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Lee Hornberger

Phone: 231.941.0746
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Lee Hornberger has a vast range of experience in alternative dispute resolution from the countless matters he has helped facilitate as an arbitrator, hearing officer, and mediator.

For 30 years, Lee represented individuals, employers, and labor organizations in all aspects of labor and employment law, both in a law practice as well as in the Kroger Company legal department and with the U.S. Department of Labor. In addition, he served as 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.

In Michigan, Lee is a mediator for cases in the state’s circuit courts, as well as the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Community Mediation Services in Gaylord, Conflict Resolution Services in Traverse City, and Northern Community Mediation in Charlevoix and Petoskey. He is also a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

Additionally, he is a Hearing Officer for the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians, on the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians Hearing Officer list, and a Hearing Referee for the Michigan Civil Rights Commission.

As an arbitrator, Lee has sat with the American Arbitration Association, Michigan Employment Relations Commission, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, National Arbitration Forum, and National Futures Association.

He is a former member of the State Bar of Michigan’s Representative Assembly and has held leadership positions with the State Bar’s ADR Section, the Grand Traverse-Leelanau-Antrim Bar Association (former president), the Grand Traverse County Board of Canvassers, and the Traverse City Human Rights Commission (past chair). The respect that Lee has earned from his peers is reflected in his being named to the 2016 list of Michigan Super Lawyers, an honor reserved for the top five percent of lawyers in the state.

Lee has shared his knowledge of dispute resolution techniques and benefits to a wide audience. He has been a frequent speaker on ADR topics for the Institute for Continuing Legal Education, State Bar of Michigan sections, and other local bar associations and community mediation services, and his articles have been featured in numerous publications including The ADR Newsletter, Detroit Lawyer, General Practitioner, Labor and Employment Lawnotes, Michigan Bar Journal, Michigan Family Law JournalMichigan Lawyers Weekly, Ohio Trial, and Practical Litigator.