Alternative Dispute Resolution

As the saying goes, the best defense is a good offense. At Jackson Walker, we help employers implement policies that will keep workplace issues from arising. When workplace issues arise, we focus on helping employers find informal, effective means of resolving them. By guiding clients through mediation and arbitration proceedings, we can help them avoid the time and cost involved in court litigation.


Courts increasingly expect parties in a lawsuit to mediate workplace claims. Our attorneys have significant hands-on experience with mediation, having cumulatively participated in thousands of such proceedings. When mediation is either required or strategically preferred, the right legal representation can result in the end of a workplace issue rather than the beginning of litigation.


The number of employers who have adopted programs requiring employees to submit formal disputes to private arbitration rather than public court proceedings has dramatically increased. We have created such programs for clients to maximize the benefits employers can realize when a claim arises.

Many of our attorneys are approved to serve on arbitration tribunals such as those administered by the American Arbitration Association and Judicial Arbitration and Mediation Services. Understanding the process from the arbitrator’s viewpoint adds perspective to our ability to advocate for our clients in arbitration.

When an employer is confronted with an arbitrable dispute, our attorneys have the experience and skill to guide employers to the most efficient, expeditious result possible.

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August 22, 2022
Attorney News

Lionel Schooler Elected to American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Council

Lionel “Lonnie” Schooler was elected as a council member of the American Bar Association’s Dispute Resolution Section. His three-year term will end on the last day of the 2025 ABA Annual Meeting.

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June 15, 2021

Private Juries Within the Arbitration Framework: A Third Path in Dispute Resolution

As state and federal courts struggled with scheduling civil cases amid the COVID-19 pandemic, parties resorted to arbitration to speed up the resolution of their disputes. In an article contributed to Pepperdine Dispute Resolution Law Journal, Jackson Walker partners Lionel M. Schooler and Luke Gilman discussed the flexibility arbitration offers parties, the logistics of such a procedure, and enforceability of an arbitration award.

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April 30, 2021

Virtual Mediations and Patent Litigation: Lessons Learned and Best Practices

By Hon. David Folsom & John M. Jackson

Mediation has always been an important part of patent litigation – especially in the Eastern District of Texas. Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, virtual mediations have become an important and successful way to resolve patent disputes.

Jamila Brinson and Gary Fowler

April 22, 2021
Speaking Engagements

Jamila Brinson, Gary Fowler, and David Schlottman to Speak During Texas Bar Labor & Employment Law Section’s Summer CLE Series

Jackson Walker partners Jamila Brinson, Gary Fowler, and David Schlottman are participating in the first two sessions of the State Bar of Texas Labor and Employment Law Section’s Summer CLE Series.

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January 15, 2021

Best Practices for Maintaining Confidentiality of Trade Secrets in Virtual Arbitration Proceedings

Clients who opt for the privacy of alternate dispute resolution to resolve business differences are sometimes chagrined to learn that designating an ADR does not by itself guarantee confidentiality of trade secrets. The usual challenge of guaranteeing confidentiality can be compounded by virtual arbitration proceedings.

Fort Worth attorneys Allison Allman, Brett Epstein, Albon Head, Joel Heydenburk, Adam Plumbley, Robby Reeb, Joe Regan, Jay Rutherford, and Len Wade with JW logo

November 25, 2020
Attorney News

‘Fort Worth Magazine’ Lists Nine Jackson Walker Attorneys Among the “Top Attorneys” of 2020

Jackson Walker proudly announces the selection of nine Fort Worth-based attorneys to Fort Worth Magazine’s “Top Attorneys” list for 2020. The full list will be released in the magazine’s December 2020 issue.

Virtual ADR Proceedings July 20 2020 webinar

July 20, 2020

“Best Practices for Virtual ADR Proceedings”

In this new era of remote interaction, three distinguished veterans of arbitration and mediation will speak on July 20th about emerging issues to consider when participating in a virtual ADR proceeding.

June 12, 2019
Speaking Engagements

Lonnie Schooler Presents “Latest Developments in Arbitration” at Houston Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Seminar

For the 12th consecutive year, Lionel M. Schooler presented an annual review of the “Latest Developments in Arbitration” during the Annual All-Day Seminar sponsored by the Houston Bar Association (HBA) Alternative Dispute Resolution Section.

July 2, 2018
Attorney News

Lonnie Schooler Selected to Join “Dispute Resolution Magazine” Editorial Board

Jackson Walker congratulates Houston partner Lonnie Schooler for his recent appointment to the Editorial Board of Dispute Resolution Magazine, a quarterly publication published by the American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution.

More Alternative Dispute Resolution News

  • Advise on and draft appropriate dispute resolution policies
  • Draft on-point and legally proper dispute resolution agreements
  • Draft effective arbitration clauses
  • Represent client throughout mediation process
  • Represent client throughout arbitration process
  • Accurately gather and promptly submit specific information requested by mediator
  • Draft and file motions seeking to compel or oppose arbitration
  • Ensure company has appropriate representation at mediation
  • Work with company representatives in advance to prepare appropriate mediation strategy

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