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Don Philbin, Mediator & Arbitrator, San Antonio, Texas.

Don Philbin

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Donald R. Philbin, Jr., P.C.
P.O. Box 12367
San Antonio, TX, 78212-0286
Tel: (210) 212-7100
Cell: (210) 241-4216
Fax: (210) 212-7118
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Recognized to Texas Chapter for Mediation & Arbitration

Regularly travels out of state to: Oklahoma

Other ADR Services: ADR Training/CME, Discovery Referee, Early Neutral Evaluation, Facilitation & Systems Design, Fact Finding, Insurance Umpire, Med-Arb, Mini-Trial Judge


Don Philbin, J.D., M.B.A., LL.M., is an AV-rated attorney-mediator and adjunct professor of law. Philbin has extensive experience and education in the fields of business, law, negotiation, and mediation, and mediates individual and class matters in a range of substantive areas. He teaches academic and professional skill courses at Pepperdine Law’s Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution. 

Mr. Philbin’s most recent venture is the startup software company Picture It Settled™. The program is designed to help litigants plot successful negotiation strategies, calculate strategic moves, and graph paths to optimum settlement. Picture It Settled™ Lite is currently available as an app on Apple, Android and BlackBerry smartphones. This research also informs his mediation practice and teaching.

Don Philbin was one of three Texas mediators listed in the inaugural edition of THE INTERNATIONAL WHO’S WHO OF COMMERCIAL MEDIATION (2011), recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Lawyer in Mediation by the SAN ANTONIO BUSINESS JOURNAL, and repeatedly listed in: THE BEST LAWYERS IN AMERICA, TEXAS SUPER LAWYERS, THE BEST LAWYERS IN SAN ANTONIO, and the U.S. NEWS and Best Lawyers “Best Law Firm” survey. Don Philbin is a charter and executive committee member of the Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, and an elected fellow in the: International Academy of Mediators, American Academy of Civil Trial Mediators, and American Academy of e-Neutrals. In addition, Philbin was one of the first U.S. mediators certified under the international standards established by the International Mediation Institute.

Case Experience

  • Appellate
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Class Actions
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Construction
  • Contract Disputes
  • Divorce (High Asset)
  • Education
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Family Businesses
  • Health Care
  • Industrial
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Internet
  • Land Use/Planning
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Partnerships
  • Personal Injury
  • Premises Liability
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Public Policy
  • Real Estate
  • Securities
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Software
  • Technology
  • Telecommunications
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Venture Capital
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death


  • LL.M. in Dispute Resolution (2007), Pepperdine University School of Law (Straus Institute); CALI awards for (1) Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy; (2) Commercial and International Dispute Resolution, and (3) Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution (Labor Disputes)
  • MBA (Executive Program, 2001), University of Texas at San Antonio; Dean's Graduate Student Honor Roll (1999 - 2001); Beta Gamma Sigma and Omicron Delta Kappa
  • JD (1987), Pepperdine University School of Law; Pepperdine Law Review (1985 - 87); Moot Court Board (1986 - 87); Margaret Martin Brock Scholar (1986 - 87); Teaching Assistant - Writing (1986 - 87; American Jurisprudence Awards for (1) Corporations and (2) Agency and Partnerships
  • BA, Business Administration (1984), Trinity University; Intern, The White House (1984), United States Senate (Don Nickles, 1983), University President (1982 - 83); Chief Justice, Student Judicial Board (1983 - 84); Teaching Assistant - Writing Lab (1983 - 84) -------------- 
  • Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution, Pepperdine University School of Law (ranked No. 1 in the country by U.S. News and World Report more than six times, including years of LL.M. training); academic Courses: Commercial and International Dispute Resolution, Mediation, Negotiation and Settlement Advocacy, Arbitration, International Investment Disputes, Selected Issues in Dispute Resolution (Labor Disputes), Third-Party Processes, Faith-Based Diplomacy and International Peacemaking, Communication and Conflict, Social Psychology of Conflict; professional skills courses: Advanced Mediation (2006); Improvisational Mediation (2007); Mediating the Complex Case (2008); Mediating Complex Construction Disputes (2009); Neuro-Collaboration: How New Perspectives from the Neurosciences Can Enhance Your Collaborative Conflict Resolution Skills (2009); Domestic Relations Dispute Resolution (2010) 
  • Program on Negotiation at Harvard Law School: The Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives (2007); Dealing with Difficult People and Difficult Situations (2007)
  • Dispute Resolution Section of the American Bar Association: Advanced Mediation and Advocacy Skills Training (2007); Annual Conferences (2008 - present) 
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators (Austin 2008; San Antonio 2009) 
  • Texas Bar CLE: Advanced Mediation: Skills and Techniques (Houston 2009) 
  • Advanced Commercial Mediation Institute (AAA and ACR) (Austin 2008) 
  • Global Collaborative Law Council, Civil Collaborative Training (September 2009) 
  • Austin Dispute Resolution Center, Advanced Family Mediation Training (2007) (TADRA Sec.154.052(b)) 
  • Bexar County Dispute Resolution Center, Group Facilitation Skills Training (2007) 
  • Cambridge Executive Enterprises, Senior Executive Training (MIT Professor John J. Donovan (2002))

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association: Dispute Resolution
    (2006 - present; Negotiation Committee Chair 2009 - 10)); Litigation (1987 - present); Business Law (2007 - present)
  • State Bar of Texas (1988 - present)
    Alternative Dispute Resolution (2006 - present; Section Council 2009 - 12; Treasurer 2012-13); Litigation (1988 - present), Antitrust and Business Litigation; Computer and Technology; Corporate Counsel; Family Law
  • International Mediation Institute (IMI) Certified Mediator (2009 - present) 
  • Credentialed Distinguished Mediator, Texas Mediator Credentialing Association (2007 - present) 
  • Senior Mediator (2008 - present); Certified Mediator (2009 - present) 
  • Association of Attorney - Mediators (2007 - present)
  • Texas Association of Mediators (2007 - present) 
  • Global Collaborative Law Council (2009 - present)
  • Society for Empirical Legal Studies (2008 - present)
  • Decision Analysis Society (2008 - present)
  • Fellow of the College of the State Bar of Texas (1997 - present)
  • Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation (2002 - present)
  • Life Fellow of the San Antonio Bar Foundation (2007 - present)
  • Fellow of the American Bar Foundation (2009 - present)
  • The Texas General Counsel Forum (2002 - 06)
  • Federal Communications Bar Association (1997 - present)
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit (1988 - present)
  • San Antonio Bar Association (1988 - present)

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