Mediator's Profile


Michael Botnick

Business Name: Gordon Arata Montgomery Barnett

Michael Botnick has more than 40 years of experience in commercial transactions, litigation and construction matters. Michael is a certified mediator, and is admitted to the American Arbitration Association National Roster of Arbitrators and Mediators, and is a Fellow of the Construction Lawyers Society of America, an invitation-only organization. His practice encompasses transactions, real estate, contracts and corporate law, as well as trusts and estates.

For more than 30 years, Michael has dedicated a hefty portion of his time practicing construction law for clients in the public and private sectors, an area in which he has been recognized by Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. Peers praise his pragmatic approach to disputes and his focus on reaching the best solution for clients, whether by a negotiated settlement or litigation. The publication further states that he is “very good at breaking it down, anticipating issues before they happen and coming up with practical solutions that avoid wasting time and money.” Chambers quotes clients as saying “Michael was always thoroughly prepared and demonstrated mastery of the legal issues involved.” Michael is also listed in the A.M. Best’s Directory of Insurance Professionals.

From 1994-2003, Michael served as Deputy City Attorney for the City of New Orleans. In that capacity, he was responsible for the negotiation, drafting and preparation of all public bid, professional, and personal service contracts for the City. He also assisted all City departments in the drafting of contracts and served in an advisory capacity to these departments.


  • Louisiana
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Tulane University, J.D. 1975
  • University of New Orleans, 1972


  • Member, Trial Law Institute
  • Member, Diversity Law Institute
  • American Arbitration Association
  • American Bar Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Louisiana State Bar Association
  • New Orleans Bar Association
  • New Orleans Academy of Trial Attorneys


  • Anti-Defamation League – Honorary Life Member of the National Commission, Past Chair and Honorary Board Member of the Southcentral Region
  • Jewish Children Regional Service Endowment – Former Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Honorary

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