Peter Day

Principal
Law office of Mercer Island Arbitration Chambers International

Certifications: LLC

Languages: English, French, German,

Mercer Island, Washington, United States of America

Peter Day's wide-ranging experience as an arbitrator, business lawyer, trial lawyer, corporate executive and university educator make him well-suited to serve as a neutral in nearly any alternative dispute resolution setting. He has a broad background as a lawyer with over 40 years of practice, ranging from trial practice and litigation management to a wide-ranging corporate practice, with significant experience in intellectual property.

Practice Areas

Intellectual Property Law, Aviation, Contract Law, Commercial, Corporate, Construction, Engineering, Real Estate, Assets Sales, Securities

Professional Experience

Mr. Day’s wide-ranging experience as a business lawyer, trial lawyer, corporate executive and university educator make him well-suited to serve as a neutral in nearly any alternative dispute resolution setting. He has a broad background as a lawyer with over 35 years of practice, ranging from trial practice and litigation management to a wide-ranging corporate practice, with significant experience in intellectual property, international business, construction, aircraft finance, real estate, and asset sales.

After graduate studies in law in Germany and in business administration as a Fulbright scholar in France, he joined the legal department of The Boeing Company, where he enjoyed a 25-year career which included assignments as Chief Counsel for two division legal departments. In his role as Chief Counsel for two divisions of The Boeing Company, a substantial part of his responsibility was cost-effective and prompt dispute resolution, using negotiation, informal means of alternative dispute resolution, and formal mediation, arbitration or litigation when necessary. Concurrently, he set up and managed fully integrated in-house and outside counsel claims teams in the successful defense of over $100 million in construction claims at minimum cost, many of which were resolved through arbitration.

Mr. Day is reasonably fluent in both German and French and has negotiated business transactions in both languages.

After living and doing business on three continents, he has an understanding of the interplay of different legal systems and cultures in international business, a management perspective of business disputes and a very pragmatic approach to dispute resolution.

Upon graduation from law school, Mr. Day served as a Marine Corps trial lawyer in Vietnam and Japan, then as Chief Prosecutor and Court-martial judge at Camp Pendleton, California. Following release from active duty, he joined the Office of the District Attorney of San Mateo County, California, where he tried 22 jury trials.

Arbitration Experience

  • Sole arbitrator in ICDR e-commerce case involving North American parties with claims of breach of contract and fraudulent misrepresentation.  Award issued.
  • Sole arbitrator in ICDR case involving Asian & North American parties with claims of breach of contract and fraud.  Pending.
  • Co-arbitrator in AAA case with claims of breach of contract.  Award issued.
  • Co-arbitrator in AAA case with claims of breach of contract and counterfeit goods.  Award issued.
  • Co-arbitrator in ICDR case involving Asian & North American parties with claims of breach of a patent license agreement.  Award issued.
  • Sole arbitrator in ICDR case involving Asian & North American parties with claims of breach of contract and fraud.  Award issued.
  • Co-arbitrator in FINRA securities arbitration with claims of breach of contract.  Award issued.
  • Co-arbitrator in FINRA securities arbitration with claims of violation of securities laws, fraud and unsuitable investments.  Award issued.
  • Sole arbitrator in two ICDR generic top-level domain name disputes.  Awards issued.
  • Sole arbitrator in investment dispute involving Forex (off-exchange foreign currency trading) investments.  Award issued.

Professional and Other Activities

Peter Day has taught trial practice to lawyers for 10 years with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy at the San Diego and Seattle programs, and has also taught both MBA and undergraduate courses in business law and international law at the Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics.

He is the chair of the Seattle Chapter of the North America Branch of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and has taught International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Washington School of Law.  He has also taught both MBA and undergraduate courses in business law and international law at the Seattle University Albers School of Business and Economics.

He has co-sponsored workshops on cross-examination in international arbitration, hosted by the Beijing and Shanghai Arbitration Commissions in their respective cities, and in Vienna, co-sponsored by the ICC Austria and Dorda Brugger Jordis.

In 2016, he was an instructor for the “International Dispute Resolution Masterclass,” in Beijing, sponsored by the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators & UNCITRAL.

With the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, he has taught trial practice to lawyers for 15 years at the San Diego and Seattle programs, as well as in-house “Oral Advocacy in International Arbitration” training programs in London.

Arbitration Panel – China International Economic and Trade Arbitration Commission (CIETAC)

Academic Qualifications

INSEAD, Fontainebleau, France, Four-week executive program (Programme Supérieur pour Dirigeants), 2005.

B.A., University of Grenoble, France (Fulbright scholar) Graduate degree (Diplôme d’études supérieures spécialisées), 1976.

University of the Saar, Germany Graduate studies at the Europa-Institut in European Union law, 1974-1975.

J.D., University of San Francisco, 1969

B.A., Economics, Yale University, 1966

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