Thomas J. Brewer

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorney in Seattle, WA

Arbitrator • Mediator
 | 719 2nd Avenue, Suite 1150
Seattle, WA 98104-1519
Phone: 206-780-5037
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2003 - 2018
Licensed Since: 1975
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
Attorney Profile

Thomas J. Brewer is a Seattle, Washington, attorney with more than 30 years of experience (1985 to present) serving as an arbitrator, mediator and special master in commercial cases. Mr. Brewer also has more than 25 years of experience (1975 to 2000) as a trial lawyer. Since 2000, Mr. Brewer has limited his practice to providing alternative dispute resolution services.

Over the course of his career, Mr. Brewer has served as a sole or panelist arbitrator in more than 700 cases involving a wide variety of issues and parties. He has frequently served as a chair of three-arbitrator panels, as an arbitrator in cases administered by or under AAA, ICDR, JAMS, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL, CPR and Society of Maritime Arbitrators rules, and as an arbitrator in numerous non-administered cases as well.

Mr. Brewer is a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and a charter member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Mr. Brewer has been included in the Washington Super Lawyers listing for ADR every year since he became a full-time neutral in 2000.  He is listed in Best Lawyers in America for arbitration and was selected by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year for arbitration in Seattle in 2015 and again in 2017.

Practice Areas
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Alternative Dispute Resolution (100%): Arbitration, Mediation

Focus Areas

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Arbitration, Mediation


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About Thomas Brewer

Admitted: 1975, Washington

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Honors and Awards:

  • Fellow, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Charter Member
  • College of Commercial Arbitrators, Fellow

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • U.S. Supreme Court 1978; various federal circuit and district courts.

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, London Court of International Arbitration North American User’s Council.
  • California (1975; inactive); Washington (1978-present).

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

  • Speaker, "Arbitrator Boundaries: What Are the Limits of Arbitrator Authority?," AAA Webinar, 2010
  • Speaker, "Arbitrator Update," AAA National Neutrals' Retreat, San Diego, 2009
  • Co-Author, "When Arbitrators 'Exceed Their Powers' - A New Study of Vacated Arbitration Awards," DISPUTE RESOL. J., Vol. 64, no. 1, February-April, 2009
  • Speaker, "How to Prevent Arbitrations from Transforming Into Litigations," AAA University Webinar, September, 2009
  • Speaker, "The Process and Practice of International Arbitration," ICDR Seminar, 2009
  • Co-Author, "E-Discovery in Arbitration," CPR ALTERNATIVES, September-October, 2009
  • Speaker, "E-Discovery in Arbitration," College of Commercial Arbitrators Annual Meeting, 2008
  • Speaker, "Mediation of Intellectual Property Disputes," ICDR International Arbitration and Mediation Symposium, Philadelphia, 2006
  • Speaker, "Arbitration of Intellectual Property Disputes," ICC International Dispute Resolution Seminar, La Jolla, 2005
  • Co-Author, "A Courtroom Lawyer's Guide to Arbitration," LITIGATION, vol. 31 no. 3, Spring 2005 (partial listing)

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • Arbitrations pending or recently concluded include (partial listing):  An energy arbitration involving curtailemnt losses at a 5,000+ acre wind farm.  (Panel Chair)  An international arbitration between Belgian and Brazilian owners of an oil and gas refinery and its associated oil and gas trading partnership relating to a corporate governance dispute and resulting exercise of one owner’s “put” rights. (Panel Chair) An international biotech arbitration between U.S. and Swiss parties related to alleged breaches of a licensing agreement covering certain genotypes sold for use in a test kit for human papillomavirus. (Neutral Panelist) An international arbitration between US and European parties involving a licensing dispute relating to a pharmaceutical product used to treat diarrhea.  (Panel Chair)   An international arbitration between Canadian and English parties relating to a gold mining operation.  (Neutral Panelist)  An international arbitration between US and Chinese parties relating to licensing of a medical device product.  (Panel Chair.)  A domestic energy arbitration relating to interpretation and enforceability of a five-year option agreement to purchase electric power from a gas-fired generating plant.  (Panel Chair) A complex international arbitration between British, Israeli and U.S. investors in a large commercial real estate project related to alleged breaches of the parties’ development agreements, fiduciary duties and capital call obligations. (Neutral Panelist) A domestic energy arbitration between a state governmental entity and a private electric power generator relating to alleged breaches of a long-term power supply contract.  (Panel Chair) An international arbitration relating to interpretation and enforcement of the royalty provision in a software licensing agreement permitting manufacture of a GPS navigational product sold to the commercial aviation industry.  (Neutral Panelist)  A dispute between competing manufacturers of an environmental remediation product alleging breach of contract, business torts, RICO violations and misappropriation of trade secrets.  (Neutral Panelist) A dispute between a commercial lessor and lessee concerning claims for repairs and alterations following termination of a forty-year manufacturing lease.  (Panel Chair) An international M & A arbitration between European and U.S. parties arising out of the sale of a software company in which the buyer alleges breaches of representations and warranties given by the sellers related to balance sheet and tax liabilities.  (Neutral Panelist) A domestic energy arbitration involving a dispute between a PURPA generating plant and a large utility over the avoided cost calculation provisions in a thirty-year power purchase and sale agreement.  (Panel Chair) A dispute between a hospital and an IT vendor over alleged breaches of a healthcare IT services outsourcing agreement.  (Sole Arbitrator) A consumer protection, business tort and breach of contract dispute between property owners and a company engaged in removing underground storage tanks and remediating petroleum-contaminated soils.  (Sole Arbitrator) A California-based contract dispute between a large commercial retailer and a consultant relating to enterprise-zone tax credits.  (Sole Arbitrator) A class action arbitration between auto dealers and the provider of a computerized parts display service and related equipment. (Panel Chair) A dispute between owners of an HMO over alleged related-party transactions and breaches of fiduciary duties by directors of a Medicaid managed care company. (Neutral Panelist) A large Alaska-based construction dispute.  (Panel Chair) A distributor-termination and valuation dispute between a brewery and a beer distributor.  (Sole Arbitrator) A dispute between a natural gas shipper and gatherer over alleged breaches of certain natural gas gathering agreements.  (Neutral Panelist) A reimbursement dispute between a nonprofit organization operating hospitals in five states hospital and a national health insurance company.  (Neutral Panelist) An employee benefits arbitration between construction workers and a labor union pension fund over issues related to credit for prior shop service.  (Sole Arbitrator) An arbitration between an alleged class of clinical pathology providers and a large managed care company operating in Tennessee arising out of reimbursement denials for certain services provided by the pathologists.  (Panel Chair) A dispute between investors in certain oil and gas and commercial real estate properties located in Texas. (Neutral Panelist) An international arbitration involving applications for emergency relief between parties engaged in the aviation industry.  (Sole Arbitrator) An international arbitration involving claims of breach of contract and breach of warranty between a a European purchaser and a business jet manufacturer.  (Panel Chair)
  • Special master experience includes service as a court-appointed special master responsible for resolving all discovery issues regarding electronically stored information in UCC Ueshima Coffee Company, Ltd. v. Tully’s Coffee Corporation, No. C06-1604 RSL (W.D.Wash.), an international licensing, trademark and market development dispute between Japanese and U.S. parties. Served as a court-appointed special master for all discovery matters in Whatley v. Nike, Inc., No. CV98-063-MO, U.S.D.C., Or., a patent case. Served a court-appointed special master to verify and report to the respective state and federal courts concerning a class action defendant’s performance of certain settlement obligations in West, et al. v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, et al., No. C01-716P (W.D. Wash.) and Stone v. Group Health Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, et al., King County Sup. Ct. No. 01-2-14261-5 SEA. Served as a court-appointed special master for discovery matters in Commerce Services, Inc. v. Expedia, Inc. (King County Sup. Ct. No. 02-2-25747-0SEA), a breach of contract and antitrust action.  Served as the court-appointed special master to arbitrate the amount of class action damages in James E. Hoffman and Dale Snow v. REGENCE BLUESHIELD, No. C98-1078P (W.D. Wash.) and Steven R. Holman v. REGENCE BLUESHIELD, No. 00-2-02033-3SEA (King County Superior Court). 
  • Mediation experience has included numerous breach-of-contract and business tort disputes between parties in various industries; disputes arising out of the purchase and sale of businesses; intellectual property and patent disputes; various types of licensing disputes, including software and other technology-related matters; energy cases; international disputes; insurance coverage disputes; construction and government contracting disputes, including False Claims Act disputes; copyright, trademark infringement and dilution disputes; reorganization and debtor-creditor disputes; trade secret and unfair competition disputes in high technology and other industries; law firm dissolution and legal malpractice claims; disputes involving family members, family-owned businesses, and estates; real estate-related disputes; franchise disputes; securities cases; and disputes relating to enforcement of employee non-competition and confidentiality covenants.  Specific examples of prior mediation engagements are posted at

Representative Clients:

  • Steven R. Holman v. REGENCE BLUESHIELD, No. 00-2-02033-3SEA (King County Superior Court)
  • James E. Hoffman and Dale Snow v. REGENCE BLUESHIELD, No. C98-1078P (W.D. Wash.)
  • Commerce Services, Inc. v. Expedia, Inc. (King County Sup. Ct. No. 02-2-25747-0SEA)
  • Stone v. Group Health Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, et al., King County Sup. Ct. No. 01-2-14261-5 SEA
  • West, et al. v. Group Health Cooperative of Puget Sound, et al., No. C01-716P (W.D. Wash.)
  • Whatley v. Nike, Inc., No. CV98-063-MO, U.S.D.C.
  • UCC Ueshima Coffee Company, Ltd. v. Tully's Coffee Corporation, No. C06-1604 RSL (W.D.Wash.)
  • In addition to domestic cases, international arbitrations and mediations have included Australian, Austrian, Belgian, Bermudan, Brazilian, British, Canadian, Cayman Islands, Chinese, Danish, French, German, Italian, Indian, Israeli, Japanese, Korean, Mexican, New Zealand, Peruvian, Saudi Arabian, Swedish, Swiss, Thai and U.S. parties.

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Listed in Lawdragon 500 Leading Judges in America.

Educational Background:

  • Oxford University, B.A. in Jurisprudence, First Class Honors, Rhodes Scholar, 1973
  • Dartmouth College, B.A. in Government, Magna Cum Laude, 1968

Industry Groups

  • And Valuation Disputes.
  • Business Disputes And Litigation
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Construction Litigation
  • Corporate Governance
  • Energy (electric And Oil & Gas)
  • ERISA And Employee Benefits
  • Health Care (payor/provder Reimbursement Disputes And Other Health Care Industry Contract Matters)
  • Information Technology/Outsourcing
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Intellectual Property
  • International (sales
  • Joint Venture And Other International Disputes)
  • LLC And Shareholder Disputes
  • Mergers & Acquisitions/Business Purchase & Sale
  • Partnership
  • Technology Licensing
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Office Location for Thomas J. Brewer

719 2nd Avenue
Suite 1150
Seattle, WA 98104-1519

Phone: 206-780-5037


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Last Updated: 1/23/2018

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