Academy Member Inducted 2020

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Hon. Peter D. Houk (Ret.), Mediator & Arbitrator, Lansing, Michigan.

Hon. Peter D. Houk (Ret.)

Fraser Trebilcock Davis & Dunlap, P.C.
124 W Allegan Street
Suite 1000
Lansing, MI 48933
Tel: (517) 377-0842
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Recognized to Michigan Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration Other ADR Services: Court-Appointed Neutral (Special Master), Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
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  • Practice Commenced17
  • # of MEDS (as of 7/12/23)600
  • # of ARBS (as of 7/12/23) 
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Hon. Peter D. Houk (Ret.) has dedicated 50 years to working in the law, and is a true advocate to those in need. In 2015, 2017, 2018 and 2020, he was named "Lawyer of the Year" in Lansing by Best Lawyers for Arbitration.

Before joining Fraser Trebilcock as an Arbitration and Mediation attorney, Peter presided as an Ingham Circuit Court Judge for seventeen years, the last ten of which were spent serving as Chief Judge. On the bench, he was twice recognized by Michigan Lawyers Weekly as one of the state's "Most Respected Judges."

As an attorney, Peter is unswervingly committed to the best interests of his clients. He arbitrates and mediates disputes with fairness, understanding, and a complete focus on the individuals involved.

Other Professional Experience:

  • Ingham County Circuit Court Judge (1986-2003)
  • Chief Judge (1992-2002)
  • Ingham County Prosecutor (1977-1986)
  • Lansing City Attorney (1972-1977)
  • Assistant Attorney General for the State of Michigan (1969-1972)

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Commercial/Business
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Environmental
  • Family Businesses
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Medical Devices
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Personal Injury
  • Police
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Public Policy
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Torts
  • Wrongful Death


  • University of  Michigan, BA (1966)
  • Wayne State University Law School, JD (1969)

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Michigan
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
    • Criminal Law Section
    • Crime Victims Committee (Past Chairman)
  • Ingham County Bar Association (Past Board of Directors Member)
  • Michigan Judges Association
  • American Arbitration Association list of approved mediators and arbitrators for construction and commercial matters and employment law
  • American Inns of Court, Thomas M. Cooley Chapter, Past President
  • Michigan Supreme Court Rules of Criminal Procedure Committee (1981-1986; 2002-2003)
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law (1983-2002); Distinguished Visiting Jurist (2002-2006)
  • Michigan Judicial Institute lecturer
  • Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (Past President, 1983-1984)
  • Michigan Justice Training Fund (Commissioner, 1983-1984)
  • Mason State Bank, Board of Directors Member
  • Edgewood United Church of Christ (Past Moderator and Trustee)
  • Ingham County Children's Trust Fund (Past Vice Chair)
  • Lansing Torch Club (President, 1999)
  • Mason Rotary Club (Former Member)
  • Mason Rotary Foundation (Former Board Member)
  • Governor's Conference on Traffic Safety (Member, 1987)
  • Governor's Drunk Driving Task Force (Member, 1983)


  • Achieved an AV Preeminent® peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell
  • Selected as 2020, 2018, 2017 & 2015 'Lawyer of the Year' in Lansing, by Best Lawyers for Arbitration
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Arbitration and Mediation in Lansing 2019; first listed in 2010
  • Elected as a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan
  • Selected as a '2019 Leading Michigan Lawyer' by Leading Lawyers for ADR Law: Commercial Litigation and ADR Law: Commercial Real Estate, Environmental & Construction; first named in 2014
  • Twice named by Lawyers Weekly as one of Michigan's Most Respected Judges
  • Listed in Super Lawyers, Alternative Dispute Resolution (2006-2018)

Rates Information

$350.00/ hour for 3 or less parties $400.00/hr for 4 or more parties.

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