Jerome F. Rock
Arbitration & Mediation
Practice Limited to Business, Technology & Construction Industry Disputes
Side Note: For those familiar with mediation and negotiation theory, you may note that my approach and strategy is largely influenced by the research of James A. Lax and James Sebenius and the Harvard Program on Negotiation, particularly "3-D Negotiation: Powerful Tools to Change the Game in Your Most Important Deals". A short description of the three dimensions necessary for successful mediation is presented in my Checklist of ADR Strategies in the White Paper section of this website. Another important contribution to my practice is based on "Challenging Conflict: Mediation Through Understanding" by Gary Friedman and Jack Himmelstein. This concept was used to develop the "Working Session" under the Two-Stage approach to the Mediation Hearing.
Jerome F. Rock
Jerome Rock is on the panel of Mediators and Arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association for its Commercial, Construction, and Large Complex cases. He also serves on the Panel of Arbitrators for the National Center for Dispute Settlement, and is available as a Private Arbitrator.
Mr. Rock is also on the panel of civil mediators for the Wayne, Oakland, Macomb, and Washtenaw County Circuit Courts, as well as the roster of approved ADR Neutrals for the Business Court for the Third and Sixteenth Judicial Circuits. Mr. Rock focuses on Business Court cases , particularly where there is an opportunity to engage in Early Case Mediation and enhanced multi stage facilitation for complex cases. His approach to Mediation relies on Interest Based Negotiation principles and he often schedules Pre-Mediation sessions with each party prior to the formal Mediation Hearing as a strategy to greatly improve the quality of the outcomes.
He has served as court-appointed mediator and special master in federal and state courts and acts as a facilitator of negotiations for complex business transactions. Mr. Rock has been a construction and business lawyer, a chief executive of a high tech engineering firm, and has degrees in both mechanical and civil engineering as well as law. Mr. Rock has been a licensed residential builder, a LEED accredited professional by the US Green Building Council, a former adjunct lecturer in engineering and construction law. He is a member of the Engineering Society of Detroit and served on the board of directors of the Michigan chapter of the Design-Build Institute of America. Mr. Rock is also a member of the Professional Resolution Experts of Michigan (PREMi) and an instructor for the SCAO-approved advanced mediation course on Med-Arb.
He is the Chapter Author for Settlement & Negotiation for Michigan Civil Procedure, the comprehensive treatise published by the Institute for Continuing Legal Education. His focus on academic research has a strong practical application that brings additional sophistication to the negotiation and settlement process. He encourages creative discussion at the Pre-Hearing phase and is a strong, positive force in the Mediation Hearing. He is a pragmatic problem solver in helping plaintiff or defense counsel deal with complicated situations and difficult clients.
Mr. Rock has earned the Martindale Hubbell Peer Review Rating of Preeminent, is rated as a SuperLawyer by Thompson Reuters, and Top Lawyer by Detroit Business and Hour Detroit.
The link above to the AAAMediation.org site provides additional detail on my experience and qualifications, as well as a video clip of my PreMediation Best Practice. There is also a link to references, sorted by major case types. Please contact me if you have any questions.