Thomas J. Brewer serves as an arbitrator, mediator and dispute resolution neutral in international and domestic business disputes. Previously a trial lawyer representing clients in commercial cases, he has more than thirty years of experience serving as an arbitrator, mediator and court-appointed special master in cases involving commercial contracts, energy, intellectual property, distribution, licensing, product development, joint ventures, business sales and acquisitions, international business and other types of disputes. Since 2000 he has limited his practice to providing alternative dispute resolution services and is now in his sixteenth year as a full-time neutral.
Mr. Brewer has served as an arbitrator, mediator and dispute resolution neutral since 1985 in a wide variety of business disputes. He has served as a sole or panelist arbitrator in more than eight hundred commercial arbitrations, and frequently serves as chair of three-arbitrator panels. 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, joint ventures, governmental entities and individuals.
The types of cases handled have included numerous domestic and international contract disputes; energy (oil & gas, electric, wind, and solar); intellectual property and licensing (including pharmaceutical, software and many other types of technology licensing) disputes; aviation; breach-of-warranty; business purchase and sale; biotechnology; commercial health care (payor-provider) disputes; commercial leasing, real estate and appraisal disputes; construction, copyright; distribution; employee non-competition and confidentiality covenants; employment termination and contract disputes; employee benefits, ERISA and multi-employer pension plan withdrawal liability disputes; financial industry disputes; franchise; government contracting; insurance coverage; international sales and joint ventures; M&A; partnership, shareholder, LLC and other corporate governance 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 is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and is a charter member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He is listed in Best Lawyers in America 2015 (for arbitration and mediation), Who’s Who Legal: Arbitration 2016, “Washington Super Lawyers” (2000-2016), “Top Attorneys in Washington” by Seattle Met Magazine, and in the Lawdragon “500 Leading Judges in America.” He is also a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (FCIArb). He was selected by Best Lawyers as Lawyer of the Year for arbitration in Seattle in 2015.
Mr. Brewer is a member of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution’s (“ICDR”) International Roster of arbitrators and of its Energy Arbitrators List, and of the CPR Institute’s International/Cross-Border panel of arbitrators. He is also a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Commercial, Large Complex Case, Construction, and Mediation Panels, and of the AAA’s National Energy Panel of arbitrators, National Healthcare Roster of arbitrators and Employee Benefits/ERISA Panel of arbitrators. He is also a member of the CPR Institute’s National Panel of Distinguished Neutrals and of its Energy, Oil and Gas, and Health Care & Life Science panels of neutrals, and of the London Court of International Arbitration North American User’s Council. He is a member of the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Center’s 2015 list of leading arbitrators and mediators in the technology sector. He has served as an arbitrator in cases administered by AAA, ICDR, JAMS, ICC, LCIA, SIAC and under the UNCITRAL, CPR, 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.