Michael L. Fortney Esq

Michael L. Fortney Esq

Fortney & Klingshirn
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Business Law, Construction Law...
  • Ohio
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I am an attorney, arbitrator and mediator with expertise in construction law, employment and labor law, litigation, and business disputes. I have litigated and served as a neutral in hundreds of cases involving construction disputes, commercial business disputes, and employment disputes. AV rated by Martindale Hubbell since 1994, signifying the highest standard of legal abilities and professional ethics and conduct. Member of the ADR Federal Court Panel for the Northern District of Ohio, the panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association, serving as an employment, construction and commercial arbitrator, a member and former Chair of the Construction Advisory Council of the AAA, and a member of the panel of arbitrators for FINRA (formerly the NASD). I have been an arbitrator and mediator for many employment, construction and business disputes, and have served as Arbitration Panel Chair for several large and complex cases.

Education
University of Tennessee - Knoxville
B.S. (1979)
Cleveland State University
J.D. (1985)
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Honors: Summa cum laude; Federal Bar Association Award for the outstanding student in the Sixth Circuit.
Professional Experience
Fortney & Klingshirn
- Current
Has successfully litigated and served as an arbitrator and mediator in cases involving construction disputes, commercial business disputes, and employment disputes. Construction experience includes the representation of owners, general contractors and subcontractors and serving as a neutral in disputes involving competitive bidding, contract formation, unforseen and differing site conditions, scope of work disputes, changed or extra work disputes, quality of work issues, timeliness of completion, delay, acceleration, liquidated damage claims, completion of work, mechanic's lien claims, and non-payment issues. Employment experience includes representation of parties or service as a neutral in disputes under age discrimination, race discrimination, sex harassment, disability discrimination, cases brought under state civil rights statutes, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the ADEA, the ADA, the NLRA, cases alleging wrongful discharge, cases seeking the enforcement of non-competition agreements, small business ownership issues, and disputes between shareholders in closely held corporations. Extensive experience in alternate dispute resolution. Member of the ADR Federal Court Panel for the Northern District of Ohio (1996 to present); Member of the panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association, serving as an employment (1996 to present) and construction and commercial arbitrator (1995 to present). Member and former Chair of the Construction Advisory Council of the AAA (term ending in 2007). Member of the panel of arbitrators for the NASD and National Arbitration Forum (2000 to present). Has been an arbitrator and mediator for many employment, construction and business disputes and has been an advocate in numerous ADR proceedings. Served as Arbitration Panel Chair for several large and complex cases. Frequent lecturer on issues relating to construction law, ADR, and employment law.
Millisor & Nobil
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Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP
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Ohio State Bar
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Ohio
Practice Areas
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Business Law
  • Construction Law
  • Employment Law
  • Real Estate Law
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
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4040 Embassy Pkwy
Suite 280
Akron, OH 44333
USA
Telephone: (330) 665-5445
Telephone: (330) 665-5445
Fax: (330) 665-5446