-87;
ALJ, Washington State Higher Education Personnel Board, Spokane, 1980-86;
Washington State Assistant AG, (Antitrust & Education Divisions), Olympia and Spokane, 1976-79;
Professional Licenses: Admitted to the Bar: Washington State, 1975; U.S. District Courts for Washington, Eastern & Western Districts, 1976; U.S. District Court for California, Northern District, 1994; U.S. Supreme Court and U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1988.
Professional Associations: The London Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, Member; WSBA (International Practice & ADR Sections); WSBA Bar Examiners Executive Committee; WSBA Professional Development Committee; WSBA Judicial Recommendations Committee; AAA, WIPO, FINRA, ICDR, ICC, CPR Panel of Neutrals; WSBA - Disciplinary Hearing Officer; U.S. District Court Mediator & Arbitrator; King County Arbitrator; Charles Powell Trial Advocacy Inn of Court, Bencher;
Publications and Speaking Engagement (Sample): Lecturer, Comparative International Arbitration Procedures and Expectations, Charles University Faculty of Law, Prague, CZ, April 2010;
Presentation, Comparative Best International Arbitration Practices, Mid-year Fulbright Conference, Velke Bilovice, CZ, February 2010;
Lecturer, Washington's Uniform Arbitration Act - Ask the Experts, Pierce County Bar Association, October 2007;
Guest Lecturer, International and High Technology Arbitration, University of Washington Executive MBA Program, Fall and Spring Quarters, 1996-99;
Torts and Consumer Protection, BAR-BRI BAR REVIEW, Harcourt, Brace, Jovanovich, 1980-84;

Honors & Recognition:
In December 2013, Mr. Beles was confirmed to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals in recognition of excellence in ADR.
In April of 2013, I was awarded a 5-year appointment to the Fulbright Specialist Roster with a specialty in “International ADR."
Fulbright Award, Czech Republic, “Transnational Litigation & Arbitration,” and “Comparative European Arbitration Law,” 2008-10.
“Top Ten Lawyers in Washington State,” in the area of “Contracts/Agreements,” 2008 CEO Magazine.
Martindale-Hubbell, “AV” rating since 1990.
Avvo rating of “10.0 Superb” since 2007.
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2014 AAA Higginbotham Fellows Program

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Please see below some information regarding the AAA Higginbotham Fellows Program.  Please pass this along if you know of anyone who might be interested in applying for the program.  I have contacts with many past Fellows who can provide interested candidates with some first-hand feedback on the program and how it's helped them develop their ADR skills and mediation/arbitration practice.

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At 12:09pm on April 22, 2010, Jeff Bean said…
Craig, welcome! Good to see you here and making this profile page your own! Sure love to hear you add your voice to the discussion - dive-into the Members' Forum. Please let me know if there's anything we can do in the section or on this network that would be a help to you. Always happy to hear it.
At 9:35am on March 26, 2010, David H. Black said…
Excellent profile Craig!

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