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CHRISTOPHER J. SOELLING, PLLC
3000 WELLS FARGO CENTER
999 THIRD AVENUE
SEATTLE, WA 98104-4088
(206) 505-5810
FAX (206) 505-5811
chris@soellinglaw.com


Current Employment: Full-time neutral: mediation and arbitration of commercial, construction, real estate, insurance and business matters.

Former Employment: Attorney and partner at Short, Cressman & Burgess PLLC (1981 to 2001)

Legal Experience:

Twenty seven years as a lawyer; twenty years as commercial and construction litigator. Experience includes:

  • More than a dozen jury trials, including construction, commercial fraud, and real estate issues

  • Numerous bench trials, including construction, commercial, purchase and sale, and real property disputes

  • Appellate work in both state and federal courts

  • Representation of plaintiffs and defendants in numerous arbitrations and mediations

  • Negotiated settlements of construction, environmental (CERCLA, MTCA), estate, partnership and real estate disputes

  • Extensive negotiation and drafting of industrial, commercial, and residential construction contracts, claim analysis and preparation

  • Clients include individuals, municipalities, suppliers, subcontractors, general contractors, developers, and owners

Mediation Experience:

Active mediator since 1990. Primary areas: construction, commercial, real estate, insurance coverage, insurance as it applies to liability issues. Mediated hundreds of cases in seven Western States, including Alaska, Hawaii and California:

  • Industrial/Commercial: Pipelines, airports, municipal/metro projects, churches, office towers, road construction, sewage treatment plants

  • Construction Defect Claims: Condominium/ townhouses, apartments, banks, warehouses

  • Residential New Construction and Remodel: Residential claims of all types, project management claims, warranty of habitability, etc.

  • Partnership Disputes, Commercial Claims, Real Estate Disputes: including adverse possession, purchase and sale agreements, etc., distributorship agreements; commercial fraud, etc.

  • Dispute Review Boards: Washington State Convention and Trade Center Expansion Project, Seattle, 1998 to 2001

  • Trust and Estate Disputes: Will contests, division of asset disputes among family members

  • Mold: Personal injury and property damage actions involving mold, including claims relative to stachybotrys chartarum

  • Mediations Where a Party is a Public Entity: Numerous mediations where a public entity is a party, including the Federal government, Washington, Oregon, Alaska, and Idaho political subdivisions, counties, municipalities, water districts, and school districts

  • Insurance Coverage: Earthquake claims, first party coverage, third party claims

Arbitration Experience:
  • Extensive arbitration experience in commercial, construction and real estate disputes

  • Sole arbitrator through American Arbitration Association of commercial and construction disputes, numerous residential new construction and remodeling disputes; Member and chair of three arbitrator panels

  • Numerous private arbitrations: Commercial and residential construction, property, and general commercial disputes, insurance issues

Alternative Dispute Resolution Training:

Group facilitator, ABA Annual ADR Meeting, 2006
Advanced arbitrator training, AAA, 2002,
Advanced construction mediation training, 1997;
Basic mediation training, 1992;
Trainer, observer, AAA mediation training, 1997;
Collaborative mediation training, ADR Options Consulting, 1996; Advanced arbitrator training, AAA, 1996;
Basic arbitrator training, AAA, 1991

Professional Licenses:

Bar admission, State of Washington 1981;
U.S. District Court, Western and Eastern Districts of Washington;
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals;
U.S. Tax Court
AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Professional Activities:

Former chair, ADR Section, King County Bar Association;
Former Secretary, Washington State Bar Association Construction Section; National Electrical Contractors Association (former member);
National Mason Contractors Association (former member);
American Arbitration Association, commercial and construction arbitration panels;
Frequent CLE speaker on ADR and construction topics locally and nationally, including the ethics of negotiating, use of arbitration in lien foreclosure claims, etc.

Awards:

Super lawyer, Washington Law and Politics, 2001-2007;
Top 100 vote-getter, Washington Law & Politics, 2006, 2007;
Seattle's Best Lawyers, Seattle Magazine, 2005, 2007
The League of Justice: Most Amazing Attorneys, Washington CEO Magazine, 2006, and 2007

Education:

Cornell Law School, J.D. 1981, Cornell International Law Journal;
University of Washington, B.S., 1977 cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa