Stew Cogan

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Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Issaquah, WA

Stew Cogan Arbitrator • Mediator
 | 5403 248th Pl SE, Issaquah, WA 98029
Phone: 206-860-1000
Fax: 206-860-4825
Selected To Super Lawyers: 1999 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1976
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Attorney Profile

    Stew Cogan is in his 25th year as a full-time arbitrator and mediator, following 20 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, contracts, business valuation, professional negligence, real estate, construction, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, covenants not to compete, intellectual property, insurance coverage, land use, and Constitutional Law.

    Stew has mediated or arbitrated with more than 60 Fortune 500 companies, more than 110 banking and financial institutions, more than 100 insurance companies (as parties), more than 90 health care institutions, more than 100 real estate companies and associations, more than 60 manufacturing and aerospace companies; more than 110 governmental units and educational institutions (including more than 30 municipalities), more than 50 technology and telecommunications companies, more than 70 lawyers and law firms (as parties), and hundreds of other companies involved in energy, entertainment and media, food services and hospitality, natural resources, retail, transportation, and other industries.

    Stew is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in both the Arbitration and the Mediation categories.  He was selected by Best Lawyers as the 2016 Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration in Seattle, as the 2020 Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration in Seattle, as the 2017 Lawyer of the Year in Mediation in Seattle, and as the 2021 Lawyer of the Year in Mediation in Seattle.  He has been named an ADR Super Lawyer for the 22 consecutive years from 1999 through 2020.  He was also named a Top 100 Super Lawyer in the ADR category in eleven of the last thirteen years.  He has been listed in Who's Who Legal: Mediation in multiple years, including 2020, and is one of approximately 100 lawyers in the U.S. and two lawyers in Washington to be so listed. He was also named one of the Best Lawyers in Seattle by Seattle Magazine in its last four surveys in 2001, 2003, 2005, and 2007, and one of Puget Sound’s Top Business Lawyers by Seattle Business Monthly in 2006, 2007, and 2008.

    Stew is a member of the Commercial Panel, the Construction Panel, the Large, Complex Case Panel, the Healthcare Payor-Provider Panel, and the Mediation Panel of the American Arbitration Association (and has been designated a Master Mediator by the AAA in both the Commercial category and the Construction category), and he is on the Civil Rule 39.1 Register of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.  He is a fellow of both the invitation-only College of Commercial Arbitrators (CCA) and the invitation-only American College of Civil Trial Mediators (ACCTM), is a Past President of the ACCTM (2015 - 2017), and was named a Distinguished Fellow of the ACCTM in 2017.  He is also a fellow of the Chartered institute of Arbitrators and an arbitrator and mediator for the American Health Lawyers Association.  He is a frequent speaker on a variety of mediation and arbitration topics.  

    Stew graduated from the University of California at Berkeley and Harvard Law School, and he is a former president of the King County Bar Association, the King County Bar Foundation, and the Young Lawyers of Washington State.  Stew serves on the boards of directors of the national COPD Foundation (Miami, Florida and Washington, D.C.), and the Institute for Family Development (Federal Way, Washington).  He also served on the board of directors of the Alpha-! Foundation (Miami, Florida) and the Washington Physicians Health Program (Seattle, Washington), and completed the maximum 11 years of service on the board of directors of Physicians Insurance (the dominant physician malpractice insurance carrier in the State of Washington).

     
    Practice Areas
    • 100%Alternative Dispute Resolution
    Focus Areas

    Arbitration, Mediation

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    Super Lawyers: 1999 - 2020

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    About Stew Cogan

    Admitted: 1976, Washington

    Professional Webpage: http://www.acctm.org/scogan/

    Honors/Awards:

    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Arbitration)
    • 2020 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration - Seattle
    • 2016 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration - Seattle
    • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Mediation)
    • 2021 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Mediation - Seattle
    • 2017 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Mediation - Seattle
    • Distinguished Fellow - American College of Civil Trial Mediators
    • Named in Who's Who Legal:  Mediation (Mulitple Years, Including 2020)
    • Charter Member, ADR Roundtable
    • Charter Member - National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
    • Helen Geisness Award, King County Bar Association
    • Founders Spirit Award, Alpha One Foundation
    • Governance Award for Distinguished Service in Ethics and the Law, Alpha One Foundation

    Special Licenses/Certifications:

    • American College of Civil Trial Mediators (Distinguished Fellow)
    • College of Commercial Arbitrators (Fellow)
    • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (Fellow)

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • President of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators (2015 - 2017)
    • Emeritus Member, William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court (Member, 2006 to present)
    • President, First Vice-President, and Second Vice-President of the Seattle-King County Bar Association (1987-1990)
    • Member, Board of Trustees of the Seattle-King County Bar Association (1983-1986)
    • President of the King County Bar Foundation (1981-1983)
    • President of the Young Lawyers of Washington State (1982-1983).
    • Treasurer of the Seattle-King County Bar Association (1981-1982)

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Member, Board of Directors of Physicians Insurance (1999-2011); Member, Board of Directors, Alpha One Foundation (Miami, Florida) (1995-2005); Vice-Chair, Board of Directors, Alpha One Foundation (Miami, Florida) (1995-2005); Member, Board of Trustees, Institute for Family Development (Federal Way, Washington) (1997-present); President, Institute for Family Development (Federal Way, Washington) (1998-2002); Member, Board of Directors, Washington Physicians Health Program (Seattle, Washington) (2007-present); Member, Board of Directors, COPD Foundation (Washington, D.C. and Miami, Florida) (2009-present); Member, Board of Directors, American College of Civil Trial Mediators (Orlando, Florida) (2013-2017); President, American College of Civil Trial Mediators (Orlando, Florida) (2015-2017).

    Representative Clients:

    • Partial list of public educational institutions served as arbitrator or mediator: Auburn School District No. 408; Eatonville School District No. 404; Geyser (Montana) Public Schools; Issaquah School District No. 411; Kent School District No. 415; Lake Washington School District No. 414; Mercer Island School District No. 400; Northshore School District No. 417; Ocean Beach School District No. 101; Orting School District No. 344; Renton School District No. 403; Seattle Pacific University; Seattle School District No. 1; Snoqualmie Valley School District No. 410; South Whidbey School District No. 206; Seattle University; University of Alaska - Fairbanks; University of Washington; University of Washington School of Dentistry, University of Washington School of Medicine, Vancouver School District No. 39.
    • Partial list of governmental entities and agencies served as arbitrator or mediator: The following Washington cities: Bainbridge Island, Bellevue, Black Diamond, Bonney Lake, Bothell, Brier, Burien, Chehalis, Clyde Hill, Des Moines, Edmonds, Everett, Fife, Grand Coulee, Issaquah, Kenmore, Kirkland, Lake Forest Park, Lakewood, Lynden, Lynnwood, Mercer Island, Mount Vernon, Mountlake Terrace, Pacific, Puyallup, Redmond, Sea-Tac, Seattle, Shoreline, Tacoma, the Town of Wilkeson, and the Town of Woodway. The following Washington counties:  Chelan, Grant, Island, Lewis, King, Mason, Pierce, Snohomish, Whatcom, and Yakima. The following other governmental subdivisions or agencies:  Alaska Attorney General; Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources, Alaska Dept. of Transportation and Public Utilities; Alaska Railroad Corporation; Aleutians (Alaska) East Borough; Alderwood Water and Wastewater District; Arctic Slope Regional Corporation; Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit); Chehalis-Centralia Regional Airport; City of Bend (Oregon); City of Haines (Alaska); City of Kodiak (Alaska); City of Missoula (Montana), Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); Holmes Harbor Sewer District; Ketchikan (Alaska) Gateway Borough; Kodiak Island (Alaska) Borough; Lake Stevens Sewer District; Matunuska-Susitna (Alaska) Borough; Municipality of Anchorage; Oregon Attorney General; Pend Orielle County P.U.D. No. 1; Port of Seattle; Port of Vancouver; Port of Walla Walla; Salcha-Delta (Alaska) Soil & Water Conservation District; Seattle Housing Authority; Secretary for Justice of the Hong Kong S.A.R. of China; Secretary of the United States Navy; Skagit County Public Hospital District No. 1; Snohomish County PUD No. 1; Sno-Isle Regional Library System; Timberland Regional Library District; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Department of Justice; Washington State Attorney General; Washington State Dept. of Natural Resources; Washington State Dept. of Revenue; Washington State Dept. of Social and Health Services; Washington State Dept. of Transportation; Washington State Patrol; and Woodinville Water District.
    • Have mediated or arbitrated with more than 60 Fortune 500 companies, more than 110 banking and financial institutions, more than 100 insurance companies (as parties), more than 90 health care institutions, more than 100 real estate companies and associations, more than 60 manufacturing and aerospace companies; more than 110 governmental units (including more than 30 municipalities) and educational institutions, more than 50 technology and telecommunications companies, more than 70 lawyers and law firms, and hundreds of other companies involved in energy, entertainment and media, food services and hospitality, natural resources, retail, transportation, and other industries.

    Educational Background:

    • University of California at Berkeley, B.A. (with distinction) (1973) (Phi Beta Kappa)
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    Comments

    • “Perhaps the best mediator in Seattle. Thoughtful and committed; he gets deals done.”
    • “Stew is the best mediator I know.”
    • “An excellent third party neutral for mediator or arbitration.”

    These comments were made by fellow attorneys during the annual nomination process.

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    Office Location for Stew Cogan

    5403 248th Pl SE
    Issaquah, WA 98029

    Phone: 206-860-1000

    Fax: 206-860-4825

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