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Paul is an insurance coverage mediator, with a national practice.  His practice focuses on disputes over insurance coverage, claims handling and risk transfer, including cases where background coverage issues are preventing settlement.  Policyholder and carrier counsel alike have approached him to mediate or adjudicate their cases.  Although he is based in Austin, Texas, mediations and arbitrations are held at any place in the US convenient to counsel and parties.


As a mediator, Paul has mediated coverage disputes around the country and has been honored with induction as a "Distinguished Fellow" of the International Academy of Mediators.  In his home state, he is a "Credentialed Distinguished Mediator" of the Texas Mediator Credentialing Assn.


Paul knows the substantive area he mediates.  He has held national leadership positions in the state and national coverage bar, including service as Vice-Chair of the ABA Litigation Section's Insurance Coverage Committee.  He is currently a co-chair (neutral rep) of the Committee's ADR Subcommittee.  Paul is a frequent speaker at legal and risk management seminars throughout the U.S., including the ABA and RIMS.  And he is the author of "Coverage Mediations:  Are they really that different?” (Coverage, ABA Jan-Feb 2011).


Paul has repeatedly been named a “Super Lawyer®," with a primary practice area of Alternative Dispute Resolution.  He has also earned a spot in the prestigious "Best Lawyers in America®" in Insurance Law, an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, and a "10.0" "Superb" from


As a former trial lawyer, Paul has tried coverage and bad faith cases to verdicts (both seeking and opposing coverage).  He has served as lead counsel in all federal districts in Texas and in eight other districts from California to DC.  Now, as a neutral and as a lawyer, he has had signficant experience with a wide range of policies and insurance/risk transfer issues, ranging from large commercial first party losses to complex coverage and allocation issues arising from liability policies.


More information about Paul is below.  For Paul's full biography and fee information, as well as a copy of his published article on Coverage Mediations, please visit his website:


Practice areas


  1. Mediation: 90%
    24 years
  2. Arbitration: 10%
    4 years
  3. Insurance: 5%
    24 years

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    I first met Paul as a firm client when I was Vice President of Claims Legal for Zurich North America. Paul should be a preferred choice for anyone seeking a highly competent counsel who understands the complexities of insurance coverage and extra-contractual litigation. Paul brings a strong intellect, high level of technical knowledge and practical client service mentality to his cases. He is also a very nice person to work with. I highly endorse Paul.


    Michael Haverson
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Contact info

Van Osselaer Dispute Resolution PLLC

2305 Cheswick Court
Austin, TX, 78746-1935


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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Distinguished FellowInternational Academy of Mediators2014
Credentialed Distinguished MediatorTexas Mediator Credentialing Assn.2014
"Best Lawyers in America®" in Insurance LawBest Lawyers in America®2014
Credentialed Distinguished MediatorTexas Mediator Credentialing Association2013
"Best Lawyers in America®" in Insurance LawBest Lawyers in America®2013
"Best Lawyers in America®" in Insurance LawBest Lawyers in America®2012
"Super lawyers®"SuperLawyers®2011
"Super lawyers®"SuperLawyers®2010
"Super lawyers®"SuperLawyers®2009
"Super lawyera®"SuperLawyers®2008
"Super lawyers®"SuperLawyers®2007
"Super lawyers®"SuperLawyers®2006
"Super lawyers®"SuperLawyers®2005
"Super lawyers®"SuperLawyers®2004
"Best of the Bar" in Business LitigationAustin Business Journal2003
Keeton FellowUniversity of Texas Law Alumni Association2003
"Super lawyers®"SuperLawyers®2003
Faculty Service AwardUniversity of Texas School of Law1994
"Best Lawyers in America®" in Business Litigation (1987-92)Best Lawyers in America®1992
AV Preeminent (5/5.0) RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MediatorVan Osselaer Dispute Resolution PLLC2014 - Present
Partner, MediatorVan Osselaer & Buchanan LLP in Austin, TX2003 - 2013
PartnerPrivate Practice in Austin, TX1983 - 2003
AssociatePrivate Practice in Austin, TX1977 - 1983
Judicial Law ClerkUnited States District Court in Houston1975 - 1977
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation CommitteeCo-Chair, ADR Subcommittee2010 - Present
State Bar of Texas, Insurance Law SectionGoverning Council2002 - 2005
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation CommitteeVice-Chair2000 - 2001
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation CommitteeCo-Chair, Bad Faith Subcommittee1999 - 2000
University of Texas Law Alumni AssociationPresident1990 - 1991
US District Court (WD Tex) Advisory CommitteeAppointed Member1990 - 1992
State Bar of Texas, Antitrust and Business Litigation SectionGoverning Council1985 - 1988
Publication nameTitleDate
Kluwer Mediation BlogEffective Mediation of Coverage Disputes2014
Coverage Journal (ABA)"Coverage Mediations: Are They Reallly That Different?"2011
Coverage Journal (ABA)Member of Editorial Board2001
Coverage Journal (ABA)"Linking Tort Reform and Insurance"1995
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of TexasLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
University of TexasHistoryBA - Bachelor of Arts1971
University of TexasGraduate School of BusinessIncomplete (1972)N/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Bar Association, Insurance Coverage Litigation CommitteeMediating the Underlyng Case Along with the Coverage Dispute2015
University of Texas School of Law, Insurance Law InstituteHow to Make Mediation of Coverage Disputes Work Well Again2014
Insurance in the Construction IndustryEffective Mediation Strategies2014
Insurance Coverage and Claims InstituteEffective Use of Mediation in Coverage Disputes (guest panelist)2014
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation CommitteeMediation, Arbitration or Trial: Picking Your Show2014
Insurance in the Construction IndustryEffective Mediation Strategies of Construction Disputes2013
American Bar Association, Litigation Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation CommitteeStrategies in the Mediation and Settlement of Multi-Party Cases2013
RIMS Annual MeetingContractual Indemnity and Additional Insured Coverage2012
University of Texas Civil Litigation SeminarPanelist, "Show Me the Money" (mediating coverage issues in underlying cases)2011
Advanced Insurance CourseMediating the Coverage Case2011
UT Insurance Law InstituteCoverage Mediations2010
RIMS Annual MeetingContractual Indemnity and Additional Insured Coverage2010
ABA Insurance Coverage Annual MeetingDemystifying Policy Exclusions2010
RIMS Annual MeetingContractual Indemnity and Additional Insureds2009
Austin Bar Association Bench-Bar ConferenceMotions to Seal and Protective Orders2009
RIMS Annual MeetingContractual Indemnity and Additional Insureds2008
Mealy's Construction Defect & Insurance Coverage ConferenceImportant Negotiating Strategies2008
ABA Insurance Coverage Committee Annual MeetingEffective Mediation of Coverage Cases2008
UT Law School Insurance Law InstituteMediating & Settling the Insurance Case2003
UT Law School Evidence & Procedure SymposiumRemoval and Remand2000
State Bar of Texas Advanced Evidence & Discovery CourseCourse Director (1998) and Speaker (1994-99)1998
UT Law School Products Liability Conference (1995 and 1996)Confidentiality Orders and Agreements1996
TADC Spring Meeting in Seattle WADocument Production under Rule 76a1996
State Bar of Texas Advance Civil Trial CourseRemoval and Remand1996
UT Law School Commencement CeremonyCommencement Speaker1994