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Richard L. Hurford

Richard Hurford has a wealth of experience in ADR as a seasoned and respected litigator, mediator and ADR neutral, having personally tried or arbitrated more than 75 cases to a verdict or decision.

As a partner with Dykema Gossett, Richard represented the interests of diverse businesses and individuals in the litigation and resolution of employment, labor, medical malpractice, products liability, general commercial, trade secret, non-compete, and business-to-business contract disputes. As a shareholder with Ogletree Deakins, his experience included representing employers in employment disputes (state, federal courts and agencies), conducting confidential internal investigations of suspected violations of corporate policies state and federal laws, and providing counsel on system designs, including litigation and claims protocols, dispute resolution programs, internal reporting processes, and proprietary and confidential information protection programs.  As the Director of Litigation for Masco Corporation, he was responsible for processing the company’s entire litigation and claims portfolio, conducting confidential internal investigations, and engaging in dispute resolution activities throughout the United States, Europe, and Canada.  At Masco, he implemented novel and effective ADR programs that significantly enhanced stakeholder satisfaction and company profitability.

Throughout his career, Richard has personally participated in hundreds of mediations and other ADR processes as either an attorney or neutral.  In addition to his services as a respected neutral mediator, he is also experienced in various ADR processes such as Med-Arb, Summary Jury Trials, Neutral Expert Evaluations, Mini Trials, Dispute Resolution Boards, and as a Dispute Resolution Advisor.

Richard’s services and insights are frequently sought as a lecturer and author on dispute and conflict resolution, and conflict management topics that include:

  • Co-Author of the recently published A Taxonomy of ADR (2013) that will be used as a Bench Book on ADR techniques and processes
  • Ready or Not Here They Come: Business Courts and ADR, Michigan Lawyers Weekly (May 2013)
  • Maximizing the Potential for a Successful Mediation10 Tips (ICLE, February 2013)
  • Early ADR Summit (Michigan Supreme Court, State Court Administrative Office, Sept. 2013)
  • Collaborative Problem Solving and Decision Making, A Workshop for the Michigan Judicial Institute for Chief Judges and Court Administrators (July 2013)

Along with his law degree, he holds an MBA, is certified in Legal Lean Sigma processes, and Certified Mediation with Advanced ADR Training designation.  Since his return to private practice in 2009, he has perennially been recognized with a Best Lawyer™ designation, testament to the wide respect and confidence he has earned from both the plaintiff’s and defendant’s bar and as a result of his knowledge, ethical, and professional services as a mediator and ADR neutral.