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Michael J. Pitton, Arbitrator, Iowa City, Iowa.

Michael J. Pitton

Attorney & Adjunct Professor
Box 243
308 East Burlington St.
Iowa City, IA 52240
Tel: (319) 338-9453
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Recognized to Iowa Chapter for Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Illinois, Minnesota

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
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Michael Pitton has been an experienced arbitrator since 1997, is AV-rated, admitted to practice in Iowa, Minnesota and Illinois, and is included in the nationwide Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. He has also been a member of the adjunct faculty of the University of Iowa College of Law for more than twelve years, where he teaches several arbitration courses to upper level law students. He has also practiced law since 1977 in the areas of litigation and alternative dispute resolution, which has included trials, appeals, arbitrations, mediations and administrative hearings in several state and federal courts, ADR proceedings and agency hearings, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He is on the Board of Directors of the American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorneys and is a co-founding member of Iowa Arbitration Association LLC d/b/a Iowa Arbitrators.

Case Experience

  • Aviation
  • Banking & Finance
  • Bankruptcy/Creditors
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Discrimination
  • Education
  • EEOC
  • Employment
  • Family Businesses
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Workers' Compensation
  • Wrongful Death


  • Juris Doctor with distinction from the University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa; May 1977
  • Bachelor of Arts cum laude from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska in Psychology; May 1974.
  • Certified Mediation and Arbitration Training from the Dispute Resolution Institute at Hamline University School of Law and Mediation Center; May 1994.

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Board of Directors, American Academy of Alternative Dispute Resolution Attorneys
  • Council Member, Iowa State Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • Iowa Arbitration Association - Co-Founder
  • Arbitrator for American Arbitration Association
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Johnson County Bar Association

Rates Information

Hourly rates are $400.00 per hour for preparation and sessions. Travel time is billed at one half the hourly rate. Additional charges for travel expenses may apply.

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