JEFFRY S. ABRAMS
GREENWAY MEDIATION CENTER
3203 MERCER, SUITE 200
HOUSTON, TEXAS 77027
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Law Office of Jeffry S. Abrams, Houston, Texas
June 1984 to present: Business litigation, bankruptcy, real estate, landlord/tenant, contracts, personal injury, arbitration, mediation (full-time since 1993)
Pendergraft, Elam & Simon, Houston, Texas
January 1983 to May 1984: Business litigation and bankruptcy
Mediation, Inc., Houston, Texas
Litigation Mediation Training, October, 1988
Attorney-Mediators Institute, Inc., Dallas, Texas
Mediation Training, April, 1991
American Arbitration Association, Houston, Texas
Arbitrator Training, June, 1993
Dispute Resolution Center, Houston, Texas
24-Hour Family Mediation Training, February, 1991; 18-Hour Juvenile Mediation Program Training, July, 1990; 40-Hour Community-Based Mediation Training, August, 1989
Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (“CEDR”), London, England
Mediation Training, June, 2002
Miscellaneous Mediation Training
Hundreds of hours of mediation training over the last 32 years.
ADR EXPERIENCE AND ACTIVITIES
Since 1989, I have conducted over 5000 mediations of almost every conceivable variety, including, but not limited to commercial, construction, personal injury, employment, international, Maritime Jones Act, Title VII, ERISA, ADA, products liability, insurance coverage, medical and professional malpractice, toxic tort, securities, condemnation, oil and gas, maritime, real estate, governmental, probate, arts and entertainment and almost every other type of case. I have also arbitrated a number of cases as a sole arbitrator, Tribunal member and party-appointed arbitrator.
Association of Attorney-Mediators – Immediate Past-President (2004/2005); President (2003/2004); President-Elect, (2002/2003); Treasurer, (2000/2002); President, Houston Chapter (1999/2000); Vice President, Houston Chapter (1998/1999); Treasurer, Houston Chapter (1997/1998); Member since 1991
Houston Bar Association, Houston, Texas – Immediate Past Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (1998/1999); Chair, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (1997/1998) Chair-Elect, Alternative Dispute
Resolution Section (1996/1997); Treasurer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (1995/1996); Treasurer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Center Committee (1994/1995)
Center for Effective Dispute Resolution (CEDR), London, England – Accredited Mediator
Dispute Resolution Center, Houston, Texas – 1992 DRC Volunteer of the Year; Member of Board of Directors (1991-1995); Treasurer (1994/1995); Chair, Continuing Education Committee (1991-1993); court-annexed, community-based, juvenile and family mediator. Assisted in numerous trainings since 1991.
Texas Bar Association Sections of Alternative Dispute Resolution and International Law
Houston Bar Association Sections of Alternative Dispute Resolution and International Law
U.S./Mexico Bar Association
Union Internationale des Avocats
Texas Bar Foundation-Fellow
Houston Bar Foundation-Fellow
Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, Board of Directors (previous)
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts, Board of Directors (previous)
Houston Blues Society, Vice President (previous)
Houston / Galveston Institute, Board of Directors (previous)
University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, L.L.M. in International Economic Law 2010
University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, J.D., 1982
University of Houston, Mexican Legal Studies Institute, Mexico City, Mexico, 1981
Associate Editor, Houston Law Review, 1981-1982
University of Florida, Gainsville, Florida, B.S., Business Administration, with High Honors (3rd of 185), 1978
Florida State University London Institute, London, England, 1978
Beta Gamma Sigma Business Honor Society, Gainesville, Florida
AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell (Highest rating in both legal ability and ethical standards)
Texas Super Lawyer 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009
Client Distinction Award, Martindale-Hubbell
America’s Most Honored Professionals, Martindale-Hubbell
Top Rated Lawyer in Texas, Martindale-Hubbell
American Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence – 1979
Top Lawyers in Texas, The Legal Network, 2013, 2015 – 2018
Harris County Dispute Resolution Center, Volunteer of the Year – 1992
Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts – Karen Susman Volunteer of the Year for work in the Arts Mediation Program-2001
Association of Attorney-Mediators, Steve Brutsché Award (Highest award by the organization) – 2006
Houstonia’s Top Lawyers of 2015 – 2018
44th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Buenos Aires, Argentina: Compulsory Mediation: The Texas Experience, November, 2000.
Collaboration in the Capitol, April, 2001, Washington D.C., American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Conference in conjunction with the Section of International Law and Practice: Confidentiality and Privilege in International Commercial Mediation.
Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, June 2001: Confidentiality and Privilege in International Commercial Mediation, Compulsory Mediation and Mediator Immunity.
46th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Sydney, Australia, October 2002, mock mediation of a complex international mediation.
Ethics in Mediation, Houston Bar Association, Houston, Texas: August 2003.
47th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Lisbon, Portugal: Advocacy in Mediation, Representing Your Client Effectively, September 2003.
Queensland Law Society Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, March 2004. Formulated and conducted mediation role play of international commercial dispute.
48th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Geneva, Switzerland. Helped formulate and conduct mediation of complex international intellectual property dispute, September 2004.
Association of Attorney-Mediators, Austin, Texas: Mediator Ethics Quiz – Interactive Session, November 2004.
Lorman Education Services, Houston, Texas: Mediating the Legal Malpractice Case – How to Keep the Lawyers Out of It!, November 2004.
State Bar of Texas and South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas: “Cutting Edge Issues and Tools in ADR,” Mediator Ethics Quiz, October 2005
Union Internationale des Avocats, World Forum of Mediation Centres, Barcelona, Spain: Panelist on “A Model Rule on Confidentiality” and “Best Practices”, December 2005.
Coach, University of Houston Law Center Championship Team, First Annual International Chamber of Commerce Advocacy in International Commercial Mediation Competition, Paris, January 2006.
University of Houston Law Center, Houston and Dallas, Texas: “Advanced Civil Litigation”, Attorney Ethical Considerations in Mediation May 2006.
Union Internationale des Avocats, World Forum of Mediation Centres, Dublin, Ireland: Moderator of International Panel on “Breaking Barriers to Mediation,” September 2006.
Union Internationale des Avocats, World Forum of Mediation Centres, New York, New York: Moderator of International Panel on “Breaking Barriers to Mediation: The Centres,” July 2007.
51st Congress Union Internationale des Avocats, Paris, France; Participated in role-play on Deal Facilitation, November 2007.
1st Annual Statewide Meeting of Mediators, Oaxaca, Mexico. Presentation in Spanish, Mediation Around the World, 2008.
Guest Speaker on 3 Spanish-speaking radio stations in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico. Interview on Mediation In The United States and Mexico, September 2008.
53rd Congress Union Internationale des Avocats, Seville, Spain; Role-play on international intellectual property dispute, October 2009.
World Forum of Mediation Centres, Athens, Greece: How to Create a Market in Mediation, March 2011
World Forum of Mediation Centres, Lisbon, Portugal: Moderator of the Panel: Mandatory Mediation; The Caucus Model: Is it Good or Evil or is it Really Mediation, wrote and mediated caucus model role play, January 2012.
Houston Bar Association, Houston, Texas: The Vanishing Opening Session and Moderator of Panel Discussion, June 2012.
World Forum of Mediation Centres, Prague, Czech Republic: formulated and moderated panel Moderator “Mining the Minds of Mediators,” June 2013
World Forum of Mediation Centres, Houston, Texas: “Mediation Texas Style,” “Mining the Minds of Mediators,” March 2014
World Forum of Mediation Centres, Thessaloniki, Greece: Panelist “What More Could Governments do to Increase the Demand for Mediation,” September 2014
Houston Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, Houston, Texas: “Mediator Skills Series – The Practical Aspects of Mediation Settlement Agreements,” January 2015
World Forum of Mediation Centres, Krakow, Poland “Dealing with Mediation,” “Mining the Minds of Mediators,” June, 2015
World Forum of Mediation Centres, Luxembourg City, Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg: “Enforcement of Mediation Settlement Agreements,” April 2016
XIV Congreso Mundial de Mediacion y Cultura de Paz, Buenos Aires, Argentina: “Mediacíon Obligatorio en Texas,” Pronunicado en Español, September 2018