Stew Cogan

Cell: (206) 369-2444
Stew Cogan Arbitrator•Mediator
5403 248th Place Southeast
Issaquah, WA 98029-7620

Phone: (206) 860-1000

Stew Cogan is a Past President of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators (2015 - 2017). He is in his twenty-seventh year as a full-time arbitrator and mediator, following twenty years practicing primarily corporate, business, and real estate law.

Stew has arbitrated more than 300 cases and mediated more than 3,500 cases. Among the matters he has handled as a neutral are cases involving partnership and shareholder disputes, banking law, class actions involving various subjects, contracts, business valuation, professional negligence, real estate, construction, wrongful termination, employment discrimination, covenants not to compete, intellectual property, insurance coverage, land use, wills and trusts, and Constitutional Law. Stew is on the Commercial Panel, the Construction Panel, the Large, Complex Case Panel, and the Mediation Panel of the American Arbitration Association (Master Mediator), and is also on the Civil Rule 39.1 Register of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington.

Types of Cases Mediated

  • Banking
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Discrimination
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • General Mediation
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Municipal
  • Partnership Dissolutions
  • Printing/Publishing
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Tax

MEMBER: 2007



Stew has been named a Super Lawyer in the ADR category for the 25 consecutive years from 1999 through 2023. In 14 of the last 16 years, he was named a Top 100 Super Lawyer in the ADR category. Stew is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in both the Mediation and Arbitration categories. He was selected by Best Lawyers as the Lawyer of the Year in Arbitration in Seattle in 2016, 2020, and 2022, and as the Lawyer of the Year in Mediation in Seattle in 2017 and 2021. Stew has been designated as a Master Mediator by the American Arbitration Association, and he has been listed in Who's Who: Legal: Mediation in multiple years, including 2023, and is one of about 100 mediators in the United States 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 frequent speaker on a variety of mediation and arbitration topics. He is a founding member of the ADR Roundtable, a fellow of the invitation-only College of Commercial Arbitrators, and a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators. He is also an Emeritus Member of The William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court, with which he has been involved since 2006.


Harvard Law School, J.D. 1976

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

Practicing in Alaska, Idaho, Montana, Oregon, Washington


$900 per hour. Travel time billed at $450 per hour. Travel expenses billed at cost. No charge for canceled mediations.
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