Academy Member Inducted 2017

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Michael W. Hawkins, Mediator & Arbitrator, Cincinnati, Ohio.

Michael W. Hawkins

Diplomate member
Dinsmore & Shohl LLP
255 E. Fifth St., Suite 1900
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Tel: (513) 977-8336
Fax: (513) 977-8141
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Additional office: Lexington, KY
Recognized to Ohio Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Kentucky

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Fact Finding, Med-Arb
Video Conferencing
  • Practice Commenced1994
  • # of MEDS (as of 19/7/24)100
  • # of ARBS (as of 19/7/24)30
Current Practice
Online / In-Person


Mike Hawkins is a partner, Mediator and Arbitrator and Chair of the ADR Center at Dinsmore. He has extensive experience in all aspects of labor, employment law including FLSA and ERISA litigation,  commercial/business litigation, class action, warranty, Lemon Law and Consumer disputes. Mike has argued two cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and many in-state and Federal Courts of Appeals. He has been selected by Best Lawyers as a top Labor & Employment lawyer  and as an Arbitrator and Mediator.

Mike is an arbitrator and mediator on the AAA Employment, Commercial and Complex Case panels, a prior EEOC mediator, Federal and State Court appointed mediator, member of the Northern Kentucky University ADR Advisory Board, Co-Instructor with FMCS on Mediation at NKU, former Board Member for The Center For Resolution of Disputes, Adjunct Faculty at Xavier University for 3 years teaching mediation and conflict resolution, participated in two Harvard and  Peperdine Negotiation programs,  recognized by Best Lawyers for his mediation and arbitration practice and a frequent speaker and writer on mediation and arbitration. Mr Hawkins has mediated and arbitrated cases in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Appellate
  • Automotive
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Cross Cultural
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • International
  • Labor/Unions
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Mergers & Acquisitions
  • Military
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Premises Liability
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Religious Institutions
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Workers' Compensation


  • J.D., University of Kentucky College of Law, (Order of the Coif and Lead Articles Editor, Kentucky, 1972)
  • B.A., University of Kentucky, (1969)

Memberships & Affiliations


  • World Services Group Global Legal Network, Chair North America Regional Council
  • American Arbitration Association, Employment Law, Commercial, Copmplex and Consumer Law Panel Mediator & Arbitrator
  • Kentucky Bar Association, L&E Law and ADR Committee
  • American Bar Association, Member L&E Committee, ADR Committee and Litigation Section
  • Federal Bar Association
  • National Conference for Community and Justice past Chair
  • American Red Cross, Greater Cincinnati Area Chapter, past Chapter Chair, Board Member
  • Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, past Board of Commissioners Chair and Vice-Chair
  • Board Member of Refugees International
  • American National Red Cross - prior National Board Member and Vice Chair of International Services
  • Cincinnati Bar Association - Past Chair of Labor & Employment Committee and Chair of ADR Committee, Past President
  • Prior Board Member of Center for Resolution of Disputes
  • Association for Conflict Resolution
  • Board Member and Instructor at Northern Kentucky University ADR Center
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

Rates Information

Please call for details depending on the matter; Can do 0n-line mediationsor arbitrations via telephone conference, Webex, Skype, Zoom. FaceTime. 

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