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Mediator/Arbitrator Profile

Judge Kirk R. Granier (Retired)

  • State District Judge (1997-2008)
  • United States Circuit Military Judge U.S. Air Force Reserve (1998-2006)
  • Juris Doctor Degree in Law, Loyola University Law School (New Orleans) 1979
  • Masters Degree in Judicial Studies, University of Nevada Graduate School & National Judicial College (2010)
  • Professional Certifications from the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada in Judicial Development: General Jurisdiction Trial Skills (2001) and Dispute Resolution Skills (2007) with three Certifications in Civil Mediation (2007, 2009 and 2010) and one certification in  Advanced Mediation Techniques (2007)
  • Application of mediation and dispute resolution techniques in numerous pre-trial conferences during tenure as a State District Judge

Judge Kirk Granier is a retired State District Judge (1997 – 2008) and retired United States Circuit Military Judge, USAF (1998 – 2006). He received extensive judicial training through the National Judicial College at the University of Nevada and the U.S. Air Force Judge Advocate General’s School, Air University at Maxwell AFB, Alabama.  

Judge Granier received a Master’s Degree in Judicial Studies from the University of Nevada Graduate School and National Judicial College in 2010 with a secondary study emphasis in Alternative Dispute Resolution through the school’s professional certification program in Dispute Resolution Skills. He served as a Faculty Facilitator for the National Judicial College’s Civil Mediation Course and as a Discussion Leader for multiple courses in the school’s nationally preeminent judicial education program. He acquired two professional multi-course and multi-year based certifications from the National Judicial College: Judicial Development in General Jurisdiction Trial Skills (2001) and Judicial Development in Dispute Resolution Skills (2007) with three additional certificates earned in Civil Mediation and another certificate earned in Advanced Mediation Techniques.

Judge Granier also served as an instructor for the Trial Defense and Advocacy Course at the Judge Advocate General’s School located at the United States Air Force's Air University at Maxwell Air Force Base, Alabama in addition to serving on the U.S. Air Force JAG Corp TRIALS Team which instructs U.S. Air Force Attorneys in trial advocacy skills using the National Institute of Trial Advocacy method (NITA).

Judge Granier practiced Civil and Criminal law for 14 years (1983 - 1996) before assuming his two judicial careers. In addition to private law practice he served for 30 years in the United States Air Force (4 years active; 26 years reserve) in its Judge Advocate General’s Corp (JAG) as an assistant Staff Judge Advocate with litigation, civil injury claims, government contracts, labor and administrative law experience in addition to assignments as a Prosecutor, Defense Counsel and Military Judge attaining the rank of Colonel. He is a member of the American Bar Association and the Louisiana State Bar Association.

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