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Robert E. Wright

Robert E. Wright

Economically Resolving Disputes: You Talk, I Listen, We Resolve!
  • Arbitration & Mediation
  • Florida, Michigan
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Robert Wright is a leader in mediation and arbitration. He resolves disputes in business, bankruptcy, personal and public policy issues. He trains other mediators for the University of Michigan’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education and other universities, law schools, civic and professional groups. Bob inspires and motivates participants through his insightfulness, empathy, compassion, and genuine love for the mediation process.

Mr. Wright is as an approved mediator for the U.S. district courts in Michigan's Eastern and Western districts and the bankruptcy court for the Western district. He is approved to mediate matters in all Michigan state courts and was voted BEST LAWYERS' 2016 Mediation "Lawyer of the Year" for Grand Rapids, Michigan by his peers,

Mr. Wright is an author, blogger, trainer and frequent speaker on ADR topics with advanced degrees in both law and psychology. He is licensed to practice law in all state courts in both Michigan (since 1980) and Florida and is admitted to practice before all federal courts in Michigan and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Bob has been listed in BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA, MICHIGAN SUPER LAWYERS, and WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN LAW for many years.

He has volunteered and been elected as chair of the: State Bar of Michigan-ADR Section; ABA Dispute Resolution Section-Practice Management Committee; and Grand Rapids Bar Association-ADR Section. He is a member of the Federal Bar Association–Western District of Michigan-Bankruptcy Section and drafted new ADR rules for that court. He serves as a mediator and arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMi), National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, MWI Bankruptcy & Finance Panel, and the Dispute Resolution Center of West Michigan.

University of Santa Monica
M.A. (2001) | Spiritual Psychology
Wayne State University Law School
J.D. (1980) | Law & Taxation
Western Michigan University
B.A. (1976) | Philosophy & Psychology
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Activities: Lee Honors College & Delta Upsilon Fraternity
Professional Experience
The Peace Talks, PLC
- Current
Resolving disputes peacefully and economically serving as a neutral mediator and arbitrator.
Miller, Canfield, Paddock & Stone
Practicing primarily in commercial litigation and bankruptcy representing corporate and individual creditors.
Stanley, Davidoff & Gray, PC
Primarily representing creditors, creditor committees and trustees in bankruptcy cases.
Assistant Prosecuting Attorney
Kalamazoo County Prosecuting Attorney
Practiced in Michigan's district, circuit and appellate courts including the civil division which dealt with paternity and child support matters.
Articles & Publications
Why you should choose me to be your arbitrator.
Why you should choose me to be your mediator.
Attorney Fee Agreements in Michigan: Alternative Dispute Resolution
Speaking Engagements
Various ADR topics at Annual ADR Conference since 2005, State Bar of Michigan - ADR Section Annual ADR Conference, Traverse City, Michigan
State Bar of Michigan - ADR Section
2018 - Keeping Calm in Mediation - Beyond Mindfulness 2017 - Marketing Your ADR Practice 2016 - How Mediators and Advocates View One Another
Mediator & Arbitrator
American Arbitration Association
Approved mediator for all Michigan Courts
Various county courts
Approved Voluntary Facilitative Mediator
US District Court - Western District of Michigan
Approved Mediator
US District Court - Eastern District of Michigan
Approved Mediator
US Bankruptcy Court - Western District of Michigan
Distinguished Service Award
State Bar of Michigan - Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
Top honor for service to the ADR Section and Michigan citizens.
George N. Bashara, Jr. Award for Exemplary Service to the Section and its members
State Bar of Michigan - Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
Awarded by Section Chair for three years of service as Section Secretary and for contributions to educational programs produced by Section.
Exemplary Service
Grand Rapids Bar Association - Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
Award for service as Secretary and Chair of ADR Section
Professional Associations
National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
Member (by invitation only)
- Current
Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMI)
Member (by invitation only)
- Current
Activities: Produce educational seminars on alternative dispute resolution. Membership by invitation only.
- Current
Association for Conflict Resolution
- Current
State Bar of Michigan - Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
Past Chair
- Current
Activities: Chaired Skills Action Team & Judicial Action Team; Served as Secretary; Continue to serve on Effective Practice & Procedure Action Team and Skills Action Team - producing teleseminars for Section members
Federal Bar Association - Western District of Michigan
- Current
Activities: Chaired Bankruptcy Section
American Bar Association
Past Chair, Dispute Resolution Section-Practice Development Committee
- Current
State Bar of Michigan # P32279
- Current
American Bankruptcy Institute
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
6th Circuit
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  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Practice limited to serving as a neutral mediator, arbitrator and case evaluator.
Practice Area
  • Arbitration & Mediation
Social Media
Websites & Blogs
The Peace Talks, PLC
Contact & Map
The Peace Talks Mediation Center
25 Division Ave., South, Suite 500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Telephone: (616) 682-7000