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 commercial mediators from around the world. He has also earned entry into the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals and a listing as one of only 112 US mediators in the British-based Who's Who Legal: Mediation. In his home state, he 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 recognition in national mediation and arbitration circles, Paul has earned peer recognition in the area of insurance coverage. As a mediator, he is listed in Best Lawyers in America® in Insurance Law, the substantive area of his mediation practice, 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 given to his solo-practice 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 around the country.
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, an attorney in the Austin office of Haynes and Boone LLP, and Leigh, a Physician Assistant in San Antonio.