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Paul J. Van Osselaer

About Paul Van Osselaer

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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: