JOHN COOPER is a full-time neutral, associated with Washington Arbitration and Mediation Service (WAMS). He began mediating in the mid-1980’s and arbitrating in the late 1970’s. Although his current practice focuses on mediation, he continues to arbitrate 10 to 20 cases per year, either as sole arbitrator or on an arbitration panel. He is an Honorary Fellow in the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.
Admitted to the bar in 1970, his law practice largely consisted of personal injury and death claims, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has been a speaker and presenter at various seminars, many involving ADR issues, but also on death and survival actions under Washington law and general maritime law. His mediation and arbitration experience includes a wide variety of tort claims , including (in addition to general auto claims) work-site injuries, food-borne illness claims, sexual harassment and deviancy claims involving church leaders, Boy Scouts, etc., ERISA and other disability claims, insurance coverage, fidelity claims, surety/construction claims, maritime claims, professional liability (medical, legal, accounting, insurance agent) claims, commercial disputes, real estate disputes, civil rights claims and employment claims.