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Steve Nelson, Mediator, Plano, Texas.

Steve Nelson

Markel Surety
5905 Legacy Dr., Suite 400
Plano, TX, 75024
Tel: (512) 330-1850
Cell: (512) 750-9720
Fax: (512) 732-8010
Website: www.suretec.com/mediation
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Recognized to Texas Chapter for Mediation Other ADR Services: Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Fact Finding, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge
  • Practice Commenced: 1985
  • Total Mediations (as of Oct 2019): 2000
  • Total Arbitrations (as of Oct 2019): 20
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Biographical

Since 1990, mediated over 2000 construction, construction defect, A/E professional liability, surety and insurance coverage disputes, including breach of contract, delay claims, construction defects, pricing and change order disputes, architect/engineer errors & omissions, government contract claims, change orders, bid disputes, surety default issues, indemnity claims, etc.; most multi-party and complex.


Case Experience

  • Construction
  • Engineering
  • Insurance
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Professional Liability

Education

  • B.A., Economics, Southern Methodist University, 1972
  • J.D. (Law), Southern Methodist University School of Law, 1976
  • Initial Basic Mediation Training, 1990, U.S, Arbitration & Mediation Services and Dispute Management Resources
  • Additional Basic Mediator Training, 1991, Dallas Bar Association
  • Advanced Mediator Training, 1995, 1997, Attorney-Mediators Institute
  • Additional Training and Continuing Education by Association of Attorney Mediators, Texas Mediator Credentialing Institute, University of Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section, Austin Bar Association, American College of Construction Lawyers, and International Academy of Mediators
  • Since 1990, mediated over 2000 construction, surety and insurance coverage disputes, including breach of contract, delay claims, construction defects, pricing and change order disputes, architect/engineer errors & omissions, government contract claims, change orders, bid disputes, surety default issues, indemnity claims, etc.; most multi-party and complex
  • Adjunct Faculty, Senior Lecturer, 2000 - present, teaching Construction Industry Dispute Resolution and Avoidance to Masters and Doctoral Candidates at the University of Texas School of Engineering, Austin, Texas;
  • Facilitator, Neutral Evaluator, and Settlement coach
  • Former Panel Member, AAA Panel of Arbitrators

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Court Admissions
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • United States Court of Federal Claims
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • United States District Court, Western District of Texas
  • Supreme Court of Texas; Bar License 14905650
  • Board Certified in Construction Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

 

  • Professional Activities:
  • Fellow, American College of Construction Lawyers (1994-present; Member, Board of Governors, 2005-2008)
  • Fellow and Advisory Board Member, University of Texas Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution (2002 to present)
  • Distinguished Fellow, International Academy of Mediators (2011 to present)
  • Distinguished Credentialed Mediator, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
  • Member, Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Member, National Surety Industry Advisory Committee, Associated General Contractors of America
  • Legislative Co-Chair, Texas Surety Federation
  • Member, Fidelity & Surety Subcommittee of Tort & Insurance Practice Section
  • Member, ABA Dispute Resolution Section
  • Member, ABA Forum Committee on Construction Law
  • Founding Member and Past Chairman, Construction Law Section, State Bar of Texas
  • Founding Member and Past Chairman, Construction Law Section of Dallas Bar Association
  • Founding Member and Past Chairman, Austin Bar Association Construction Law Section
  • Legislative Liaison, State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section (2008-2010)
  • Editor, Construction Law Section Newsletter, State Bar of Texas (1992-1995)
  • Member and Certified AAM Mediator, Association of Attorney-Mediators (Past President, Central Texas Chapter)
  • Co-Chairman, State Legislative Committee, Associated General Contractors, Texas Building Branch (1998-2014) Chairman Emeritus (2015-present) (instrumental in drafting and lobbying for changes in contractual indemnity, OCIP’s, mechanic’s lien, dispute resolution, project delivery, contingent payment, and trust fund legislation)
  • General Counsel, Associated General Contractors, Dallas Building Branch (1990-1995)

Community Activities and Public Service:

  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce
  • Former Chairman, Board of Directors, Austin Community College Foundation
  • Former Chairman, Board of Directors, Austin Recovery Center
  • Volunteer, Texas Lawyers Assistance Program, Lawyers Concerned for Lawyers, 1996- present

Rates Information

Fee and additional information available at www.suretec.com/mediation

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