Arbitration and Mediation Office of Lee Hornberger
6730 Mission Ridge
Traverse City, Michigan 49686-6131
“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”
Lee Hornberger does in-person and virtual arbitration hearings in Michigan and virtual arbitration hearings outside of Michigan. He has a national arbitration practice.
He is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, Forum, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, National Arbitration and Mediation, National Futures Association, and the National Mediation Board. He is a member of the Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMi) and a Diplomate Member of The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
He received a First Tier ranking in Northern Michigan for Mediation and a Second Tier ranking in Northern Michigan for Arbitration by U.S. News - Best Lawyers in 2022. He received a Second Tier ranking in Northern Michigan for Mediation by U.S. News-Best Lawyers Best Law Firms in 2021; and he received a First Tier ranking in Northern Michigan for Arbitration by U.S. News-Best Lawyers Best Law Firms in 2019 and 2020. He is in The Best Lawyers of America 2018 and 2019 for arbitration and 2020 to 2023 for arbitration and mediation. He is on the 2016 to 2022 Michigan Super Lawyers lists for alternative dispute resolution.
He has been a Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians Hearing Officer; on the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Hearing Officer list; and a Michigan Civil Rights Commission Hearing Referee.
His published awards include 2023 LA 26, 2022 LA 203, 2022 LA 162, 2022 LA 130, 2022 LA 98, 2022 LA 21, 2022 LA 16, 2021 LA 28, 21-1 ARB 7791, 2020 LA 1466, 2020 LA 1277, 2020 LA 1268, 2020 LA 1080, 2020 LA 1108, 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; and 128 LA 749, 11-1 ARB §5142.
The industries in which he has been involved with arbitration include include advertising, aluminum, automotive, bakery, banking, beverage, broadcasting, building products, canning, cement, coal, communications, construction, dairy, education, electronics, entertainment/arts, food, health care, hotels/motels/casinos/resorts, hospital/nursing home, meat packing, metal fabrication, mining, office workers/clerical, organizations, packaging, police and fire, printing and publishing, person guard, retail stores, stone/quarry, transportation, trucking and storage, utilities, and warehousing.
The issues in arbitration with which he has been involved include absenteeism, arbitrability, attorney fee, back pay, bargaining unit work, breach of duty, conduct, constructive discharge, conversion, Covid, discipline (union-discharge), discipline (discharge), discrimination: age, disability, drug/alcohol offenses, race, religion, sex, and national origin; expungment, Fair Credit Billing Act, fiduciary duty, fraud, fringe benefits: holidays, vacation, job posting/bidding, harassment, health/hospitalization, insurance, labor grades, last chance agreement, layoffs/bumping/recall, longevity pay, management rights, medical leave, mentoring, Michigan Prudent Investor Rule, Michigan Uniform Securities Act, Michigan Uniform Trade Secrets Act, overtime, paid time off, past practice, persona non grata, recapture, remedy, riparian rights; safety/heath conditions, Securities Exchange Act, sexual harassment, social media, subcontracting/contracting out, suspension, tenure/reappointment, tortious interference, unit work, violence/threats, wage rates, Wages and Fringe Benefits Act, work hours/schedules/assignments, and working conditions/work orders.
His publications include "The Successful Post-Hearing Brief in a Labor Arbitration," The Litigation Journal (Spring/Summer 2022); "Giving An Effective Opening Statement in A Labor Arbitration," Labor and Employment Lawnotes (Summer 2020); "Labor Arbitration Opening Statement," The Michigan Dispute Resolution Journal (Spring/Summer 2020); "Michigan Arbitration Case Law Update," Labor and Employment Lawnotes (Spring 2020); "Michigan Arbitration, Case Evaluation, and Mediation Case Law Update," Labor and Employment Lawnotes (Spring 2010); "Michigan Family Law Arbitration and Mediation Case Law Update," Michigan Family Law Journal (March 2010); "Recent Developments in Michigan Arbitration, Case Evaluation, and Mediation Law," Labor and Employment Lawnotes (Fall 2009); Contributor, Defusing Workplace Time-Bombs: Drafting Employment Agreements and Policies to Prevent Disputes, Avoid Tax Traps, and Settle Cases (ALI-ABA 2008); "The Impact of the Due Process Protocol Principles on Arbitration of Statutory Employment Disputes," Labor and Employment Lawnotes (Fall 2007); "Mediation and Arbitration for the Entrepreneur," Your Chamber News (April 2007); "Mediation for the General Practitioner," The General Practitioner (Nov-Dec 2006); "Effective Mediation Preparation," Michigan Lawyers Weekly (Sep 4, 2006); "Some Reflections on Mediation," ADR Newsletter (Aug 2006); "Unemployment Compensation Noncontest Provisions in Settlement Agreements," Labor and Employment Lawnotes (Spring 2006); "Police and Fire Department Arbitration," ADR Newsletter (May 2006); "Settlement Agreements (Part II)," Labor and Employment Lawnotes (Winter 2006)(co-author with Kiffi Ford); "Settlement Agreements (Part I)," Labor and Employment Lawnotes (Fall 2005)(co-author with Kiffi Ford); "HIPAA and the Disclosure of Mental Health Records in Mediation," ADR Newsletter (Oct 2005)(co-author with Robert Tremp); and "Overview of a Pre-Dispute Employment Resolution Process," ADR Newsletter (Feb 2005).
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