CURRICULUM VITAE
Jeffry S Abrams

PRACTICING LAW SINCE 1983

Biographical

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 has had a full-time mediation practice for over 28 years. He has conducted approximately 6000 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.
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals

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, and has given presentations on mediation on 5 continents through the Union Internationale des Avocat’s World Forum of Mediation Centers, the majority of which he has participated in since it’s inception in 2001 in Brussels, Belgium.

Case Experience

  • ADA Disability
  • Admiralty
  • Appellate
  • Arts (Fine/Performing)
  • Automotive
  • Banking & Finance
  • Business Dissolution
  • Civil Rights
  • Commercial/Business
  • Community Associations
  • Condominiums
  • Construction
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Contract Disputes
  • Cross Cultural
  • Debt Collections
  • Discrimination
  • EEOC
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment
  • Energy Sector (Oil/Gas)
  • Entertainment Sector
  • Family Businesses
  • Franchise
  • Insurance
  • Intellectual Property
  • International
  • Internet
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Legal Malpractice
  • Lemon Law
  • Libel & Slander
  • Local Govt./Municipalities
  • Media & Communications
  • Medical Devices
  • Mortgage Foreclosure
  • Natural Disasters
  • Non-profit Organizations
  • Partnerships
  • Pensions
  • Personal Injury
  • Postal
  • Probate
  • Product Liability
  • Professional Fees
  • Professional Liability
  • Professional Malpractice
  • Professional Negligence
  • Property Damage
  • Railroad & Trucking
  • Religious Institutions
  • Securities
  • Sexual Harassment
  • Shareholder Disputes
  • Title Disputes
  • Torts
  • Trademarks/Patents
  • Trusts / Estates
  • Wage & Hour/FMLA
  • Wrongful Death
  • University of Houston Law Center, Houston, Texas, 1982 – J.D.
  • LL.M. International Law, University of Houston Law Center, 2010
  • Honors: American Jurisprudence Award for Academic Excellence
  • Honors: Law Review: Associate Editor, University of Houston Law Review, 1981-1982
  • University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida, 1978,
    • B.S., Business Administration
    • Honors: With High Honors
    • Major: Economics
    • Hundreds of hours of mediation training since 1988
  • Houston Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 1997 – 1998 – Chair
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators, National Organization, 2003 – 2004 – President
  • Association of Attorney-Mediators, Houston Chapter, 1999 – 2000 – President
  • 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
  • Texas Bar Association, International Law Section
  • Texas Bar Association, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section
  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals, Texas Chapter
  • Union Internationale des Avocats, Paris, France, Commission on Mediation and Conflict Prevention
  • Houston Galveston Institute – Board of Directors
  • Cultural Arts Council of Houston/Harris County, Texas -Board of Directors (former)
  • Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts – Member, Board of Directors
  • Houston Blues Society – Member, Board of Directors (former)
  • CEDR, Center for Effective Dispute Resolution, London, England-Accredited Mediator 2002

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