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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 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


  1. Arbitration: 40%
    37 years, 300 cases
  2. Mediation: 20%
    37 years, 120 cases
  3. Contracts: 20%
    37 years, 400 cases
  4. International Law: 20%
    30 years, 240 cases



Hourly ($300-450/hour)

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Contact info

The Beles Group

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


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Global Award Winner in International TradeCorporate LiveWire2016
Top Rated Lawyer in ADRAmerican Lawyer and Martindale-Hubbell2015
Republic of Mauritius ADR SpecialistU.S. State Department2015
Fulbright Specialist in International ADRU.S. State Department2013
Seattle Top ADR and Mediation LawyerSeattle Metro Magazine2010
Fulbright Scholar-Czech Rep-Comparative ADR & Comparative TortsU.S. State Department2010
AV Preeminent RatingMartindale-Hubbell2010
Top Contracts/Agreements LawyerWashington CEO Magazine2008
Exceptionally Well-Qualified for Trial BenchJoint Asian Judicial Evaluations Committee2007
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 BenchKing County Bar Association2007
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
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
Adjunct Professor of LawSeattle University School Of Law2006 - 2010
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
Association namePosition nameDuration
Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute ResolutionExecutive Committee Member2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember, International Section2012 - Present
Washington State Bar Association, Alternative Dispute ResolutionChair2012 - Present
Chartered Institute of ArbitratorsMember2007 - Present
Washington State Bar AssociationDisciplinary Hearing Officer2005 - Present
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 AssociationMember1975 - Present
The DoVE ProjectBoard of Directors2013 - 2015
Washington State Bar AssociationCompetency Implementation Commeittee2004 - 2006
Washington State Bar AssociationJudicial Recommendations Committee2000 - 2002
Northwest FolklifeVice President and Director1998 - 2004
Vashon Allied ArtsPresident and Director1998 - 2004
Vashon Maury Island Community CouncilPresident and Director1994 - 2000
Washington State Bar AssociationChair, Board of Bar Examiners1982 - 2013
Publication nameTitleDate
Mauritius Arbitration & Mediation NewsletterKeeping Arbitration's Promise of Time & Cost Efficiency2015
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
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of California - Berkeley (Boalt Hall)International PracticeLL.M - Master of Laws with High Honors1988
Gonzaga University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of California - Santa CruzPsychologyBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Three-Day MARC & MCCI WorkshopThe Basics of Domestic & International Arbitration2015
MARC & MCCI WorkshopInternational Trade Contracts - Why Mediation & Arbitration Are the Most Efficient Dispute Resolution Options2015
MARC & MCCI WorkshopMediation & Arbitration for the Construction Industry - The Experience in America & Perspectives for Mauritius2015
MARC & MCCI WorkshopMediation & Arbitration of Financial Sector Disputes2015
MARC & MCCI WorkshopDispute Resolution for Small to Medium-Sized Enterprises2015
MARC & MCCI Two-Day WorkshopThe Basics of Mediation2015
ADR Section CLEClient Counseling, The First Step Toward ADR2015
ADR Section CLEAvoiding Litigation-Style Discovery in Arbitration2015
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