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Robert E. L. Wright, Mediator & Arbitrator, Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Robert E. L. Wright

The Peace Talks, PLC
25 Division Avenue, South, Suite 500
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Tel: (616) 682-7000
Fax: (616) 676-2772
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Recognized to Michigan Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Fact Finding, Med-Arb
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  • Practice Commenced: 1987
  • Total Mediations (as of Jan 2022): 2000
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Jan 2022): 1500
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After over 30 years in alternative dispute resolution (ADR), Robert “Bob” Wright is a leader in mediation and arbitration, resolving a wide array of disputes involving business, bankruptcy, personal and public policy issues. Bob inspires and motivates participants through his insightfulness, empathy, compassion, and genuine love for the mediation process. He is approved to mediate for all of Michigan’s federal courts, including the bankruptcy courts, and is qualified to mediate any civil or domestic matter in Michigan state courts.
Among other accolades, in 2016 Bob was voted BEST LAWYERS' ADR Lawyer of the Year by his peers and also received the Distinguished Service Award from the ADR Section of the State Bar of Michigan for exemplary service to the citizens of Michigan. When not mediating or arbitrating, he provides both basic and advanced ADR training on behalf of the University of Michigan’s Institute for Continuing Legal Education (ICLE), other universities, law schools, civic and professional groups dedicated to ADR.

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Libel & Slander
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Postal
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition


  • Juris Doctorate - Wayne State University 1980
  • Masters in Psychology - University of Santa Monica 2001
  • Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude Western Michigan University 1976

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMi)– invitation only group of Michigan’s top 20 mediators
  • MWI (College of Bankruptcy and Financial Mediators)
  • American Bar Association - Dispute Resolution Section 
  • State Bar of Michigan - Alternative Dispute Resolution Section – past Chair and Secretary 
  • Kent County Circuit Court – ADR Plan Oversight Committee – 2003-2009
  • Grand Rapids Bar Association –Alternative Dispute Resolution Section – Chair – 2008-2009 & 2016-2018
  • Association for Conflict Resolution – since 2001 
  • Dispute Resolution Center of Western Michigan – past president 

Rates Information

; $300/hour for in-person neutral services with no charge for travel time or $250/hour for arbitrations and mediations conducted via Zoom. I have found Zoom to save time and money for participants and counsel. 

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