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Ben Jay Cunningham

Mediation Attorney at Austin, TX

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also known as Ben J. Cunningham, Ben Cunningham

  • Licensed for 36 years
    State TX
    Acquired 1988
    Status
    Eligible to Practice in Texas No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Ben

Learn Ben’s areas of practice.

2
Practice areas
  1. Mediation
    85%
    Mediation of litigation and disputes: civil law; contracts; partnerships; professional liability; insurance; consumer law; business disputes; employment; intellectual property; tort; personal injury; construction; DTPA; property; probate; defamation.

    38 years, 2,500 cases

  2. Lawsuits and disputes
    15%
    Settlement Counsel in selected civil matters pre-and-post lawsuit/litigation. Commercial, Contract, Civil Rights, Intellectual Property, Energy, Property s, Consumer law, Employment, Tort, Personal Injury, Tele-communications, business, High Tech, Securities, Trusts and Estates.

    37 years, 200 cases

A practicing attorney and mediator for more than three decades, 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 "Credentialed Distinguished," it's highest rating. He is member of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. Ben holds the highest rating in Martindale Hubble, Who's Who Legal, and was named in Austin Monthly Magazine as one of top 20 ADR attorneys in Austin, Texas.

 

Mediation Practice: Lakeside Mediation Center

Ben is a founding partner of Galton, Cunningham & Bourgeois, PLLC  (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.

 

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Location

Galton, Cunningham & Bourgeois, P.L.L.C.
Lakeside Mediation Center
3825 Lake Austin Blvd. Ste. 403
Austin, TX, 78703

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Posted by Rick | October 20, 2009
Ben Cunningham client review
Ben Cunningham has successfully handled legal matters for me over the last few years as Settlement Counsel in complex negotiation matters. I’ve found him to be honest, meticulous in his preparation, and highly approachable. I recommend him for anyone looking for a lawyer who “cares” about his clients and maximizes negotiated resolution of cases without the necessity of litigation. I will continue to turn to Ben for legal counsel should I need it in the future.
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Cost

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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
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Resume

AVVO RATING 8.5 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner Mediator
  • Galton, Cunningham & Bourgeois, P.L.L.C.
  • 2000 - Present
  • Dispute Resolution Counsel
  • Law Offices of Ben Cunningham
  • 2000 - Present
  • Founding partner
  • Lakeside Mediation Center
  • 2000 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Texas State University
  • 2005 - 2007
  • Of Counsel
  • George & Brothers, L.L.P.
  • 2001 - 2008
  • Attorney
  • Meroney, Crowley & Bankston
  • 1991 - 1992
  • Partner
  • George & Donaldson, L.L.P.
  • 1991 - 2000
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Austin Community College
  • 1990 - 1993
  • Associate
  • Bankston, Wright & Greenhill, P.C.
  • 1988 - 1991
  • Deputy Sheriff
  • Harris County Sheriff's Department
  • 1979 - 1986
  • Vice President
  • Cunningham Management, Inc.
  • 1976 - 1984
  • Author
  • Random House/Ballantine Books
  • 1976 - 1977
  • Writer/Consultant
  • Lorimar Productions ABC Television
  • 1973 - 1977
  • Executive Director
  • Vietnamese-American Children's Fund
  • 1972 - 1975
  • Professor
  • New Asia Institute-Vietnam
  • 1971 - 1972
  • English Teacher
  • The London School-Saigon Vietnam
  • 1971 - 1972
  • MACV Advisory Team-Vietnam
  • United States Army
  • 1968 - 1971
  • Editorial Assistant
  • The Houston Chronicle
  • 1967 - 1968
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Education

  • South Texas College of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • University of the State of New York
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1978
  • University of Houston
  • N/A

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Ethyl Spiller, et al v. Longhorn Partners Pipeline
  • Settlement
  • 3,000 +cases (confidential)
  • mediated

Associations

  • Austin Dispute Resolution Center (DRC)
  • Board of Directors-President
  • 2010 - Present
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Highest Distinguished rating
  • 2008 - Present
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
  • Credentialed Distinguished Mediator
  • 2008 - Present
  • Texas State University-San Marcos
  • Member Graduate Advisory Board Legal Studies ADR
  • 2003 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • 1992 - Present
  • Phi Delta Phi legal fraternity
  • Member
  • 1987 - Present
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Travis County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Conflict Resolution
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Texas Association of Mediators
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Austin Dispute Resolution Center
  • President-Elect
  • 2012 - 2012
  • Travis County District Court
  • Steering Committee Felony Sentencing
  • 2009 - 2010
  • Texas Association of Mediators
  • Director
  • 2000 - 2003
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Credentialed-Distinguished
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
  • 2012
  • Fellow
  • Texas Bar Foundation
  • 2012
  • Credentialed-Distinguished
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
  • 2011
  • Credentialed-Distinguished
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
  • 2010
  • AV-Preeminent ten year anniversary Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Credentialed Distinguished Mediator
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
  • 2009
  • Credentialed Distinguished Mediator
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
  • 2008
  • Recognition of Service
  • Texas Association of Mediators
  • 2003
  • The Communicator Award "A Guide To Mediation"
  • Communications Industry
  • 2002
  • AV Preeminent
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • AV- highest rating legal and ethical standards by peers
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 1999
  • ADR Roadshow
  • State Bar of Texas, ADR Section
  • 1998
  • Admiral in the Texas Navy
  • State of Texas
  • 1998
  • American Jurisprudence Award- ADR
  • Thomson West Publishing
  • 1987
  • Annotations Award
  • South Texas College of Law
  • 1987
  • American Jurisprudence Award- Civil Procedure
  • AmJur
  • 1986
  • American Jurisprudence Award- Torts
  • Thomson West Publishing
  • 1985
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Publications

  • American Bar Association Press
  • Stories Mediators Tell (Book)
  • 2012
  • Texas Association of Mediators
  • Aikidiation
  • 2007
  • Texas Lawyer
  • Law Summaries
  • 1987
  • Texas Lawyer
  • Law Summaries
  • 1986
  • South Texas College of Law Annotations
  • Editor
  • 1986
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Speaking Engagements

  • Mediator Training
  • Mediation
  • 2013
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Mediation ADR
  • 2013
  • Winning in Mediation
  • Mediation Advocacy
  • 2012
  • Travis County Courts
  • Attorney Advocacy in Mediation
  • 2012
  • Teaching
  • Public Policy and Mediation
  • 2012
  • Center for Public Policy Univ. Tx. Law
  • Mediation Skills
  • 2012
  • Caucus as a Tool in Mediation
  • Advanced Mediation
  • 2012
  • Austin Bar ADR Section
  • Advanced Mediator Skills
  • 2012
  • "Winning" in Mediation
  • Attorney Advocacy in Mediation
  • 2012
  • Utilizing the Caucus Model
  • Advanced Mediator Training
  • 2011
  • University of Texas Law School
  • Mediation negotiation
  • 2011
  • International Academy of Mediators
  • Advanced Mediator Training
  • 2011
  • Guest Lecturer Univ. of Texas
  • Mediation
  • 2011
  • Center for Public Policy and Dispute Resolution
  • Mediator training
  • 2011
  • Center for Public Policy & Dispute Resolution
  • Mediation Certification Course
  • 2011
  • Association of Attorney Mediators National Conference
  • Advanced Mediation Skills
  • 2011
  • APD Crisis Intervention and Hostage Negotiation
  • Hostage Negotiation
  • 2011
  • Texas Association of Mediators Conference
  • Advanced Mediator Techniques
  • 2010
  • Mastering Mediation III
  • Mediating In The Red Zone
  • 2010
  • Austin Bar Association
  • Mediation Advocacy
  • 2010
  • Mastering Mediation
  • Advanced CLE for Mediators
  • 2009
  • Mediation: Dealing with Difficult People
  • Mediator techniques
  • 2008
  • Mediation Magic
  • Advanced Mediation Training
  • 2008
  • Essential Skills for Advocates in Mediation
  • Advocacy in the ADR process
  • 2008
  • Texas Assn. of Mediators Annual Conference
  • Mediation and the martial arts
  • 2007
  • ADR: 2001
  • Mediation
  • 2001
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Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (2)
Endorse Ben
Mediation Attorney | Jul 06
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"We have known each other for about 10 years. Great mediator!"
Mediation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"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."
General practice
Lawsuits and disputes
Austin Mediation Lawyer Ben Jay Cunningham
Ben Jay Cunningham
Mediation Attorney
Austin, TX
Licensed for 36 years
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