Stew Cogan

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Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Seattle, WA

Stew Cogan Arbitrator • Mediator
 | 1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3400, Seattle, WA 98101-4010
Phone: 206-860-1000
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2017
Licensed Since: 1976
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Attorney Profile

Stew Cogan is in his 22nd 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 2,500 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 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 and as the 2017 Lawyer of the Year in Mediation in Seattle.  He has been named an ADR Super Lawyer for the 19 consecutive years from 1999 through 2017.  As an ADR professional, he was named a Top 100 Super Lawyer in nine of the last ten years.  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 he is on the Civil Rule 39.1 Register of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.  He is a frequent speaker on a variety of mediation and arbitration topics.  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 the Immediate Past President of the ACCTM (2015 - 2017), and was named a Distinguished Fellow of the ACCTM in 2017.  He is also an arbitrator and mediator for the American Health Lawyers Association.

He is a graduate of 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.), the American College of Civil Trial Mediators (Orlando, Florida), the Institute for Family Development (Federal Way, Washington), 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).

 
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About Stew Cogan

Admitted: 1976, Washington

Honors and Awards:

  • 2017 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Mediation-Seattle
  • 2016 Best Lawyers Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration-Seattle
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Mediation)
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (Arbitration)
  • Fellow - College of Commercial Arbitrators (By Invitation Only)
  • Fellow - American College of Civil Trial Mediators (By Invitation Only)
  • Charter Member - National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Charter Member, ADR Roundtable
  • Founders Spirit Award, Alpha One Foundation
  • Helen Geisness Award, King County Bar Association
  • Governance Award for Distinguished Service in Ethics and the Law, Alpha One Foundation

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • American College of Civil Trial Mediators
  • College of Commercial Arbitrators

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • President of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators (2015 - 2017)
  • President, First Vice-President, and Second Vice-President of the Seattle-King County Bar Association (1987-1990)
  • Treasurer of the Seattle-King County Bar Association (1981-1982)
  • 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).

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 (Miami, Florida) (2009-present); Member, Board of Directors, American College of Civil Trial Mediators (Orlando, Florida) (2013-present); President, American College of Civil Trial Mediators (Orlando, Florida) (2015-2017).

Representative Clients:

  • Have mediated or arbitrated with more than 60 Fortune 500 companies, more than 90 banking and financial institutions, more than 80 governmental units and educational institutions, more than 80 insurance companies (as parties), more than 60 health care institutions, more than 60 real estate companies, and hundreds of other companies involved in aerospace, energy, entertainment and media, food services, manufacturing, natural resources, retail, technology, telecommunications, transportation, and other industries.
  • 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: Alaska Railroad Corporation; Central Puget Sound Regional Transit Authority (Sound Transit); Chehalis-Centralia Regional Airport; City of Bellevue; City of Bonney Lake; City of Bothell; City of Brier; City of Clyde Hill; City of Des Moines; City of Edmonds; City of Everett; City of Grand Coulee; City of Issaquah; City of Kenmore; City of Lakewood; City of Lynnwood; City of Mercer Island; City of Mountlake Terrace; City of Puyallup; City of Sea-Tac; City of Seattle; City of Tacoma; Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC); Grant County; Holmes Harbor Sewer District; Island County; Mason County; Matunuska-Susitna (Alaska) Borough; Municipality of Anchorage; Ketchikan (Alaska) Gateway Borough; King County; Pend Orielle County P.U.D. No. 1; Pierce County; 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; Snohomish County; Snohomish County PUD No. 1; Sno-Isle Regional Library System; State of Alaska Attorney General; State of Oregon Attorney General; State of Washington Attorney General; Timberland Regional Library District; U.S. Department of Energy; U.S. Department of Justice; Washington Department of Social and Health Services; Washington State Department of Natural Resources; Washington State Department of Revenue; Washington State Patrol; Whatcom County; Woodinville Water District; Yakima County.

Educational Background:

  • University of California at Berkeley, B.A. (with distinction) (1973) (Phi Beta Kappa)
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Office Location for Stew Cogan

1420 Fifth Avenue, Suite 3400
Seattle, WA 98101-4010

Phone: 206-860-1000

 

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Last Updated: 9/20/2017

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