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Phone: (206) 860-1000

5403 248th Place Southeast

Issaquah, WA 98029

Stew Cogan


Arbitrator, Mediator, Attorney

Current Employer:

Stew Cogan Arbitrator & Mediator

Areas of Expertise:

✔ Banking & finance ✔ Class Actions
✔ Commercial/Business ✔ Construction
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ EEOC
✔ Employment ✔ Environmental
✔ Family Businesses ✔ Health Care
✔ Insurance ✔ Landlord/Tenant
✔ Legal Malpractice ✔ Partnerships
✔ Probate ✔ Professional Fees
✔ Professional Liability ✔ Professional Malpractice
✔ Professional Negligence ✔ Real Estate
✔ Securities ✔ Shareholder Disputes
✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes ✔ Trusts/Estates


Stew Cogan is in his twenty-fifth year as a full-time arbitrator and mediator, following twenty years practicing primarily corporate, business, and real estate law.

Stew has arbitrated more than 300 cases and mediated more than 3,000 cases. Among the matters he has handled as a neutral are cases involving partnership and shareholder disputes, banking law, class actions involving various subjects, contracts, business valuation, professional negligence, real estate, construction, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, covenants not to compete, intellectual property, insurance coverage, land use, wills and trusts, and Constitutional Law. Stew has experience on the Commercial Panel, the Construction Panel, the Large, Complex Case Panel, and the Mediation Panel of the American Arbitration Association, and on the Civil Rule 39.1 Register of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Work History:

1996 - present - Full-Time Arbitrator & Mediator, Stew Cogan Arbitrator • Mediator
1981 - 1996 - Partner, Mills & Cogan (and successors)
1976 - 1981 - Associate, Davis Wright Todd Riese & Jones


Commercial Arbitrator Training Workshop - American Arbitration Association
Faculty - Arbitrator Training - American Arbitration Association
Faculty - Large, Complex Case Arbitrator Training - American Arbitration Association
Mediator Training - American Arbitration Association
Professional Mediation Skills Training - University of Washington Law School
Advanced Mediation Skills Training - Pepperdine University Law School


Bar Admissions

State of Washington
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Washington
U.S. Tax Court
U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
U.S. Supreme Court


Included in The Best Lawyers in America (Arbitration)
2020 Best Lawyer of the Year - Arbitration - Seattle
2016 Best Lawyer of the Year - Arbitration - Seattle
Included in The Best Lawyers in America (Mediation)
2017 Best Lawyer of the Year - Mediation - Seattle
Washington ADR Super Lawyer - 22 Consecutive Years (1999 - 2020)
Top 100 Super Lawyer (11 of the Last 13 Years)
One of Seattle's Top Lawyers (2001, 2003, 2005, 2007) (Seattle Magazine)
One of Puget Sound's Top Business Lawyers (2006, 2007, 2008) (Seattle Business Monthly)


Commercial Arbitration Panel - American Arbitration Association
Construction Arbitration Panel - American Arbitration Association
Large, Complex Case Panel - American Arbitration Association
Mediation Panel - American Arbitration Association
Mediator & Arbitrator - American Health Lawyers Association
U.S. District Court, Western District of Washington Civil Rule 39.1 Register
King County Superior Court Special Master


Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators
Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
Distinguished Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators (President 2015 - 2017)
Charter Member - National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Charter Member - ADR Roundtable


Harvard Law School, J.D. 1976
University of California at Berkeley, B.A. with distinction 1973 (Phi Beta Kappa)

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