Each year, Best Lawyers® identifies attorneys who are rated by their peers as top in their field. This year, Fraser Trebilcock attorney Peter D. Houk has been named the Best Lawyers in America© 2020 Arbitration "Lawyer of the Year" in Lansing. "I am extremely honored to be once again recognized by Best Lawyers as a 'Lawyer of the Year' in Lansing," says Mr. Houk.
Mr. Houk has also been recognized by Best Lawyers in the field of Mediation. Mr. Houk has practiced law for 50 years, he was the City Attorney for Lansing, the Prosecuting Attorney for Ingham County, and Assistant Attorney General for the state of Michigan before being appointed to the bench in 1986. Since retiring from the bench, Mr. Houk has mediated hundreds of cases.
He has also accrued many honorable recognitions throughout his career, including being named twice by Lawyers Weekly as one of Michigan's most respected judges, being listed in Super Lawyers continuously since 2006, as well as Best Lawyers in America© for Alternative Dispute Resolution. Mr. Houk is the past president of the American Inns of Court, Thomas M. Cooley Chapter, and was an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School for twenty years. Mr. Houk has also been elected as a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan, is on the American Arbitration Association list of approved mediators and arbitrators for construction and commercial matters, and is a Western District of Michigan Court Approved Mediator.
Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 87,000 leading attorneys cast nearly ten million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas; because lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor. Only five percent of attorneys in Michigan are awarded with the honor.