Arbitration and Mediation Office of Lee Hornberger

6730 Mission Ridge

Traverse City, Michigan 49686-6131

Telephone: 231-941-0746

“In the middle of every difficulty lies opportunity.”

Lee Hornberger Overview

Lee Hornberger does virtual arbitrations and mediations.

He is a member of the National Academy of Arbitrators.  

He is an arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association, Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service, Forum, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, National Arbitration and Mediation, National Futures Association, and National Mediation Board. He has received Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law, Specialized Mediation Training: Handling Difficult Employment, Medical Malpractice and Personal Injury Cases. He is a former President of the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association and is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.

He is in Best Lawyers of America in 2018 and 2019 for arbitration and 2020 to 2024 for arbitration and mediation. He is on 2016 to 2023 Michigan Super Lawyers lists for alternative dispute resolution. Conflict Resolution Services awarded Lee its Pinnacle Award. Community Mediation Services awarded him its 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 to 2024. He received a Second Tier ranking in Northern Michigan for Mediation by U.S. News-Best Lawyers Best Law Firms in 2021 to 2024. 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 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 received his AB in political science from the University of Michigan, his JD cum laude from the University of Michigan, and his LLM in Labor Law from Wayne State University. He is a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation and a Fellow of the Michigan State Bar Association..

The Business Courier, Business News, Capital University Law Review, Cincinnati Bar Association Report, Cleveland State Law Review, Detroit College of Law Review, Detroit Lawyer, Detroit legal News, Employee Rights Quarterly, General Practitioner, Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association Newsletter, Idaho Law Review, Ingham County Legal News, Labor and Employment Lawnotes, The Litigation Journal, Michigan Bar Journal, The Michigan Dispute Resolution Journal, Michigan Family Law Journal, Michigan Lawyers Weekly, Northern Kentucky Law Review, Oakland County Legal News, Ohio School Law Journal, Ohio Trial, Practical Litigator, Traverse City Record-EagleWashtenaw County Legal News, and Your Chamber News have published his articles.

He has been an adjunct professor at the Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law teaching labor law and school law and at the University of Cincinnati teaching administrative law and civil rights law. 

He is admitted to practice in Michigan and before the United States Supreme Court, United States Court of Military Appeals, United States Courts of Appeal for the Federal Circuit and Sixth Circuit, and United States District Courts for the Eastern District of Kentucky, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan, and Northern and Southern Districts of Ohio. He is a former Chair of the Traverse City Human Rights Commission and a former member of the Grand Traverse County Board of Canvassers.

While serving as a Captain with the U.S. Army Military Police Corps in the Republic of Vietnam, he received the Bronze Star Medal and Army Commendation Medals. The unit he was in received the Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm.

He works exclusively as a neutral.

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