West Academic publishes Will’s book, A Short and Happy Guide to Mediation

Improving the Mediation Process
A Short and Happy Guide to Mediation is for lawyers who want better results from mediation, mediators who want to become more effective, and students who want to explore dispute resolution as a career. What disputes should be mediated? Who gets to be the mediator and how do you choose the right one? How can preparation for a mediation lead to a more successful result? What are some things about the practice of mediation these days that we can improve? A Short and Happy Guide to Mediation addresses these and many other intriguing questions.

A Short and Happy Guide to Mediation is available to purchase on Amazon.

The Texas Lawbook
Read a review of Will’s new book at The Texas Lawbook.
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about Will’s new book here.

Got a problem?  Let Will solve it.


  • 4,000+ Mediations & Arbitrations
  • Former State District Judge
  • Former First Assistant Attorney General, State of Texas
  • Member, American Law Institute (ALI)
  • Member Panelist, CPR (International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution)
  • Author, Alternative Dispute Resolution, Annual Survey of Texas Law, SMU Law Review, 2008 – current
  • Member, Executive Committee, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and Charter Member and Executive Committee Member, Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Adjunct Instructor, ADR, Dedman School of Law at SMU, since 1999
  • Adjunct Lecturer, Arbitration, Center for Dispute Resolution and Conflict Management at SMU in Plano, Winter Term 2011-2012
  • Adjunct Instructor, Arbitration Practice & Advocacy, Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University Law School, Malibu, California, Fall 2010
  • “Best Lawyer in Dallas”, D Magazine, every time
  • “Texas SuperLawyer”, Texas Monthly Magazine, every time
  • “AV” rated – Martindale Hubbell
  • Yale University, B.A. (1978), Harvard Law School, J.D. (1981)

A graduate of Yale University and Harvard Law School, consistently a “Best Lawyer in Dallas” in D Magazine and a “Texas SuperLawyer” in Texas Monthly Magazine, Will approaches each case with patience and persistence.

News & Notes

SMU Law Review

  • Is the modern jury trial the most glorious evidence that we live in an enlightened, democratic society, or is it the most grossly inefficient dispute resolution mechanism ever invented? Come find out on November 15 at 12:00 noon at the Belo, when the Dallas Bar Association sponsors the fourth of a four part CLE series in 2018 on the modern jury trial. The two-on-two debate style format should be entertaining, and enlightening.  Will is on the panel.
  • Will tends to favor joint sessions to start mediations, but is always willing to listen if one or all of the parties believe a joint session would be counterproductive


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