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I am an arbitrator and mediator.

I have arbitrated and mediated hundreds of cases in Michigan and other states.


My published awards include 132 LA 1798 (2014), 132 LA 1242 (2013), 132 LA 1089 (2013), 131 LA 1401 (2013); 131 LA 945 (2013); 131 LA 415 (2012); 130 LA 1363 (2012); 129 LA 300, 11-2 ARB §5311 (2011); 128 LA 749, 11-1 ARB §5142 (2010).


I received George N. Bashara, Jr. Award of State Bar of Michigan's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section in recognition of exemplary service.

I am on "Northern Michigan's A-List" of Attorneys. Traverse: Northern Michigan's Magazine (January 2009).

I am Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Hearing Officer; Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Hearing Officer list; Michigan Civil Rights Commission Hearing Referee; and former President of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association.

I am an AAA, FMCS, FINRA, MERC, NAF, and NFA arbitrator; and an AAA and Michigan Circuit Courts mediator.

I am State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly member; completed ICLE Family Law Certificate Program, cosponsored by State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section; Chair of Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee and Probate Court Judicial Liaison Committee; and member State Bar of Michigan Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council.
 
I am former Chair of Traverse City Human Rights Commission and member Grand Traverse County Board of Canvassers.

I am admitted to practice in Michigan and before U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Military Appeals, U.S. Courts of Appeal for Federal Circuit and Sixth Circuit, and U.S. District Courts for Eastern District of Kentucky, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. 


I was adjunct professor at NKU Salmon P. Chase College of Law, teaching labor law and school law, and University of Cincinnati, teaching administrative law and civil rights law.

I was recognized in "The Verdict: 56 of the Town's Top Attorneys," Cincinnati Magazine (1995).

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Practice areas

Licensed

  1. Arbitration: 50%
    33 years, 300 cases
  2. Mediation: 50%
    16 years, 200 cases

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  • M Marie Walker

    Perhaps most notable is the recognition of Lee's Exemplary Service given to him by the State Bar's ADR Section, in the form of the George N. Bashara, Jr, Award. Historically, Lee worked in employment law, but there is no end to his search for knowledge. Lee is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association; Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service; Financial Industry Regulatory Authority; Forum; Michigan Employment Relations Commission; and National Futures Association. He handles both general civil and domestic cases regularly for Conflict Resolution Services. As an arbitrator and mediator, Lee handles employment law, general civil, and family law cases. He has a way with words, in addition to being professional, competent, and fair. Lee is also responsible for providing many ADR learning opportunities in Traverse City, including being chair of the State Bar's ADR Section Annual Meeting and Conference in 2015.

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    M Walker Family Attorney
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  • Aaron S. Coltrane

    Lee continuously maintains his position among the top tier arbitrators/mediators year after year. His professionalism, honesty and dedication to his craft is admired by myself and countless other professionals within the legal community. Lee makes it a point to be well versed in the subject matter for which he lends his services, and based upon that unwavering commitment to his profession, he is able to navigate, manage and help resolve complex legal issues which present themselves during litigation. I'm honored to be able to endorse Lee Hornberger, and I have no reservations in recommending his services to anyone in need.

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    Aaron Coltrane Criminal defense Attorney
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Contact info

Arbitration and Mediation Office of Lee Hornberger

6730 Mission Rdg
Traverse City, MI, 49686-6131

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
MIActive And In Good Standing196905/14/2016
OHInactive198005/15/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
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Awards
Award nameGrantorDate granted
George N. Bashara, Jr. AwardState Bar of Michigan's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section2014
Pinnacle AwardConflict Resolution Service2010
"Northern Michigan's A-List" of AttorneysTraverse: Northern Michigan's Magazine2009
"The Verdict: 56 of the Town's Top Attorneys"Cincinnati Magazine1995
Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation MedalsU.S. Army1971
American Jurisprudence Book Award in RestitutionLawyers Cooperative1967
Associations
Association namePosition nameDuration
Traverse City Human Rights CommissionChair2015 - Present
Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council, State Bar of MichiganMember2013 - Present
Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar AssociationChair2012 - Present
Federal Mediation and Conciliation ServiceRoster of Arbitrators2011 - Present
State Bar of Michigan, Representative AssemblyMember2010 - Present
Probate Court Judicial Liaison Committee, Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar AssociationChair2010 - Present
Traverse City Human Rights CommissionMember2009 - Present
Michigan Employment Relations CommissionArbitrator2009 - Present
Grand Traverse County Board of CanvassersMember2007 - Present
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa IndiansHearing Officer2005 - Present
Traverse City Human Rights CommissionVice Chair2012 - 2014
Awards Committee, State Bar of MichiganMember2008 - 2011
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar AssociationImmediate Past President2008 - 2009
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar AssociationPresident2007 - 2008
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar AssociationPresident-Elect2006 - 2007
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar AssociationTreasurer2005 - 2006
Hamilton County, Ohio, Common Pleas CourtArbitrator1985 - 2002
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brennan v Ventimiglia, 356 F Supp 281 (ND Oh 1973)The court held that the employees were engaged in commerce.
Toledo Trust Co v Nye, 588 F2d 202 (6th Cir 1978)Court of Appeals reversed lower court court judgment.
Haithcock v Frank, 958 F2d 671 (6th Cir 1992)Court of Appeals reversed decision of lower court.
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Publications
Publication nameTitleDate
The MentorBack in Indochina, Things Are a Bit Different2016
Labor and Employment Lawnotes (State Bar of Michigan)Effective Use of Mediation2015
Michigan Family Law JournalMichigan Family Law Arbitration and Mediation 2013-2014 Case Law Update2014
General PractitionerMichigan Court of Appeals Allows Pre-Award Suit Concerning Arbitrator Selection2014
General Practitioner (State Bar of Michigan)Supreme Court Nassar Ruling: The But-For Standard in Employment2013
Labor and Employment Lawnotes (State Bar of Michigan)Michigan Court of Appeals Reviews Post Arb-Med Conduct of Arbitrator-Mediator2013
Michigan Lawyers WeeklyMichigan Mediation 2011-2012 Case Law Update2013
Michigan Family Law JournalMichigan Family Law Arbitration and Mediation 2011-2012 Case Law Update2013
General Practitioner (State Bar of Michigan)Supreme Court Ministerial Exemption Decision2012
Labor and Employment LawnotesMichigan Arbitration, Case Evaluation, and Mediation 2011-2012 Case Law Update2012
General Practitioner (State Bar of Michigan)Employment Law: The Staub Decision2011
Labor and Employment Lawnotes (State Bar of Michigan)Michigan Arbitration, Case Evaluation, and Mediation 2010-2011 Case Law Update2011
Labor and Employment Lawnotes (State Bar of Michigan)The Impact of the Due Process Protocol Principles on Arbitration of Statutory Employment Disputes2007
The ADR Newsletter (State Bar of Michigan)Some Reflections on Mediation2006
Labor and Employment Lawnotes (State Bar of Michigan)Unemployment Compensation Noncontest Provisions in Settlement Agreements2006
The ADR Newsletter (State Bar of Michigan)Police and Fire Department Compulsory Arbitration2006
The ADR Newsletter (State Bar of Michigan)Overview of a Pre-Dispute Employment Resolution Process2005
Michigan Lawyers WeekleyPromissory Estoppel Law in Michigan2005
Michigan Bar JournalEmployment Discrimination Law in Michigan2003
Labor and Employment Lawnotes (State Bar of Michigan)Civility and Ethics2003
Michigan Lawyers WeeklyDisability Discrimination Law2002
Business Courier: The Law PagesUnemployment Compensation Law2000
Ohio School Law JournalSexual Harassment1991
Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University Law ReviewAge Discrimination1989
Northern Kentucky Law Review1986-1987 Sixth Circuit Wrongful Discharge Decisions1988
Capital University Law ReviewCircumstances Under Which a Contractor Can Become a Primary Employer for Taft-Hartley Act Section 8(b)(4) Purposes1982
Detroit LawyerActual Reasonable Attorneys Fees Under the Michigan Environmental Protection Act1979
Cleveland State Law ReviewOccupational Safety and Health Act of 19701972
Idaho Law ReviewTitle I of the Landrum-Griffin Act1969
Education
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Wayne State University Law SchoolLabor LawLL.M - Master of Laws1982
University of Michigan Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1968
University of Michigan, Ann ArborPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of Arts1966
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Family Law Section Mid-Winter ConferenceMichigan Domestic Relations Arbitration and Mediation Case Law Update2016
Annual Meeting and ConferenceMichigan Arbitration and Mediation Case Law Update2015
ADR CommitteeMediation Ethics Case Study 22015
ADR Committee.Mediation Ethics Case Study 12014
Ron Jolly ShowLaw Day 20132013
Ron Jolly ShowLaw Day 20122012
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association Seminar SeriesArbitration and Mediation Law Recent Developments2009
Community Mediation Service Annual DinnerEthics in Mediation2009
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association Seminar SeriesArbitration and Mediation Law Recent Developments2008
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association Seminar SeriesADR Trends and Advocacy Tips2007
Entrepreneur SeriesArbitration and Mediation: Resolving Disputes Without Litigation2007
Ron Jolly ShowLaw Day 20062006
Entrepreneur SeriesDrafting and Implementing Employee Handbook Provisions Concerning Harassment and Dispute Resolution2006
Entrepreneur SeriesEmployment Law and Employee Corrective Action Guidelines2006
Entrepreneur SeriesDrafting and Implementing An Employee Handbook2006
Ron Jolly ShowLaw Day 20052005
Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association Seminar SeriesMediating Employment, Malpractice, and Personal Injury Cases2005
Annual Labor and Employment Law InstituteSettlement Agreements2005
Annual Labor and Employment Law InstituteToussaint Redux2004