ADR Systems


Hon. William J. Giovan, (Ret.)


Hon. William J. Giovan, (Ret.) is a skilled mediator, arbitrator and special master with extensive experience in settling personal injury and commercial/business disputes.

Types of Cases Resolved

  • Auto Liability
  • Business Dissolution
  • Construction
  • Personal Injury
  • Property Damage

ADR Experience and Qualifications

  • 39-year judicial career, including Chief Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit, Wayne County, Michigan, 2008-2009; Presiding Judge, Civil Division, 2000-2007; Chief Judge Pro Tempore, 2004-2005; Common Pleas Court; Recorders Court; Grosse Pointe Woods Municipal Court

Professional Activities and Awards

  • Detroit Bar Association Distinguished Service Award
  • American Jurisprudence Award, Contracts
  • Instructor, Michigan Judicial Institute
  • Instructor, Center for the Administration of Justice
  • Instructor, Institute on Continuing Legal Education
  • Instructor, National Judicial College, Reno, Nevada
  • Instructor, American Academy of Judicial Education
  • Chair, Supreme Court Committee on Model Civil Jury Instructions
  • Board Member, Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association
  • Italian-American Bar Association of Michigan, Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Case Evaluator, Mediation Tribunal Association, Inc.
  • State Bar of Michigan Negligence Law Section

Presentations and Publications

  • “On the Nature of Being a Judge,” The Detroit Lawyer, Vol. 41, No. 7
  • People v. Jones, 228 Mich. App. 191
  • “Hearsay: The Rest of the Definition,” Michigan Bar Journal
  • “The Neglected Defense to the Hearsay Objection,” Michigan Bar Journal; reprinted in The Advocate [Ohio State Bar Journal]
  • “Pretrial and Trial Procedures under the Michigan Court Rules,” Michigan Bar Journal
  • Co-Author, “Civil Procedure Before Trial,” Thomson-West Publishing Company
  • “Jury Instructions and Special Verdicts,” Chapter 19, “Civil Procedure” (ICLE)


  • J.D., University of Michigan Law School
  • B.A., University of Detroit


  • Michigan State Bar

I was extremely pleased with a recent mediation at ADR Systems. The mediators constitute a veritable "who's who" of top-notch practitioners and former jurists with a wealth of experience across the legal spectrum.  I strongly recommend ADR Systems for even the most complex and contentious of cases.

Hillard M. Sterling, Esq.Sterling Tech Law | Waveland Law Group, LLC