Samuel E. McCargo

Arbitrator | Mediator


Samuel E. McCargo draws on more than 35 years of legal experience as a commercial litigator and in his practice as an arbitrator and mediator.

He arbitrates and mediates commercial, complex contract, employment, labor, and consumer and community disputes. His ADR experience also includes past roles as ad hoc hearing officer for the Michigan Department of Public Health and the Michigan Department of Civil Service. 

McCargo has also been the chief negotiator for collective bargaining agreements covering a wide array of industries and unions. He has experience in National Labor Relations Board, Michigan Employment Relations Commission and Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency proceedings. 

In addition to his ADR experience, McCargo has litigated wrongful discharge, sex and race discrimination and harassment, employee insurance and benefits, workers compensation, unfair labor practices charges, duty of fair representation, and corporate restructuring and staff reduction cases. 

He frequently leads trainings and lectures on arbitration, mediation, sexual harassment, new issues in discrimination, merit systems, state and federal civil service, arbitration costs and preparation, and workplace diversity management. 

McCargo and his wife, Mattie, have three adult children. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf, reading and traveling.

  • J.D. University of Michigan, 1975
  • B.A. University of Michigan, 1972
  • Court Admissions
  • Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • Affiliations
    ABA Health Lawyers
    American Bar Association
    D. Augustus Straker Bar Association
    Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
    National Bar Association
    State Bar of Michigan
    Wolverine Bar Association
    Membership & Community Involvement
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (2022)
  • University of Michigan/Black Law Alumni Society
  • American Association of Health Lawyers
  • Publications & Speaking Engagements
  • Employment Law for Michigan Employers, Severing the Employment Relationship, Chapter 13 in Institute of Continuing Legal Education publication - April 2021
  • Taney’s Negroes: Can the Court Un-Ring the Bell?, Michigan State Bar Journal - May 2015
  • Responding to the Hostile Sexual Environment: Cure or Legal Defense?, Michigan State Bar Journal - November 1995
  • Emancipation in Michigan, Michigan State Bar Journal - June 1985
  • Lawyer Beware: Choose Your Commercial Client Carefully, Michigan State Bar Journal - July 1984
  • The Black Irishman, Detroit Lawyer - September 1975
  • Best Practices in Non-Administered Arbs, State Bar of Michigan, ADR Section - March 2022
  • Elements of Grievance Processing, American Arbitration Association - July 2020
  • Zero Tolerance: The Ultimate “Paper Tiger”!, American Arbitration Association - November 2014
  • Going to Arbitration? What You Need To Know and How To Prepare, Michigan Negotiators Association - October 2014
  • The “Perfect” Cross-Examination: Guidelines for Arbitration Cross-Exams, American Arbitration Association - 2014
  • ADR for New Realities in the Workplace, Association for Conflict Resolution - April 2013
  • Introduction to Labor Arbitration Advocacy, American Arbitration Association - February 2013
  • The Great At-Will Myth, Wolverine Human Services - August 2012
  • Tips To Draft an Effective ADR Clause and Tips To Prepare for an Arbitration, National Bar Association Conference - May 2004
  • The Michigan Patient's Bill of Rights, Michigan Association of Certified Public Accountants - April 1998
  • Michigan Wrongful Discharge Cases, Back To Basics - How To Win The Disability Discrimination Case, ICLE/Health Law Institute - February 1996
  • The Alpha and Omega of Arbitrating a Labor/Employment Dispute, Department of Civil Service - February 1996
  • Preparing for Mediation, NBA/Arbitration Section - August 1995
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Employee Rights Mock Trial - July 1995
  • Trying the Challenging Automobile Negligence Case, Institute of Continuing Legal Education's Advocacy Institute - May 1995
  • Mediation, National Bar Association, Arbitration Section - August 1994
  • Impact Costs, The Ripple Effect in Construction Contracts, National Bar Association, Arbitration Section - July 1993
  • Management Authorities Under the Merit System, State of Michigan, Department of Civil Service - June 1993
  • Arbitration Fees, Costs and Expenses, 67th Annual National Bar Association Meeting - July 1992
  • Sexual Harassment - Investigation, Office of the State Employer Seminar - April 1992
  • Moderator, Alternative Dispute Resolution Panel, National Bar Association, Commercial Law Section Corporate Counsel Conference - February 1992
  • Employee Discipline, Macomb County College - January 1979
  • The Legal Aspects of Arbitration, National Association of Black Contractors - July 1977
  • The Arbitrator and Conflicting Forums, American Arbitration Association Labor Law Conference - April 1977
  • experience

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