PAUL VAN OSSELAER is a nationally-recognized, full-time mediator and arbitrator specializing in insurance coverage, bad faith and risk transfer disputes. He regularly mediates  and arbitrates cases throughout the country. Paul is a "Distinguished Fellow" of the International Academy of Mediators, an invitation-only organization of less than 200 preeminent commercial mediators from around the world. He has earned entry into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and, in his home state, is a “Credentialed Distinguished Mediator”—the highest credential of the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. His extensive experience and training includes AAA Advanced Training on multi-party cases.


In addition to earning recognition in national mediation and arbitration circles, Paul has earned recognition from peers in the area of insurance coverage.  As a mediator, he enjoys a substantive listing in Best Lawyers in America® in Insurance Law and is repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer®,” in both ADR and Insurance. Status as a "Tier 1 Best Law Firm®in Insurance Law has even been awarded to his dispute resolution firm.  Paul is a published author on mediating and arbitrating coverage cases and is a regular speaker/trainer at legal, ADR, and risk management seminars throughout the country. To see some of Paul's presentations, click here.


Before his ADR practice, Paul was a well-known trial and coverage lawyer. As a coverage lawyer, in 2000, he served as vice-chair of the ABA Litigation Section Insurance Coverage Committee and, now as a coverage mediator and arbitrator, is a co-chair of its ADR Subcommittee.


Paul graduated from University of Texas School Of Law in 1975 and is Past-President of its Alumni Association. Paul lives in Austin, TX and is married to Jewel Arrington, a lawyer and certified financial planner. They have two grown children, Andrew, who is a third-year law student and will be joining the Austin office of Haynes and Boone in Fall 2018, and Leigh, who is a Physician Assistant in San Antonio.