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 2015 Arbitration “Lawyer of the Year” in Lansing. Only a single lawyer in each practice area, in each community, is honored with this distinction.
Mr. Houk has also been selected as a 2014 Super Lawyer in the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution, an honor awarded to only five percent of attorneys in Michigan in their respective field.
Mr. Houk has practiced law for more than 40 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 past president of the American Inns of Court, Thomas M. Cooley Chapter, was an Adjunct Professor of Criminal Law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School for twenty years, and is an International Mediation Institute certified mediator. 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 50,000 leading attorneys cast nearly five million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas.