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.
August 22, 2022
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.
June 15, 2021
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.
April 30, 2021
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.
April 22, 2021
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.
January 15, 2021
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.
November 25, 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.
July 20, 2020
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
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
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.
- 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