Mr. Houk has practiced law for forty years. Mr. Houk was the City Attorney for Lansing, Michigan and the Prosecuting Attorney for Ingham County before being appointed to the bench in 1986. Mr. Houk retired as Chief Judge of the Ingham County Circuit Court and the Michigan Court of Claims in 2003. He served as an Adjunct Professor, 1984-2002 at Cooley Law School; and as a Visiting professor, teaching "Law Practice" and "Advanced Technology Skills" from 2002 to 2007. He has been a frequent presenter at professional conferences including; "Alternative Dispute Resolution by Mediation and Arbitration," Annual State Bar of Michigan Conference (Negligence Section), 2008; "Introduction to Trial Technology Skills," MDTC Annual Conference, May 16 and 17, 2008; "Alternative Dispute Resolution," on WJIM-AM 1240 Broadcast of "The Big Show," 2008; "When Former Judges Mediate," 6th Annual Advanced Negotiation & Dispute Resolution Institute, 2007; "Advanced Negotiation and Alternative Dispute Resolution Conference," Michigan Institute of Continuing Legal Education, 2007; also presented on various occasions for the Michigan Judicial Institute and the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan. Current practice areas include mediating and arbitrating disputes involving; eminent domain, environmental law, land use and development, real estate, personal injury, and construction disputes. He has had extensive experience as a Judge in resolving all types of cases including: construction contracts, medical mal-practice and environmental and land use claims. Recognitions and honors include: Twice named by Lawyers Weekly as one of Michigan's Most Respected Judges; Since retiring from the Ingham County Circuit bench, he has mediated more than several hundred matters, including commercial and land use disputes, and professional negligence. Currently on the list of mediators for the U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan and the counties of Ingham, Clinton, Eaton, Shiawassee, Grand Traverse, Calhoun and Oakland. He has served as a member of several "Blue Ribbon" case evaluations panels. Mr. Houk is a member of the American Arbitration Association and the international Mediation Institute. He has arbitrated and mediated many matters involving foreign companies.