ARBITRATOR RESUME

WILLIAM H. LEMONS
Mediator • Arbitrator

4040 Broadway, Suite 616
San Antonio, Texas  78209
Phone (210) 224-5079
Fax (210) 930-5082
whlemons@satexlaw.com

OVERVIEW :

Bill Lemons arbitrates, both domestically and internationally, complex commercial, construction, healthcare, banking, financial services, employment and labor disputes. In addition to being an experienced Arbitrator on the Large Complex Case, Commercial Dispute, Banking and Financial Services and Employment Law Panels of the American Arbitration Association (“AAA”), he is also a Distinguished Neutral (Commercial, Insurance and Employment Panels) of the International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution (“CPR”) and a Panelist for the American Health Lawyers Association (“AHLA”) ADR Service. He has chaired an international case for the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (the international affiliate of the AAA), and is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. Bill is a Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators, and has conducted arbitrations under JAMS, AAA, AHLA, ICDR, ICC, IBA and CPR rules. He also conducts many non-administered arbitrations by private agreement or treaty. Bill is recognized as a leader in case management techniques and in the efficient management of conflict resolution processes. A past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, he is a panel arbitrator for Kraft Foods Global, Inc., Coca Cola Refreshments USA, Inc., Southwest Airlines Co. (TWU and IAM), Toyota U.S.A., Inc., Dispute Solutions, Inc. and Resolute Systems, LLC.

EDUCATION

J.D. Magna Cum Laude (Top 2%)
UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON LAW CENTER
August, 1970 - December, 1972
Order of the Coif; Houston Law Review

B.B.A.- UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON (1970)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Arbitrator
Private Practice of Arbitration and Dispute Resolution.           
San Antonio, Texas      May, 1997 to Present

Now engaged in the full-time practice of arbitrating commercial, construction, healthcare, banking, financial services, employment and labor disputes, Bill Lemons has chaired or been wing in international and significant domestic commercial cases involving complex matters and lengthy proceedings pertaining to stock purchase agreements, trusts and fiduciary obligations, partnership dissolutions, refining, offshore drilling technology, environmental, intellectual property, software and technology disputes. He has extensive experience in construction disputes, ranging from fabricated homes to significant residences to large commercial and investment properties. He recently chaired an ICDR case involving a Spanish corporation that is the third largest construction company in the world. In the healthcare and medical areas, Bill has chaired or been sole arbitrator in numerous cases involving physician/hospital service/employment agreements, physician practice agreements, non-competition and confidentiality agreements, partnership and/or practice group dissolutions, nursing home negligence and standard of care cases, healthcare provider/insurance company payment/billing disputes, and other matters pertaining to the provision of healthcare-related intellectual property/technology disputes. His experience in the banking and financial services areas is extensive, involving secured transactions, mortgages, lender liability, breach of loan commitment allegations, guaranties, violations of the automatic stay and other wrongful foreclosure matters. In the debtor/creditors rights areas, his experience includes bankruptcy jurisdiction, preferences, avoidable transfers, setoff, interpleader, secured and unsecured loans, indenture trustees, farm and ranch/agri-business matters, oil and gas leases and royalty disputes. His knowledge in the area of oil, gas and other minerals includes matters pertaining to leases and disputes between the operator and surface owner, executive rights, royalty, working interests and division orders, competing water rights and suspension of production revenue. He has served as a Chapter 11 Trustee. He is knowledgeable in the areas of class actions, deceptive trade practices, professional fee applications, professional fee disputes, fee forfeiture actions and legal or CPA malpractice litigation. In the employment area, Bill has chaired or been sole neutral in numerous cases (200+) involving statutory employment claims, equal employment opportunity/discrimination/retaliation disputes, collective actions under the Fair Labor Standards Act, matters involving the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act and the Family Medical Leave Act, among others. He also has broad experience in traditional labor/management issues and union organizing subjects.

Attorney/Shareholder – Section Head
Cox Smith Matthews
San Antonio, Texas      May, 1975 to April, 1997

Shareholder with extensive experience in general civil litigation in state, federal and bankruptcy courts representing defendants and plaintiffs, lenders and creditors. Department head of significant national practice involving representation of lenders, secured creditors, creditors’ committees, indenture trustees and Chapter 11 trustees in major business bankruptcies. Significant experience representing employees and management in all aspects of traditional labor, EEO, NLRA and statutory employment law.

Braniff Airways, Inc.
March, 1973 to May, 1975

In-house Labor Relations Counsel - responsibilities included Title VII and employment discrimination litigation, collective bargaining and arbitration relating to approximately 10,600 employees covered by contracts with the Machinists, Teamsters and Pilots Unions.

AWARDS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

Selected to Best Lawyers in America (1989 - Present)
Selected to Who’s Who Legal, of the International Bar Association
Rated "AV – Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell

Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers

ARBITRATION CASE MANAGEMENT TRAINING

Mr. Lemons is recognized as a leader in case management techniques and is widely known for his efficient management of conflict resolution processes. He was lead facilitator at the national 2010 AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference (Orlando, November 5-6, 2010) in the program Arbitrators: Are You What They’re Looking For? that introduced the CCA Protocols for Expeditious, Cost-Effective Commercial Arbitration. He also facilitated the AAA Neutrals’ Program ADR Strategies That Save Time and Money an Antonio, February 26-27, 2010) followed by the AAAU Webinar How International Arbitration Techniques Can Benefit Domestic Arbitration (October 15, 2010). More recently, he was a panel member at the University of Houston Law Center Program (November, 2011), co-sponsored by AAA, JAMS and CCA, entitled Managing Your First Arbitration.

DISPUTE RESOLUTION TRAINING

Admitted as a qualified Neutral on the ADR rosters of most Texas U.S. District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts, Bill Lemons completed initial Commercial Arbitrator Training (AAA – 1999), Advanced International Arbitrator Training (ICDR – 2010) and between those years has completed approximately five hundred hours of Advanced Arbitrator Training by AAA, CCA, CPR, the Chartered Institute and the State Bar of Texas. Has taught the Arbitration Advocacy skills course for the AAA and various webinars pertaining to domestic and international arbitration. Attended the Tenth Annual Meeting of the College of Commercial Arbitrators (Dana Point, California, October, 2010) and was a national trainer at the AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference (Orlando, Florida, November, 2010). Was one of 15 persons invited that year to attend, and attended, the 2010 ICDR International Symposia in Advanced Case Management Issues and Chairing the ICDR International Arbitral Tribunal; Attended AAA Neutrals’ Conference and completed 2009 ACE courses (Coronado Island: Collective Action and the Fair Labor Standards Act and Topical Issues and Case Law in Arbitration); Attended 2005 ACE courses (Palm Springs, March, 2005), attended AAA Neutrals’ Conference (San Antonio, March, 2004) and completed ACE003 requirements (Arbitrator Ethics and Disclosure), attended AAA Neutrals’ Conference (Providence, August, 2003) and completed ACE001 and ACE002 requirements (Safeguarding, Deciding and Writing Awards and Pro Se: Managing Cases Involving Self-Represented Parties); Attended Employment Arbitrator II Training (Phoenix, February, 2002), AAA Arbitrator Update (2001), AAA Commercial Arbitrator Training (Dallas, December, 1999), AAA National Arbitration Conclave (San Francisco, November, 1999) and first Neutrals’ Retreat (Orlando, October, 1998). Has assisted the American Arbitration Association in teaching dispute resolution/arbitration skills, including serving as facilitator and instructor to Coca Cola Enterprises, Inc., Zachry Construction Corporation and Alamo Community College District.

ASSOCIATIONS and PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Chair, State Bar of Texas ADR Section 2004-2005; Fellow, College of Commercial Arbitrators; Member, ABA Committee on Arbitration Best Practices; State Bar of Texas Labor/Employment Law Section; San Antonio Bar Association and the SABA ADR Committee (former officer); State Bar of Texas; Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit; Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation and San Antonio Bar Foundation.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Panel member/presenter at the University of Houston Law Center Program (November, 2011), co-sponsored by AAA, JAMS and CCA, entitled Managing Your First Arbitration – to emphasize Reducing Cost and Delay in Arbitration – Introducing the CCA Protocols; Lead facilitator at the national 2010 AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference (Orlando, November 5-6, 2010) in the program Arbitrators: Are You What They’re Looking For? that introduced the CCA Protocols for Expeditious, Cost-Effective Commercial Arbitration. Facilitator at the AAA Neutrals’ Program ADR Strategies That Save Time and Money (San Antonio, February 26-27, 2010) followed by the AAAU Webinar How International Arbitration Techniques Can Benefit Domestic Arbitration (October 15, 2010); Course Director, State Bar of Texas ADR Section and TexasBarCLE Annual Seminar: Alternative Dispute Resolution Course (January 29, 2010 – San Antonio); Speaker and Author: State Bar of Texas ADR Section Seminar: Arbitration Roundtable (January-February, 2010, November, 2009, April, 2007); Colloquy: To Arbitrate or Not to Arbitrate, 2006 Tarrant County Bench Bar Conference, April, 2006; How to Participate Effectively in Arbitration (National Employment Lawyers Association, 9th Annual Seminar, June, 2005); Arbitration Advocacy (TexasBarCLE Webcast, November, 2006); Arbitration Advocacy for Attorneys: A Guide to Case Preparation & Presentation in Arbitration (American Arbitration Association, Austin and San Antonio, 2004-2005); Nuts and Bolts of Arbitration for Lawyers (South Texas College of Law-Advocacy Skills for Resolving Disputes, October, 2004); Texas Association of Business – 27th Annual Employment Relations Symposium: Arbitration – An Alternative to Courts and Juries (July, 2005); SABA Commercial Law Section: Consumer Arbitration - Myths vs. Reality (July, 2005); National Employment Lawyers Association Ninth Annual Seminar: How to Participate Effectively in Arbitration (June, 2005).

Mr. Lemons subscribes to and follows the American Arbitration Association’s, American Bar Association’s, American Health Lawyers Association’s and International Bar Association’s Code of Ethics for Arbitrators in Commercial Disputes.   References and terms of appointment will be furnished upon written request.

SERVICES
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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