Tom McNeill ADR by the Numbers

  • Top 5

    Chambers Partners USA, Band 1, Michigan Commercial Litigation

  • Top 10

    Michigan Super Lawyers,
    all disciplines

  • 1000+

    Business cases as trial and litigation counsel

  • 200+

    Mediations as trial counsel and mediator

  • 100+

    Arbitrations as lead trial counsel, before AAA, JAMS and CPR

Tom McNeill ADR

A Winning History

In 1984, I joined one of nation’s top law firms, Dickinson Wright PLLC, an AmLaw 125 law firm, now with more than 500 lawyers in 20 offices across the U.S. In 1990, I became a partner.

For 39 years at the firm, as a trial and litigation lawyer in hundreds of cases, I led teams of extraordinary lawyers and paralegals, clients and experts in a broad range of business-to-business litigation. In defense and plaintiff engagements, I served business clients throughout Michigan, and around the country, in federal, state and arbitration venues.

I tried more than 50 cases to verdict or award, and our teams fully prevailed for our business clients in every one of those trials.


Trial & Litigation Recognition

Market colleagues and competitors have recognized my body of work with top peer-ratings, including Chambers Partners USA, “Band 1” (top five trial lawyers in Michigan) and the Michigan Super Lawyers “Top Ten” (from all legal disciplines).

Within the firm, I served as national litigation practice director for nine years, Deputy CEO and as a member of the board of directors and management committee. I learned how to run what is now a $275+ million law business.

Tom McNeill ADR

Beyond the Courtroom

Over the years, I have learned that: courtroom and litigation skills are not enough — business clients expect world-class resolution skills; “winning” also takes place in conference rooms, meetings, and personal interaction; and it is the client, not the lawyer, who defines a “win” for the business. A fair and reasonable resolution is “winning” for all parties and counsel.

Based upon broad and deep experience as a trial lawyer, I know how these complex business cases work, how much they cost, how much risk there is (and where it is), and how to value a case with a high degree of certainty (understanding all the factors that come into play).

Unique Perspective & Experience

I have longstanding professional and personal relationships with the bench and counsel, and that allows me to bring additional independent and fresh perspective and insight to guide a resolution process.

Successful service as a mediator or arbitrator requires experience, expertise, relationships, persistence, creativity and the ability to connect with business people in a dispute resolution opportunity. I hope and trust that I offer a combination of these factors to business people and their attorneys and advisors.