Over Ten Years in Legal Mediation
In 2002 I completed the mediation training required to act as an Attorney Mediator under the Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Act. Since then I have done several pro bono mediations as a way of giving back to the legal community, and to gain valuable experience acting as the neutral to facilitate settlements. In 2012 I decided to make mediation a bigger part of my practice, and I am available to assist as mediator to help you and your clients resolve their disputes.
In some ways, mediation is changing in Texas. The Texas Supreme Court recently proposed amendments to certain Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, and the changes are set to go into effect on March 1, 2013. Unless the rules change before the effective date, as of March 1 a state court judge will no longer be able to order mediation in cases where the amount in controversy is $100,000 or less. However, the parties may agree to mediate, and mediation will continue to be an important tool for resolving cases of all sizes.
In other ways, mediation itself remains unchanged. Common sense and effective communication are the keys to achieving a settlement. If you are considering mediation for your case, and the judge has not required you to use a particular mediator, please contact me to discuss how I can assist.