Michael L. Fortney
Firm: Fortney & Klingshirn
Address: 4040 Embassy Parkway, Suite 280
Akron, OH 44333
Membership: Ohio State and American Bar Associations.
University: Miami University; University of Tennessee, B.S., 1979, Cleveland State University, J.D., summa cum laude, 1985
Admitted: 1986, Ohio; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Ohio; U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth and Federal Circuits
Biography: Mike helps his clients with construction law, business and employment law representation. He has maintained his AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell since 1994.As and advocate and as an arbitrator/mediator, Mike maintains areas of expertise in construction law, employment and labor law, litigation, business disputes and ADR. He has successfully litigated and served as an arbitrator and mediator in cases involving construction disputes, commercial business disputes, and employment disputes. Mike's representation in the construction industry includes assisting owners, general contractors and subcontractors and serving as a neutral in disputes involving competitive bidding, contract formation, unforeseen and differing site conditions, scope of work disputes, changed or extra work disputes, quality of work issues, timeliness of completion, delay, acceleration, liquidated damage claims, completion of work, mechanic's lien claims, and non-payment issues. Mike's commercial and business experience includes representations of parties or service as a neutral in disputes involving property issues, employment disputes, business sales and services, business ownership, and business formation and operation.Mike has represented employers and employees and served as a neutral in employment disputes alleging age discrimination, race discrimination, sex harassment, disability discrimination, cases brought under state civil rights statutes, Title VII of the Civil Rights Act, the ADEA, the ADA, the NLRA, cases alleging wrongful discharge, cases seeking the enforcement of non-competition agreements, small business ownership issues, and disputes between shareholders in closely held corporations.Mike has served as an arbitrator and a mediator in construction, employment and commercial disputes. Mike is an employment and construction arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, an arbitrator for FINRA, and a neutral on the ADR Panel for the ND Ohio Federal Court.