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 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 jurisdictions' 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.  Starting with a federal trial clerkship, through handling cases around the country as a trial lawyer, appointment to the federal Civil Justice Reform Act Advisory Committee, and now mediating, Paul has a keen sense of 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. He is also one of only 105 mediators listed in British-based Who'sWho Legal in Mediation.  In his home state, Paul is a "Credentialed Distinguished Mediator," the highest designation of the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association. He is the author of many articles on coverage mediations, including "The Art of Mediation of Coverage Disputes", published in 2018 by the American Bar Association [download here].  And he is a frequent speaker at national programs for policyholders, carriers and lawyers on settling coverage disputes.