As the first certified mediator in the state of Arkansas, Bob has been on the cutting edge of this growing trend for decades. He draws on his experiences as an attorney and mediator for more than 16 years (since 1998) to skillfully assist parties in realistically assessing the risk of litigation. His extensive mediation practice serves clients entering into court-ordered mediation and those coming to the table voluntarily. In many circumstances, parties are unwilling or unable to work together to find a resolution, but they want to avoid the time and expense of litigation. Other times, they want a final decision to be handed down by someone with not only knowledge of the law, but also a specific practice area.

Robert E. Hornberger Attorney/Mediator, PA is based in Fort Smith, Arkansas, and serves clients throughout the State of Arkansas as well as those in Eastern Oklahoma and Southwest Missouri.


Robert E. Hornberger

Bob began his law practice in 1972 after graduating from the University of Arkansas School of Law. For 25 years, he practiced in the area of civil litigation handling personal injury, products liability, medical malpractice, employment and business litigation in both state and federal courts.

In 1998, Bob left private practice to devote his efforts to the field of Alternative Dispute Resolution. In addition to acting as a private mediator, he serves on the Arkansas Alternative Dispute Resolution Commission, a state commission created by the Arkansas Legislature to oversee Alternative Dispute Resolution in the State of Arkansas and to certify and regulate certified mediators in Arkansas. He has served on that Commission since his original appointment by the Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2001. He has been re-appointed for two additional six- year terms and has served as the Commission’s Chairperson since 2013. As a member of that Commission, Bob was instrumental in drafting the Arkansas legislation on court-ordered mediation.

He has been a member of a variety of organizations involving mediation including the Association of Attorney-Mediators (prior board member), National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and the American College of Civil Trial Mediators.

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