ADR CONSULTING

Bill Lemons is an experienced Arbitrator and Mediator. He can assist you in the selection of your arbitrator or panel, advise on preparation/presentation of your case in arbitration and critique your case in chief through summary arbitration.

I suppose my shortest and maybe smallest arbitration (although it was very important to the parties) was a one-hour hearing between partners of a local law firm.  After a short hearing over dinner and a bottle of wine, I decided how they should equitably assess expenses and distribute income from a commercial building they had received from a client.  They had not been able to decide how to do that, and simply needed someone fair and objective to make that decision for them.  I was flattered.

I have also arbitrated a number of one-day proceedings where neither side had counsel.  Typically, these involved a major defense contractor and persons who had been employed by it in Iraq, Latvia, Uzbekistan or other exotic places.  The hearing was presented by the employee and the company’s human resources official.  Often, I conduct these hearings at the Bexar County Courthouse.  Typically, we take testimony by satellite telephone or videoconferencing.

At the other end of the spectrum, I was on an arbitration panel in a case in Austin, Texas that lasted 28 days and in which 17 lawyers appeared and participated.  The evidence filled 16 record-storage boxes.  We wrote a $46 million Award that was paid sixteen days after it was issued.  Then there was the three-week hearing on the covenant not-to-compete between the hospital and the physician in Fort Worth.  And then there was the international case I chaired, where a Spanish company was very enamored with getting into the toll-road business in Texas, and our decision involved, among other things, placing a monetary value on 3.9 million cubic yards of aggregate.  Dirt is not cheap.

As Mediator, I no longer prefer to conduct half-day mediations.  I have done many – but the success rate is not good.  Even now, if pressed, the situation is right and I know the lawyers, I will still conduct a four-hour session in an employment case.  But to get to the 85%-90% settlement rate, one needs more time.

I once served as Mediator in a federal case involving 355 plaintiffs and the City of San Antonio.  It took 11 ½ months, four meetings and a Mediator’s proposal, but it did settle.  And then there was the Fair Housing Act mediation where we had seven rooms going and 27 participants.

I have done fire cases, probate cases, trans-gender discrimination, age discrimination, race and sex discrimination, probate, partnership dissolution, lawyer malpractice, fiduciary duty, commercial lease, construction, theme parks and a bankruptcy case involving bowling balls made in Korea (we conducted it live over the internet, with one of the parties in Soul).  I am not trained for and do not do family law/divorce/child custody cases, but I much admire those who excel in that area.

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FACT FINDING

It Makes Sense . .

Parties retain me to arbitrate and mediate for them because of my experience, impartiality and thoroughness. It is my nature to determine all the facts . . .

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ABOUT US

After being shareholder and practice group leader in one of San Antonio’s major law firms, Bill Lemons formed his professional corporation in 1997 hoping to become less involved in litigation, and more involved in dispute resolution – mediation, arbitration, case evaluation and consulting. That is now all he does. He is now blessed with a full-time ADR practice. Assisted by his wife, Pam, they have set up their offices so that counsel and their clients alike can ...

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