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Craig Charles Beles

Craig Charles Beles

Practice areas:

Arbitration, International Law, Contracts & Agreements, Mediation

About Me

I am the founder and owner of The Beles Group, Counselors at Law.  I have been an advocate, arbitrator, mediator and educator for over 37 years.  During that time, I have arbitrated, mediated or advocated in more than 200 complex disputes involving international contracts, intellectual property, antitrust, telecommunications, construction, personal injury, insurance, products liability and employment.  Additionally, I have presided in over 60 hearings as a Washington State Administrative Law Judge resolving unfair labor practices, discrimination and other disciplinary matters.  Since 2006, I have also 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 and Prague, Czech Republic. 


 


I was chosen “Seattle Top ADR and Mediation Lawyer” by Seattle Metro Magazine in 2010; “Top Ten Lawyers in Washington State” in the field of “Contracts/Agreements,” by CEO Magazine in 2008; rated “AV-Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell every year since 1990, and rated “10.0 Superb” by Avvo.com every year since 2007 . 


 


I strive for neutrality, competency, common sense and sensitivity to other cultures. I am available for association, consultation and referral.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Arbitration: 40%
    36 years, 300 cases
  2. Mediation: 20%
    36 years, 120 cases
  3. Contracts & Agreements: 20%
    36 years, 400 cases
  4. International Law: 20%
    29 years, 240 cases

Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($300-400/hour)

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Allen M Ressler

    I endorse this lawyer works hard to get results

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    Allen Ressler Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Scott Robert Scher

    I highly recommend Craig. He is one of the best lawyers in his field and obtains amazing results for his clients.

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    Scott Scher Real Estate Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

The Beles Group

216 First Avenue South
Suite 450
Seattle, WA, 98104-2534

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License

StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
WAActive197507/06/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

Legal Answers

Awards

Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Republic of Mauritius ADR SpecialistU.S. State Department2014
Fulbright Specialist in International ADRU.S. State Department2013
Seattle Top ADR and Mediation LawyerSeattle Metro Magazine2010
AV Preeminent RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Fulbright Scholar-Czech Rep-Comparative ADR & Comparative TortsU.S. State Department2010
Top Contracts/Agreements LawyerWashington CEO Magazine2008
Exceptionally Well Qualified for Trial BenchLatina/o Bar Association of Washington2007
Exceptionally Well Qualified for Trial BenchKing County Washington Women Lawyers2007
Exceptionally Well-Qualified for Trial BenchJoint Asian Judicial Evaluations Committee2007
Exceptionally Well Qualified for Trial BenchKing County Bar Association2007

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct Professor of LawSeattle University School Of Law2006 - 2010
Arbitrator and MediatorThe Beles Group, Counselors at Law1990 - Present
Arbitrator & MediatorAAA, ICDR, WIPO, ICC, CPR FINRA, Resolute Systems, WSBA, Federal District Court & King County1987 - Present
AttorneyKargianis, Austin & Erickson1987 - 1990
Administrative Law JudgeHigher Education Personnel Board1980 - 1986
Associate ProfessorGonzaga University School of Law1979 - 1987
Assistant Attorney GeneralWashington State Attorney Generals Office1976 - 1979
Judicial Law ClerkWashington State Court of Appeals, Div II1975 - 1976

Associations

Association NamePosition NameDuration
The DoVE ProjectBoard of Directors2013 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember, International Section2012 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute ResolutionChair Elect2012 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute ResolutionExecutive Committee Member2012 - Present
Chartered Institute of ArbitratorsMember2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationDisciplinary Hearing Officer2005 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationCompetency Implementation Commeittee2004 - 2006
Washington State Bar AssociationJudicial Recommendations Committee2000 - 2002
Vashon Allied ArtsPresident and Director1998 - 2004
Northwest FolklifeVice President and Director1998 - 2004
Vashon Maury Island Community CouncilPresident and Director1994 - 2000
AAA, ICDR, WIPO, ICC, FINRA, CPR, WSBA, King County, Federal District CourtArbitrator & Mediator1988 - Present
The International Association of Boalt Alunmi - IABAMember1988 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationChair, Board of Bar Examiners1982 - 2013
Washington State Bar AssociationMember1975 - Present

Publications

Publication NameTitleDate
Gonzaga Law ReviewThe Washington CP Act vs. The Learned ProfessionalN/A
De NovoTruth & The Use of History to Interpret Our State ConstitutionN/A
UnknownParady as Fair UseN/A
BAR-BRITorts and Consumer ProtectionN/A

Education

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - Berkeley (Boalt Hall)International PracticeLL.M - Master of Laws with High Honors1988
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor Magna Cum Laude1975
University of California - Santa CruzPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1971

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Mid-year Fulbright Conference, Velke Bilovice, CZComparative Best International Arbitration Practices2010
Czech Society of International LawThe Pros and Cons of Differing Procedures in U.S. and European Arbitrations2010
Ask the Experts About ArbitrationRevised Uniform Arbitration Act2007
University of Washington Executive MBA ProgramInternational & High Technology Arbitration1999
Recent Developments in Personal Injury LawWrongful Birth & Wrongful Life1983
Washington State Appellate Court ConferenceCriteria for Determining Whether a Question of Consitutional Magnitude May be Raised for the First Time on Appeal1982
Health Care LawMedical-Legal Concerns of Emergency Medical Personnel1982
Washington State Judicial ConferenceThe Future of the Washington Consumer Protection Act1981
State Patrol Graduation AddressThe Importance of Police Conduct in Citizen Encounters1981