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John Guin

My practice focuses on resolution of disputes in contract and commercial settings, with a special emphasis in the construction industry. I have served as a third-party neutral in arbitration and mediation involving construction defects, delays, extra work, inefficiencies, material production, design professional negligence, corporation and partnership disputes, real property, personal injuries, trespass and waste. I have also worked as an advocate on behalf of parties to arbitration and mediation for more than twenty years. I provide on-line mediation and arbitration services as well.

I am a member of the state bars of Washington, Idaho, Montana, California, and Oregon, and I actively practice in all of those jurisdictions.

ADR Experience

I provide private mediation and arbitration services, and I am also a member of the American Arbitration Association’s panel of construction industry arbitrators. I have served as an arbitrator in over sixty proceedings over the last fifteen years. I have also served as a mediator in over a hundred cases, many involving multiple parties.

I have also received specialized training in mediation and arbitration, including: (a) Mediator Essentials: Skills for Facilitating Negotiated Agreements (AAA Mediation training – 30 hours); 26th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference, 2024; (b) 26th Annual Northwest Dispute Resolution Conference, 2019; (c) AAA Advanced Mediator Training: Managing the Dynamics of a Multi-Party Case, 2012; (d) AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, 2009; (e) Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, Mediating Construction Disputes, 2007; and (f) multiple AAA training courses.


While I still litigate cases on a regular basis, I believe that the alternatives to dispute resolution are better for everyone involved in the process. From the standpoint of mediation, my initial approach is to develop a process for dialogue and to facilitate a resolution driven by the parties. If the process stalls, I will provide evaluation as needed to help keep the dialogue moving towards resolution. From the standpoint of arbitration, my approach is to establish a hearing process that is expedient and cost-effective and that is a true alternative to litigation, not just a substitute. I provide parties with a neutral, experienced, and fair perspective on issues presented to me for decision.


University of Washington, B.A., History, 1994, Magna Cum Laude; University of Oregon, J.D., 1996 with a Statement of Completion in Business Law and with distinction as a member of the Order of the Coif

Areas Of Practice

  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Foreclosure
  • Government
  • HOA
  • Insurance
  • Online Civil
  • Online Mediation
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Real Estate

Additional Services

  • Arbitrator
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Online Arbitrator



Fees and Provisos

My fees are $400 per hour (including study and decision time), with no charge for non-productive travel time. I do not charge extra for multiple parties. Expenses are billed at cost. I will consider flat fee rates depending on the circumstances.

Liability Insurance

  • Yes

Professional Associations

  • ABA DR - ABA Section of DR
  • AAA - American Arbitration Assoc.