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- Practice Commenced: 2000
- Total Mediations (as of Oct 2021): 1000
John was born in 1969, and raised in Waco, Texas. After obtaining his Bachelor of Arts from Baylor University in 1991, John received his Juris Doctor in 1995 from Texas Tech School of Law, where he was on the Dean’s List and served as an Associate Editor of the Texas Tech Law Review. After graduating from law school, John clerked for the Tenth Court of Appeals for a year, before entering private law practice. He has practiced in the Dallas-Fort Worth area since 1996. John lives in Dallas with his wife and daughter, and their attack Golden Retriever, Willie Nelson.
John has over 25 years of experience as a lawyer. Prior to opening his own dispute resolution practice in 2013, John was a partner at a litigation boutique in Dallas where he maintained a practice in a wide variety of areas. John has practiced in the areas of business and commercial litigation, and has worked as a transactional lawyer performing real estate, commercial leasing, and general corporate work. He has also served as outside general counsel for several of his business clients advising them on litigation, employment, regulatory, and transactional matters, and all aspects of risk management and dispute resolution. John also has experience in matters involving oil & gas, class actions, intellectual property, bankruptcy, construction law, personal injury, product liability, entertainment law, funeral home and cemetery law, and professional liability.
Dispute Resolution Experience
John was formally trained as a professional mediator through the American Academy of Attorney Mediators in 2000. He has maintained a mediation practice since that time, and continues to take advanced mediation, arbitration, and negotiation training courses to further improve his skills.
John has over 20 years of practical experience as a mediator focusing on the resolution of complex disputes. Since opening his full time dispute resolution practice in 2013, John has focused on mediating and arbitrating matters involving commercial and business litigation, partnership disputes, health care, employment law, intellectual property, real estate, oil and gas, construction, personal injury, professional liability, product liability, insurance coverage, and probate matters. In especially contentious or complex matters, John is also retained to provide neutral case management services to help the parties position the dispute for possible resolution. In addition to his mediation practice, lawyers and parties retain John as negotiation counsel to negotiate the resolution of their disputes as their advocate.
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- ADA Disability
- Arts (Fine/Performing)
- Banking & Finance
- Business Dissolution
- Civil Rights
- Class Actions
- Community Associations
- Consumer Fraud
- Contract Disputes
- Cross Cultural
- Debt Collections
- Eminent Domain
- Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
- Entertainment Sector
- Family Businesses
- Health Care
- Intellectual Property
- Legal Malpractice
- Lemon Law
- Libel & Slander
- Medical Devices
- Medical Malpractice
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Mortgage Foreclosure
- Nursing Homes
- Personal Injury
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Professional Fees
- Professional Liability
- Professional Malpractice
- Professional Negligence
- Property Damage
- Railroad & Trucking
- Real Estate
- Sexual Harassment
- Shareholder Disputes
- Title Disputes
- Trusts / Estates
- Unfair Competition
- Wage & Hour/FMLA
- Wrongful Death
- B.A., Political Science, Baylor University, 1991
- J.D., Texas Tech School of Law, 1995
- Basic Mediation Training Program, American Academy of Attorney Mediators, 2000
- Family and Divorce Mediation Training, Dispute Mediation Service, 2001
- Harvard Negotiation Workshop, Harvard Law School, 2001
Memberships & Affiliations
- State Bar of Texas, 1995
- Admitted to practice before the Northern, Western, Eastern, and Southern Districts of Texas, United States District Courts
- Association of Attorney Mediators, North Texas Chapter, President 2011-2020
- Federal Bar Association, ADR Section, Federal Litigation Section
- Dallas Bar Association, ADR Section, Business Litigation Section, Fee Dispute
Committee, CLE Committee, Bench Bar Committee
- State Bar of Texas, ADR Section, Business Law Section, Consumer and Commercial
Law Section, Litigation Section
- William ‘Mac’ Taylor, American Inn of Court, Master of the Bench, 2015-present; MentorMentee Committee Chair,
2017-2018; Immediate Past Chair 2018-2019
- DAYL Foundation, Fellow, 2008-present
- Dallas Bar Foundation, Fellow, 2017-present
- Texas Monthly and Thompson Reuters, Texas Super Lawyer, Alternative Dispute Resolution, 2011-present
- D Magazine, Best Lawyers of Dallas, Alternative Dispute Resolution/Mediation, 2015- present
- National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Member 2019-present
Full Day (per party/per day):
Amount in Controversy
up to $5,000,000 = $2,500
up to $10,000,000 = $3,000
over $10,000,000 = $3,500
The amount in controversy is the total amount of all claims for affirmative relief through claims and counterclaim, and this amount may be reduced if subsequent settlement demands have reduced the amount genuinely in dispute.
A typical full-day mediation is 8 hours, usually begins at 9:30 a.m., includes a working lunch, and continues until completed. While most sessions conclude by about 5:30 p.m., some mediations may extend past the allotted time.
The Mediation Fee listed above includes scheduling and administering of the mediation session, all preparation time, all pre-mediation meetings and phone calls, the mediation session itself, refreshments, a working lunch for full-day mediations, and follow-up telephone calls and conferences where appropriate.
Half-day (per party/per day):
A half-day mediation lasts 4 hours, and when available may extend past the allotted time. We actively discourage half day mediations, as they are often ineffective in the types of cases we mediate. With that said, we are willing to mediate for a half day if, after a discussion with all counsel, we conclude it is appropriate under the circumstances. The half-day fee anticipates a more limited need for pre- and post-mediation activity.
If mediation extends past the allotted time, we will charge an hourly rate of $625.00 split evenly among the parties.
Payment of all fees should be made no later than five (5) business days before commencement of the session.
In special circumstances, such as complex, multi-party cases where a substantial amount of additional preparation or follow-up work may be required, additional fees may be appropriate, and we will discuss those with you in advance.
All parties represented by the same attorney or firm are considered a single “party,” for purposes of the mediation fee. In the event one or more parties and their attorneys are aligned such that they do not require a separate room at any time during the mediation, they will also be considered one “party” for purposes of the mediation fee. If separate rooms are required, a separate fee will be charged for each room.
We are willing to travel as necessary to conduct mediation. We are also willing to mediate on weekends as an accommodation to the parties when requested. Additional fees may be proposed based on the individual circumstances of each matter.
Cancellation/Rescheduling. A cancellation or rescheduling fee is charged only if mediation is cancelled or rescheduled within five (5) business days prior to scheduled mediation. A cancellation fee of 50% of the day's total Mediation Fee for the applicable half day/full day will be charged to the party or parties cancelling. In the case of more than one party cancelling, the parties cancelling will pay the cancellation fee on a pro-rata basis.
At the mediator’s sole discretion, and in appropriate circumstances, such as when we are able to schedule another mediation during the allotted time, or cancellation is caused by matters beyond the control of the parties, such as weather or sickness, we may waive the cancellation fee.
The arbitration rate is $550.00 per hour for the hearing and all pre-hearing and post-hearing activities including study and travel time. Unless otherwise agreed, these fees will be split-evenly among the parties. These fees do not include fees due to any third-party arbitration provider. We require an advance deposit based on the anticipated time required for the hearing and all pre-hearing and post-hearing activities.
Cancellation. Unless otherwise agreed, any deposit amounts in excess of fees already earned will be returned if a matter is cancelled more than 14 days prior to the hearing date. If a hearing scheduled for three days or less is cancelled or postponed within 14 days of its start date, we will charge a cancellation fee of $2,500.00 per cancelled day. Other arrangements will be necessary in those cases where more than three days are reserved for the hearing.