design element

Member Profile: Judge John T. Wooldridge

design element Judge John T. Wooldridge
Former District Judge - Mediator - Arbitrator
4605 Post Oak Pl Dr, Ste. 222
Houston, TX 77027
Email: Click for email

Tel: (713) 816-3400
Fax: (713) 583-7006

TX Chapter:

design element

ADR Services Include:

Mediation; Arbitration; Med-Arb; Discovery Referee; Mini-Trial Judge; Special Master


design element

Judge John T. Wooldridge has substantive case experience in the following areas...

design elementAdmiralty
design elementAppellate
design elementAutomotive
design elementAviation
design elementBanking & Finance
design elementBiotech
design elementBusiness Dissolution
design elementClass Actions
design elementCommercial/Business
design elementCommunity Associations
design elementConstruction
design elementConsumer Fraud
design elementContract Disputes
design elementDebt Collections
design elementDiscrimination
design elementDivorce (High Asset)
design elementEEOC
design elementEducation
design elementElder Abuse
design elementEminent Domain
design elementEmployment
design elementEnergy Sector (Oil, Gas)
design elementEngineering
design elementEnvironmental
design elementFamily Businesses
design elementHealth Care
design elementIndustrial
design elementInsurance
design elementIntellectual Property
design elementInternational
design elementLand Use/Planning
design elementLandlord/Tenant
design elementLegal Malpractice
design elementLibel & Slander
design elementMedia & Communications
design elementMedical Devices
design elementMedical Malpractice
design elementMilitary
design elementMortgage Foreclosure
design elementNatural Disasters
design elementNon-profit Organizations
design elementNursing Homes
design elementPartnerships
design elementPersonal Injury
design elementPharmaceuticals
design elementPremises Liability
design elementProbate
design elementProduct Liability
design elementProfessional Fees
design elementProfessional Liability
design elementProfessional Malpractice
design elementProfessional Negligence
design elementProperty Damage
design elementRailroad & Trucking
design elementReal Estate
design elementSexual Harassment
design elementShareholder Disputes
design elementSports
design elementTaxation
design elementTechnology
design elementTelecommunications
design elementTitle Disputes
design elementTorts
design elementTrademarks/Patents
design elementTransportation
design elementTrusts / Estates
design elementUnfair Competition
design elementUtilities
design elementWage & Hour/FMLA
design elementWorkers' Compensation
design elementWrongful Death


design element


Judge Wooldridge*, received his certified as a mediator in 1995, approved as a moderator for moderated settlement conferences in 1992.  He is an Arbitration Panelist/Mediator for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Judicial Workplace Arbitrations (JWA), International Chamber of Commerce (ICC), and Dispute Solutions, Inc. (DSI).  Judge Wooldridge's Mediation and Arbitration services specialize in complex civil cases, commercial, business and corporate matters, contracts, construction, employment and labor law.  He also receives appointments as an Umpire for insurance claims disputes. 

Judge Wooldridge has eighteen years of judicial service and continues to sit by assignment as a Visiting Judge throughout the state.  His professional legal career has included service as a Senior Corporate Counsel with two multi-national offshore drilling services companies, a partner with a Houston law firm, concentrating in civil litigation, Admiralty and Maritime law, and he had a mediation practice prior to his appointment to the Court. Judge Wooldridge was an Adjunct Professor of Law at South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas for fifteen years. 

Judge Wooldridge is a Captain in the U.S. Navy’s Judge Advocate General’s Corps, retired after 30 years of military service.  He served on active duty during Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm (Gulf War I).  His significant assignments include service as Trial Counsel, Naval Legal Service Office Norfolk; Command Prosecutor, USS INDEPENDENCE (CV 62); Staff Judge Advocate, Naval Construction Battalion Center Gulfport, Mississippi; Command Judge Advocate, TWENTIETH Naval Construction Regiment;  Appellate Defense Counsel, Appellate Defense Division; Force Inspector General and Assistant Force Judge Advocate, Commander, U.S. Naval Forces, Japan; Executive Officer and General Courts-Martial Military Judge, Navy-Marine Corps Trial Judiciary; Commanding Officer, Region Legal Service Office, Europe, Africa and Southwest Asia; and Senior Military Justice Officer, Region Legal Service Office, Hawaii.  Captain Wooldridge was recalled to active duty in 2008 for service during Operation Enduring Freedom and was assigned as Legal Counsel with the Office for the Administrative Review of the Detention of Enemy Combatants, U.S. Navy Base, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

* Judge Wooldridge is a former Texas State District Court Judge and Former U.S. Military Judge.


Tulane Law School, New Orleans, Louisiana (1991) - LL.M. in Admiralty
St. Mary’s University School of Law, San Antonio, Texas (1987) - JD
Texas Christian University, Ft. Worth, Texas (1981) - BFA

Memberships & Affiliations

Judge Wooldridge was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1987, and has been admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court; U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces; U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas and the courts of the State of Texas.  He is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Houston Bar Foundation. 

Judge Wooldridge authored a Law Journal Article in the Journal of Maritime Law and Commerce titled, “Barratry by Exceeding the Navigational Limit of the Insurance Policy.”   He also has numerous other articles and seminar presentations.

He is a Proctor member of the Maritime Law Association of the United States.  Judge Wooldridge has been recognized with: United States Department of Justice, Award for Public Service; Profile In Professionalism, Houston Bar Association; Ernst John Watts Memorial Scholarship Award, for Capital Litigation, from the National Judicial College; and as a Distinguished Alumni, McAllen High School.


Please go to: Services and fees are found at the "ADR Services" tab. Fee Schedule: Arbitration: $375-$500 per hour shared by two parties; if more than two parties, $150-$250 per hour for each party. Mediation: Full day, $1,500 per party (9 hours); half-day (4 hours), $700 per party. Please contact the Mediator for rates involving more than 3 parties. Additional hours may be charged at a rate of $250 per party. ​ Mini Trial: Full day, $1,500 per party (8 hours). Additional hours may be charged at a rate of $200 per party. Moderated Settlement Conference: Full day, $1,500 per party (8 hours); half-day (4 hours), $700 per party.


design element

Judge John T. Wooldridge is a member of our TX chapter, The Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, the state's premier roster of attorney mediators and arbitrators. The TADN profile includes more specific local information, such as counties and regions served, and can be visited directly at


design element
(c) 2014 - National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals    ::     Terms & Conditions     ::     Member Roster    ::    Follow us on Twitter , LinkedIN , YouTube