Thomas J. Brewer serves as an arbitrator, mediator and dispute resolution neutral in international and domestic disputes. Previously a trial lawyer representing clients in commercial cases, he has more than twenty-five years of experience serving as an arbitrator, mediator and court-appointed special master in commercial, energy, intellectual property, international and other types of business disputes. Since 2000 he has limited his practice to providing alternative dispute resolution services and is now in his thirteenth year as a full-time ADR neutral.
Mr. Brewer has served as an arbitrator, mediator and dispute resolution neutral in more than a thousand business disputes involving a wide variety of parties and issues. The cases have ranged from complex, multi-party business disputes with large amounts in controversy to a wide variety of other matters, of varying size, involving corporations, privately-held companies, LLC’s, partnerships, governmental entities and individuals.
He frequently arbitrates domestic and international contract, energy (oil & gas, electric and wind), intellectual property and licensing (including pharmaceutical, software and many other types of technology licensing) disputes. He also serves as an arbitrator, mediator and dispute resolution neutral in a broad range of other kinds of disputes, including aviation, breach-of-warranty; business purchase and sale; biotechnology; commercial health care (payor-provider) disputes; commercial leasing and real estate; construction, copyright; distribution; employee non-competition and confidentiality covenants; employment termination and discrimination; employee benefits and ERISA; franchise; government contracting; insurance coverage; international sales and joint ventures; M&A; partnership, shareholder and LLC disputes; professional liability; disputes among professionals; railroad; software and other technology disputes; telecommunications; trademark, trade secret and patent; unfair competition and other business torts; valuation and many other types of commercial issues.
Mr. Brewer’s 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.
He is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, a charter member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and has been listed as a “Washington Super Lawyer” (2000-2013) and in the Lawdragon “500 Leading Judges in America.” He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb).
Mr. Brewer is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial, Large Complex Case, Energy, Construction, Employee Benefits, Healthcare Payor-Provider and Mediation Panels. He is also a member of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s international roster of arbitrators. In addition, he is also a member of the National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals, International, Energy, Oil and Gas, Health Care & Life Science and Seattle panels of neutrals of the CPR Institute of Dispute Resolution and of the London Court of International Arbitration, North American User’s Council. His arbitration experience includes service as an arbitrator in cases administered by the AAA, ICDR, JAMS, ICC, LCIA, under the UNCITRAL, CPR, SIAC, Society of Maritime Arbitrators and American Association of Railroads rules, and in numerous other non-administered cases.
Mr. Brewer received his B.A. from Dartmouth College and his J.D. from the Harvard Law School. He also received a B.A. in jurisprudence from Oxford University, which he attended as a Rhodes Scholar. He is based in Seattle, Washington, USA.