The Texas Academy is the local chapter of the National
Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, a professional association whose membership consists of attorneys distinguished by their hands-on experience in the field of civil & commercial conflict
resolution and by their commitment to the practice of alternative dispute resolution.
With over 800 members throughout the United States, the NADN is the largest public roster of experienced ADR attorneys on the internet.
Membership is by invitation only and limited to
neutrals who have
proven experience in the resolution of commercial &
civil disputes. All members have been recognized for their
accomplishments through a peer-nomination
and attorney client review process.
For more about NADN, please watch our "Introduction to
NADN" YouTube video below...
About This Chapter Website
There is clear demand from attorneys, corporate counsel, adjusters and parties to know more specific
information about a given neutral:
their practice experience, qualifications,
language skills, dispute areas in
which they have previously mediated, and so on.
TexasNeutrals.org allows the visitor to find the state's most experienced ADR professionals quickly and
easily. There is also the common difficulty of settling upon a
mutually agreed date for a mediation or arbitration. The Academy website
serves as a scheduling aid to attorneys, firms and support staff.
Membership Membership in the Texas Academy is by invitation only. Membership is limited
to established civil-trial mediators
and arbitrators , all of whom are confirmed to
have met strict nomination and experience requirements.
2 Academy members are required to sponsor/second an
attorney for consideration.
Only attorneys in good standing with the Texas State Bar are
All Members are professional neutrals in civil/commercial
mediation or arbitration practice for a minimum of 5 years, with a
minimum of 30% of their professional efforts dedicated to
civil/commercial ADR practice. All members must receive remuneration for ADR practice at least
90 days annually.
Members identified as MEDIATORS must have privately mediated a
minimum of 200 civil disputes, excluding pro bono and family law
Members identified as ARBITRATORS must have arbitrated to final
award a minimum of 20 civil cases.
Exceptions may be made in the case of former judges, where
time on the bench & published decisions can be considered towards these totals.
8 attorney client references required on application (attorneys
for whom neutral has mediated/arbitrated civil-trial disputes
in the preceding 60-90 days.
Each will be contacted and questioned as to nominee's approach,
effectiveness, professionalism and reputation within the firm.
All nominees must provide attorney references (as described above)
before being considered for the TX Academy. The final decision to approve/decline membership rests with
Darren Lee, Exec. Director.
Executive Committee 2015-2016
The TX Committee is an appointed group of senior mediators who assist
the NADN Executive in reviewing ADR
practitioners of repute across the state. The committee also provides guidance in matters relating to the business of our National
Academy of Distinguished Neutrals association, attending annual
meetings. We are grateful to the following TX Committee Members for
their assistance for the next 2 year term...
National Academy Membership Fee : $60 per month (Preferred method of payment is monthly
charge to members' credit card, else annual card payment of $720)
ALL TX CHAPTER ATTORNEYS ARE RECOGNIZED MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL
ACADEMY OF DISTINGUISHED NEUTRALS, SEE MEMBERSHIP CRITERIA AND DUES
DETAILS AT www.NADN.org/membership.html
In June 2013, NADN was confirmed as a partner to both the national
defense bar (www.DRI.org/Neutrals)
and the plaintiffs bar (www.Justice.org/Neutrals).
All NADN member profiles are now promoted to the more than 40,000 members
of these legal associations.