Mediation, Arbitration, and Alternative Dispute Resolution
Mediation, Arbitration, and Alternative Dispute Resolution "Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to
compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal
winner is often a real loser - in fees, expenses, and waste of time.
As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a
good man. There will still be business enough." The Collected
Works of Abraham Lincoln edited by Roy P. Basler, "Notes for a
Law Lecture," 81 (1953-1955)
"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for
The abstract concept of mediation or alternative dispute
resolution is not something new. It has been around for centuries.
But, in Texas, the dispute resolution process has certainly evolved
over the last thirty years. At Orgain, Bell & Tucker, we value
the importance of mediation to our legal system and have attorneys
who have specialized training in this field.
Michael J. Truncale
Michael has been a certified mediator for 13 years. He has
provided mediation and arbitration services in hundreds of different
matters. Michael is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer with
practical experience in personal injury, toxic tort, and
environmental cases, as well as commercial litigation. He is Board
Certified in the field of Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas
Board of Legal Specialization and has an active trial practice in
state and federal courts throughout Texas, including the Eastern and
Southern Districts of Texas. Michael serves on the Texas Pattern
Jury Charge Committee for Negligence, Products Liability and Medical
Michael is well respected by the plaintiff and the defense bar,
as well as the judges where he practices, and he actively
participates in various legal related activities. He currently
serves as the President of the Jefferson County Bar Association, and
previously served as President of the Jefferson County Young Lawyers
Association and Director of the Jefferson County Bar Association.
Michael is a member of the College of the State Bar of Texas, Texas
Association of Defense Counsel, Defense Research Institute, American
Inns of Court, American Bar Association, and a fellow in the Texas
Bar Foundation. In addition, he is actively involved in numerous
civic and church activities.
Leanne Johnson her certification as a mediator in 2004, attending
the University of Houston A.A. White Dispute Resolution Mediation
Training. Before the 40 Hour Basic Training credentialing
requirements were passed in the 1990's, Leanne also attended
mediation training sponsored by the Jefferson County Dispute
Resolution Center. And, she has volunteered her time over the past
several years as a mediator for all types of cases pending in
Jefferson County Courts that have been submitted on Settlement Week
Dockets. She is Board Certified in the field of Personal Injury
Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and has an
active trial practice in state and federal courts throughout
Southeast and East Texas, and she has over fifteen years of
practical experience in trial and appellate litigation.
Leanne is a Life Member of the Texas Bar Foundation, a member of
the College of the State Bar, and a member of the Michelle F.
Mehaffy America Inn of Court. She has served as a past director and
officer for the Jefferson County Young Lawyers, and the Jefferson
County Bar Association. She is admitted to practice law in both
Arkansas (1986) and Texas (1987).
Members of the Mediation,
Michael J. Truncale
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