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Member Profile: Richard Hurford

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Dispute Resolution Services, P.C.
4967 Crooks Road
Suite 100
Troy, MI 48098-5812
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Tel: (248) 825-3770
Fax: (313) 510-8175 (cell)

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ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Early Neutral Evaluation; Med-Arb; Facilitation & Systems Design; Fact Finding; Discovery Referee; Mini-Trial Judge; ADR Training/CME


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Richard Hurford has substantive case experience in the following areas...

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Richard Hurford knows the intricacies and complexities of ADR from the decades he has spent representing clients and serving as a neutral in various dispute resolution proceedings.

A respected and accomplished negotiator, mediator, and arbitrator, Richard draws from his experiences as a shareholder in two large national law firms, the director of litigation for a Fortune 200 corporation, and a college professor. Along the way, he earned an MBA and a Green Belt in process improvement and team leadership. His background and experience are perfectly suited to identifying the roadblocks, issues, and personalities that stand in the way of agreement and resolution. He is a frequent lecturer and author, and a nationally recognized thought leader regarding negotiation and ADR topics and techniques.

Richard leverages his unique technical and practical insights to help individuals and organizations overcome obstacles, achieve short- and long-term results, and build meaningful relationships. He focuses his practice on commercial and B2B disputes and shareholder actions, and has experience in several industries including automotive, services, and manufacturing, His practice also includes resolution of personal injury, medical malpractice, and employment lawsuits.


  • EASTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, Executive MBA Program, magna cum laude
  • UNIVERSITY OF DETROIT SCHOOL OF LAW, Juris Doctor, summa cum laude
  • OAKLAND UNIVERSITY, Master of Arts in History, summa cum laude
  • UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN, Bachelor of Arts in History

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Arbitration Association’s Michigan Advisory Committee
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Southeastern Michigan Chapter (President)
  • Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association - ADR Committee
  • Engineering Society of Detroit - ADR Committee
  • Federal Bar Association - Eastern District of Michigan - ADR Committee (Co-Chair)
  • International Academy of Mediators
  • Macomb County Bar Association - ADR Committee (Chair)
  • Michigan Defense Trial Counsel
  • Michigan State Court Administrative Office Task Force on Early ADR
  • Michigan Supreme Court Task Forces: Diversity in ADR; Early ADR; Formulation of the Mediation Court Rule; Summary Jury Trial
  • Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMi)
  • Oakland County Bar Association - ADR Committee (Vice-Chair)
  • State Bar of Michigan - ADR Section (Past President)


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