Steve Barney

About Me

Steve’s trial skills and courtroom experience have consistently lead him to recognition by his peers. He is a Fellow of the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers ( and the American Board of Trial Attorneys ( He has repeatedly been named a Super Lawyer and has served as President of both the FDCC ( and the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel. ( Steve’s vast years of courtroom work with judges and juries allows him to bring a perspective to the table that will help you, your clients and your adversaries reach resolutions that may seem impossible.

Steve has mediated hundreds of cases over the past 20 years and is known for his unique ability to relate to all kinds of personalities. His people skills are well recognized by those who have used him as a Mediator. Steve is a Certified Mediator for both State and Federal Courts. He is a graduate of Harvard University’s Mediation Program and has completed additional training from nationally recognized insitutions.


Steve has been successful in resolving both litigation and pre-litigation matters involving:

  • Commercial & Business Disputes
  • Municipal & Government Matters
  • Real Estate & Land Disputes
  • Professional Practice Disputes – including Brokers, Lawyers, Doctors, Insurance Agents, Contractors, Engineers, Surveyors and Other Professionals
  • Employment
  • Domestic Relations
  • Oil & Gas Disputes
  • Personal Injury Litigation
  • Products Liability


In addition to Steve’s Mediation practice, he is qualified to serve in the following capacities:

  • Arbitrator (American Arbitration Association, Commerical Panel Member)
  • Consultant for conflicts in the business environment
  • Special Master for electronic and complex discovery
  • Consultant to attorneys on case evaluation and trial strategy


“I have used Steve as a mediator for years in a variety of different cases. I find him to be no nonsense and tells me the good, the bad and the ugly of my cases; something crucial in a good mediator. He will work hard towards a resolution, but not waste your time if resolution isn’t a real possibility.”

Blake Ringsmuth, Plaintiff’s counsel
RingsmuthWuori PLC,

Steve has the level of trial experience that allows him to analyze a case and determine, with accuracy, a range of value. Even more importantly, he has the personality to look a plaintiff’s attorney in the eye and tell him that the case is weak and will not play well to a jury. Similarly, he can look at a defendant’s attorney and clearly state the problems with his case. It is Steve’s vast trial experience that makes his comments credible and persuasive.

Mark Bickel, Defense Counsel
Swogger & Bruce, Traverse City, MI

If you need a persuasive, insightful, analytical and empathetic professional to resolve cases large or small Steve Barney is the mediator I recommend you call. Steve possesses extraordinary skills to bring people together. He has never disappointed my clients or me. He is always at his best and always creatively finds ways to resolves disputes that seem beyond out-of-court resolution. We are lucky to have a person of Steve’s capacity and integrity to act as a mediator.

Vincent Petrucelli, Plaintiff Counsel
Petrucelli & Waara, Iron Mountain, MI

“Steve Barney is a well-respected, seasoned trial attorney, mediator and arbitrator with an stellar reputation as a leader in his field and in his profession. Known throughout United States and Europe as an advocate for his clients and his brother and sister lawyers, he was elected by his peers as President of the Federation of Defense & Corporate Counsel, an invitation-only trade association of 1300 vetted trial attorneys, in-house corporate counsel and claims professionals, one of the highest professional honors that a defense counsel can receive. Personable, honorable and trustworthy, he is to whom I have and will continue to recommend my most treasured clients when the need arises, knowing as I do that they will receive excellent representation from a classy guy.”

Dan Kohane, Defense Counsel, Buffalo, NY

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