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WHAT IS YOUR EXPERIENCE AS A MEDIATOR?

I began mediating in January 2001 after retiring from the district court where I had been serving since 1984.

Since 2001 I’ve mediated or arbitrated something over 900 cases, as of 2013.

DO YOU STILL SERVE AS A JUDGE?

I frequently serve as a trial judge in Brazos and other counties.

WHAT KINDS OF CASES HAVE YOU MEDIATED?

I’ve mediated cases involving personal injury and wrongful death (including automobile and truck collisions, non-subscriber worker compensation, and premises liability), partnership and other business disputes, professional negligence, land titles, land damage, employment, estate settlement, will contests, oil and gas, divorce, child custody, and collections.

ARE YOUR CASES MOSTLY IN BRYAN/COLLEGE STATION?

Most of them have been in the Brazos County area, but I have mediated cases in these locations as well.

  • Houston
  • Austin
  • Dallas
  • San Antonio
  • Beaumont
  • Waco
  • Brenham
  • Giddings
  • Liberty
  • Lufkin
  • Conroe
  • Cleveland
  • Nacogdoches
  • Tyler
  • Navasota
  • Hempstead

Sometimes cases pending in other counties are mediated with me in Bryan.

I have no objection to traveling to another city even for cases pending in my home county when it’s more economical to the parties.

HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR MEDIATION STYLE?

I tend to be an “active” as opposed to a “passive” style of mediator. I describe myself as a “vigorous advocate for settlement.”

WHAT IS YOUR SETTLEMENT RATE IN MEDIATIONS?

My mediation settlement rate is over 90%.

WHAT DO YOU ATTRIBUTE THAT TO?

Partly it’s because I am passionate about trying to find a way to get a case settled. Partly it’s because of the prior judicial experience I bring to the table. I understand well the frustrations and uncertainty of civil litigation.

I think I’m good at helping people get a full understanding of the risks of litigation. That makes mediation seem more attractive than they had imagined.

I have a great deal of empathy for the difficulties that people experience as they navigate through our judicial system. It gives me a lot of satisfaction to help them put an end to their problems in a short period of time.

WHAT WAS THAT JUDICIAL EXPERIENCE?

I became a district court judge in Brazos County in 1984. I’ve tried approximately 565 jury trials, both civil and criminal. Beyond that I’ve tried thousands of bench trials of all kinds. That experience has given me a feel for the strengths and weaknesses of cases.

Some lawyers have said it adds to my credibility in evaluating their case.

WHAT PERCENTAGE OF YOUR CASES ARE ARBITRATIONS?

About 3%, but it’s been increasing. Usually, but not always, my arbitrations have included an undisclosed “high/low” agreement that’s been negotiated by the attorneys.

WHERE DO YOU DO YOUR MEDIATIONS OR ARBITRATIONS?

Usually they happen in one of the lawyers’ offices. When the lawyers are from out of town I use other local attorneys’ offices, or one of several locations in Bryan Texas. That’s proved very successful.

Maps and directions can be found here - just click here to visit my location page.

WHAT ARE YOUR FEES?

Feel free to call or e-mail me about your case and I will explain my fee arrangements. I’m happy to quote either a “half-day” or “full-day” fee and let the parties chose which they think is most favorable to them. When the parties are unable to afford a full fee I’m open to discussing a reduced fee.

You can see my fee schedule here.

CAN YOU PROVIDE A RESUME I CAN SHARE WITH MY CLIENT OR OPPOSING COUNSEL?

Of course. Click here to see my resume.