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 virtual mediations.
He is the author of "Reflections on Civility and Ethics," Michigan Bar Journal (February 2023), "Historic Moments in Negotiation," Michigan Bar Journal (May 2019), and "Mediation for the General Practitioner" published in The General Practitioner.
He is in The Best Lawyers in America in 2018 and 2019 for arbitration and 2020-2022 for arbitration and mediation; and is on 2016-2023 Michigan Super Lawyers lists for alternative dispute resolution. He has received Conflict Resolution Services' "Pinnacle Award" and Community Mediation Services' Certificate of Appreciation. 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 Best Law Firms in 2022. 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 has spoken on mediation ethics at the Community Mediation Services' Annual Dinner and Awards Ceremony. In addition, he has spoken on arbitration and mediation case law to the ICLE Family Law Institute, the State Bar's ADR Section's Annual Meeting and ADR Conferences, the State Bar's Family Law Section's Mid-Winter Conference, and others.
He is a mediator with Michigan Circuit Courts, American Arbitration Association, Community Mediation Services (Alpena, Gaylord, and Grayling), Conflict Resolution Services (Traverse City), National Arbitration and Mediation, and Northern Community Mediation (Charlevoix and Petoskey).
His mediation training includes Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine University School of Law, Specialized Mediation: Handling Difficult Employment, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Cases. His mediation training also includes American Arbitration Association, Ensuring That Your Clients' Interests Are Addressed in Mediation; Forty Hour Divorce and Custody Mediation; Domestic Violence Protocol; ICLE Advanced Mediation; NCM Advanced Mediation; Central Michigan Dispute Resolution Center Advanced Mediation; ICLE Advanced Dispute Resolution; ICLE Forty Hour Civil Case Mediation; Hamilton County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court, Mediation; U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan Advanced Mediator; and Collaborative Law.
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. He is a member of Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMi) and a Diplomate Member of the The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.
His other mediation experience includes Volunteer Mediator, Hamilton County, Ohio, Common Pleas Court.
His publications include "Historic Moments in Negotiation," Michigan Bar Journal (May 2019); "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); "Settlement Agreements For Employment Termination Cases (With Sample Clauses And Forms)," Practical Litigator (March 2010) (co-author with Kiffi Ford); "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); "Mediation and Arbitration for the Enterpreneur," Your Chamber News (April 2007); "Mediation for the General Practitioner," 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-Fire Department Arbitration," Michigan Lawyers Weekly (March 6, 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); "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).
His presentations include "Using the Science of Settlement to Better Represent Your Clients," Family Law Institute, Institute for Continuing Legal Education (2021); "Using the Waiting Room and Security Features at Zoom Arbitrations and Mediations," NAA Michigan Regional Education Zoom Series via Zoom (2020); Michigan Mediation and Arbitration Case Law Update, SBM Family Law Section Mid-Winter Conference, Jamaica (2020); Drafting Enforceable Mediated Settlement Agreements, Family Mediation Council of Michigan, Plymouth, Michigan (2017); Michigan Arbitration and Mediation Domestic Relations Case Law Update, ICLE Family Law Institute (2016); Michigan Arbitration and Mediation Case Law Update, State Bar of Michigan ADR Section Annual Meeting and ADR Conference (2015 to ____); How Judges Treat Mediated Settlement Agreements, Conflict Resolution Services (2012); Mediation Ethics, Community Mediation Services (2010); Arbitration and Mediation Law Developments, GTLA Bar Association (2010, 2009, and 2008); ADR: Resolving Disputes Without Litigation, Northwestern Michigan College and Traverse City Area Chamber of Commerce (2007); ADR Trends and Tips, GTLA Bar Association (2007); Mediating Employment, Malpractice, and Personal Injury Cases, GTLA Bar Association (2005); and Settlement Agreements, ICLE Annual Labor and Employment Law Institute (2005).
He has served as a mediator in abuse of process, administrative, adverse possession, age discrimination, assault and battery, bailment, business dissolution, buy-sell agreement, collection, compensation, condominium, conservatorship, construction, contract, conversion, custody, defamation, disability, dog-bite, domestic relations, due process, easement, entertainment, equal pay, False Claims Act, family law, fiduciary duty, foreclosure, fraud, insurance, invasion of privacy, land contract, landlord-tenant, landscaping, legal malpractice, logging, mechanic's lien, medical malpractice, Michigan Consumer Protection Act, mold, national origin discrimination, no-fault, nuisance, over-payment, parenting time, partition, personal injury, personnel, pregnancy discrimination, probate, property division, quiet title, receivership, religious discrimination, restitution, retaliation, riparian rights, sex discrimination, sexual harassment, shareholder rights, sovereign immunity, spousal support, time-share, tortious interference, trade secret, transportation, trespass, tribal, Truth in Lending Act, unfair labor practice, veterinary, whistle blower, and zoning cases.
He has completed ICLE Family Law Certificate Program cosponsored by Family Law Section of the State Bar of Michigan.
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