Training. Paul continues to hone his skills with programs like AAA Advanced Mediator Training on "Managing the Dynamics of a Multi-Party Case" in 2012 and with participation in leading ADR groups.
Experience. Paul has mediated major coverage disputes of nearly all types and under a multitude of states' laws. Each mediation is a teacher.
Paul's background gives parties confidence that he understands the issues (so they pursue settlement instead of educating a mediator) and that their positions are intelligently conveyed and challenged.
He understands insurance. Paul has tried cases seeking and opposing coverage and dealt with a wide-range of issues and policies. He is in "Best Lawyers in America®" in Insurance Law, is a "Super Lawyer®” honoree in Insurance Coverage and ADR and has been a leader in the national coverage bar.
He understands business disputes. As trial partner in a major firm, Paul tried cases ranging from securities and tax to corporate control. In fact, in 2003, when already a recognized coverage lawyer, the Austin Business Journal still named him a "Best in the Bar" in Business Litigation.
He understands trials. From an active federal trial clerkship, through handling cases around the country as a trial lawyer, through appointment as a federal Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee member, Paul has a keen sense of the strategies at play and what "sells" in a variety of venues.
Paul is a "Distinguished Fellow" of the prestigious International Academy of Mediators and has earned entry into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. In his home state, Paul is a "Credentialed Distinguished Mediator," the highest designation of the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. He is author of "Coverage Mediations: Are They Really That Different?," published in the ABA's Coverage Journal [download here]. And he is a frequent speaker at national programs for policyholders, carriers and lawyers on settling coverage disputes. For a list of some of Paul's presentations, click here.