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Frederick D. Dilley, Mediator, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Frederick D. Dilley

Foster Swift LLP
1700 East Beltline, N.E., Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525
Tel: (616) 726-2247
Fax: (616) 726-6837
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Recognized to Michigan Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design
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  • Practice Commenced1996
  • # of MEDS (as of 22/5/24)80
  • # of ARBS (as of 22/5/24)5
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Fred Dilley has been actively involved in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan legal communities in both state and federal courts as a first chair litigator for more than 35 years.  He has worked on a variety of complex and difficult matters ranging from business disputes to divorce cases to personal injury matters.  For the last 15 years, he has brought that experience to his facilitative mediation and arbitration practice which now represents the majority of his professional endeavors.  Fred is a sought-after facilitative mediator.  He completes about 100 mediations each year with a very significant success rate and a large number of return users.  Attorneys and clients have come to trust Fred's judgment and expertise as a litigator; as a mediator; and as an arbitrator.

Fred is also frequently engaged as local counsel in federal and state courts in matters such as patent and trademark infringement, securities fraud and energy litigation involving anti-trust claims.  His ability to assist out-of-town counsel in navigating through the local rules, procedures and practices has been of great value to a number of Fortune 1000 companies, their general counsel and outside counsel.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor/Unions
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Nursing Homes
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Torts
  • Wrongful Death


  • Michigan State University College of Law (formerly Detroit College of Law), Juris Doctor, 1975
  • Michigan State University's James Madison College, Bachelor of the Arts, 1971

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • American Inns of Court, Gerald R. Ford Chapter, Founding Master and Past President ( 1995)
  • Hillman Advocacy Program, Steering Committee, Past Chair
  • Civil Justice Advisory Group, Western District Michigan, Past Chair
  • Voluntary Facilitative Mediation Advisory Group, Western District Michigan, Past Chair
  • Michigan State University College of Law, Trustee Emeritus and Former Vice Chair

Rates Information

State Court $395 per hour Federal Court $435 per hour

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