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Fees

Mediation Fee Schedule

Full Day Mediations in Dallas

Our mediation fee covers all preparation time, individual meetings or calls in advance of the mediation, the mediation session itself, the use of our mediation facility, scheduling and administration of the mediation, a working lunch, and appropriate follow-up telephone calls with counsel, if necessary.  The fees payable by each party are as follows:

Amount in Controversy 2 Parties
Fee Per Day Per Party
3 or More Parties
Fee Per Day Per Party
Up to $1 million $2,800 $2,300
$1,000,000 – $5,000,000 $3,100 $2,600
$5,000,000 – $10,000,000 $3,600 $3,000
The amount in controversy is the aggregate amount of all claims for affirmative relief by claim or counterclaim, which may be adjusted if subsequent settlement demands have reduced the amount genuinely in dispute.
When the amount in controversy is over $10,000,000 or there are substantial non-monetary issues (such as requests for injunctive or declaratory relief) or other special circumstances, we will set the mediation fee after a discussion with counsel.
For these purposes a “party” is a party or group of parties represented by the same law firm or firms.
Mediations Outside Dallas 

Mediations beyond an early morning drive from Dallas require an overnight stay the night before the mediation.  Our practice is to travel during the morning the day before an out-of-town mediation so we can meet in person with counsel in separate sessions the afternoon before the next day’s mediation.  Accordingly, our fee for out of town mediations is our applicable daily rate for two days plus estimated travel and lodging expenses.  If a third day is required for travel back to Dallas, that day is absorbed at no extra cost to the parties.

Half Day Mediations

We actively discourage half day mediations, as they are often ineffective in the types of cases we mediate.  With that said, we are willing to mediate for a half day if, after a discussion with all counsel, we conclude it is appropriate under the circumstances.  Our $1,850 per party rate for half-day mediations includes pre-mediation preparation as well as reasonable, yet more limited, follow-up consultations and anticipates approximately four hours of actual mediation time. If additional mediation time is requested, this time may be charged at an hourly rate of $300 per party per hour.

The Fine Print

Full payment of the mediation fee should be received at least three business days prior to the mediation date.  All fees will be waived if the mediation is cancelled at least three business days prior to the scheduled date.  In the event the mediation is cancelled with less than three business days’ notice, the mediation fee remains payable absent extraordinary circumstances but will nevertheless be refunded or waived if another mediation can be scheduled for the reserved date.

Arbitration Fee Schedule

Arbitration Rates

John’s arbitration rate is $575 per hour for hearing, study, and travel time, regardless of the number of parties.  Unless agreed otherwise this fee will be divided equally among the parties, and includes the use of our Deep Ellum ADR Center, including breakout rooms for up to four parties.  An advance deposit based on the anticipated time required for the hearing and all pre-hearing and post-hearing activities is required.

The Fine Print

Unless otherwise agreed, any retainer in excess of fees already earned will be returned if a matter is cancelled more than seven days prior to the hearing date.  If a hearing scheduled for three days or less is cancelled or postponed within 7 days of its start date, we will charge a cancellation fee of $2,750 per cancelled day.  Other arrangements will be necessary in those cases where more than three days are reserved for the hearing.