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Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

All forms of dispute resolution can be described in three words: organized problem solving. Whether concluding disputes by negotiating, presenting facts to a decision-maker, or review by an appellate tribunal, we help people solve problems.

BAJB founding partner Jeff Jury is a leader in the ADR field. Few neutrals can say that they have tried high-stakes cases as lead counsel; argued and won a case of first impression before their state’s Supreme Court; written book chapters in two areas of practice; designed dispute resolution systems and process for organizations; and teach ADR related topics at the law school and graduate school level. His practice ranges from negotiation consulting to serving as a neutral in many different forms of dispute resolution, including all forms of dispute resolution listed in the Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution Act.



Mediation

Jeff began mediating cases as a neutral in 1997. He has mediated cases in many locations, always striving to use approaches and techniques that match the situation. He is not a “water carrier.” Jeff will follow up tenaciously if the case does not settle at mediation, because mediation is a process, not an event or ritual.

It is impossible to detail every area of law in which Jeff has mediated. The list below will give you a flavor of his practice experience:

  • Business Disputes and Litigation: anti-competitive business activities; agriculture; business torts; business dissolution; debt collection and restructuring; business disparagement; embezzlement; franchise disputes; infringement; tortious interference; data and cyber security
  • Construction: defect cases; performance, payment and lien disputes; surety disputes and losses; certificate of merit issues; condominiums; energy (gasification plant, oil wells); hospitals; hotels; public infrastructure (highway, water/wastewater/stormwater transmission); public buildings (courthouses, criminal justice center, military installation, parking garage, recreational facilities, school facilities); residential (high-end, multi-family); retail stores
  • Employment Discrimination: non-competition and injunction; retaliation; termination and personnel actions; wage and hour disputes; whistleblower
  • Governmental: inter-governmental disputes; enforcement actions
  • Insurance: bad faith and insurer practices; complex coverage disputes; disaster claims (hurricane, fire, windstorm); first party claims; premium fraud/recoupment; subrogation; UM/UIM coverage; workers’ compensation judicial review;ERISA benefits
  • Professional Malpractice and Licensing: dissolution of professional entity or practice group; fiduciary duty; licensing enforcement actions; professional negligence
  • Real Estate: boundaries and easements; foreclosure; leasing; homeowner associations; post-dissolution sales; sale and purchase transactions; fraud in real estate transactions; subdivision development; title disputes and insurance
  • Torts: civil rights; animal attack; catastrophic injuries (amputation, burn, electrocution); fatalities; health care liability (facility, professional); intentional torts; non-subscriber; premises; product liability; railroad crossing; sexual impropriety/disease transmission; transportation
  • Trusts and Estates: trust management and fiduciary duty; estate disputes
  • Public Policy: convening and facilitating public policy-related disputes

Arbitration

Jeff has served as arbitrator since 2002. His presence in the arbitration field has brought him to design and teach a course in Arbitration and Dispute Resolution at Southern Methodist University’s Graduate Program in Dispute Resolution; and to be called upon to teach several arbitration-related continuing education courses through the State Bar of Texas.

Jeff has served as a sole arbitrator, panelist or panel chair in the following types of cases:

  • Business Disputes and Litigation: breach of contract; business torts; covenants not to compete; fiduciary duty; fraud; futures; licensing; manufactured homes; securities; tortious interference; gevernance; valuation
  • Construction: code compliance; construction defects; real estate development; residential construction
  • Personal Injury: health care facility; non-subscriber; premises; uninsured motorists
  • Professional: fee dispute; fiduciary duty; professional negligence

Negotiation Consultant – “Settlement Counsel”

Another set of eyes and ears can bring new ideas to the negotiating table. Lawyers have associated Jeff as non-neutral settlement counsel to assist in case evaluation, negotiation planning, and strategy development, both formally and confidentially.

Education/Training

In addition to teaching law school and graduate school courses, Jeff has made presentations to professionals from around the world on negotiation, public policy dispute resolution, and related dispute resolution topics. Many of these trainings are confidential, so most clients cannot be identified.

Some of the publicized trainings include programs sponsored by the prestigious Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs at the University of Texas. Jeff is a Fellow of the University of Texas Law School’s Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution, and participates in programs supporting the Center’s mission.

Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Professionals