ADR Systems


Giovan, William

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

Judge Nudelman was excellent.  Many times, attorneys on the case wanted to terminate the mediation, but Judge Nudelman kept us going until it was resolved.  Great job!!

Thomas J. Lyman, Esq.Partner, SmithAmundsen