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Paula K. Manis, Mediator & Arbitrator, Lansing, Michigan.

Paula K. Manis

Loomis Ewert Parsley Davis & Gotting, PC
124 W. Allegan St.
Suite 700
Lansing, MI 48912
Tel: 517 485 0400
Fax: (517) 485-5878
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Recognized to Michigan Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Early Neutral Evaluation, Fact Finding, Med-Arb
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  • Practice Commenced: 2002
  • Total Mediations (as of Feb 2023): 1500
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Feb 2023): 12
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For over 30 years, Paula K. Manis, has successfully and continuously maintained a diverse oil and gas practice. Starting out as a field landman for Amoco in Michigan, Ms. Manis has worked within and on the side of the oil and gas industry her entire legal career.

Paula has conducted over 1,400 mediations and facilitations, including public policy facilitations, since 2002. She has conducted mediations in Michigan and New York, involving all types of civil matters including, but not limited to, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, no-fault, probate matters, discrimination, Federal crop insurance and has served on arbitration panels in Michigan and New York. She has participated in hundreds of hours of advanced mediation training, including 40 hours of training at the Strauss Institute at Pepperdine Law School. She has given several presentations on mediation matters. She is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and a former member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Council (former chair of the Government Task Force). Ms. Manis is a volunteer mediator for the Dispute Resolution Center of Central Michigan (former board member and president), and is an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association. She was formerly a part of a mediation training team at Cooley Law School and MSU College of Law.

She was awarded with Lansing Lawyer of the Year for 2016 for Arbitration; Lansing Lawyer of the Year for 2014 and 2017 for Mediation; selected as one of the Best Lawyers of America for Alternative Dispute Resolution in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013; selected as one of the Best Lawyers of American for Mediation and Arbitration in 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019; selected as a Leading Lawyer in 2015 and 2016 and was selected for Marquis Who's Who in 2018. Ms. Manis was also awarded with the ‘Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers of 2013′ by LexisNexis and Martindale Hubbell. This award is exclusive to women lawyers who have achieved the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.

Case Experience

  • Agricultural
  • Appellate
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • Elder Abuse
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Family Businesses
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Nursing Homes
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Pharmaceuticals
  • Police
  • Postal
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Transportation
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Unfair Competition
  • Wrongful Death


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Juris Doctorate, 1979
  • Michigan State University, Post-Graduate Studies, 1975
  • Michigan State University, B.A. Social Science Multi-Discipline Program, 1973      

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Hearing Panelist for the State of Michigan Attorney Discipline Board
  • Member, State Bar of Michigan
    - Former Chair of Oil, Gas & Natural Resources Committe of the Real Property Section
    - Member of the Environmental Law Section
    - Member of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Section
    - Former Member of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Council
    - Former Chair of the ADR Council Government Task Force subcommittee
  • Member, Ingham County Bar Association
  • Member, Michigan Oil & Gas Association (1981 – Present)
  • Board Member, Dispute Resolution Center of Central Michigan, (2001 – 2010)
  • Co-President, Dispute Resolution Center of Central Michigan (2005 – 2006)
  • Neutral on the roster of the American Arbitration Association (2006 – Present)
  • Member of the Ingham County Circuit Court ADR Oversight Committee (2003 – Present)

Rates Information

$350.00 an hour for mediation. $375.00 an hour for med-arb. $400.00 an hour for arbitration. Only 1 hour total travel time will be charged to locations within 90 miles.

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