Neckers inducted into Academy of Distinguished Neutrals


 Bruce W. Neckers, a shareholder at Rhoades McKee, was inducted in the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, whose members are professionals distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil and commercial mediation and by their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute resolution.

With stringent practice criteria, the association has inducted only seven other attorneys in Michigan. Membership is by invitation only and limited to attorney mediators and arbitrators who have proven experience in the field. Members are some of the most in-demand neutrals in their states, as selected by both peers and litigation firms.  For more information, visit

“It is an honor to be recognized for helping parties settle their conflicts rather than carry on the fight,” stated Neckers. “As an experienced trial lawyer, I know that the uncertainty and expense of a trial gives those who settle the advantage of gaining control over both the litigation and the cost. It is usually rewarding to work with the parties and in doing so create a much better situation for everyone.”

Neckers has completed mediations in more than 500 cases. His practice includes representing plaintiffs or defendants in significant state and federal cases, specializing in business, health care, real estate, employment, commercial and personal injury litigation. Neckers has received many honors: inclusion in the American College of Trial Lawyers (limited to top 3% of trial lawyers in each state) and the International Society of Barristers;  Best Lawyers of America®;  Martindale Hubbell - Highest AV Preeminent Rating and others.
He has served as President of the State Bar of Michigan the Grand Rapids Bar Association, and the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Michigan.

Neckers is a graduate of Ohio State University College of Law and Hope College.