Michael L. Fortney Esq

Michael L. Fortney Esq

Fortney & Klingshirn
  • Arbitration & Mediation, Business Law, Construction Law ...
  • Ohio
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Reviewed by Neil Klingshirn December 20, 2018
Rating: 10 Justia Lawyer Rating - 10 out of 10
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Biography

I am an attorney, arbitrator and mediator with expertise in construction law, employment and labor law, litigation, and business disputes. I have litigated and served as a neutral in hundreds of cases involving construction disputes, commercial business disputes, and employment disputes. AV rated by Martindale Hubbell since 1994, signifying the highest standard of legal abilities and professional ethics and conduct. Member of the ADR Federal Court Panel for the Northern District of Ohio, the panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association, serving as an employment, construction and commercial arbitrator, a member and former Chair of the Construction Advisory Council of the AAA, and a member of the panel of arbitrators for FINRA (formerly the NASD). I have been an arbitrator and mediator for many employment, construction and business disputes, and have served as Arbitration Panel Chair for several large and complex cases.

Practice Areas
    Arbitration & Mediation
    Business Arbitration, Consumer Arbitration, Family Arbitration
    Business Law
    Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
    Construction Law
    Construction Contracts, Construction Defects, Construction Liens, Construction Litigation
    Employment Law
    Employee Benefits, Employment Contracts, Employment Discrimination, ERISA, Overtime & Unpaid Wages, Sexual Harassment, Whistleblower, Wrongful Termination
    Real Estate Law
    Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Additional Practice Area
  • General Civil
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Ohio
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Professional Experience
Fortney & Klingshirn
- Current
Has successfully litigated and served as an arbitrator and mediator in cases involving construction disputes, commercial business disputes, and employment disputes. Construction experience includes the representation of owners, general contractors and subcontractors and serving as a neutral in disputes involving competitive bidding, contract formation, unforseen and differing site conditions, scope of work disputes, changed or extra work disputes, quality of work issues, timeliness of completion, delay, acceleration, liquidated damage claims, completion of work, mechanic's lien claims, and non-payment issues. Employment experience includes representation of parties or service as a neutral in disputes under age discrimination, race discrimination, sex harassment, disability discrimination, cases brought under state civil rights statutes, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the ADEA, the ADA, the NLRA, cases alleging wrongful discharge, cases seeking the enforcement of non-competition agreements, small business ownership issues, and disputes between shareholders in closely held corporations. Extensive experience in alternate dispute resolution. Member of the ADR Federal Court Panel for the Northern District of Ohio (1996 to present); Member of the panel of arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association, serving as an employment (1996 to present) and construction and commercial arbitrator (1995 to present). Member and former Chair of the Construction Advisory Council of the AAA (term ending in 2007). Member of the panel of arbitrators for the NASD and National Arbitration Forum (2000 to present). Has been an arbitrator and mediator for many employment, construction and business disputes and has been an advocate in numerous ADR proceedings. Served as Arbitration Panel Chair for several large and complex cases. Frequent lecturer on issues relating to construction law, ADR, and employment law.
Millisor & Nobil
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Squire, Sanders & Dempsey LLP
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Education
Cleveland State University
J.D. (1985)
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Honors: Summa cum laude; Federal Bar Association Award for the outstanding student in the Sixth Circuit.
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University of Tennessee - Knoxville
B.S. (1979)
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Professional Associations
Ohio State Bar
Member
Current
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Contact & Map
4040 Embassy Pkwy
Suite 280
Akron, OH 44333
Telephone: (330) 665-5445
Telephone: (330) 665-5445
Fax: (330) 665-5446
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