Updated: Feb. 2, 2023

Dispute Resolution Section

The WSBA Dispute Resolution Section promotes the informed use and best practices for all dispute resolution processes in Washington. Whether mediating, arbitrating or negotiating, every lawyer is a dispute resolution professional. The section is home to many attorneys who are also members of other sections.

The Dispute Resolution Section welcomes and encourages participation of all dispute resolution professionals. You don’t have to be a lawyer or a member of WSBA. This is the community for all dispute resolution professionals: mediators, arbitrators, and lawyers representing and advising their clients.

The Section provides benefits to members by participating in legislative activities that relate to dispute resolution and undertakes projects aimed at increasing the availability and quality of dispute resolution services throughout the state. The Section also maintains a website, which offers an online dispute resolution provider directory, sponsors an annual meeting, and provides other dispute resolution educational programs, including co-sponsorship of the annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference.

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What We Do

The Dispute Resolution Section connects professionals with relevant dispute resolution resources and information:

  • Educational presentations for both neutrals and advocates
  • Unsurpassed networking opportunities with other dispute resolution professionals
  • Cost-effective CLE credits in dispute resolution

The Section hosts an interactive, content-driven website www.wsba-adr.org — the online network of dispute resolution professionals. It is the source for relevant, current dispute resolution information in Washington:

How We Do It

The Dispute Resolution Section has an Executive Committee and five standing committees:

Click on any of the committee group pages above to learn more, see how they can help you in your dispute resolution practice and how you can get involved.

Executive Committee

Chair: Courtland Shafer (2022-2024)

Vice Chair: Vacant

Secretary: Dee Knapp (2022-2023)

Treasurer: Lauren Novack (2022-2023)

Immediate Past Chair: Melvyn Simburg (2022-2024)

Board of Governors Liaison*: Jordan Couch (2022-2023) and Nam Nguyen (2022-2023)

Young Lawyer LiaisonKyle Berti (2021-2023)

At-Large Members:

Carol Dianne Betts (2020-2023)
Alan Alhadeff (2020-2023)
Melissa Fuller (2022-2023)
VACANT (2022-2024)
Lish Whitson (2022-2025)
Christopher Casillas (2022-2025)
Paula Emery (2022-2025)
VACANT (2022-2024)


The Dispute Resolution Section Executive Committee conducts meetings on the third Friday of each month, beginning at noon and concluding by 1:30 p.m.

Executive Committee meetings are currently being conducted by teleconference only. You may attend virtually by calling 669-900-6833, and using access code 8824651313#. Please contact committee members for any other details on their upcoming meetings.

To learn more about the benefits of section membership, see the Dispute Resolution Section website, contact any member of the Executive Committee or contact  membership@wsba-adr.org.

Join Our List Serve 

The ADR Section list serve is a great way to connect with your fellow dispute resolution professionals. Members on the list serve are now able to post directly to the list serve. In order to foster a welcoming and productive environment, the ADR Section Executive Committee has adopted general list serve guidelines and  section-specific list serve guidelines. To join the section list serve and for general section questions, please send your email address and Bar number to sections@wsba.org.