michael A. Tomko


"I believe that our systems, rules, and regulations should provide equal access to justice for all people. I have spent my entire professional life working with others to ensure that these principles are maintained. I am at my best when I work with conflicted parties to help them find resolution and move beyond their dispute. This is who I am and how I do my part."


Michael Tomko is an arbitrator and mediator who specializes in helping clients resolve civil, domestic, employment and labor disputes. Mike is a member of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) labor arbitration panel and consumer arbitration panel, conducts private mediations, and appears on several court mediation rosters.

Prior to his career in dispute resolution, Mike spent twenty-five years working for national and global firms within the automotive manufacturing sector. Mike started his career as an hourly production employee and worked his way up into roles such as, Vice President of Operations and Vice President of Human Resources. He has over fifteen years of labor and employee relations experience. Mike has expert knowledge and experience in collective bargaining, grievance investigation and administration, mediation, arbitration, EEOC, NLRB, and litigation. It was within this space that he discovered a passion for alternative dispute resolution. Mike now dedicates his time working as an independent neutral party providing his clients with high-quality dispute resolution services.



Absenteeism, Bargaining Unit Work, Benefits (Bonus, Holidays, Insurance, Leave, Vacation), Civil Cases, Conduct, Contract interpretation / application, Demotion, Discipline, Discharge, Discrimination (age, disability, race, sex, religion, national origin), Drug/Alcohol Offenses, Harassment, Hiring Practices, Job Performance, Job Posting/Bidding, Layoffs/Bumping/Recall, Management Rights, Neutrality & Card Check, Past Practices, Promotion, Safety/Health Conditions, Seniority, Sexual Harassment, Small Claims, Strikes, Wages (cost-of-living pay, holiday pay, incentive pay, job classification & rates, overtime pay, severance pay, vacation pay), Work Stoppages, Work Hours / Schedules, Work Assignment, Working Conditions, Work Orders, Violence or Threats.


Aerospace, Automotive, Construction, Education, Electronics, Foundry, Furniture, General Manufacturing, Health Care, Machinery, Office Workers/Clerical, Retail, Warehousing.


  • American Arbitration Association, panel of labor arbitrators (www.adr.org)

  • American Arbitration Association, panel of consumer arbitrators (www.adr.org)

  • FINRA, arbitrator (www.finra.org)

  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), Employment Disputes Panel (www.cpradr.org)

  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (CPR), General Commercial ADR Panel (www.cpradr.org)


  • First Court, mediation panel

  • State of Michigan 6th Circuit Court, general civil mediator panel

  • State of Michigan 13th Circuit Court, general civil mediator panel

  • State of Michigan 17th Circuit Court, general civil mediator panel

  • State of Michigan 20th Circuit Court, general civil mediator panel

  • State of Michigan 27th Circuit Court, general civil mediator panel

  • State of Michigan 33rd Circuit Court, general civil mediator panel


  • American Bar Association, Associate Member

  • American Bar Association, Section for Dispute Resolution, Fellow (Bar years 2021- 2022)

  • Chartered Institute of Arbitrators (CiArb)

  • State Bar of Michigan, Associate Member


  • Arbitration Training Institute, American Bar Association (ABA)

  • Labor Arbitrator I, American Arbitration Association (AAA)

  • Labor Arbitrator II, American Arbitration Association (AAA)

  • Labor Arbitration, Federal Mediation & Conciliation Service (FMCS)

  • Basic Arbitrator, Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA)

  • Alternative Dispute Resolution, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

  • General Civil Mediator Training (SCAO), Oakland Mediation Center

  • Domestic Mediation Training (SCAO), Resolution Services Center

  • Mediating High Conflict Disputes, High Conflict Institute


  • Speaker & Panelist: "Trends and Technology in Dispute Resolution: A Global Perspective", Utatuzi Center ADR Week (2021)


  • Harvard Business School, PLD (2008)

  • Michigan State University, Master Certificate in Human Resource Management (2017)