Mediating involves listening, creativity and skills different than being a lawyer--skills that come naturally, but are also developed through training, experience and feedback.

        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.

        Feedback.  Paul is grateful that both sides of the docket have commended him for mediations.  For a sample of comments about Paul as a mediator, visit the What Others Say page.

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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