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About Me

My Mediation Philosophy

I am not a “number trader” type of mediator, but rather I am a “roll up the sleeves and dig in” type of mediator. I use every minute of a mediation and do not waste time. This has become my style because I have witnessed the financial and emotional toll that protracted litigation can have on the parties and their loved ones.

 

For over 35 years I have handled and tried cases involving wrongful death, brain injury, trucking, motor vehicles, premises, commercial disputes, employment, construction defect, toxic tort, products liability, fire loss, non-subscriber and many others. I prepare for each mediation by analyzing and not just reviewing the parties submitted materials. I press the parties at each step to more fully examine their positions, including their perceived strengths, weaknesses, misconceptions, emotions, fears, risks, and time constraints. By actively listening, asking pointed questions, probing risk tolerance, and economic options, I draw the parties towards the finish line of a final settlement. When necessary I will play “devil’s advocate” and will point out facts and legal issues favorable to the opposing side. As a result, parties can better assess their risk in deciding to settle or proceeding to trial. Trials always present a great risk. Settlement through mediation is almost always a better choice than the expense, uncertainty and inconclusiveness of a trial.

PROFESSONAL EMPLOYMENT

2017-Present:
Steven C. Howard, P.C-Mediator/Attorney-Alternative dispute resolution practice.

1982-2017:
Taunton Snyder and Slade-Trial attorney for 35 years in civil litigation AV® rated law firm representing people and companies sued for personal injury, commercial disputes and property damages.

MEDIATION TRAINING

Certification, A. A. White Dispute Resolution Institute, University of Houston, College of Business, 1999

Advanced Mediator Training, Texas Association of Attorney Mediators-Houston in 2016 and Dallas in 2017

Houston Bar Association Annual Conference on ADR, 2017

PERSONAL

Born in Edinburg, Texas and raised in Houston, Texas

Graduate of Memorial High School, Houston, Texas

Married with 7 children now all on their own

Member of West University United Methodist Church

Member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

Completed 25 marathons sanctioned by the USATF

MEMBERSHIPS

State Bar of Texas

Texas Mediator Credentialing Association

American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)

Texas Bar Foundation Life Fellow

State Bar of Texas-Grievance Committee 1989-1994; Chairman 1989-1992

State Bar of Texas- Litigation Section

State Bar of Texas-ADR Section

Houston Bar Association Litigation Section

Houston Bar Association ADR Section

Houston Bar Association Fun Run Committee

Houston Bar Association Bench Bar Committee

Texas Association of Mediators

Texas Association of Attorney Mediators

Harris County Dispute Resolution Center

Education

B.A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1980

The University of Texas School of Law, 1982

J.D., South Texas College of Law, 1983

A.A. White Dispute Resolution Institute, U. H. College of Business, Basic Mediation Training, 1999

ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas, November 4, 1983-State Bar No.: 10079600

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas

U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas

U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court

U.S. Supreme Court

CERTIFICATIONS

Credentialed Advanced Mediator, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, 2017

Certified Mediator- A. A. White, Dispute Resolution Institute, U.H., 1999

AV® rated, Martindale-Hubble-highest possible legal and ethical standards, 1999- to present

AREAS OF PRACTICE

Wrongful Death/Survival Actions
Catastrophic Injury
Commercial Liability
Automobile Negligence
UM/UIM
Trucking/Transportation Negligence
Worker’s Compensation/Non-subscriber
Insurance Coverage Disputes
Subrogation
Construction Defects
Business Litigation/Contracts
Debt Collection
Employment Practices
Environmental/Toxic Torts
Consumer and Deceptive Trade Practice (DTPA)
Oil and Gas and Energy
General Civil Litigation
Personal Injury Litigation
Landlord Tenant Disputes
Premises Liability
Products Liability
Structural and Fire Losses
Professional Liability
Health Care Liability

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