Richard Hurford

Richard Hurford

Richard L. Hurford is the President of Richard Hurford Dispute Resolution Services, P.C and a principal in ADRoit Dispute Resolution Services and Strongbridge Negotiation Strategists, P.C.  With over 40 years of litigation experience and service as a neutral in ADR processes and an inductee into the Michigan Lawyer’s Hall of Fame.  He is the past chair of the ADR Section of the Michigan State Bar; the Macomb ADR Committee, the Oakland County ADR Committee, the ADR Section of the Federal Bar Association for the Eastern District of Michigan and the ADR Committee of the Engineering Society of Detroit.   He has received distinguished service awards from the State Bar of Michigan, the Macomb County Bar Association and the Engineering Society of Detroit.  A perennial Martindale AV preeminent rated and Best™ lawyer he is a frequent lecturer and author on ADR and a contributor to the Supreme Court Administrative Office’s publication the Michigan Judges Guide to ADR Practice and Procedure and a co-author of two prior editions of the nationally acclaimed The ABCs of ADR and So Much More: A Practical Desk Guide for Judges and Attorneys.  The most recent edition of the ABCs is slated for publication in the next two months.   

He is a professional with Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMi), a Distinguished Fellow in the International Academy of Mediators (by invitation only), a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals (by invitation only) and a member of the Michigan State Bar, the ABA, the AAJ, the DRI and the MDTC. 

An important contributor to this article was Sarah Mikulich, M.S. in Educational Psychology, Ed.S. in School Psychology, is a nationally certified psychologist. She works with a diverse population diagnosing cognitive and behavioral disorders, as well as developing and implementing evidence-based interventions to maximize outcomes for her patients. Sarah deals with families, individuals, and institutions in conflict and develops strategies to mitigate the impact of the conflict. She is also a consultant to Strongbridge Negotiation Strategists.  


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Articles and Video:

Are They Crazy? No, Just Human (05/08/21)
The strategies and practices neutrals pursue to meet the psychological behaviors of people in conflict are central to an understanding of the effectiveness of mediation and various negotiation techniques utilized by mediators in helping parties resolve their dispute.