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Robert Wright, M.A., J.D.
Robert Wright, M.A., J.D.

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Robert Wright, M.A., J.D.

Voted to Best Lawyers in America and Super Lawyers since 2005, Bob has helped hundreds of people resolve their business, contract, employment, real estate, tort and family disputes quickly and economically, throughout Michigan and the Midwest. Call, send an email or go to our website for more information.

Licensed attorney, arbitrator, Harvard-trained mediator with Masters in psychology. Former magistrate and dispute resolution professional since 1980. Neutral arbitrator/mediator since 1987. Over 400 hours of mediation training in: business, construction, negligence, family & divorce mediation. Over 300 hours as advanced trainer for other mediators. Twice named “Best Lawyer Mediator in Grand Rapids, Michigan” by Best Lawyers.

ADR Experience

Practiced in Michigan state and federal courts since 1980 with over 1,000 cases resolved as neutral mediator or arbitrator. Service on behalf of courts; private parties; U.S. Postal Service; municipalities; and as volunteer for Michigan non-profit Dispute Resolution Centers. Confidential references available upon request.


Not believing in a “one size fits all,” Bob uses what he calls the “Chameleon Approach,” incorporating facilitative, evaluative and transformative techniques which are appropriate to the dispute and the parties. He does whatever it takes to identify parties’ needs and interests, explore and unearth solutions not yet considered by the parties, to reach consensus on resolution of the dispute. He conveys his neutrality and promotes an atmosphere of mutual respect and cooperation. Over 80% of the disputes he mediates are resolved by mutual agreement.


J.D. Wayne State Univerity Law School 1980
M.A. Psychology – University of Santa Monica 2001
B.A. Magna Cum Laude – Western Michigan University 1976

Areas Of Practice

  • Adult Family
  • Aviation
  • Business
  • Civil (general)
  • Commercial
  • Community
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Contracts
  • Divorce (all issues)
  • Divorce (parenting)
  • Education
  • Elder
  • Employment
  • Engineering
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Franchise
  • General
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Landlord - Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Organizational
  • Partnership
  • Personal Injury
  • Postal Service
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Social Security
  • Special Education
  • Technology
  • Victim - Offender
  • Workplace

Additional Services

  • Advanced Mediation Trainer
  • Arbitrator
  • Communication Skills Trainer
  • Estate Planner
  • Facilitator
  • Fact-Finder
  • Mediating Lawyer
  • Mediation Consultant
  • Mediation Trainer
  • Mediator-Arbitrator
  • Online Arbitrator
  • Representational Lawyer
  • Systems Designer

Fees and Provisos

No charge for initial consultation. Fees for mediation services vary between $150 and $210 per party, per hour. The average fee for a one-day mediation is less than $1,200 per party. Arbitration services are provided at $300/hour. No charge for travel time. Free referrals to no cost/low cost mediation services throughout Michigan.

ADR Training

  • 2004 Harvard Program on Negotiation 40-hour Mediation
  • 2000 MI Community Dispute Resolution 40-hour Mediation
  • 2001 Zena Zumeta 40-hour Family & Divorce Mediation
  • 2001 Sally Pope Transformative Mediation
  • 2002 Tom Taylor 30-hour Public Policy Mediation
  • 2003 Ken Fox 24-hour Advanced Transformative Skills
  • 2007 Gary Simmons 60-hour Peaceworker Consultancy
  • 2009 Rita Marie Johnson 40-hour NVC Mediation

Professional Associations

  • ABA DR - ABA Section of DR
  • AAA - American Arbitration Assoc.
  • ACR - Assoc. for Conflict Resolution
  • PREMI - Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan