I am an arbitrator, hearing officer, and mediator.
I do video arbitrations and mediations.
I was Chair of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan (2017-2018). I am a Diplomate Member of The National Academy of Distinuguished Neutrals and Editor Emeritus of The Michigan Dispute Resolution Journal (2013-2018). I am a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.
I received a First Tier ranking in Northern Michigan for Arbitration by U.S. News-Best Lawyers Best Law Firms in 2019 and 2020.
I was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers of America 2018 and 2019 for arbitration, and 2020 to 2022 for arbitration and mediation; and am on the 2016 to 2021 Michigan Super Lawyers lists for alternative dispute resolution.
My published awards include 2021 LA 28, 21-1 ARB 7791, 2020 LA 1466, 2020 LA 1277, 2020 LA 1268, 2020 LA 1108, 2020 LA 1080, 20-1 ARB ¶7618, 139 LA 1721, 139 LA 1462, 139 LA 771, 139 LA 181, 138 LA 1765, 138 LA 1295, 137 LA 1424, 137 LA 231, 135 LA 1247, 134 LA 1108, 133 LA 1324, 133 LA 1277, 133 LA 41, 132 LA 1798, 132 LA 1242, 132 LA 1089, 131 LA 1401, 131 LA 945, 131 LA 415 , 130 LA 1363, 129 LA 300, 11-2 ARB ¶5311, 128 LA 749, and 11-1 ARB ¶5142.
I received the George N. Bashara, Jr. Award from the State Bar of Michigan's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section in recognition of exemplary service. In addition, I have received Hero of ADR Awards from the State Bar's ADR Section.
I am on "Northern Michigan's A-List" of Attorneys. Traverse: Northern Michigan's Magazine (January 2009) and am AV rated.
I have been a 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 President of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association.
I am an AAA, FMCS, FINRA, Forum, MERC, NAM, NFA, and NMB arbitrator; and an AAA, Michigan Circuit Court, and NAM mediator.
I was a State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly member (2010-2016); completed ICLE Family Law Certificate Program, cosponsored by State Bar of Michigan Family Law Section; and Chair of Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association's Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee (2012-2018).
I am a former Chair of the Traverse City Human Rights Commission and a former member the Grand Traverse County Board of Canvassers (2007-2016).
I am admitted to practice in Michigan and before the 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 an 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 "The Verdict: 56 of the Town's Top Attorneys," Cincinnati Magazine (1995).
|MI||Active And In Good Standing||1969||06/27/2022|
|Award name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|Hero of ADR Award||Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan||2019|
|2018 Michigan Super Lawyers list for adr||Thomson Reuters||2018|
|Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award||Marquis Who's Who||2017|
|Best Lawyers of America 2018 and 2019 for arbitration.||The Best Lawyers of America||2017|
|2017 Michigan Super Lawyers list for adr||Thomson Reuters||2017|
|2016 Michigan Super Lawyers list for adr||Thomas Reuters||2016|
|George N. Bashara, Jr. Award||State Bar of Michigan's Alternative Dispute Resolution Section||2014|
|Pinnacle Award||Conflict Resolution Service||2010|
|"Northern Michigan's A-List" of Attorneys||Traverse: Northern Michigan's Magazine||2009|
|"The Verdict: 56 of the Town's Top Attorneys"||Cincinnati Magazine||1995|
|Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medals||U.S. Army||1971|
|American Jurisprudence Book Award in Restitution||Lawyers Cooperative||1967|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|National Mediation Board||Arbitrator||2017 - Present|
|National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals||Member||2017 - Present|
|Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service||Roster of Arbitrators||2011 - Present|
|Probate Court Judicial Liaison Committee, Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association||Chair||2010 - Present|
|Michigan Employment Relations Commission||Arbitrator||2009 - Present|
|Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians||Hearing Officer||2005 - Present|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan||Immediate Past Chair||2018 - 2019|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan||Chair||2017 - 2018|
|Traverse City Human Rights Commission||Chair||2015 - 2016|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Council, State Bar of Michigan||Member||2013 - 2019|
|Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee, Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association||Chair||2012 - 2017|
|Traverse City Human Rights Commission||Vice Chair||2012 - 2014|
|State Bar of Michigan, Representative Assembly||Member||2010 - 2016|
|Traverse City Human Rights Commission||Member||2009 - 2016|
|Awards Committee, State Bar of Michigan||Member||2008 - 2011|
|Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association||Immediate Past President||2008 - 2009|
|Grand Traverse County Board of Canvassers||Member||2007 - 2016|
|Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association||President||2007 - 2008|
|Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association||President-Elect||2006 - 2007|
|Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association||Treasurer||2005 - 2006|
|Hamilton County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court||Arbitrator||1985 - 2002|
|Michigan Bar Journal||Historic Moments in Negotiation||2019|
|The Michigan Dispute Resolution Journal||Michigan Supreme Court Decisions in 2016 About Arbitration||2017|
|Oakland County Legal News||Mediator-Arbitrator Conduct After Arbitration and Mediation||2017|
|The General Practitioner||Due Process Protocol||2017|
|The Mentor||Back in Indochina, Things Are a Bit Different||2016|
|Labor and Employment Lawnotes (State Bar of Michigan)||Effective Use of Mediation||2015|
|Michigan Family Law Journal||Michigan Family Law Arbitration and Mediation 2013-2014 Case Law Update||2014|
|General Practitioner||Michigan Court of Appeals Allows Pre-Award Suit Concerning Arbitrator Selection||2014|
|General Practitioner (State Bar of Michigan)||Supreme Court Nassar Ruling: The But-For Standard in Employment||2013|
|Labor and Employment Lawnotes (State Bar of Michigan)||Michigan Court of Appeals Reviews Post Arb-Med Conduct of Arbitrator-Mediator||2013|
|Michigan Lawyers Weekly||Michigan Mediation 2011-2012 Case Law Update||2013|
|Michigan Family Law Journal||Michigan Family Law Arbitration and Mediation 2011-2012 Case Law Update||2013|
|General Practitioner (State Bar of Michigan)||Supreme Court Ministerial Exemption Decision||2012|
|Labor and Employment Lawnotes||Michigan Arbitration, Case Evaluation, and Mediation 2011-2012 Case Law Update||2012|
|General Practitioner (State Bar of Michigan)||Employment Law: The Staub Decision||2011|
|Labor and Employment Lawnotes (State Bar of Michigan)||Michigan Arbitration, Case Evaluation, and Mediation 2010-2011 Case Law Update||2011|
|Labor and Employment Lawnotes (State Bar of Michigan)||The Impact of the Due Process Protocol Principles on Arbitration of Statutory Employment Disputes||2007|
|The ADR Newsletter (State Bar of Michigan)||Some Reflections on Mediation||2006|
|Labor and Employment Lawnotes (State Bar of Michigan)||Unemployment Compensation Noncontest Provisions in Settlement Agreements||2006|
|The ADR Newsletter (State Bar of Michigan)||Police and Fire Department Compulsory Arbitration||2006|
|The ADR Newsletter (State Bar of Michigan)||Overview of a Pre-Dispute Employment Resolution Process||2005|
|Michigan Lawyers Weekley||Promissory Estoppel Law in Michigan||2005|
|Michigan Bar Journal||Employment Discrimination Law in Michigan||2003|
|Labor and Employment Lawnotes (State Bar of Michigan)||Civility and Ethics||2003|
|Michigan Lawyers Weekly||Disability Discrimination Law||2002|
|Business Courier: The Law Pages||Unemployment Compensation Law||2000|
|Ohio School Law Journal||Sexual Harassment||1991|
|Detroit College of Law at Michigan State University Law Review||Age Discrimination||1989|
|Northern Kentucky Law Review||1986-1987 Sixth Circuit Wrongful Discharge Decisions||1988|
|Capital University Law Review||Circumstances Under Which a Contractor Can Become a Primary Employer for Taft-Hartley Act Section 8(b)(4) Purposes||1982|
|Detroit Lawyer||Actual Reasonable Attorneys Fees Under the Michigan Environmental Protection Act||1979|
|Cleveland State Law Review||Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970||1972|
|Idaho Law Review||Title I of the Landrum-Griffin Act||1969|
|Wayne State University Law School||LL.M - Master of Laws||1982|
|University of Michigan Law School||JD - Juris Doctor, cum laude||1968|
|University of Michigan, Ann Arbor||BA - Bachelor of Arts||1966|
|Mediation Advocacy: Representing Clients in Mediation||Preparing Lawyers and Clients for Mediation: What It Takes to Get Truly Ready||2017|
|SBM ADR Section Annual Meeting and Conference||Michigan Arbitration and Mediation Case Law Update||2016|
|Michigan Arbitration and Mediation Case Law Update||Michigan Arbitration and Mediation Case Law Update||2016|
|ICLE Family Law Institute||Michigan Domestic Relations Arbitration and Mediation Case Law Update||2016|
|Family Law Section Mid-Winter Conference||Michigan Domestic Relations Arbitration and Mediation Case Law Update||2016|
|Annual Meeting and Conference||Michigan Arbitration and Mediation Case Law Update||2015|
|ADR Committee||Mediation Ethics Case Study 2||2015|
|ADR Committee.||Mediation Ethics Case Study 1||2014|
|Ron Jolly Show||Law Day 2013||2013|
|Ron Jolly Show||Law Day 2012||2012|
|Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association Seminar Series||Arbitration and Mediation Law Recent Developments||2009|
|Community Mediation Service Annual Dinner||Ethics in Mediation||2009|
|Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association Seminar Series||Arbitration and Mediation Law Recent Developments||2008|
|Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association Seminar Series||ADR Trends and Advocacy Tips||2007|
|Entrepreneur Series||Arbitration and Mediation: Resolving Disputes Without Litigation||2007|
|Ron Jolly Show||Law Day 2006||2006|
|Entrepreneur Series||Drafting and Implementing Employee Handbook Provisions Concerning Harassment and Dispute Resolution||2006|
|Entrepreneur Series||Employment Law and Employee Corrective Action Guidelines||2006|
|Entrepreneur Series||Drafting and Implementing An Employee Handbook||2006|
|Ron Jolly Show||Law Day 2005||2005|
|Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association Seminar Series||Mediating Employment, Malpractice, and Personal Injury Cases||2005|
|Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute||Settlement Agreements||2005|
|Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute||Toussaint Redux||2004|
|Griffith v Wal-Mart, 930 F Supp 1167 (ED Ky 1996), rev’d, 135 F3d 376 (6th Cir 1998), cert denied, 526 US 1144 (1999)||Court of Appeals held that District Court erred in awarding summary judgment to Defendant on plaintiff's ADA claim, and reversed that judgment.|
|Haithcock v Frank, 958 F2d 671 (6th Cir 1992)||Court of Appeals reversed decision of lower court.|
|Toledo Trust Co v Nye, 588 F2d 202 (6th Cir 1978)||Court of Appeals reversed lower court court judgment.|
|Brennan v Ventimiglia, 356 F Supp 281 (ND Oh 1973)||The court held that the employees were engaged in commerce.|