Limiting his practice to being a neutral since 1990, Robert Nelson Leitch has conducted mediation, arbitration and case evaluation of more than 2000 cases in areas such as business/commercial, class actions, collections, construction, divorce, employment, home warranty, life insurance, medical malpractice, non-compete/nonsolicitation clauses, Olympic and Pan-American athletic competition, partnership dissolution, personal injury (soft tissue to wrongful death), premises liability, probate, products liability, real estate, securities, sexual harassment and zoning
He is registered in general mediation, domestic relations mediation, arbitration and early neutral evaluation/case evaluation with the Georgia Office of Dispute resolution. He is on the approved lists of neutrals for the American Arbitration Association, Inc. (Commercial and Sports Panels), Henning Mediation & Arbitration Service, Inc., NASD and several Georgia court annexed programs including Cobb, DeKalb, and Gwinnett counties. He is an active member of the Georgia, DeKalb and Cobb Bar Associations.
Since 1990 Judge Leitch has been an associate magistrate, and state court judge by designation in DeKalb County and since 1995 a municipal judge for the City of Decatur.
Leitch has provided more than 25 trainings to lawyers and judges in seven states. Trainings include Civil Mediators (20 hour), AAA Arbitration I and II, Arbitrator Ethics, Arbitration Award Writing, Introductory, Intermediate, and Advanced Arbitration; Negotiation; Advanced Mediation; Mediation Advocacy For Attorneys; and Early Neutral Evaluation/Case Evaluation. All courses were approved by the Georgia Office of Dispute Resolution and for Continuing Legal Education Credit for Georgia and/or the host state. He is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s national faculty for Commercial Arbitration Training I and II, Arbitrator Ethics, Arbitration Award Writing and Mediation Advocacy For Attorneys Training.
He has been an adjunct professor of Alternative Dispute Resolution at Georgia State Law since 1994 and has taught in its International Commercial Arbitration program in Linz, Austria, several times.
He attended Fairfield University and the London School of Economics and Political Science and received his law degree from Emory University School of law in 1974