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Donald R. Philbin Jr.

Donald R. Philbin Jr.

also known as Don Philbin

Practice areas:

Mediation, Arbitration, Litigation

About Me

Don Philbin, J.D., M.B.A., LL.M., is an AV-rated attorney-mediator, president of Picture It Settled®, adjunct professor of law, and curator of www.ADRtoolbox.com. Don was named the 2014 “Lawyer of the Year” for Mediation in San Antonio by Best Lawyers®, was recognized as the 2011 Outstanding Lawyer in Mediation by the San Antonio Business Journal, is one of eight Texas lawyers listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation, and is listed in Texas Super Lawyers. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy of Mediators, the American Academy of Civil Trial Mediators, and the Texas Academy of Distinguished Neutrals.Picture It Settled® is Moneyball for negotiation.

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Practice Areas

Licensed since 1988

  1. Mediation: 75%
    8 years
  2. Arbitration: 20%
    8 years
  3. Litigation: 5%

Payment

Fees:

Fixed (Sometimes)

Payment Types:

Check, Credit Card

Attorney Endorsements

1 total

  • Pamela Jean Craft Thompson

    Don is a top notch mediator and drills down to the bottom of the issues to get our case settled. I have used Don on difficult business litigation and he has worked hard to get them settled!

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    Pamela Thompson Family Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact Info

P.O. Box 12367
San Antonio, TX, 78212

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License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198805/24/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2015
Best Law FirmsUS News / Best Lawyers2015
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers Magazine2015
Who's Who LegalThe International Who's Who of Commercial Mediation2015
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2015
Best Law FirmsUS News / Best Lawyers2014
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in SA Magazine2014
2014 Lawyer of the Year - Mediation - San AntonioBest Lawyers in America2014
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2014
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2014
The International Who's Who of Commercial MediationWho's Who Legal2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2014
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2013
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in SA Magazine2013
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2013
The International Who's Who of Commercial MediationWho's Who Legal2013
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2013
Best Law FirmsUS News / Best Lawyers2013
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in SA Magazine2012
Best Law FirmsUS News / Best Lawyers2012
The International Who's Who of Commercial MediationWho's Who Legal2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2012
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2012
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in SA Magazine2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2011
The International Who's Who of Commercial MediationWho's Who Legal2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2011
Best Law FirmsUS News / Best Lawyers2011
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2010
Best Law FirmsUS News / Best Lawyers2010
FellowAmerican College of Civil Trial Mediators2010
Super LawyersSuper Lawyers2010
Best Lawyer in San AntonioScene in SA Magazine2010
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
Best Law FirmsUS News / Best Lawyers2010
FellowInternational Academy of Mediators2010
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in SA Monthly2009
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
Best Lawyers in San AntonioScene in SA Monthly2008
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2007
Best Lawyers in AmericaBest Lawyers in America2007
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2006
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2004
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2003
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1999

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
Adjunct ProfessorPepperdine University School of Law Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution2008 - Present
Panelist and ShareholderConflict Solutions of Texas2007 - Present
PanelistCPR -- International Institute for Conflict Prevention & Resolution2007 - Present
Attorney - Mediator - Arbitration - ConsultantDonald R. Philbin, Jr., P.C. / ADRtoolbox.com2006 - Present

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
State Bar of Texas, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionChair2014 - 2015
Association of Attorney – MediatorsChapter President - San Antonio2013 - Present
William S. Sessions American Inn of CourtImmediate Past President2013 - 2014
William S. Sessions American Inn of CourtPresident2013 - 2014
State Bar of Texas, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionChair Elect2013 - 2014
State Bar of Texas, Alternative Dispute Resolution SectionTreasurer2012 - 2013
San Antonio Bar AssociationTechnology Committee2012 - Present
Texas Association of MediatorsConference Co-Chair2011 - 2011
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution SectionTask Force on Planned Early Dispute Resolution2011 - 2012
William S. Sessions American Inn of CourtPresident-Elect2011 - 2012
San Antonio Bar AssociationPublications Committee2010 - Present
William S. Sessions American Inn of CourtVice President2010 - 2011
Mediate.comCertified Mediator2009 - Present
William S. Sessions American Inn of CourtTreasurer2009 - 2010
International Mediation InstituteCertified Mediator2009 - Present
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution SectionNegotiation Committee Chair2009 - 2012
American Bar FoundationLife Fellow2009 - Present
San Antonio Bar AssociationCLE Committee2009 - Present
Global Collaborative Law CouncilN/A2009 - 2011
Decision Analysis SocietyN/A2008 - Present
William S. Sessions American Inn of CourtSecretary2008 - 2009
Society for Empirical Legal StudiesN/A2008 - Present
Texas Mediator Credentialing AssociationCredentialed Distinguished Mediator2007 - Present
San Antonio Bar AssociationADR Committee2007 - Present
Texas Association of MediatorsN/A2007 - Present
San Antonio Bar FoundationLife Fellow2007 - Present
Association of Attorney-MediatorsN/A2007 - Present
Association for Conflict ResolutionN/A2006 - Present
American Bar Association, Dispute Resolution SectionN/A2006 - Present
Texas General Counsel ForumN/A2002 - 2006
Texas Bar FoundationLife Fellow2002 - Present
Federal Communications Bar AssociationN/A1997 - 2014
College of the State Bar of TexasFellow1997 - Present
Bar Association of the Fifth Federal CircuitN/A1988 - Present
San Antonio Bar AssociationN/A1988 - Present
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionN/A1987 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Schultz v. Medina Valley ISDSettled: http://www.txwd.uscourts.gov/Opinions/Cases/schultz/default.asp

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
Texas Bar Litigation Section NewsletterCheckmate: Early Moves Define Negotiation Outcomes2015
Alternatives to the High Cost of LitigationHow ‘Tomorrow’s Lawyers’ Are Using Technology Now to Improve Outcomes2013
Texas Tech Law ReviewAlternative Dispute Resolution: Litigating Arbitration Slows As Mediation Becomes More Popular2011
DISPUTE RESOLUTION JOURNALDecisional Errors – Why We Make Them and How to Address Them2010
TEXAS TECH LAW REVIEWFifth Circuit Survey Articles, Alternative Dispute Resolution in the Fifth Circuit2010
HARVARD NEGOTIATION LAW REVIEW Online EditionDecisional Errors – On the Field, On the Bench, In Negotiations2009
ALTERNATIVES TO THE HIGH COST OF LITIGATIONThankful for Unanswered Prayers? Unconscionability ‘Equilibrium’2009
DEFENSE COUNSEL JOURNALTrends in Litigating Arbitration: Using Motions to Compel Arbitration and Motions to Vacate Arbitration Awards2009
TEXAS TECH LAW REVIEWFifth Circuit Survey Articles, Alternative Dispute Resolution2009
Harvard Negotiation Law ReviewThe One Minute Manager Prepares for Mediation: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Negotiation Preparation2008
Dispute Resolution JournalThe Value of Economic Analysis in Preparing for Mediation2008
Baylor Law ReviewLitigating Arbitration: A 2007 Texas Arbitration Review2008
Texas Tech Law ReviewFifth Circuit Survey Articles, Alternative Dispute Resolution2008
ALTERNATIVES TO THE HIGH COST OF LITIGATIONDeal or No Deal? Or Perhaps a Better Deal? The Impact of Improved Information2007
JAMS DISPUTE RESOLUTION ALERTThe Psychology of Bad Economic Decisions2007
CONFLICT MANAGEMENTComprehensive Trial Preparation Includes ADR Process Design: What Type of Mediator Best Fits This Case?2007

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Pepperdine School Of LawDispute ResolutionLL.M - Master of Laws2007
The University of Texas at San AntonioBusinessMBA -- Executive Program2001
Pepperdine University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Trinity UniversityBusiness AdministrationBA - Bachelor of Arts - Bachelor of Arts1984

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Western District of Texas’s Arc of a CaseAlternative Dispute Resolution Methods2015
San Antonio Bar Family Law Section’s Extreme Family Law Makeover VIIISkeleton Keys to a Successful Mediation2015
Pepperdine Law's Professional Skills ProgramPreventing Bad Settlement Decisions and Impasse: Using Brain Science, Game Theory, Animated Communication, and Micro-Interventions2015
ABA Dispute Resolution Spring ConferenceView From the Trenches2015
ABA Dispute Resolution Spring ConferencePredicting Future Negotiating Behavior2015
Pepperdine Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution - AcademicDecision Making Under Conflict2014
Pepperdine Law's Professional Skills ProgramPreventing Bad Settlement Decisions and Impasse: Using Brain Science, Game Theory, Animated Communication, and Micro-Interventions2014
Association of Attorney-Mediators Annual CLEImagine Magically (or Perhaps Technologically) and Effectively Predicting Future Behavior2014
ABA Litigation Section General Counsel ConferenceLeveraging Technology in Mediation – The New Best Way for Resolving Disputes2014
ABA Dispute Resolution Annual ConferenceMoneyball for Negotiation: Predicting Future Negotiating Behavior – Acting on the Intelligence2014
SMU’s Dispute Resolution Program - AcademicDecision Making Under Conflict2013
Pepperdine Law's Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution - AcademicDecision Making Under Conflict2013
Pepperdine Law's Professional Skills ProgramPreventing Bad Settlement Decisions and Impasse: Using Brain Science, Game Theory, Animated Communication, and Micro-Interventions2013
San Antonio Bar AssociationMediation Round Table Discussion2012
Pepperdine Law's Professional Skills ProgramPreventing Bad Settlement Decisions and Impasse: Using Brain Science, Game Theory, Animated Communication, and Micro-Interventions2012
National Association of Hearing Officials Annual CLEAlternative Methods for Dispute Resolution2012
Austin Bar Association Settlement Week CLESettlement Week2012
Association of Attorney-Mediators CLESettlecasting: Predictable Paths to Successful Settlement2012
Tactical Interventions in Mediation Preventing Impasse: Dealing with Deeply Held BeliefsModerator2011
Something Old-Something New: Advanced Attorney-Mediator Training and Annual MeetingNegotiation, Mediation2011
Pepperdine Law's Professional Skills ProgramPreventing Bad Settlement Decisions and Impasse: Using Brain Science, Game Theory, Animated Communication, and Micro-Interventions2011
National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Annual CLEConcession Rates: Offers and Counter-Offers; Deal or No Deal: Leveraging Information to Overcome Psychological Barriers to Efficient Deals2011
Essentials of Business Law Course 2011Negotiation, Mediation2011
Alternative Dispute Resolution Section Annual CourseCourse Director2011
Advanced Commercial Mediation InstituteDeal or No Deal: Leveraging Information to Overcome Decision Errors2011
2011 Annual TAM ConferenceCourse Director2011
Using Picture Power in Settlement NegotiationsNegotiation, Mediation2010
Using Game Theory to Improve Negotiating ResultsNegotiation, Mediation2010
Securities Arbitration & Mediation Hot Topics 2010Negotiation, Mediation2010
Bench Motions & Trials II: Judges' PerspectiveNegotiation, Mediation2010
Advanced Mediation TrainingNegotiation, Mediation2010
ADMINISTRATIVE LAWNegotiation, Mediation2010
2010 State Bar of Texas Annual MeetingNegotiation, Mediation2010
Texas Wesleyan Law Review SymposiumMediation, Negotiation2009
Section of Litigation Annual ConferenceNegotiation, Mediation2009
Ohio State Journal on Dispute Resolution SymposiumMediation, Negotiation2009
Negotiations WorkshopNegotiation, Mediation2009
Litigation Section Annual MeetingMediation, Negotiation2009
Dispute Resolution Section Annual MeetingMediation, Negotiation2009
Bench Motions & Trials -- Bexar County StyleArbitration2009
Advanced Mediator Training: Avoiding The Line In The SandNegotiation, Mediation2009
SABA Litigation Section MeetingMediation, Negotiation2008
SABA Family Lawyers Association MeetingMediation, Negotiation2008
MAPI Law CouncilMediation, Negotiation2008
Labor Negotiation Training with C. Richard Barnes and AssociatesNegotiation2008
Labor Negotiation Training with C. Richard Barnes and AssociatesNegotiation2008
Council of Chief Legal Officers Annual MeetingMediation, Negotiation2008
Basic Mediation TrainingMediation, Negotiation2008
Basic Mediation TrainingMediation, Negotiation2008
Adjunct: Employment DisputesArbitration, Mediation, Negotiation2008
AAM - TrainingMediation, Negotiation2008