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 W. Jerry Hoover  

Mediation, Arbitration, Med-Arb, Special Master, Insurance Umpire, Neutral Case Evaluation, Moderated Settlement Conferences, Dispute Review Boards, Negotiation

Practice Areas:
General Civil Litigation; Commercial, Construction, Business, Banking, Contracts, Real Estate, Insurance, Engineering, Employment, Environmental and Oil & Gas/Energy Law.

ADR Experience:
Experienced Mediator and Arbitrator in all types of complex civil cases. Mediated and/or Arbitrated over 4,000 cases, including commercial litigation, business law, construction and real estate, environmental, personal injury, DTPA, medical/legal malpractice, labor/employment law, insurance coverage and disputes, probate and oil & gas/energy related cases. Also conducted multiple pre-litigation mediations and arbitrations for insurance providers. Approved Mediator and Arbitrator panelist for the American Arbitration Association (AAA), the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR - New York), the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), formerly the National Association of Securities Dealers (NASD), and the Houston Maritime Arbitrators' Association (HMAA). Arbitrated several large, multi-party and complex commercial and construction industry cases for the AAA and ICDR. Approved mediator panelist for the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas.  Formerly, appointed Master in Chancery by presiding Judge in Harris County District Court to oversee the settlement procedures in a complex toxic tort case involving over 800 plaintiffs and multiple defendants in a pipeline explosion case in Texas.

South Texas College of Law - Houston - J.D., 1981
University of Florida - M.B.A., 1973
University of Florida - B.S.B.A. (with Honors), 1972
Louisiana State University-Graduate Banking Degree, 1978
Member - College of the State Bar of Texas

ADR Training:

AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference, Nashville, TN-February, 2019
AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference , New Orleans, LA - February 2016
AAA/ICDR Neutrals Conference , San Diego, CA - February 2009
Advanced ADR Training for Trial & Appellate Lawyers & Mediators-2002
A.A. White Dispute Resolution Institute at the University of Houston
  40 hours Basic Mediation Training - 1993
  24 hours Advanced Family Law Mediation Training - 1995
American Arbitration Association (AAA)
  Basic Arbitration Training, Houston - 1995
  Construction Arbitration Training Workshop, Houston - 1996
  Advanced Commercial Arbitration Training - Orlando, FL - 1998
  Advanced Construction Arbitrator II Training - Houston - 2001
  Annual Arbitrator Update - 2002
  Advanced Arbitration Training - San Antonio, Texas - 2004
  AAA Arbitration, Ethics and Disclaimers - 2005
  AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel - 2006
National Association of Security Dealers (NASD) n/k/a FINRA
  Arbitration Training, Houston - 1996
  Mediation Training, Houston - 1997
  Chairperson Training, Houston - 1999
U.S. Postal Service REDRESS Program - 1999

ADR Affiliations:
Former Board of Advisors - South Texas College of Law, Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution. Former Board of Advisors for the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Institute at the University of Houston; State Bar of Texas, ADR Section; Houston Bar Association, ADR Section; Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) Houston Chapter; Charter Member of Institute for Responsible Dispute Resolution at South Texas College of Law; Certified Mediator - International Mediation Institute - The Netherlands.

Other Memberships:
American Bar Association (ABA) ADR Section; Texas Bar Association (TBA) Construction Law Section and ADR Section; Houston Bar Association (HBA) Chair HBA-ADR Section 2009-2010; Construction Law Section (Former Council Member of Construction Law Section); Former Member HBA Judicial Polls Committee.

Selected Publications & Presentations:
"Arbitration of Multi-Party Construction Disputes"
Panel Moderator for presentation to 31st Annual State Bar of Texas Construction Law Section Conference in San Antonio, Texas.
March, 2018.

"Improving Your Success in Construction ADR"
Co-Presented to the Houston Bar Association Construction Law Section
April 16, 2015.

"Mediator Skills Series: How to Break Impasse"
Presented to the Houston Bar Association ADR Section, November 11, 2014.

"The Good, the Bad and the Ugly in Construction Mediations"
Co-Presented to the 26th Annual Construction Law Conference, San Antonio, Texas, February, 2013.

"Creative Uses of Arbitration, Mediation and other forms of ADR"
Presented to the Houston Bar Association's Construction Law Section Luncheon, September 17, 2009.

"Mediation & Arbitration Options & Strategies for Construction Disputes"
Presented as moderator at the University of Texas UTCLE Construction Law Conference in Houston, Texas on January 30, 2009 (Rescheduled from September, 2008).

"Mediating Construction Disputes: Perspectives from the Mediator"
Presented to the Houston Bar Association's 2007 HBA Advising Construction Clients Institute, October 26, 2007.

"To Have Or Not To Have, Experts At Mediation?"
Presented at the University of Texas School of Law 2006 Construction Law Conference, September 7-8, 2006 Houston, TX.

"Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) in Business Transactions" Presentation to the Texas Association of Business Brokers - Houston Chapter, February 17, 2005.

"Mediation/Arbitration: Something Old, Something New, And Something You Can Use"
Presented at the Collections & Creditors' Rights - 2004 State Bar of Texas CLE Seminar in Houston on May 21, 2004. Co-Author: Jack Scheske.

"Mediation & Arbitration - When, How To Find A Good One, Tips"
Presented at the Collection Practice -  2003 CLE Seminar sponsored by the State Bar of Texas in Houston and Dallas in May, 2003.

"Is There a New Approach to Conflict Resolution? Discover How Alternative Dispute Resolution Can Be Effectively Used In Your Organization"
Presented at the Council On Education Management Seminar (April 2001) in Houston.

Attorney - Mediator - Arbitrator
Gulf Interstate Engineering Plaza
16010 Barkers Point Lane, Suite 600
Houston, TX 77079-9000

Phone: 713/622-0650
Fax: 713/622-0676

38+ Years in Legal Profession
25+ Years in Mediation/Arbitration
# Cases Mediated: 4,000+
# Cases Served as Arbitrator: 200+
Martindale-Hubbell Rating: AV Preeminent
Fellow - Texas Bar Foundation
Fellow - Houston Bar Foundation
Credentialed Distinguished-
Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
Texas Super Lawyer - 2007-2020
H-Texas Magazine (Houston) - Voted one of Houston's Top Lawyers 2008-2020
Houstonia Magazine voted one of Houstonís Top Lawyers-2020
Certified Mediator - International Mediation Institute-The Netherlands


  • State Bar of Texas (1981)
  • Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals (1984)
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Texas-Houston Division (1996)
  • United States Supreme Court (2020)