Arbitrators, Mediators & Facilitators

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Not all disputes end up in court. Either by contract or post-dispute agreement, parties regularly attempt to resolve their disputes through arbitration or facilitative mediation. Also, recognizing how costly and time consuming litigation can be, parties are increasingly resolving disputes through arbitration.

While arbitrators, mediators and facilitators all provide a valuable service to businesses, it is important to select the right type of intermediary with the kind of experience needed to secure the parties’ desired outcome. And in a sea of acronyms – AAA, FINRA, JAMS, ICC – having lawyers skilled in the rules, procedures and arbitration process makes all the difference.

Resolution of Significant and Sensitive Disputes

Dickinson Wright lawyers have participated in resolving some of the most significant and sensitive disputes. We have more than a dozen senior partners, including former judges, who regularly serve as arbitrators, mediators and facilitators. Respected for our high level of credibility and effective communication skills, our lawyers are at the top of their respective fields, with all the federal, state and tribunal certifications and years of dispute resolution experience to resolve a wide range of issues.

Experienced with a Broad Spectrum of Matters

Highly regarded in their respective fields, our lawyers have years of dispute resolution experience, with particular expertise in the following areas, among others:

• Automotive supplier and commercial disputes
• Banking, securities and investor issues
• Commercial disputes, including noncompetition agreements, shareholder contests and “business divorces”
• Class actions
• Commercial arbitration
• Construction disputes
• Dealer/franchise arbitration
• Employment and labor disputes
• High-stakes/high-publicity disputes
• Insurance coverage issues
• Legal and medical malpractice
• Matrimonial and family law disputes
• Mergers and acquisitions disputes
• Personal injury and product liability claims
• Real estate and construction industry disputes
• Securities matters
• Software and technology issues

Domestic and International Dispute Resolution

Dickinson Wright lawyers have facilitated settlements and served as arbitrators in hundreds of cases from coast-to-coast and internationally. Courts, agencies, counsel and frequently the parties themselves select us to resolve disputes. We also arbitrate and facilitate cases through court-administered case evaluation panels and are listed with many national panels, including the American Arbitration Association, National Arbitration Forum, FINRA and JAMS and the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution. Further, we draft and negotiate arbitration clauses and regularly assist clients with enforcing arbitration agreements; vacating, confirming or executing on an arbitration award; and handling arbitration appeals.

Prominent Positions in the Field

Many of the firm’s trial attorneys have been peer selected for the highest recognition in Chambers and Partners USA Best Lawyers in Their Field, Best Lawyers in America and Michigan Super Lawyers. Our arbitrators and mediators include:

Dennis W. Archer (Detroit) is a former Michigan Supreme Court Justice and former President of the American Bar Association, and Michigan Bar Association.

Lawrence G. Campbell (Detroit) has served as a neutral and party-selected arbitrator in domestic and international arbitrations regarding a wide variety of commercial, business and complex civil disputes.

Joan Ellis (Washington, DC) is a former Administration Patent Judge and serves as a panelist for the American Arbitration Association on complex cases involving commercial, tort and intellectual property issues.

M. Reid Estes, Jr. (Nashville) is a Rule 31 certified mediator in Tennessee covering a broad range of issues, including FMLA, FLSA, Title VII, the Stored Communications Act, construction and breach of contract disputes, and insurance agency/business dispute cases.

Richard A. Friedlander (Phoenix) has over 15 years of ADR experience handling numerous complex construction and commercial disputes, and is panel member on several of AAA’s panels and a founding member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals (Ariz.).

Timothy H. Howlett (Detroit) is a member of the Panel of Employment Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association and has presided over several high-profile employment cases.

James E. Lozier (Lansing) is a certified mediator by the State of Michigan and also an arbitrator in the successful resolution of numerous personal injury, commercial, product liability, employment and insurance coverage disputes. His trial, litigation and administrative law practice covers a wide variety of areas including, in part, railroad, employment, environmental, and food safety agri-business disputes.

Michael Miller (Toronto) has a Masters of Law degree in alternative dispute resolution and has completed over 160 mediations.

Francis R. Ortiz (Detroit) specializes in investor, securities, insurance and ERISA disputes.

Edward H. Pappas (Troy) is a former President of the State Bar of Michigan, a Fellow of the American College of Civil Trial Mediators who has completed over 250 complex commercial mediations, and an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association’s Large Complex Case Panel.

James A. Samborn (Ann Arbor) has served as an arbitrator and mediator for more than 19 years and is on the American Arbitration Association’s Large, Complex Case Panel of Arbitrators, as well as the AAA’s Panel of Construction Arbitrators and Panel of Commercial Arbitrators.

Additionally, our lawyers have trained, taught and lectured on a wide array of dispute resolution topics and are active members of numerous professional and community organizations.
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