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Ben Jay Cunningham

Ben Jay Cunningham

also known as Ben J. Cunningham, Ben Cunningham

About me

A practicing attorney and mediator for twenty five years, Ben has successfully resolved  thousands of disputes in his capacity of mediator and settlement counsel. Ben's mediation experience is broad, encompassing disputes involving general commercial litigation, contruction, real estate, governmental, civil rights,  employment, torts, contract disputes,  intellectual property, First Amendment, personal injury, professional liability, med-mal, securities law, insurance law, premises liabilty, workplace, taxation, oil and gas, environmental, telecommunications, church disputes, probate, entertainment law, defamation, and one memorable dispute over miniature horses.


Ben has also litigated and tried numerous civil law cases while practicing as a trial attorney, and has argued appeals in state and federal appellate courts, and has moved cases to the U.S. Supreme Court.


Ben is a nationally recognized trainer of mediators, President-elect of the Austin/Travis County Dispute Resolution Center, and ten year member of the Texas State University, San Marcos, Graduate Advisory Board for Legal and ADR Studies, designated by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association as "Distinguished," and chosen for membership in the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. 


Mediation Practice: Lakeside Mediation Center

Ben is a founding partner of Galton, Cunningham & Bourgeois (Lakeside Mediation Center), an expert dispute resolution firm that has mediated and arbitrated thousands of cases since its inception in 2000: Lakeside Mediation partners mediate disputes nationally and internationally.


Settlement Counsel:

Since 2007, Ben's legal practice has been limited to acting as Settlement Counsel for selected clients in a braod range of complex disputes nationwide and internationally.


A more complete bio may be found at




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Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 85%
    29 years, 2.5 thousand cases
  2. Lawsuits & Disputes: 15%
    28 years, 200 cases



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    I endorse this lawyer. I have taken two advanced mediation courses from Ben and have enjoyed many private conversations with him. I consider Ben one of the most knowledgeable and dedicated teachers I have ever met. His style and demeanor instill confidence in his students; his mastery of diverse mediation skills inspires respect and admiration among his colleagues and students alike. I have also worked with Ben on several pro bono committees and find him a consummate colleague. He accepts responsibility willingly and always lives up to his word.


    Charles Cannon
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Contact info

Galton, Cunningham & Bourgeois, P.L.L.C.

Lakeside Mediation Center
3825 Lake Austin Blvd. Ste. 403
Austin, TX, 78703


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 198810/19/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Credentialed-DistinguishedTexas Mediator Credentialing Association2012
FellowTexas Bar Foundation2012
Credentialed-DistinguishedTexas Mediator Credentialing Association2011
Credentialed-DistinguishedTexas Mediator Credentialing Association2010
AV-Preeminent ten year anniversary AwardMartindale-Hubbell2009
Credentialed Distinguished MediatorTexas Mediator Credentialing Association2009
Credentialed Distinguished MediatorTexas Mediator Credentialing Association2008
Recognition of ServiceTexas Association of Mediators2003
The Communicator Award "A Guide To Mediation"Communications Industry2002
AV PreeminentMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV- highest rating legal and ethical standards by peersMartindale-Hubbell1999
Admiral in the Texas NavyState of Texas1998
ADR RoadshowState Bar of Texas, ADR Section1998
American Jurisprudence Award- ADRThomson West Publishing1987
Annotations AwardSouth Texas College of Law1987
American Jurisprudence Award- Civil ProcedureAmJur1986
American Jurisprudence Award- TortsThomson West Publishing1985
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Partner MediatorGalton, Cunningham & Bourgeois, P.L.L.C.2000 - Present
Founding partnerLakeside Mediation Center2000 - Present
Dispute Resolution CounselLaw Offices of Ben Cunningham2000 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorTexas State University2005 - 2007
Of CounselGeorge & Brothers, L.L.P.2001 - 2008
AttorneyMeroney, Crowley & Bankston1991 - 1992
PartnerGeorge & Donaldson, L.L.P.1991 - 2000
Adjunct ProfessorAustin Community College1990 - 1993
AssociateBankston, Wright & Greenhill, P.C.1988 - 1991
Deputy SheriffHarris County Sheriff's Department1979 - 1986
Vice PresidentCunningham Management, Inc.1976 - 1984
AuthorRandom House/Ballantine Books1976 - 1977
Writer/ConsultantLorimar Productions ABC Television1973 - 1977
Executive DirectorVietnamese-American Children's Fund1972 - 1975
ProfessorNew Asia Institute-Vietnam1971 - 1972
English TeacherThe London School-Saigon Vietnam1971 - 1972
MACV Advisory Team-VietnamUnited States Army1968 - 1971
Editorial AssistantThe Houston Chronicle1967 - 1968
Association namePosition nameDuration
Austin Dispute Resolution CenterPresident-Elect2012 - 2012
Austin Dispute Resolution Center (DRC)Board of Directors-President2010 - Present
Travis County District CourtSteering Committee Felony Sentencing2009 - 2010
Texas Mediator Credentialing AssociationCredentialed Distinguished Mediator2008 - Present
National Academy of Distinguished NeutralsHighest Distinguished rating2008 - Present
Texas State University-San MarcosMember Graduate Advisory Board Legal Studies ADR2003 - Present
Texas Association of MediatorsDirector2000 - 2003
State Bar of TexasAlternative Dispute Resolution Section1992 - Present
Phi Delta Phi legal fraternityMember1987 - Present
Texas Association of MediatorsMemberN/A
Association of Conflict ResolutionMemberN/A
Association of Attorney-MediatorsMemberN/A
Travis County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of TexasMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
3,000 +cases (confidential)mediated
Ethyl Spiller, et al v. Longhorn Partners PipelineSettlement
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Publication nameTitleDate
American Bar Association PressStories Mediators Tell (Book)2012
Texas Association of MediatorsAikidiation2007
Texas LawyerLaw Summaries1987
South Texas College of Law AnnotationsEditor1986
Texas LawyerLaw Summaries1986
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
South Texas College of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
State University of New YorkN/ABA - Bachelor of Arts1978
University of Houston Law CenterPolitical ScienceN/AN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Mediator TrainingMediation2013
Guest LecturerMediation ADR2013
Winning in MediationMediation Advocacy2012
Travis County CourtsAttorney Advocacy in Mediation2012
TeachingPublic Policy and Mediation2012
Center for Public Policy Univ. Tx. LawMediation Skills2012
Caucus as a Tool in MediationAdvanced Mediation2012
Austin Bar ADR SectionAdvanced Mediator Skills2012
"Winning" in MediationAttorney Advocacy in Mediation2012
Utilizing the Caucus ModelAdvanced Mediator Training2011
University of Texas Law SchoolMediation negotiation2011
International Academy of MediatorsAdvanced Mediator Training2011
Guest Lecturer Univ. of TexasMediation2011
Center for Public Policy and Dispute ResolutionMediator training2011
Center for Public Policy & Dispute ResolutionMediation Certification Course2011
Association of Attorney Mediators National ConferenceAdvanced Mediation Skills2011
APD Crisis Intervention and Hostage NegotiationHostage Negotiation2011
Texas Association of Mediators ConferenceAdvanced Mediator Techniques2010
Mastering Mediation IIIMediating In The Red Zone2010
Austin Bar AssociationMediation Advocacy2010
Mastering MediationAdvanced CLE for Mediators2009
Mediation: Dealing with Difficult PeopleMediator techniques2008
Mediation MagicAdvanced Mediation Training2008
Essential Skills for Advocates in MediationAdvocacy in the ADR process2008
Texas Assn. of Mediators Annual ConferenceMediation and the martial arts2007
ADR: 2001Mediation2001