Esshaki, Gene J.
Gene J. Esshaki
Gene J. Esshaki is one of the founding shareholders of Abbott, Nicholson, Quilter, Esshaki & Youngblood, P.C. Gene specializes in business and corporate law, and acts as general and special counsel to a number of business enterprises. Gene is also recognized for his expertise in complex commercial litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Gene is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Arbitrators for Mass Claims Resolution. He is also a member of the National Panel of Neutrals and a member and advisor to the Association’s Michigan Office Complex Case Hearing Panel. Gene has participated in extensive training in alternative dispute resolution, is certified as a Mediator by the Michigan Supreme Court and has lectured on the topic. Gene is a hearing panelist for the Wayne County (Michigan’s largest Trial Court) Mediation Tribunal Association and the Attorney Discipline Board of the State Bar of Michigan. He has been called upon by Trial Court Judges and practitioners in numerous State and Federal Courts to mediate and/or arbitrate numerous complex commercial disputes. Gene has been a member of the Board of Directors of the Detroit Bar Association, a Trustee and President of the Detroit Bar Foundation, and is a Fellow in the Michigan State Bar Foundation. Gene served on the governing counsel of the Alternate Dispute Resolution Section of the State Bar of Michigan and is a member of the America Board of Trial Advocates – Michigan. Gene is on the faculty of the annual Dispute Resolution Institute sponsored by the Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education and the 2010 recipient of the State Bar ADR section George N. Bashara award for service in the field of alternate dispute resolution.
Gene received both his B.A. degree, cum laude, in 1971, and his J.D. degree in 1974 from Wayne State University. Gene is married to Cynthia E. Merry, Esq., an attorney and managing partner of her own firm. They have two children, Katherine, a graduate of the University of Michigan Law School and currently practicing law in Cleveland, Ohio, and Kristin, a graduate of Albion College and currently employed at Ford Motor Company, World Headquarters. Gene has served as the Chief Executive Officer of the firm and as a member of its Executive Committee.
Gene holds an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest rating awarded attorneys by their peers. He was honored as a Michigan Super Lawyer in 2007 -2012 and a Top 100 Michigan Super Lawyer for 2012 in the area of alternative dispute resolution. He was also recognized as a Top Lawyer in Metro Detroit – 2010-2012 by DBusiness Magazine.
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