Member Profile: Judge Joe D. Clayton

Judge Joe D. Clayton
Mediator - Arbitrator - Special Master
100 East Ferguson, Suite 1114
Tyler, TX 75702
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Tel: (903) 533-9288
Fax: (903) 533-9687

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Judge Joe D. Clayton regularly travels out of state to Arkansas, Colorado, Louisiana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma

ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Special Master


Judge Joe D. Clayton has substantive case experience in the following areas...

Banking & Finance
Class Actions
Consumer Fraud
Contract Disputes
Debt Collections
Divorce (High Asset)
Eminent Domain
Family Businesses
Health Care
Intellectual Property
Land Use/Planning
Legal Malpractice
Libel & Slander
Local Govt./Municipalities
Medical Devices
Medical Malpractice
Mergers & Acquisitions
Non-profit Organizations
Nursing Homes
Personal Injury
Premises Liability
Product Liability
Professional Fees
Professional Liability
Professional Malpractice
Professional Negligence
Property Damage
Railroad & Trucking
Real Estate
Religious Institutions
Shareholder Disputes
Title Disputes
Trusts / Estates
Workers' Compensation
Wrongful Death



Involved in the general practice of law for 28 years, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. Clients included financial institutions, commercial contractors, Highway contractors, title companies, general corporations, both large and small, professional corporations, trusts and condemnation. While practicing law I carried an AV Martindale-Hubbel rating.

As a general jurisdiction trial judge for 20 years, I have tried cases involving all of the above areas of law as well as toxic torts, medical malpractice, asbestos, breast implants, aviation, commercial contracts, pipe line contracts and construction claims, and consumer claims. Served as an Arbitration Panel Member on the Celotex Asbestos Property Damage Trust, arbitrating claims from all over the United States.

Former faculty member - Texas Center for the Judiciary; Chairman of the Judicial Peer Committee that developed the Benchbook for the Texas Judiciary (published 1994). Former member of the Advisory Board of the Texas Bar Foundation and former director of the University of Texas Law School Association. I was consistently evaluated in the top 10% of judges in the Dallas Bar Association Judicial evaluation poll.

From January 1995 I have served as a Retired and Senior State Judge in addition to an active mediation/arbitration practice handling both Federal and State Court cases. I have mediated over 2,000 cases and approximately 85% of those cases have been successfully resolved.

Served as an arbitrator handling over 3200 claims. Have served as a mediator in over 2,000 cases.


  • University of Texas at Austin/BBA-1960
  • University of Texas School of Law, J.D. 1963


  • AA. White Dispute Resolution Institute, December 1994
  • A.M.I. Advance Mediation Training, June 1997
  • American Academy of Judicial Education, 1999, 2001 & 2003
  • Advanced Mediator Training - AAM 11/05, San Antonio;
  • Arbitrator Ethics & Disclosure, 11/06;
  • T.A.M. Conference Seminar, March 1999, 2007;
  • American Arbitration Association Training 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007.
  • Advanced Mediation Training, Pepperdine University, Malibu 2008.
  • Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training,Association of Attorney-Mediators, September 2011
  • Advanced Evidence and Discovery Course, State Bar of Texas, April 2012
  • A.D.R.: Getting to and Mediating 2012
  • Successful Mediation in a Nutshell: A Four Part Series
  • How to be a more More Effective Advocate in Mediation Part II
  • Mediation Ethics
  • When Mediation Get's "Hairy": Handling Emotion
  • The Secrets of Successful (and Ethical) Negotiations (1)
  • A Practical Guide to Handling  Conflicts
  • Effective Mediation Advocacy
  • Now that You are an Arbitrator: Top Ten Tips
  • The New Dismissal Rule and Rules for Expedited Actions
  • A.D.R.: Recognizing Cognitive

Memberships & Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas
    • Past Director;
    • Past President of YLS;
    • Judicial Section;
    • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section;
    • Litigation Section;
    • Business Law Section;
    • Insurance Law Section;
    • Construction Law Section;
    • Oil, Gas and Energy Resources Law Section;
    • Life Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
    • Texas Bar Foundation Past Director;
    • American Bar Association (ADR, Litigation, Judicial, Commercial & Business Sections)
    • Texas Association of State Judges;
    • American Judges Association;
    • Association of Attorney-Mediators;
    • Texas Association of Mediators;
    • American Arbitration Association;
    • Judicial Workplace Arbitrations;
      Celotex Property Damage Trust Arbitration Panel Member; and The Honorable T. John Ward American Inn of Court.
    • The National Acedemy of Distinguished Neutrals;


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