Academy Member Inducted 2021

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Hon. Linda Lau (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, Seattle, Washington.

Hon. Linda Lau (Ret.)

Judicial Dispute Resolution, LLC
1425 Fourth Avenue
Joshua Green Building, Suite 300
Seattle, WA 98101
Tel: (206) 223-1669
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Recognized to Washington Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge, Special Master
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  • Practice Commenced2016
  • # of MEDS (as of 31/5/23)300
  • # of ARBS (as of 31/5/23)4
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Judge Lau was appointed to Division One of the Washington State Court of Appeals in 2008 and served until 2016. She served as a King County Superior Court Judge from 1995 until 2018. She also served as a King County District Court Judge from 1992-1995. Prior to her judicial career, Judge Lau’s law practice focused on general civil litigation and criminal law.

With decades of judicial service, Judge Lau brings a wealth of trial and appellate experience to mediation, arbitration, appellate, and litigation consultation. As a trial judge, Judge Lau presided over a vast range of civil cases such as business/commercial disputes, trust/estates, medical/legal malpractice, insurance bad faith/coverage, construction defects, tort, real property disputes, contracts, employment, and class actions. 

Judge Lau also served for seven years on the King County Superior Court Asbestos Litigation Panel where she presided over asbestos injury/wrongful death jury trials. She also served as the Panel’s Assistant Chief Asbestos Litigation Judge until her appointment on the appellate court.

As a trial judge, Judge Lau successfully resolved countless cases in settlement conferences. And as a seasoned appellate judge, who authored more than 400 opinions on nearly every area of contemporary civil litigation, she brings both a trial and appellate judge’s perspective to mediation, arbitration, private trials and appellate consultation.

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Cross Cultural
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wrongful Death


  • J.D. University of Puget Sound School of Law (now Seattle University)
  • B.A. University of Washington

Memberships & Affiliations


  • Assistant Chief Asbestos Litigation Judge - King County Superior Court
  • Member – Executive Committee – King County Superior Court
  • Member – Local Rules Committee – King County Superior Court
  • Member – Public Access Committee – King County Superior Court
  • Member – Asbestos Litigation Panel – King County Superior Court
  • Presiding Judge – King County District Court
  • Chair - Personnel Committee – Washington State Court of Appeals, Division One
  • Volunteer Judicial Mentor to law students
  • Volunteer Judge – law student mock trials/oral argument


  • Member – Washington State Bar Association
  • Member – American Bar Association, ADR section
  • Member – King County Bar Association
  • Member – Asian Bar Association of Washington
  • Member - Washington Women Lawyers

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