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Michael Leonard Fortney

Construction and development Attorney at Akron, OH

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  • Licensed for 37 years
    State OH
    Acquired 1986
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About Michael

Learn Michael’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Construction and development
    60%
    Construction experience includes the representation of owners, general contractors and subcontractors and serving as a neutral in disputes involving competitive bidding, contract formation, unforseen and differing site conditions, scope of work disputes, changed or extra work disputes, quality of work issues, timeliness of completion, delay, acceleration, liquidated damage claims, completion of work, mechanic’s lien claims, and non-payment issues.

    36 years, 200 cases

  2. Employment and labor
    25%
    Employment experience includes representation of parties or service as a neutral in disputes under age discrimination, race discrimination, sex harassment, disability discrimination, cases brought under state civil rights statutes, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the ADEA, the ADA, the NLRA, cases alleging wrongful discharge, cases seeking the enforcement of non-competition agreements, small business ownership issues, and disputes between shareholders in closely held corporations.

    39 years, 250 cases

  3. Arbitration
    10%
    Member of the ADR Federal Court Panel for the Northern District of Ohio (1996 to present); Member of the panel of arbitrators for the AAA serving as an employment and construction and commercial arbitrator, member of the panel of arbitrators for FINRA. Has been an arbitrator and mediator for many employment, construction and business disputes and has been an advocate in numerous ADR proceedings. Served as Arbitration Panel Chair for several large and complex cases.

    28 years, 100 cases

  4. Mediation
    5%
    Served as mediator for construction and employment disputes; member of the ADR Federal Court Panel for the Northern District of Ohio.

    28 years

As an attorney, maintains areas of expertise in construction law, employment and labor law, litigation, business disputes and ADR.  Has successfully litigated and served as an arbitrator and mediator in cases involving construction disputes, commercial business disputes, and employment disputes.  

 

Construction experience includes the representation of owners, general contractors and subcontractors and serving as a neutral in disputes involving competitive bidding, contract formation, unforseen and differing site conditions, scope of work disputes, changed or extra work disputes, quality of work issues, timeliness of completion, delay, acceleration, liquidated damage claims, completion of work, mechanic’s lien claims, and non-payment issues. 

 

Employment experience includes representation of parties or service as a neutral in disputes under age discrimination, race discrimination, sex harassment, disability discrimination, cases brought under state civil rights statutes, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the ADEA, the ADA, the NLRA, cases alleging wrongful discharge, cases seeking the enforcement of non-competition agreements, small business ownership issues, and disputes between shareholders in closely held corporations.

 

Extensive experience in alternate dispute resolution.  Member of the ADR Federal Court Panel for the Northern District of Ohio (1996 to present); Member of the panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association,  serving as an employment (1996 to present) and construction and commercial arbitrator (1995 to present).  Member and former Chair of the Construction Advisory Council of the AAA (term ending in 2007).  Member of the panel of arbitrators for the NASD and National Arbitration Forum (2000 to present).  Has been an arbitrator and mediator for many employment, construction and business disputes and has been an advocate in numerous ADR proceedings.  Served as Arbitration Panel Chair for several large and complex cases.

 

Frequent lecturer on issues relating to construction law, ADR, and employment law.  

 

When not practicing law, I enjoy bicycle touring, skiing, farming and other outdoor activities.   

 

Photos and videos

The back-side of Singleton's Seafood Shack in Mayport Village, Florida, near the Georgia border.  Taken during a bicycle tour of the northern Atlantic coast of Florida in March, 2011.

Location

Fortney & Klingshirn
4040 Embassy Parkway Suite 280
Akron, OH, 44333

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Posted by Skip | September 2, 2011
Medina Metropolitan Housing Authority Review
Mike is no-nonsense, straight forward, and completely honest; he'll tell you what you need to hear, not what you might want to hear. He won't feign knowledge; rather, he'll do the research before weighing in on a topic he's unsure of. He's not slick. By that I mean he's real and down to earth. I would absolutely want him on my side of the table, and would hate to have him on the other side. This is an attorney you can be comfortable with.
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AVVO RATING 7.4 (Very Good)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Fortney & Klingshirn
  • 1992 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Millisor & Nobil
  • 1988 - 1992
  • Attorney
  • Squire Sanders & Dempsey
  • 1985 - 1988

Education

  • Cleveland State University - Cleveland-Marshall College of Law
  • J.D., Summa cum laude
  • 1985
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville (main)
  • 1979

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Steingass Mechanical v. City of Strongsville
  • Injunction granted.
  • O.L. Construction v. Vetron, LLC
  • Judgment for defendant on claim and counterclaim.
  • Waynco Electrical v. Westra Construction
  • Judgment for Plaintiff
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Associations

  • FINRA
  • Arbitrator
  • 2004 - Present
  • Federal Court ADR Panel
  • Neutral
  • 1996 - Present
  • American Arbitration Association
  • Arbitrator
  • 1995 - Present

Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1994
  • Outstanding law student in the Sixth Circuit
  • Federal Bar Association
  • 1985

Publications

Speaking Engagements

  • Ohio Mechanic's Lien
  • Construction claims
  • 2007
  • Getting Paid for your Work
  • Construction claims
  • 2004

Attorney endorsements

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Given (2)
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Construction and development Attorney | Sep 01
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. It has been my pleasure to work with him. He is an outstanding advocate with a thorough knowledge of his field."
Employment and labor
Construction and development

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Akron Construction and development Lawyer Michael Leonard Fortney
Michael Leonard Fortney
Construction and development Attorney
Akron, OH
Licensed for 37 years