Former Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert Young Joins Alterity ADR


DETROIT (December 1, 2021) – Alterity ADR, a national provider of mediation, arbitration, and dispute management services, today announced the addition of former Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court, Robert Young, Jr. to its panel. Young will provide arbitration and mediation services from his base in Detroit, Michigan. He specializes in a range of areas including Labor & Employment, Business, Commercial, Construction, Finance, Insurance, IP, and Real Estate.

Young was the longest-serving Chief Justice of the Michigan Supreme Court. He was appointed to the Court in 1999 and elected Chief Justice in 2011, where he served until his term expired in 2019. As a long proponent of alternative dispute resolution, Young has extensive experience managing complex arbitration and mediation.

“I am proud to be associated with Alterity – both because of its commitment to ADR as well as its success in introducing into the ADR process a body of diverse, excellent, experienced neutrals. I am aware of no other organization that as effectively addresses both of these goals,” said Young.

Before joining the bench, Young served as vice president, corporate secretary, and general counsel of AAA Michigan and as a partner at the Dickinson Wright law firm in Detroit.

“It is an honor to welcome Justice Young to Alterity ADR’s panel,” said Marcie Dickson, founder and CEO of Alterity ADR. “He brings a wealth of knowledge and legal experience that will help clients achieve optimal results at mediation and arbitration proceedings. Also, his commitment to training and mentorship is a wonderful addition to our expanding community of dispute resolution specialists. 

A graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, Young was appointed to the Michigan Court of Appeals in 1995. After being appointed to the Supreme Court in 1999, Mr. Young was elected in 2002 and re-elected in 2010.

As an avid community supporter, Young has served on the boards of many charitable groups, including the Detroit Urban League, United Community Services of Metropolitan Detroit, and Vista Maria. He was named “Lawyer of the Year” in 2012 by Michigan Lawyers Weekly and “Michiganian of the Year” in 2016 by the Detroit News. 

Young has been awarded honorary degrees by Central Michigan University and Michigan State University College of Law. Mr. Young was an adjunct professor of Wayne State Law School for more than 20 years and now teaches at Michigan State University Law School.

About Alterity ADR

Alterity ADR is an alternative dispute resolution provider with a national panel of experienced and diverse mediators, arbitrators, and conflict resolution specialists. Alterity offers a full range of dispute resolution services, including mediation, arbitration, special master, appellate review, and several innovative resolution programs. The Atlanta-based firm also has neutrals located in Boston, Charleston, Charlotte, Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, Pensacola, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington, D.C.

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