Practice Areas

Arbitration & Mediation Services

We are problem-solvers.

Guiding clients to a satisfactory and timely resolution of their disputes is at the heart of practicing law. While there may be times when the proper result can only be achieved through trial, litigation can be expensive and unpredictable. A growing number of businesses and individuals choose to settle matters through alternative dispute resolution procedures (ADR).

We are skilled negotiators, and we bring a wealth of knowledge and creativity to the ADR process. We provide counsel for facilitative mediation, case evaluation, administered/non-administered arbitration and other methods. We have successfully resolved disputes in construction, business, insurance, real estate, professional errors and omissions, and other matters.

Arbitration & Mediation Representative Cases:
  • Negotiated resolution of multi-party claims involving multiple millions of dollars regarding large public institutional facilities where the owner, contractor, subcontractors, suppliers and designers were involved on several occasions
  • Negotiated resolution of numerous claims between general contractor and subcontractor as to defective work, change orders, extra work and schedule delay
  • Negotiated resolution of insurance coverage dispute between general contractor and subcontractor insurance carrier regarding alleged defective work of subcontractor
  • Negotiated resolution of multi-million dollar claim against public entity, financial institution and others related to failed project, loss of project financing and payment to construction professionals for improvements to failed project
  • Negotiated resolution of dispute regarding design issues associated with HVAC system on behalf of engineering firm

Steve Hilger, Arbitrator & MediatorAmerican Arbitration Association

Steve Hilger has dedicated a significant portion of his practice to ADR. He is qualified as an arbitrator and mediator with the American Arbitration Association, and he has served in that capacity for nearly twenty years. Steve is frequently selected by his peers to serve as a facilitator/mediator for complex multi-party commercial litigation matters. He offers deep experience when counseling clients on the strategic use of ADR procedures.

Mark Rysberg, Mediator

Mark Rysberg dedicates part of his practice to acting as a mediator to assist parties involved in construction, commercial, and real estate disputes. He has completed the Michigan Supreme Court Administrator’s Office training and experience requirements, and has extensive continuing education experience in dispute resolution practices. Mark has been selected by peers and has been appointed by numerous courts to assist parties with facilitating resolution of construction and commercial litigation disputes through the mediation process.