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Virtually all aspects of litigation are costly, risky and time consuming in every sense. If a case proceeds to a trial, the parties expend resources to risk uncertainty. Accordingly, litigants are looking for less expensive and more expedient alternatives for dispute resolution outside the courtroom setting. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) fulfills this important and necessary need in providing economical, efficient and effective options for dispute resolution. While mediation or arbitration is recognized as commonly used ADR methods, there are no limits to the variable creative approaches available to resolve a dispute.

Michelle T. Langan exclusively practices in the area of mediation and arbitration. As of July 11, 2024, she maintains a settlement rate of 98.05% in the more than 4,511 cases she has handled. The total amount settled exceeds $870,089,197. The results of the 88 cases not settled are as follows:

45 cases were defense verdicts at trial or were judicially dismissed.

18 cases were Plaintiff trial verdicts for less than offered at mediation.

25 cases were Plaintiff trial verdicts for greater than offered at mediation.

The cases she has settled include personal injury, wrongful death, professional malpractice, wrongful termination, employment, civil rights, premises liability, products liability, insurance coverage, disability insurance, toxic torts, commercial real estate, and construction defect matters.

Ms. Langan has been a Judge Pro-Tempore for the Pima County Superior Court since 1994. Ms. Langan has also been a member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals since inception in Arizona. In addition to her work in Alternative Dispute Resolution, Ms. Langan has been a civil litigator since 1991 with considerable experience in court, arbitration and jury trials. She served on the 2013 Federal Magistrate Merit Selection Commission and she has been recognized as Attorney of the Year for Law-Related Education by the Arizona State Bar for her dedication to community service. She is a featured speaker at numerous seminars on Alternative Dispute Resolution throughout the country each year. She received her J.D. from the University of Arizona College of Law in 1990.

Graduate University of Arizona College of Law - 1990
Member State Bar of Arizona
Member Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals Bar
Member Arizona Dispute Resolution Association
Member Mediation Association of Southern Arizona
Member Pima County Bar Association
Member Association of Conflict Resolution
Martindale - Hubbell Law Directory AV* rating

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