James S. Cravenjcraven@ecl-law.com
PRACTICE AREA EMPHASIS
Mediation & Arbitration
Jim Craven is a lawyer, mediator and frequent speaker in the mediation field throughout the world. He is of counsel to the Spokane, Washington law firm of Evans, Craven & Lackie which he co-founded in 1978. He is an experienced educator serving on the adjunct faculty of the Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University.
Mr. Craven has extensive experience in the mediation of complex commercial and construction disputes, having served as a mediator since 1991. He is on the construction and commercial panels of the American Arbitration Association, and is a member of the Washington Mediation Association. Mr. Craven was a trial lawyer for 25 years with a practice emphasizing construction, commercial and environmental litigation. He received his bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University and his law degree from Gonzaga University, where he later served on the adjunct faculty teaching trial practice and advanced land use planning. He obtained a master's degree (LL.M) in Dispute Resolution from Pepperdine University in 2010.
Mr. Craven has served on a temporary basis as City Attorney of Spokane, and as Corporation Counsel for Gonzaga University. He currently concentrates on mediation and conflict resolution work and research, as well as the representation of corporate and governmental clients.