Bill Smith

Texas Mediator

Austin, Texas 73301


ADA, Elder, Employment, Healthcare, Labor, Negligence, Personal Injury, Real Estate, Sexual Harassment, Wage and Hour

Bill Smith is principal owner, mediator and arbitrator of the firm Texas Mediator. He brings a wide range of mediation experience and conflict resolution skill to bear when settling clients' disputes. His educational background includes an undergraduate degree from the Ohio State University and a law degree from the University of Toledo. He practiced law in Michigan, was a chief negotiator of labor agreements for Fortune 500 companies and successfully arbitrated numerous grievances with multiple unions.  He became a VP of HR and eventually the Sr. VP of a Japanese owned automotive parts manufacturing company in Ohio.     

The past 13 years while he was a VP of HR and Sr. VP, he also served as mediator for a common pleas court in southern Ohio. He successfully mediated over 300 conflicts that dealt with a breadth of issues involving personal injury, child custody, real estate, real estate foreclosures, probate and employment disputes.   

Bill is certified to mediate matters in Ohio and Texas.   

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Why Mediation?

Litigation is often costly and time consuming. For many people, Mediation is a better way to resolve disputes. Mediation is an excellent alternative to "Fighting it out in Court".  Mediation is a voluntary and confidential settlement process in which a neutral third party, called a mediator, guides the disputants to a reasonable resolution of their dispute by helping them:

•Focus on their needs
•Explore alternatives
•Resolve legal issues
•Negotiate agreements   

The mediator's role is to help the parties reach a mutually agreeable settlement. The parties are part of the process which gives them a sense of control and a chance to be heard. Attorneys play an important role in dispute resolution, however they can be very time consuming and expensive.  However mediation while attorneys are often present, does not require attorneys to resolve the dispute. Parties need only to have an open mind and possess a good faith desire to settle the dispute. However, there is never a requirement to settle if either of the parties does not believe that settlement is in his/her best interest. If the parties have attorneys, mediation can provide an opportunity for attorneys to serve their clients better through creative problem solving.  

San Antonio, TX 78258

P; 937-763-5802
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