Stephen Kaplan

Stephen Kaplan, PC

10440 North Central Expressway
Suite 800
Dallas, Texas 75231


Business, Commercial, Construction, Contract, Elder, Employment, Labor, Partnership Disputes, Probate, Real Estate, Trusts and Estates, Wills, Workplace

The Benefits of Having A Lawyer During Mediation

Mediation is a confidential out-of-court process for resolving legal disputes.  During mediation, a trained mediator acts as an impartial third party to facilitate settlement discussions.

While the goal of mediation is to reach a settlement agreement favorable to both parties, there is no requirement that either party agree to a resolution.  Unlike arbitrators, mediators do not have the ability to make any decisions regarding the underlying dispute. They can only persuade.  Reciprocally, it is our job as your attorney to persuade the mediator and the other parties to the mediation.

How We Will Work To Protect Your Interests

At the Dallas law firm of Stephen Kaplan, P.C., we represent clients through the mediation process.  It's important to have a lawyer for several reasons. For example, your attorney can:

Prepare a strong case going into mediation, including gathering effective evidence to support your position;

Help you delineate your goals, priorities and willingness to compromise on discrete issues;

Advise you on the legal ramifications of potential resolutions;

Highlight any critical issues that could undermine your goals;

Assist in drafting and reviewing any settlement agreements;

We understand how to make the most of mediation to protect your ultimate interests.  I will work closely with you to understand your objectives.  Relying on nearly 40 years of experience, we serve as both a trusted adviser and advocate.

A Broad Base of Litigation and Dispute Resolution Experience

Many business contracts require and often courts require, before a case is set for trial,  the  mediation of disputes because the mediation process is much less expensive and time-consuming than full-fledged litigation.  However, if mediation fails to produce a resolution, litigation and a trial may still become necessary.

Because we practice in both litigation and out-of-court alternatives to trial, we can represent you in court should the need arise.  We have an impressive foundation of experience in the federal and state courts in Texas.

For more information about arbitration, mediation or litigation, please contact our firm at 214-346-6048. We don't charge for your initial phone consultation.


State University of New York, Buffalo School of Law, Buffalo, NY; J.D. (1976)

University of California at Los Angeles; B.A. (1973)

Bar Admissions




New York

U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas

U.S. District Court Western District of Texas

U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit

U.S. Supreme Court

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Western District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Northern District of Texas

U.S. Bankruptcy Court Southern District of Texas

Areas of Practice

Administrative Law

Banking & Finance Law

Business & Commercial Law


Construction Law

Corporations, Partnerships, LLCs and other business organizations

Employment & Labor Law

Estate Planning

Government Agencies & Programs

Litigation & Appeals

Mergers & Acquisitions

Probate & Estate Administration

Wills & Trusts

Real Estate Law

Taxation Law

Non-Profit Organizations

Mediation and Arbitration

Alternate Dispute Resolution

Representative Cases

Mobile Minerals Corporation v. Ehrman, CA# 4:12-CV-03452 (S. Dist. Tex., 2013)

Semigroup Texas, LLC v. Industrial Asset Recycling, LLC, Case No. 3:11-cv-00335-D;

(N. Dist. Tex. 2011) (mediated settlement agreement)

Phoenix Energy Companies, Inc. v. Smyre, et al, Case # DV-00-0873-I (192nd D. Ct., Dallas, Texas, 2004)

Hand v. Equestrian Retailer, Inc., 1998 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 8417 (N. Dist. Tex. 1998)

Bruner v. Exxon Co., U.S.A., A Div. of Exxon Corp., 752 S.W.2d 679 (Tex. App.-Dallas 1988)

Childre v. Great Southwest Life Ins. Co., 700 S.W.2d 284 (Tex. App.-Dallas 1985)

10440 North Central Expressway, Suite 800
Dallas, TX 75231

P: 214-346-6048
F: 214-346-6049
E: [email protected]