Geoffrey Chism brings more than thirty-five years of construction and commercial litigation and business experience to his role as mediator and arbitrator. During that period he has represented parties in some of the largest and most complex construction and commercial disputes in the Northwest. All but a very few have settled at mediation.


Those disputes have involved a broad range of projects and parties.


He has represented:

  • Public Agencies
  • Private Developers/Owners
  • General Contractors
  • Subcontractors and Suppliers
  • Design Professionals (Architects and Engineers)
  • Lenders/Banks

On projects including:

  • Heavy Highway and Utility Construction
  • Design-Build
  • Marine/Dredging/Piling
  • Tunnels/Boring
  • High Voltage Electric Generation, Conversion and Transmission Facilities
  • Schools, Airports, Stadiums, Jails, Light Rail and Mass Transit Facilities
  • Commercial Construction/Development:
    • High-rise
    • Shopping Centers
    • Hotels and Resorts
  • Multi-family and Single-family Residential Development and Construction

In disputes involving:

  • Multi-party Litigation
  • Contract Claims
  • Defective Construction
  • Insurance Claims (First-party coverage issues and Third-party claims)
  • Real Estate Workouts
  • Partnership, LLC and Closely-held Corporation Issues



Geoffrey Chism’s practice is currently limited to acting as a mediator, arbitrator and project neutral.


In addition to his previous litigation and general counsel practice, he:

  • Was in-house General Counsel to a large heavy, highway and utility contractor
  • Was President of a construction company responsible for engineering and construction of a $100,000,000 "green, run-of-the river" hydroelectric project
  • Was a founder and one of the first chairmen of the Construction Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association
  • Taught the Washington State Bar Review Course and was a partner in Bar Review Associates of Washington
  • Is a frequent author and speaker on ADR and construction issues
  • Is AV (highest) rated by Martindale-Hubbell


(206) 949-4396

19012 64th Avenue N.E., Kenmore, Washington 98028