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Phone: (206) 979-9810

Two Embarcadero Center Suite 1500

San Francisco, CA 94111

Lawrence Mills


Arbitrator and Mediator

Current Employer:


Areas of Expertise:

✔ Banking & finance ✔ Commercial/Business
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ Employment
✔ Executive Compensation ✔ Family Businesses
✔ Franchise ✔ Insurance
✔ Intellectual Property ✔ International
✔ Internet ✔ Joint Ventures
✔ Land Use/Planning ✔ Landlord/Tenant
✔ Legal Malpractice ✔ Non-profit Organizations
✔ Partnerships ✔ Probate
✔ Professional Fees ✔ Professional Liability
✔ Professional Malpractice ✔ Professional Negligence
✔ Real Estate ✔ Securities
✔ Shareholder Disputes ✔ Software
✔ Telecommunications ✔ Title Disputes
✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes


Over 30 years experience as an arbitrator and mediator in a wide variety of contexts, including commercial, contracts, real estate, construction, employment, securities and intellectual property. Arbitrator for JAMS and previously for the American Arbitration Association (Large Complex Case Panel and International Panel), CPR: International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution, and King County Superior Court Mandatory Arbitration Program. Over 30 years experience in business law and commercial litigation. Substantial experience in general representation of business organizations, including a variety of wholesale and retail businesses, banks, real estate firms, contractors, and numerous professionals including physicians, accountants, dentists, architects, engineers and lawyers. Practice also included substantial experience in commercial litigation, including partnership and shareholder disputes, construction claims, employment issues, securities matters, estate planning and probate. Experience in formation and reorganization of corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies; purchases and sales of businesses; and commercial and residential real estate transactions.

Work History:

Arbitrator and Mediator, JAMS, 2012-present; Principal/Shareholder, Mills Meyers Swartling, 1992-2013; Partner/Shareholder, Mills & Cogan, 1981-1992; Attorney, Private Practice, 1978-1981; Associate, Davis Wright Todd Riese & Jones, 1975-1978


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ABA Section of Dispute Resolution Conferences 2001-2018; FINRA Arbitrator Training, August 2004; ; AAA Arbitrator Update 2001; AAA Commercial Arbitrator II Training, Seattle, March 2001; AAA Mediator Conference Workshop, Chicago, September 2000; AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training, Orlando, October 1998; AAA Mediator Training, Orlando, October 1998; AAA Arbitrator Training, Seattle, 1992; Western District of Washington Mediator Training Seminar, Seattle, 1992; various other ADR trainings.


Admitted to the Bar: Alaska, 1974; Washington, 1975; U.S. District Court, District of Alaska, 1974; U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington, 1975; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 1982; U.S. Supreme Court, 1982.


Best Lawyers 2018 Seattle Arbitration Lawyer of the Year.


College of Commercial Arbitrators; American Bar Association (Section of Dispute Resolution: Chair 2007-2008); Washington State Bar Association (Dispute Resolution Section: Chair 2001-2002; Co-Chair of 2003 Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference); King County Bar Association (ADR Section); Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington (ADR Committee); ADR Roundtable.


Princeton University (BSE-1969); University of Michigan (MPP-1973; JD-1974).


Co-author: "Exceeded Powers": Exploring Recent Trends in Cases Challenging Tribunal Authority, Alternatives, September 2013; Co-author: When Arbitrators Exceed Their Powers: A New Study of Vacated Arbitration Awards; Dispute Resolution Journal, April 2009; Co-author: Vacatur of Arbitration Awards: A Real World Review of the Case Law; March 2006; Co-author: A Courtroom Lawyer's Guide to Arbitration; Litigation, Spring 2005; Preparation for Successful Mediation.


Citizenship: United States of America Locale: Any location of an arbitral tribunal

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