Michael C. Towers, Esq.
Professional Work History:
Chubb Group of Insurance Companies Senior Employment Practices Litigation Claims Examiner; claim management of employment law claims including class action and complex litigation; claim risk evaluation; counsel with Chubb management; monitor defense by outside counsel; represent Chubb in mediation of matters in claim status. Retired. Fisher & Phillips LLP, Atlanta, Georgia; 1977-2001. Senior Litigation Partner, specializing in jury trials, bench trials, arbitration and mediation of Employment law matters, with focus on class actions, complex matters and novel cases. Appellate practice: arguments before United States Supreme Court and United States Courts of Appeals. Doremus & Towers, Metter, Georgia, 1974-77, Partner, General Practice--emphasis on litigation and business matters. Civil trials representing plaintiffs and defendants; County Public Defender; president, Middle Judicial Circuit Bar. Arnall, Golden & Gregory, Atlanta, Georgia, Associate, 1970-74, Labor and Employment and Business Litigation. Representative Areas of Litigation: Federal Civil Rights Acts including Title VII, ?1981, Age Discrimination in Employment Act, Americans with Disabilities Act; Family Medical Leave Act; Employee Retirement Income Security Act; Multi-employer Pension Plans Amendment Act; Fair Labor Standards Act; National Labor Relations Act; Occupational Safety and Health Act; Mine Safety and Health Act; Migrant Seasonal Worker Protection Act; Surface Transportation Assistance Act; corresponding State statutes; and, common law, Constitutional and equitable claims. General civil and criminal trial work with Doremus & Towers. Representative Industries Agriculture, Automotive, Convenience Stores, Electronics Mfg., Food, Health Services, Hospitality & Resort, Industrial Mfg., Industrial Construction, Insurance, Petroleum, Telecommunications, Textiles, Transportation and Logistics
Dispute Resolution Experience
35 years of litigation experience regularly involving the resolution of disputes through the mediation and arbitration processes. Defending arbitration awards through the Courts of Appeals.
Cornell University Dispute Resolution Training (Course titles and dates taken)
Cornell/PERC Institute on Conflict Resolution 2002
Other Dispute Resolution Training
Henning Civil Mediation Training and Practicum 2010 Henning Arbitration Training 2010 Registered Neutral Georgia Supreme Court-General Mediation and Arbitration; Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution
Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution. Registered General Mediator and Arbitrator-Supreme Court of Georgia. Georgia Bar Assn., Section of Dispute Resolution American Bar Association; sections of Dispute Resolution, Labor and Employment, Litigatioin, Senior Lawyers. ABA Litigation Section - Trial Practice Committee Past Chair, Trial Advocacy Workshops Committee - Clinical Training of Advanced Trial Advocacy throughout the United States
Bachelor of Science in Industrial Relations, Rockhurst University 1967; Juris Doctor, Boston College School of Law, 1970; Articles Editor, Boston College Law Review; ? Advanced Trial Advocacy Institute, University of Virginia ? Trial Advocacy Teachers' Training Institute, Berkeley, California ? Advanced Trial Advocacy Training, Oxford, England ? National Institute for Trial Advocacy, University of Texas
Martindale AV rated since 1975
Based on 4 hour day and hourly thereafter; cancellations within 24 hours of scheduled mediation or arbitration 4 hour fee.