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© 2022 "Lawyer of the Year" for Arbitration in Lansing. This is a high honor, as only one attorney in each practice area in each community is honored as "Lawyer of the Year." "I am extremely honored to once again be recognized by Best Lawyers® as a 'Lawyer of the Year' for Arbitration in Lansing," said Mr. Houk.
This is Mr. Houk's fifth time being recognized as a "Lawyer of the Year" in Arbitration in Lansing by Best Lawyers®. Mr. Houk has also been recognized by Best Lawyers® in the field of mediation. Mr. Houk has practiced law for over 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, he has mediated hundreds of cases.
Mr. Houk has accrued many honorable recognitions throughout his career, including being named twice by Michigan 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, and is on the American Arbitration Association list of approved mediators and arbitrators for construction and commercial matters.
Best Lawyers© is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey in which almost 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five 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.