Member Profile: Christopher J. Soelling

Christopher J. Soelling
Christopher J. Soelling, PLLC
3000 Wells Fargo Center
999 Third Avenue
Seattle, WA 98104
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Tel: (206) 491-2804
Fax: (206) 505-5811

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Med-Arb; Discovery Referee; Mini-Trial Judge; Special Master; Insurance Umpire


Christopher J. Soelling has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Contract Disputes
Real Estate



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)

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

Arbitration Experience:
Extensive arbitration experience in commercial, construction, insurance coverage and real estate disputes via private proceedings and through the American Arbitration Association.  Member and chair of three arbitrator panels as well as sole arbitrator.  

Legal Experience:
Thirty four years as a lawyer; twenty years as commercial and construction litigator. Experience included
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
Represented 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 included individuals, municipalities, suppliers, subcontractors, general contractors, developers, and owners


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

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 

Memberships & Affiliations

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. 

Super lawyer, Washington Law and Politics, 2001-2015; 
Top 100 vote-getter, Washington Law & Politics, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2012;
Seattle's Best Lawyers, Seattle Magazine, 2005, 2007
The League of Justice: Most Amazing Attorneys, Washington CEO Magazine, 2006, and 2007 


$550 per hour
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