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Randall E. Butler is president of Randall E. Butler, P.C. d/b/a Butler Mediation Services. Mr. Butler has been facilitating the resolution of lawsuits and other disputes as a mediator since September of 1995. During that time, Mr. Butler has helped to resolve thousands of disputes.
Formerly a partner in the law firms of Fulbright & Jaworski, L.L.P., and Cook, Butler & Doyle, L.L.P., Mr. Butler practiced for eighteen years as a trial lawyer - ten representing defendants and eight representing plaintiffs in complex personal injury cases. On January 1, 1999, Mr. Butler left his litigation practice to focus full time on conflict resolution through mediation.
Mr. Butler has received over two hundred hours of training in mediation, negotiation and conflict resolution, including completion of the Harvard Negotiation Workshop of the Harvard Negotiation Project at Harvard Law School, the basic and advanced mediator training courses of the Attorney Mediator Institute, and the basic and advanced coursework and practicums of the Institute for Christian Conciliation. Mr. Butler has also served as an instructor with the Attorney Mediator Institute and the Institute for Christian Conciliation.
Mediator of Complex Multi-party Disputes. Mr. Butler has mediated disputes involving literally thousands of claimants and dozens of companies varying in size from the Fortune 50 to local private concerns. Representative disputes mediated include:
- pre-litigation collaborative problem solving process for a multi-million dollar construction project involving investor group, developer, general contractor and key subcontractors and their expert consultants;
- settlement of claims of 183 internationals involved in a single catastrophic event offshore;
- alleged construction defect/product liability case between one of the nation’s largest homebuilders, three product manufacturers and over a dozen subcontractors involving over 600 homes;
- alleged construction defect/product liability case between one of the nation’s largest; homebuilders, three product manufacturers and over a dozen subcontractors involving a dozen homes in the Houston area;
- alleged construction defect/mold case between the board of an independent school district, the general contractor and over a dozen subcontractors and their insurers involving a high school building;
- designed the process for and coordinated a team of mediators in the mediation of the claims of 15,000 plaintiffs in MDL case in federal court involving over twenty different defendants resulting in partial settlements with several defendants;
- settlement of a case involving the claims of 27 condominium owners and/or renters against a condominium association and management company;
- mediation of over 1000 different disputes since 1995.
International Peace Building. Mr. Butler has served as an instructor with the Attorney Mediator Institute and the Institute for Christian Conciliation and has taught a graduate level course in International Conflict Resolution. Mr. Butler's passion for resolving conflict took him to Croatia eleven times between 2002 and 2010 where he designed and helped lead a peace project bringing together large groups of young leaders from Serbia, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Kosovo, Albania, Macedonia and other neighboring countries. In 2007, he founded The Institute for Sustainable Peace which has conducted peacebuilding and dialogue projects among leaders from all regions of Sudan. Mr. Butler has also facilitated a dialogue project involving Jewish and Muslim leaders in Houston since 2007. Read more about the work of the ISP at www.sustainablepeace.org.
Innovative Conflict Resolution System Designer. In 2001, Mr. Butler designed an online claims resolution system. Formerly known as Butler Online Mediation and soon to be re-launched as AutoSettle.com, Butler's online claims resolution system is designed to function as a neutral “fourth party.” Primary advantages of the system will be: 1) the system can be accessed from anywhere in the world, 24 hours a day; 2) it does not require the parties and the mediator to be online at the same time; 3) the exchange of evaluative information is managed in a systematic fashion with the system functioning in a "fourth party" role; 4) there is no limit to the numbers of parties to a dispute; and, 5) Rule 11 Agreements and other desired settlement documents are automatically generated by the system.
Randall Butler's Curriculum Vita