The Beles Group

The Beles Group


Firm Overview

Craig Beles' experience as a trial attorney, commercial arbitrator, mediator, law professor and legal consultant spans 42 years. Mr. Beles has arbitrated, mediated or litigated over 400 complex disputes involving international contracts, intellectual property, software development, telecommunications, antitrust, securities, transportation, construction, personal injury and employment. He has also presided in over 60 hearings as a Washington State Administrative Law Judge resolving unfair labor and discrimination claims.

In addition to his regular ADR practice, Professor Beles has taught "Transnational Litigation and Arbitration" and "Comparative European International Arbitration" as an Adjunct Professor of Law in Seattle, Washington and more recently as a Fulbright Scholar in the Czech Republic and as a Fulbright Specialist in the Republic of Mauritius.

He serves on the arbitration rosters of the AAA, ICDR, WIPO, ICC, Resolute Systems LLC, and FINRA. He also serves as a Washington State Bar Association Disciplinary Hearing/Settlement Officer, a King County MAR arbitrator and U. S. District Court mediator & arbitrator.

Mr. Beles is the immediate Past Chair of the Washington State Bar Association ADR Section and the Washington State Board of Bar Examiners. He was elected chairperson of the Vashon-Maury Island Community Council, Vashon Allied Arts, King County Rural Governance Committee, and executive board member of the Vashon-Maury Island Land Trust, Northwest Folklife Association, and the Voice of Vashon.

Mr. Beles routinely mediates and arbitrates matters in the following areas:
Complex commercial transactions
General international business
Technology and computers
Software, licensing and mobile applications
Patents and copyright
Intellectual and industrial property
Transportation and employment law
Antitrust and restraint of trade
Personal injury
Products Liability

An independent commercial arbitrator and mediator with extensive experience, recognized for his legal knowledge, common sense and judicial temperament.

Awards & Recognition:
"Most Outstanding Commercial Law Firm" - 2017 Global Excellence Award.
"Best Contract Disputes Arbitrator" - USA, 2016 Legal Elite Awards by Corporate America Magazine.
"Top Rated Lawyer in ADR," American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell in 2015.
Chosen "Global Award Winner in International Trade," by Corporate LiveWire in 2015.
"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.
Rated "10.0 Superb" by every year since 2007.
Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators of London, England.
Named to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals in December of 2013.
Awarded "Fulbright Scholarship" by the U.S. State Department to teach International Dispute Resolution in the Czech Republic - 2008 to 2010.
Selected by the U.S. State Department as a "Fulbright Specialist" in the field of Peace & International Dispute Resolution - 2013 to 2019.
Awarded "Fulbright Specialist Grant" to assist the Republic of Mauritius in developing a culture of ADR during the Summer of 2015.

The King County Bar Association and every minority bar association in King County have recognized my judicial temperament and skills as a neutral by rating me "Exceptionally Well Qualified" to sit on the trial court bench.

Main Office

Main Office
P.O. Box 915
Vashon WA 98070


(206) 618-9119


Skilled Seattle, Washington Arbitrator and Mediator.

When your legal dispute is referred for arbitration or mediation, it's important to remember you are still involved in an adversarial legal process. Moreover, if you agree to binding arbitration, you are giving up any and all rights to appeal the decision. Under those circumstance, you want a skilled, fair and unbiased mediator or arbitrator.

What's the difference between arbitration and mediation?
Mediation can be seen as the first step in a two-step process. During mediation, parties may argue over the interpretation of a clause in a contract or a fair award for damaged property. The mediator works with them to forge an agreement. He does not impose a result, but rather helps them achieve it. If the parties can't agree, the dispute might move to arbitration, where a neutral arbitrator listens, then renders a decision. In non-binding arbitration, the parties can reject the decision, then move on to binding arbitration or trial. In binding arbitration, parties agree to abide by whatever the arbitrator decides and there is no appeal.

Contact a determined Seattle, Washington arbitration and mediation firm
When you are looking for an experienced, skilled, fair and unbiased neutral, contact Craig C. Beles to schedule an interview. Call 206.623.9119 or contact the firm online today.

Craig Beles

The Beles Group

Craig Beles has 41 years of experience as an advocate, commercial arbitrator, mediator, law professor and legal consultant. He has been chosen to arbitrate over 300 disputes involving commercial and international contracts, high technology, intellectual property, personal injury, insurance, healthcare, securities, employment and construction law issues.

In October of 2014, he was selected for a Fulbright Specialist grant in Peace & Conflict to assist the Republic of Mauritius in developing a culture of ADR.

In December 2013, Mr. Beles was confirmed to the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals in recognition of excellence in ADR.
In April of 2013, he was awarded a 5-year appointment to the Fulbright Specialist Roster with a specialty in "International ADR."

In 2010, he was named a Fulbright Scholar by the U.S. State Department and taught Comparative Arbitration Law and Comparative Torts in the Czech Republic.

Numerous bar associations have recognized his judicial temperament and skills as a neutral by rating him "Exceptionally Well Qualified" to sit on the superior court bench.

Since 1990, Mr. Beles has been AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest recognition possible in the legal industry, for his professionalism and ethics.

Boalt Hall, University of California at Berkeley, LL.M., International Practice, with High Honors, 1987.
Gonzaga University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 1975.
University of California at Santa Cruz, B.A., Psychology, 1971.