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Virtual mediations? Yes

I have convened dozens of Zoom platform mediations in recent months. It is different, for sure, but it can work. When the pandemic is over the practice of mediation will be forever changed.

I am starting to get requests for in-person mediations, and have conducted a few, but require assurances regarding a modest number of parties and participants.

Let me know if you and your client are interested.

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Highlights

  • 4,500+ 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
  • Member, Executive Committee, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and Charter Member and Executive Committee Member, Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • 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

  • “Joint session” dynamics are different in a “virtual” mediation, as are the dynamics of the back-and-forth negotiation. I recommend that you consult with your mediator a day or two prior to the mediation to strategize
  • I tends to favor joint sessions to start mediations, but I am always willing to listen if one or all of the parties believe a joint session would be counterproductive