• Admiralty and Maritime
  • Adoption
  • Antitrust and Trade Regulation
  • Arbitration
  • Aviation
  • Banking
  • Bankruptcy
  • Business
  • Business Divorce
  • Child Custody and Visitation
  • Child Support
  • Civil
  • Civil Rights
  • Co-Parenting
  • Collaborative Divorce
  • Commercial
  • Commercial Real Estate
  • Community
  • Complex Commercial
  • Condominium / HOA
  • Congregational
  • Construction
  • Consumer
  • Contract
  • Copyright
  • Discrimination
  • Divorce
  • Divorce Financial Planning
  • Domestic Violence
  • Education
  • Elder Care
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Entertainment
  • Environmental
  • Estate Planning
  • Family
  • Financial
  • Financial Divorce
  • Foreclosure
  • Franchise
  • Guardianship
  • Healthcare
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Investment
  • Labor
  • Landlord Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Negligence
  • Nursing Home Abuse
  • Oil and Gas
  • Parenting Plans
  • Partnership Disputes
  • Patent
  • Personal Injury
  • Pet
  • Post-Nuptial
  • Pre Nuptials
  • Premise Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Small Claims
  • Social Security
  • Tax
  • Trade Regulation
  • Trade Secret
  • Trademark
  • Transportation
  • Trust & Estates
  • Visitation
  • Wage & Hour
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Workplace
  • Wrongful Death
  • Wrongful Termination

Michael Hawkins

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP

Michael Hawkins

Mike Hawkins has both the knowledge and track record to help resolve disputes through mediation. With more than 40 years of experience as an attorney and hundreds of successful mediations, MIke uses a tried and true approach that enables both parties to comfortably maneuver through the process toward resolution while ensuring their interests are protected. He understands mediation involves compromise and negotiation and prepares each party with a preparation guide to ensure the process remains on track and consistent through the mediation. This approach results in a better than 80 percent success rate in settling disputes.

Mike is a neutral for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) since 1992, and has successfully mediated and arbitrated:

  •     Employment-related claims
  •     Commercial disputes
  •     Litigation involving discrimination laws
  •     Contract and non-compete issues
  •     Wrongful discharge claims
  •     Construction
  •     Domestic relations

Mike served as chair of the Cincinnati Bar ADR Committee, is a frequent speaker on mediation and conflict resolution, and has taught Mediation and Conflict Resolution at Xavier University in Cincinnati for three years. Additionally, Mike has mediated and arbitrated cases in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana and West Virginia.


  • University of Kentucky College of Law  (J.D., 1972)
  • University of Kentucky  (B.A., 1969)


  • Ohio
  • Kentucky


  • AAA Employment, Commercial and Complex Case panels
  • Former 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
  • National Association of Distinguished Neutrals

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio
  • Kentucky

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky


  • ALFA International Global Legal Network, past chair emeritus
  • American Arbitration Association, Labor & Employment Law Panel, mediator and arbitrator 
  • Kentucky Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Committee
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Cincinnati Bar Association, past president and past board member
  • American Red Cross, Greater Cincinnati Area Chapter, past chapter chair and board member
  • Cincinnati Human Relations Commission, Board of Commissioners, vice chair and past chair
  • American National Red Cross, Board of Governors, vice chair and International Services Committee
  • National Conference for Community Justice, past chair of the board
  • United Way and Community Chest, vice president and board member
  • American Society for International Law (ASIL), Lieber Society and Dispute Resolution
  • Refugees International, Board of Directors, secretary and board member
  • Foreign Policy Leadership Council of Greater Cincinnati
  • Diversity Law Institute
  • Montgomery Citizens’ Leadership Academy (2011) 
  • World Services Group, North American Council, chair
  • Kentucky Bar Association ADR committee  
  • Cincinnati Bar Association – Past Chair ADR Center