Howard Mediations


Steven Howard


Houston
Office Phone: 713.201.3511
Email: steven@showardlawfirm.com
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Practice Areas

  • Class Action and Mass Tort
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Construction
  • Employer Liability
  • Environmental
  • Extracontractual Obligations
  • Insurance (all lines)
  • Mediators
  • Medical/Professional Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Product Design and Liability
  • Property Claims
  • Securities Litigation
  • Wrongful Death/Large Loss
I am not a “number trader” type of mediator, but rather I am a “roll up the sleeves and dig in” type of mediator. I use every minute of a mediation and do not waste time. This has become my style because I have witnessed the financial and emotional toll that protracted litigation can have on the parties and their loved ones.
For over 35 years I have handled and tried cases involving wrongful death, brain injury, trucking, motor vehicles, premises, commercial disputes, employment, construction defect, toxic tort, products liability, fire loss, non-subscriber and many others. I prepare for each mediation by analyzing and not just reviewing the parties submitted materials. I press the parties at each step to more fully examine their positions, including their perceived strengths, weaknesses, misconceptions, emotions, fears, risks, and time constraints. By actively listening, asking pointed questions, probing risk tolerance, and economic options, I draw the parties towards the finish line of a final settlement. When necessary I will play “devil’s advocate” and will point out facts and legal issues favorable to the opposing side. As a result, parties can better assess their risk in deciding to settle or proceeding to trial. Trials always present a great risk. Settlement through mediation is almost always a better choice than the expense, uncertainty and inconclusiveness of a trial.

Education

  • B. A., The University of Texas at Austin, 1980
  • The University of Texas School of Law, 1982
  • J.D. South Texas College of Law, 1983
  • Basic Mediation Training-A.A. White Dispute Resolution Institute, U. H, 1999

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Texas, November 4, 1983-State Bar No.: 10079600
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit Court
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Accreditations

  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • State Bar of Texas-Grievance Committee 1989-1994, Panel Chairman 1989-1992
  • State Bar of Texas-Litigation and ADR Sections
  • Houston Bar Association-Litigation and ADR Sections
  • Houston Bar Association-Bench Bar and Fun Run Committees
  • Texas Association of Attorney Mediators
  • Recipient of the Houston Bar Association President’s Pro Bono Star Award, 2018
  • Texas Bar Foundation, Life Fellow

Personal/Civil Memberships

  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Texas Bar Foundation Life Fellow
  • State Bar of Texas-Grievance Committee 1989-1994; Chairman 1989-1992
  • State Bar of Texas- Litigation Section
  • State Bar of Texas-ADR Section
  • Houston Bar Association Litigation Section
  • Houston Bar Association ADR Section
  • Houston Bar Association Fun Run Committee
  • Houston Bar Association Bench Bar Committee
  • Texas Association of Mediators
  • Texas Association of Attorney Mediators
  • Harris County Dispute Resolution Center
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