Mediator's Profile


Alan Kanter

Business Name: Effective Dispute Resolution

Alan M. Kanter is a practicing lawyer and a neutral ADR provider serving on many neutral panels as an arbitrator, mediator, facilitator and case evaluator. Alan practices, arbitrates and mediates matters and disputes involving many different areas of law. In addition, Alan is an educator, teaching ADR to practicing attorneys, state court judges and law students, and is a consultant and an author, focusing primarily on the fields of mediation and arbitration.

Alan engages in a significant amount of ADR work for the American Arbitration Association (AAA) and has been an arbitrator, mediator and case evaluator from the early 1980’s to the present. He is currently AAA-certified as an active mediator and arbitrator panelist on the regular and large complex Commercial, Employment Law, Health Law, Securities and Franchise Panels of the AAA, an Arbitrator and Mediator for the American Health Lawyers Association, United States Arbitration & Mediation Association, Mediation Works Incorporated (MWI), National Center for Dispute Resolution Resolute Solutions, LLC., and a Distinguished Arbitrator and Mediator for the CPR Dispute Resolution Institute.

Alan is also Court certified to mediate in the Courts in the State of Michigan. Alan has been a case evaluator for the Oakland County Circuit Court since 1984, and participated in the creation of the Oakland County Circuit Court Early Case Evaluation Program. He regularly serves as a neutral throughout the United States, on Large Complex Disputed Matters involving:

  • Complex corporate & commercial transactions
  • Mergers and acquisitions
  • Health care
  • Employment
  • Franchise
  • Computer & technology
  • Software development
  • E commerce law and IT issues
  • Entertainment
  • Intellectual property
  • Telecommunications
  • Securities


  • Wayne State University Law School, J.D., 1979
  • Wayne State University Law School, BA, 1976

Licenses & Certifications

  • FINRA Dispute Resolution Services Arbitrator
  • Michigan Medical Surprise Billing Arbitrator
  • Arbitrator and Mediator, Large Complex Cases American Arbitration Association
  • Attorney Disciplinary Panelist – Michigan Supreme Court
  • Distinguished Arbitrator and Mediator CPR (Dispute Resolution Institute)
  • Certified Mediator for Civil Disputes in Michigan Courts
  • Case Evaluator-Discovery Mediator Oakland County Circuit Court
  • Member of, and ADR Neutral provider for the American Health Lawyers Association

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Associations Litigation, ADR, Health Law and Employment Sections; Franchise Forum
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan (numerous sections)
  • Member, Oakland County Bar Association
  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators
  • Fellow and Director, College of Commercial Arbitrators
  • Fellow, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Master – American Inn’s of Court (OCBA)
  • Fellow – American Bar Foundation
  • Charter Donor – American Arbitration Association/ICDR Foundation

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