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.