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Gene J. Esshaki

Regarded as one of the top mediators and arbitrators in the State of Michigan, Gene Esshaki has been called upon by numerous State and Federal Judges to assist in solving some of their most complex commercial cases.

Gene is experienced in resolving disputes between automobile manufacturers, both domestic and foreign, and their suppliers on issues of supply chain interruption, warranty and recall claims.  He has also resolved catastrophic personal injury claims for the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association, as well as claims involving maritime, rail shipping, and trucking damage disputes.  Skilled in the art of arbitration as well, Gene has acted as sole arbitrator in commercial disputes involving post-merger/acquisition disputes, accounting, tax, and legal malpractice actions of every nature.  Gene has quietly been called upon by some of Michigan’s most well-respected law firms to handle internal shareholder disputes and break-ups where confidentiality is essential to a successful resolution.

Gene teaches complex commercial arbitration practices and procedures and complex commercial mediation practices for the American Arbitration Association, The Institute for Continuing Legal Education of the State Bar of Michigan, and PREMi, and has been a featured speaker for many years at Michigan’s Annual Dispute Resolution Institute.

Gene is a strong advocate of the evaluative mediation practice where he brings his 40 years of courtroom experience to bear upon parties and their counsel seeking a true, objective evaluation of their respective cases.  Using his strong personality and recognized wit, he is extremely successful in resolving most cases brought before him in the mediation process.