Dickinson Wright PLLC is pleased to announce that Judge James (Jim) Fisher (retired) has been selected as a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.

The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals is the foremost professional organization for experienced mediators and arbitrators practicing in the field of civil and commercial conflict resolution. Formed in 2008, members are selected based on peer nominations and due diligence research in each state, under the guidance of our state committees. Members are distinguished by their commitment to excellence in the field of dispute resolution and their reputation within the profession. To learn more about the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, please click here.

Mr. Fisher is Of Counsel in the firm's Grand Rapids office. He brings several decades of experience as a successful litigator and distinguished jurist to his active ADR practice. Trained as both a Civil and Domestic mediator, he provides skilled mediation and arbitration services to attorneys and their clients in all types of cases. He has successfully mediated over 400 cases in the last 8 years involving divorce, valuation of closely-held businesses, medical and legal malpractice, personal injury and wrongful death, construction and real estate claims, and estate disputes. He has also arbitrated dozens of disputes in these areas, and for the last two years has served as a Special Master assisting the trial judge with management of discovery disputes arising from the over 200 cases filed against Wolverine Worldwide and 3M in Kent County involving contamination of water wells with PFAS.

Mr. Fisher is a Member and the former Chair of the Michigan Indigent Defense Commission, a commission that was created in 2014 from legislation recommended by Governor Rick Snyder's Indigent Defense Advisory Commission. The Commission is mandated to adopt minimum standards for indigent defense systems throughout the state, recommend best practices to local courts, and fund grants to improve these services throughout the state. The Michigan Indigent Defense Commission is responsible for oversight of grants in excess of 100 million dollars each year for improvement of legal services to indigent defendants, and as a result Michigan is now considered a national leader in this area.

Mr. Fisher is on the Board of Directors of Highpoint Community Bank and a former board member of the Michigan Judges Association, Spectrum Pennock Hospital, the YMCA of Barry County, and the Kiwanis Club of Hastings. He was a consultant to the Michigan Supreme Court helping trial courts across the state improve their services and is the recipient of the 2012 Michael Franck Professional Responsibility Award for leading Michigan's Indigent Defense Advisory Commission. Mr. Fisher received his B.S. from Kettering University and his J.D. from Wayne State University School of Law.