Michael J. Betts
The focus of Mr. Betts’s practice is serving as a mediator to litigants and their counsel in lawsuits and arbitrations, and providing other alternative dispute resolution services including arbitrations and early neutral evaluations. Mr. Betts is on the approved roster of neutrals for the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania and has been certified by that Court as qualified to serve as an E-Discovery Special Master and Mediator. Mr. Betts is also on the American Arbitration Association’s national roster of arbitrators for commercial and consumer cases. He also is on the approved list of arbitrators and mediators for cases administered by FINRA Dispute Resolution.
Michael J. Betts has nearly forty years of experience handling and exploring the resolution of a wide range of litigation matters filed in federal and state courts in Pennsylvania, as well as numerous arbitration cases. Those matters include complex commercial cases, business disputes, banking litigation, class actions, consumer litigation, employment litigation, fiduciary litigation, insurance litigation, securities litigation (including FINRA arbitrations), professional negligence cases (legal and accounting malpractice), and trade secret/non-compete litigation. Through his diverse background, Mr. Betts has a breadth of experience and perspectives - as a Litigation Partner with Reed Smith Shaw & McClay (now Reed Smith LLP), as a Principal of Post & Schell, P.C., as in-house litigation counsel of PNC Bank, N.A., and as the managing member of a “boutique” litigation firm. In his private practice, Mr. Betts represented both plaintiffs and defendants and large corporations and individuals, and as a result provides parties in a mediation or other ADR process the full extent of objectivity and impartiality that they are entitled to receive from a mediator and ADR neutral.