Richard A. Soble, formerly managing partner of the Detroit law firm of Goodman, Eden Millender & Bedrosian, has concentrated his civil trial practice in the areas of civil rights, personal injury and wrongful death. Today, his focus is in the area of alternate dispute resolution, serving as a neutral mediator and arbitrator in a wide variety of disputes, including commercial, environmental, personal injury, negligence, and malpractice.
Mr. Soble received his law degree from Boston College of Law in 1968. He has been invited to lecture on trial practice, negotiation skills and alternative dispute resolution by the Michigan Trial Lawyers, the Institute of Continuing Legal Education, the National Lawyers Guild, and the University of Michigan and Wayne State University law schools. He has served by judicial appointment on the Washtenaw County Mediation Committee and is frequently requested by both attorneys and judges to serve as a mediator or arbitrator. Having handled over 1300 such cases, Mr. Soble shares his experience in alternative dispute resolution as a board member for the ICLE Mediation Advisory Group. He is a Fellow of the State Bar of Michigan, serving on the Legal Services Grant Committee, a Trustee of the Michigan State Bar Foundation and an elected member of the ADR Section Council. Mr. Soble is on the Board of the Center for Constitutional Rights.
He has been selected by his peers as one of the Best Lawyers in America 2006-2017 and also a Michigan Super Lawyer during 2006-2017. Additionally, he was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2008 by the Public Justice Foundation. He has also been named one of the Top Lawyers in Alternative Dispute Resolution in DBusiness Magazine in 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2014. The New York Times named him one of the Top Attorneys in 2012. The Washtenaw County Bar Association awarded Mr. Soble the Professionalism and Civility Award in 2004 as well as the Outstanding Attorney Award in 2002. For their work in Neal vs. MDOC, he and his colleagues received the Wade Hampton McCree Jr. Award for the Advancement of Social Justice in 2009.