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Abrams, Jeffry S.

3203 Mercer StreetSuite 200Houston, TX 77027
Phones: (713) 522-4733
Fax: (713) 877-8587
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Jeffry S. Abrams, Attorney-Mediator has been practicing law in the fields of commercial litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution since 1983. His focus has been on Alternative Dispute Resolution since 1989. He currently has a full time ADR practice with an emphasis on mediation. He has conducted approximately 3500 mediations of almost every conceivable variety including, but not limited to commercial, construction, personal injury, employment, international...

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Jeffry S. Abrams, Attorney-Mediator has been practicing law in the fields of commercial litigation and Alternative Dispute Resolution since 1983. His focus has been on Alternative Dispute Resolution since 1989. He currently has a full time ADR practice with an emphasis on mediation. He has conducted approximately 3500 mediations of almost every conceivable variety including, but not limited to commercial, construction, personal injury, employment, international, Title VII, ERISA, sexual harassment, discrimination, ADA, products liability, medical and professional malpractice, toxic tort, condemnation, oil and gas, maritime, real estate, probate, arts and entertainment and almost every other type of case, involving people and companies from many different countries around the world. Mr. Abrams was also trained as an arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association and has conducted a number of arbitrations as a sole arbitrator, party-appointed arbitrator and member of arbitral tribunals.  He is one of the most well established and respected mediators in the Houston, Texas area, consistently obtaining business from both sides of the bar. He is available for mediation and ADR consultation. Mr. Abrams has been very involved in the ADR community, previously holding the positions of President of the  Association of Attorney-Mediators (AAM), national organization, President of the Houston Chapter of AAM, Chair of the Houston Bar Association Alternative Dispute Resolution Section and on the Board of Directors for the Harris County Dispute Resolution Center. He is a member of the mediation Commission of the Union Internationale des Avocats and has recently made mediation presentations in Buenos Aires, Argentina , Sydney, Australia , Washington D. C., Lisbon, Portugal, Hong Kong, China, Coolum, Australia, Geneva, Switzerland, Barcelona, Spain, New York City and Dublin, Ireland.  Mr. Abrams has been accredited as a mediator by the Center for Effective Dispute Resolution ( CEDR) in London, England. He will receive his LL.M. in International Economic Law later this year.

 

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Current Employment Position(s)
Sole Practitioner, since 1984
Year Joined Firm
1984
Practice Areas
Alternative Dispute ResolutionInternational Dispute ResolutionMediation
Qualifications
Bar Admissions
Texas, 1982U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas, 1982U.S. District Court Eastern District of TexasU.S. District Court Northern District of TexasU.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1987
Other Affiliations
Houston Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 1997 - 1998 (Chair) Houston Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 1996 - 1997 (Chair Elect) Houston Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 1995 - 1996 (Treasurer) Houston Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 1998 - 1999 (Immediate Past Chair) Association of Attorney-Mediators, National Organization, 2003 - 2004 (President) Association of Attorney-Mediators, Houston Chapter, 1999 - 2000 (President) Association of Attorney-Mediators, Houston Chapter, 1998 - 1999 (Vice President) Association of Attorney-Mediators, Houston Chapter, 1997 - 1998 (Treasurer) Harris County Dispute Resolution Center, 1991 - 1995 (Member, Board of Directors) Institute for Transnational Arbitration, 1999 - 2000 (Advisory Board Member) Texas Mexico Bar Association, 1995 - 2010 (Member) Texas Bar Association, International Law Section (Member) Texas Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section (Member) Union Internationale des Avocats, Commission on Mediation and Conflict Prevention (Member) Houston Galveston Institute (Board of Directors) Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, Texas (Member, Board of Directors) Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (Member, Board of Directors) Houston Blues Society (Member, Board of Directors)
Classes and Seminars
Settling Cases: Unraveling the Mystery of ADR, A.A, White Dispute Resolution Institute, 1991
Commercial Mediation Workshop, Alternative "Trial Notebook"; The Ninties Trend for Litigators and Mediators-Alternative Dispute Resolution, A.A, White Dispute Resolution Institute, 1992
Advanced Mediation Training for Attorneys, A.A, White Dispute Resolution Institute, 1992
Advanced Family Mediation Seminar, A.A, White Dispute Resolution Institute, 1993
Numerous Trainings and Presentations, Harris County Dispute Resolution Center, 1991 - 1995
Compulsory Mediation: The Texas Experience, 44th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 1, 2000
Collaboration in the Capitol, Section of Dispute Resolution Annual Conference in Conjunction with the Section of International Law and Practice: Confidentiality and Privilege in International Commercial Mediation, American Bar Association, Washington D.C., April 1, 2001
Confidentiality and Privilege in International Commercial Mediation, Compulsory Mediation and Mediator Immunity, Hong Kong International Arbitration Center, June 1, 2001
Mock Mediation of a Complex International Mediation, 46th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Sydney, Australia, October 1, 2002
Ethics in Mediation, Houston Bar Association, Houston, Texas, August 1, 2003
Advocacy in Mediation, Representing Your Client Effectively, 47th Congress of the Union Internationale des Avocats, Lisbon, Portugal, September 1, 2003
Ethics in Mediation, Association of Attorney-Mediators Annual Fall CLE, Austin, Texas, 2004
Mediating the Attorney Malpractice Case, Houston, Texas, 2004
Mediation in the United States, Lisbon, Portugal, 2004
Formulated and Conducted Mediation Role Play of International Commercial Dispute, Queensland Law Society Symposium, Brisbane, Australia, March 1, 2004
Cutting Edge Issues and Tools in ADR, Mediator Ethics Quiz, State Bar of Texas and South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, October 1, 2005
Panelist on A Model Rule on Confidentiality and Best Practices, Union Internationale des Avocats, Forum of Mediation Centers Barcelona, Spain, December 1, 2005
Coach, University of Houston Law Center Championship Team, First Annual International Chamber of Commerce Advocacy in International Commercial Mediation Competition, January 2006
"Advanced Civil Litigation", Attorney Ethical Considerations in Mediation, University of Houston Law Center, Houston and Dallas, Texas, May 2006
Moderator of International Panel on "Breaking Barriers to Mediation", Union Internationale des Avocats, World Forum of Mediation Centres, Dublin, Ireland, September 2006
Moderator of International Panel on Breaking Barriers to Mediation: The Centres,, Union Internationale des Avocats, World Forum of Mediation Centres, New York, New York, July 2006
Participated in role-play on Deal Facilitation, 51st Congress Union Internationale des Avocats, Paris, France, November 2007
Presentation in Spanish, Mediation Around the World, 1st Annual Statewide Meeting of Mediators, Oaxaca, Mexico, 2008
Guest Speaker on 3 Spanish-speaking radio stations in Tlaxiaco, Oaxaca, Mexico, Interview on Mediation In The United States and Mexico, September 2008
53rd Congress Union Internationale des Avocats, Seville, Spain, Role-play on international intellectual property dispute, October 2009
Pro Bono Activities
Numerous Pro Bono Mediations and organizational activities, 1989 - 2010
Past Positions
Pendergraft, Elam & Simon, Associate, 1983 - 1984
Education
University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 1982
J.D.
Honors: American Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence
Honors: Law Review: Associate Editor, University of Houston Law Review, 1981-1982
Honors: L.L.M. International Economic Law (graduation expected 2010)
University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1978, 1978
B.S., Business Administration
Honors: With High Honors
Major: Economics
Office Information
Address
3203 Mercer StreetSuite 200Houston, TX 77027
Phone
(713) 522-4733
Fax
(713) 877-8587
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