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Sheldon J. Stark has been providing ADR services since the mid-1980s. His services include mediation, arbitration, case evaluation and neutral third-party investigations.
For over a decade, Shel served as a trainer in the Institute of Continuing Legal Education's mediation and advanced mediation training programs, including its award-winning, 40-hour, hands-on general civil mediation training, where he has been part of a team that trained over 1000 mediators. As a result, he recognizes that every case is different. He knows that every case - whether mediation or arbitration - warrants a process individually designed to work with the personalities, claims and dynamics of that case. Do you need a mediator skilled in "shuttle diplomacy?" Would joint sessions be better? Shel is adept at both. Does your case require an evaluative mediator or a facilitative one? Shel Stark will work with you to identify and design the best process and shape it to your individual needs.
His practice includes labor and employment conflicts, commercial litigation, business break ups, probate disputes, police misconduct and intellectual property cases including non-compete and confidentiality matters.
He mediates in a variety of styles depending on the needs of clients, ranging from the facilitative model taught in ICLE's training program to the evaluative model familiar to most Michigan litigators to hybrid processes that may include elements of each. He arbitrates as the sole neutral arbitrator or on panels of three. He understands the value of arbitration as a speedy and inexpensive process. He is prepared to work with you to tailor either the mediation or the arbitration process to your individual dispute. With 27 years experience as a trial lawyer handling employment discrimination, wrongful discharge and personal injury litigation, he brings a wealth of knowledge and subject matter expertise to the table, including process expertise to address disputes outside his practice experience.