Now, from all that trial experience, I think I can bring a perspective to mediation that appreciates the effort of the trial lawyers in putting together a case—from both sides—and that helps those same lawyers and their clients understand their cases’ strengths and weaknesses so that a compromise can be reached.
A.A. WHITE DISPUTE RESOLUTION CENTER UH LAW CENTER
After 40 years trying cases from both sides of the docket, I have moved to the middle and become a neutral—a mediator. With nearly 80 jury trials, I think I have learned something about what to expect in litigation, and I think that wisdom will help me to help others reach resolution of their lawsuits short of trial. I posted on my website the results of some of my trials over the years. I did not win them all, but I learned something from each. The first 16 years of my career were spent representing corporations, banks and insurance companies in all manners of dispute, including the defense of tort cases (products, medmal, premises), corporate take-overs, oil and gas disputes (take-or-pay, production, and royalty fights), as well as disputes with the federal, state and local governments. The middle eight years I handled both sides of the docket, slowly building my plaintiff’s practice, and the last 14 years, I focused more on representing individual plaintiffs in personal-injury, medmal, and premises-liability cases, in catastrophic industrial accidents, and most recently, in the Bastrop wildfire cases.