MEDIATOR 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 has mediated in excess of eight hundred complex commercial, construction, healthcare, banking, financial services, employment and labor disputes. In addition to being 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 is the current President of the Association of Attorney-Mediators, and a past Chair of the State Bar of Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. Bill has served as a Neutral under JAMS, AAA, AHLA, ICDR, ICC, IBA and CPR rules. He is recognized as a leader in case management techniques and in the efficient management of conflict resolution processes. He is a Neutral on the panels of Kraft Foods Global, Inc., Coca Cola Refreshments USA, Inc., Southwest Airlines Co. (IAM and TWU panels), Toyota U.S.A., Inc., Mediation Works, Inc., Mediate.com, Dispute Solutions, Inc., Resolute Systems, LLC., the Metropolitan Transit Authority of Harris County, Texas and the Montana Labor Relations Board.

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

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

Now engaged in the full-time practice of resolving civil rights, commercial, construction, healthcare, banking, financial services, employment and labor disputes, Bill Lemons has participated in mediations involving complex matters and lengthy proceedings pertaining to construction disputes, ranging from fabricated homes to significant residences to large commercial and investment properties. In the healthcare and medical areas, Bill’s experience includes 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 Bankruptcy Court’s automatic stay and other wrongful foreclosure matters. In the debtor/creditor 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. 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. Previous mediations have involved stock purchase agreements, trusts and fiduciary obligations, partnership dissolutions, refining, offshore drilling technology, environmental, intellectual property, software and technology disputes. In the employment area, Bill has mediated or heard numerous cases (600+) involving statutory employment claims, equal employment opportunity and 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 relations issues and union organization disputes.

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.

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

CASE MANAGEMENT

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 (San 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

Bill is admitted as a qualified Neutral on the ADR rosters of most Texas U.S. District Courts and Bankruptcy Courts. He completed his Basic Mediator Training in 1997 through the Attorney-Mediators Institute, and since that time has completed approximately five hundred hours of Advanced Mediator Training by AAM and AAA.

ASSOCIATIONS and PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Association of Attorney-Mediators (President and National Board Member); Texas Chapter, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals; Credentialed Distinguished Mediator – Texas Mediator Credentialing Association; Certified Professional Mediator – International Mediation Institute (The Netherlands); Chair, State Bar of Texas ADR Section 2004-2005; Charter Member, Institute for Responsible Dispute Resolution; State Bar of Texas Labor/Employment Law Section; San Antonio Bar Association and the SABA Litigation Section; State Bar of Texas; Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit; Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation.

SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Course Director: Association of Attorney-Mediators Annual CLE Program (Chicago, 2012 and Dallas, 2011); Course Director, State Bar of Texas ADR Section and TexasBarCLE Annual Seminar: Alternative Dispute Resolution Course (January 29, 2010 – San Antonio); Program Facilitator, American Arbitration Association University: ADR Strategies That Save Time and MoneyThe Influence of International Practice on Domestic Dispute Resolution (February, 2010); Texas Bankers Association Seminar: The Power of Apology in Mediation, March, 2009; Texas Association of Mediators Annual Seminar: The Accidental InterCulturalist: Experiences of Workplace ADR Practitioners in Managing Diversity Issues (February, 2007); How to Participate Effectively in Arbitration (National Employment Lawyers Association, 9th Annual Seminar, June, 2005); Arbitration Advocacy (TexasBarCLE Webcast, November, 2006); Nuts and Bolts of Arbitration for Lawyers (South Texas College of Law-Advocacy Skills for Resolving Disputes, October, 2004); AAM Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training: Everything a Mediator Needs to Know About Arbitration (November, 2005); Texas Association of Business – 27th Annual Employment Relations Symposium: Mediation – 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); ABA DR Section: What’s Going on in Mediation – An Empirical Analysis of the Influence of the Mediator’s Style (March, 2003).

MEDIATION FEE SCHEDULE

The fee for services for mediating a litigation matter or pre-litigation dispute would normally be negotiated and would depend on the nature of the dispute, the complexity of the issues and the number of stakeholders. Partial day (6 hour) mediations may be available in certain employment and other cases with certain counsel, generally to be conducted between the hours of 11:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., in situations where the amount in controversy and/or simplicity of the issues does not indicate a full-day mediation. The fee for services includes scheduling and administration, preparation for and conducting the mediation session(s), post-mediation follow-up, meal and refreshments. Mr. Lemons is willing to travel upon reimbursement of expenses. He does not charge for time spent in travelling.

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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