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Frederick D. Dilley

1700 East Beltline, N.E.
Suite 200
Grand Rapids, MI 49525-7044
T 616.726.2247
F 616.726.6837


Fred Dilley has been actively involved in the Grand Rapids and West Michigan legal communities in both state and federal courts as a first chair litigator for more than 30 years. He has worked on a variety of complex and difficult matters ranging from business disputes to divorce cases to personal injury matters.  For the last 15 years, he has brought that experience to his facilitative mediation and arbitration practice which now represents the majority of his professional endeavors.  Fred is a sought-after facilitative mediator. He completes about 100 mediations each year with a very significant success rate and a large number of return users.  Attorneys and clients have come to trust Fred’s judgment and expertise as a litigator; as a mediator; and as an arbitrator.

Fred is also frequently engaged as local counsel in federal and state courts in matters such as patent and trademark infringement,  securities fraud and energy litigation involving anti-trust claims.  His ability to assist out-of-town counsel in navigating through the local rules, procedures and practices has been of great value to a number of Fortune 1000 companies, their general counsel and, outside counsel. 

Honors & Recognitions

 Best Lawyers®  2014 & 2015 Mediation "Lawyer of the Year" in Grand Rapids

Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers

Fellow, International Society of Barristers

Associate, American Board of Trial Advocates

AV® Preeminent™ Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers in America® 1995-2019 (Arbitration, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation - Plaintiffs)

Michigan Super Lawyers General Litigation, 2005-2018

Judicial Conference in the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Life Member

2016 Outstanding Achievement Award, Negligence Section, State Bar of Michigan

2015 Hillman Award, Federal Bar Association for the Western District of Michigan

State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section Outstanding Achievement Award 2016

Michigan Lawyers Weekly Leader in the Law 2015

Hillman Advocacy Program; Hillman Award Recipient 2015


Memberships & Affiliations

Legal Affiliations:
  • Judicial Conference of the U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals, Life Member
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • American Inns of Court, Gerald R. Ford Chapter, Founding Master and Past President (1995)
  • Hillman Advocacy Program, Steering Committee, Past Chair
  • Civil Justice Advisory Group, Western District Michigan, Past Chair
  • Voluntary Facilitative Mediation Advisory Group, Western District Michigan, Past Chair
  • Michigan State University College of Law, Trustee and Former Vice Chair

News & Events


Speaking Engagements

  • REPRESENTING CLIENTS IN MEDIATION: The Art of Effective Mediation Advocacy, SBM: Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Labor & Employment Law; Litigation; Probate & Estate Planning; Real Property Law; and Young Lawyers Section, June 6, 2017
  • Commencement Address, MSU College of Law, January 2014
  • Electronic Snooping: Do's and Don'ts, Grand Rapids Bar Association- Family Law Section, December 3, 2013
  • Family Law, Evidence and Trial Practice, Grand Rapids Bar Association Family Law Section, April 17, 2013


Michigan State University College of Law (formerly Detroit College of Law), J.D., 1975

Michigan State University's James Madison College, B.A., 1971

Bar and Court Admissions


Michigan Supreme Court

U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan

U.S. Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals

U.S. Supreme Court

Alternative Dispute Resolution: Selecting a Mediator
Alternative Dispute Resolution: Facilitative Mediation