Linda  A. Michler

Professional Dispute Resolution, LLC


Curriculum Vitae

Linda A. Michler, Esquire

Professional Dispute Resolution


(412) 854-4315

(412) 480-1731 (cell phone)



Dispute Resolution Experience and Training

Ms. Michler is a former practicing attorney who now does only mediations, early neutral evaluations, consulting and arbitrations for cases and claims involving business and financial matters including real estate, employment, lending, shareholder, and healthcare disputes.


She also has experience with government contracts, franchise disputes, product liability, professional malpractice, commercial/business matters, and bankruptcy disputes.  The principal of Professional Dispute Resolution, LLC, she has over 25 years’ experience on ADR matters, serving as an arbitrator, mediator, and early neutral evaluator/consultant.  In addition to once maintaining an active private law practice, she has served as Assistant District Counsel, Special Assistant United States Attorney with the US Small Business Administration, taught legal courses at Robert Morris University, Duquesne University, Community College of Allegheny County and has been a presenter for several CLE providers including the National Business Institute, and the Allegheny County and Washington County Bar Associations.  She has been in-house counsel for a global data and risk management software company.  Ms. Michler is currently admitted to practice in all Pennsylvania, North Carolina and New York Courts, US District Courts for Western, Middle and Eastern Districts of Pennsylvania, US District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina, US Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, and US Supreme Court.


Selected Honors, Awards, Publications, and/or Professional and Civic Associations

  • International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution -  Panel of  Distinguished Neutrals, Member Arbitration Committee, Mediation Committee, Banking and Finance Committee
  • MWI Franchise ADR Panel
  • ABA Dispute Resolution Section Newsletter , I Knew You Were Trouble – Real Estate and ADR
  • ABA Dispute Resolution, Women in Dispute Resolution, and Regional Co-Chair (Mid – Atlantic Region)
  • United States Bankruptcy Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania – Mediation Panel Member, Special Advisor to the initial Mediation Rules Subcommittee
  • US  District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania – Mediator and Arbitrator
  • State of North Carolina Dispute Resolution Commission – Certified Mediator
  • American Arbitration Association Mediator and Arbitrator
  • American Arbitration Association appointed mediator for the NC Disaster Program administered by the American Arbitration Association
  • Special Assistant US Attorney, Assistant District Counsel, Pittsburgh Office, US Small Business Administration
  • Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA, formerly NASD) – Mediator and Arbitrator
  • Better Business Bureau – Mediator and Arbitrator
  • Federal Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Section – Past Vice- President Western PA Chapter
  • National Arbitration Forum – Mediator and Arbitrator
  • Financial Women’s International – Past President of Western Pennsylvania Chapter
  • Southwinds Incorporated – Past Board Member, Chair of the Budget and Finance Committee
  • Family Services of Western Pennsylvania – Past Board of Trustees Member
  • Pittsburgh Legal Journal – Past Editorial Board Committee
  • MS Society – Employment and business hotline volunteer
  • Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation - Mentor




B.S. Science, Minor Psychology, University of Pittsburgh; J.D., Duquesne University School of Law



Professional Dispute Resolution Training/Speaking and Publications

  • American Bar Association, Will Your ADR Neutral Disclosures Meet Party Expectations? Perceived Associations and Social Media:  Guidelines, Disclosure Differences, Requirements, Opinions – Are they Enough? Presenter
  • National Business Institute, Mortgage Foreclosures and Alternatives to Mortgage Foreclosures, - Presenter
  • Allegheny County Bar Association Bench-Bar “Who Files for Bankruptcy” - Presenter
  • Federal Bar Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter and the Social Security Section Conference on Social Security Law – Moderator
  • Washington County Bar Association Winter Bench-Bar “Court Mediation” Conference - Presenter
  • Federal Bar Association Western Pennsylvania Chapter The Mediation/Arbitration Section “Mediation In The Millennium” Conference – Presenter
  • Advanced Mediation Training – Presenter
  • ABA Dispute Resolution Section Annual Meeting, 2017 – Presenter
  • CPR 2017 Annual Meeting, Pathways to Partnership​, 2017
  • FINRA Fall 2016 Neutral Workshop—Best Practice Tips for Chairpersons
  • FINRA – Spring 2016 Neutral Workshop – Practical Tips for Arbitrators
  • ABA – Dispute Resolution Section 2016 Annual Meeting
  • CPR -  The Dispute Resolution Divide – Harmonizing Global Approaches
  • Association of Attorney Mediators – Advanced Training
  • FINRA - Rule Amendments Vision; Expungement Refresher
  • American Bar Association, What Makes a Question Backfire? The Art of Asking Powerful Disarming Questions
  • ABA – Employees in the Digital World:  The Employer’s Best Line of Defense and Greatest Threat to Data Security
  • Employment Law Seminar
  • ABA – Internal Corporate Investigations
  • CPR – Global Conflicts and Theories
  • Published in American Bar Association, Just Resolutions E- Newsletter, July 2013, I Knew Your Were Trouble:  Real Estate and ADR
  • First American Financial Corporation, Title Issues from Beyond the Grave
  • First American Financial Corporation, ALTA Best Practices
  • Bargaining Best Practices:  Contract Negotiations in the Board’s New Age (Labor and Employment Law)
  • ABA – Disability Issues in Employment Law
  • First American Title Insurance Company, ALTA’s Best Practices
  • ABA – Ethical Tools to Diffuse Incivility
  • E-Discovery and Information Governance
  • Lloyd’s Market Structure and Use of ADR
  • Ethical Issues in Bankruptcy Cases
  • American Bankruptcy Institute Advanced Bankruptcy Mediation Training
  • FINRA  Suspicious Account Reporting and Anti Money Laundering
  • The Intersection of the Public’s Right to Access with a Party’s Right to Privacy – The Mediation



Career History

Professional Dispute Resolution LLC, Attorney/Mediator

Law Office of Linda  A. Michler, Managing Attorney

Lyons, Doughty & Veldhuis, Attorney

US Small Business Administration, Special Assistant US Attorney

Frank R. Fleming III PC, Associate

Community College of Allegheny County, Instructor

Robert Morris University, Instructor

Duquesne University, Instructor/Researcher/Writer



Other Management / Business Activities

Former owner of Fiddlesticks, a summer rental home in the Outer Banks, North Carolina, successfully scheduling managing summer weekly rentals for over 8 years, including managing various personnel to maintain and service property, house, and related activities, including website,




Phone: (412) 854-4315

Fax: (866) 390-4385

Cell: (412) 480-1731


2400 Oxford Drive, #153, Bethel Park, PA 15102


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