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Brian A. Pappas

Brian A. Pappas

Practice areas:

Mediation, Lawsuits & Disputes

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About Me

Brian A. Pappas, Assistant Clinical Professor of Law and Associate Director Alternative Dispute Resolution Program at MSU College of Law, is a civil and domestic relations mediator trained and experienced in both facilitative and transformative methods.  A certified civil and domestic relations facilitative mediation trainer, Mr. Pappas teaches civil mediation, domestic relations mediation, advanced mediation, contract negotiation, negotiation, negotiation advocacy, and online dispute resolution.  He also directs the competition teams, oversees the events calendar and works in program administration.   In private practice Mr. Pappas provides mediation, negotiation coaching, dispute systems design, and conflict consulting services.  He also provides ADR trainings to a wide variety of groups.  



Practice Areas

Licensed since 2006

  1. Mediation: 90%
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 10%

Attorney Endorsements

1 total 

  • H. Matthew Vititoe

    I write to enthusiastically endorse Mr. Pappas. He is remarkable in every sense of the word. I served with him on a committee to evaluate the Michigan Court Rule pertaining to confidentiality in mediation. His points were always thoughtful and concise. He exudes confidence and professionalism; and he really knows his stuff!


    H. Vititoe Criminal Defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

2437 Trenton Court
Ann Arbor, MI

Michigan State University College of Law
648 N. Shaw Ln, rm 425
East Lansing, MI, 48824




MIActive And In Good Standing200808/06/2015
ILVoluntarily Inactive200608/17/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Avvo Contributions

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Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Distinguished Service AwardDispute Resolution Center of Washtenaw and Livingston Counties2009

Work Experience

TitleCompany NameDuration
Associate Director, ADR ProgramMichigan State University College of Law2007 - Present
Conflict Resolution Practioner/in Private Practice2005 - Present


Association NamePosition NameDuration
ABA Section of Dispute ResolutionCo-Chair Law Schools Committee2011 - Present
State Bar of Michigan ADR SectionCouncil Member2010 - Present
Washtenaw County Bar AssociationADR Section Co-Chair2009 - Present
Michigan Supreme Court Administrative Office of Dispute ResolutionConfidentiality Rules Committee2008 - 2010
ABA Section of Dispute ResolutionMember, Ethics, Law School, and Mediation Committees2006 - Present


Publication NameTitleDate
Lansing State JournalPappas: Take Cue from Nevada. Issue: Foreclosure Law2010
Frank Elkouri & Edna Asper Elkouri, How Arbitration Works, (ed.-in-chief, Alan Ruben), ABA Section of Labor & Employment Law, BNA BooksVacatur of Arbitration Awards on Public Policy Grounds2009
UCLA Journal of Law and TechnologyONLINE COURT: Online Dispute Resolution and the Future of Small Claims2008
Detroit Free PressHow to Bring the Rest of Michigan’s Young People Home2008
ADR Quarterly, State Bar of Michigan ADR SectionConfidentiality in Mediation: A Reality Check for the Process (with Christopher Webb)2008
State Bar of Michigan ADR SectionShould Michigan Adopt the Uniform Mediation Act: An Analysis of Michigan’s Court Rules and the Community Dispute Resolution Act2007


School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of Missouri - Columbia School of LawDispute ResolutionLL.M - Master of LawsN/A
University of Michigan Ford School of Public PolicyPublic PolicyM.P.P. Master of Public PolicyN/A
University of Michigan, Ann ArborPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A

Speaking Engagements

Conference NameTitleDate
Railroad Claims InstituteBasic and Advanced Negotiation Training (with Mary Bedikian)2010
Michigan State Housing Development AuthorityEssential Dispute Resolution Skills for Foreclosure Housing Counselors2010
Dykema Gossett, PLLCAdvanced Negotiation Seminar2010
Advanced Negotiation & Dispute Resolution InstituteTechnology in Mediation (with Sherry Chin)2010
ADR Section MeetingDimensions of Impartiality2010
Thomas M. Cooley Law SchoolMediation Confidentiality in Michigan (with Christine Derdarian and Judge Fred Mester)2009
Joint Meeting of the ADR Sections of the Oakland Bar Association and Detroit Metropolitan Bar AssociationADR at Michigan State2008
ABA Annual Section of Dispute Resolution Spring ConferenceOnline Court- The Future of Small Claims?2008
AALS Dispute Resolution Works in Progress ConferenceNegotiating with the FBI: A Newcomer’s Research Agenda2007