Mr. Michael Wilk
700 Louisiana, 25th Floor
I was trained originally in mediation in 1990. Since then, I have regularly and consistently mediated disputes. For the most part the disputes are commercial disputes; however, I have mediated a number of tort cases involving personal injuries. I mediate cases that are pending in court as well as pre-suit disputes. In all of my mediations I am selected by agreement of the parties and their counsel. I work full time and spend approximately 50% of my time as a mediator and arbitrator and 50% of my time representing clients in resolving commercial disputes and in negotiating and documenting commercial transactions. Although I have tried cases in court and before arbitration panels, if I am representing a client in a dispute that cannot be resolved by agreement, my current practice is to assign a trial lawyer in the firm to assist in preparing the case for trial and in trying the case. I regularly attend mediation training and think that my continuing to practice law helps me in my mediation practice. I believe in the mediation process and have actively worked in the alternative dispute resolution community. I was on the first board of directors of the Association of Attorney Mediators and later national president of the organization. I have also served on the council and as Chairman of the ADR Section for the State Bar of Texas. As seen below, I am a member of many ADR organizations and have affilation as a mediator on several panels.
Malpractice insurance through the Association of Attorney Mediators: Carrier: Underwriter at Lloyd's London $250,000 maximum liability per claim and $2,000,000 maximum aggregate limit of liability.
Latest Update: 16 Jul 2012
This Feedback Digest is based on 11 feedbacks from experienced counsel covering numerous complex commercial matters, including one class action claim. Feedbacks were initially submitted in September 2009.
Mr. Wilk’s raters all rated his skills and abilities at a level 4 or 5 and were unanimous in their willingness and intent to use him again and recommend him to colleagues. Some had done so already numerous times. All but one resolved their matters in the mediations or shortly afterward, and one rater noted that his mediation was ongoing and if it settled, Mr. Wilk’s skill would be a significant factor. Mr. Wilk was viewed as possessing high business acumen, creative, and understanding of human nature and various personalities. He was cited often for his persistence, follow-up and grasp of issues as well as his practical and common sense approach. It was noted that he was well prepared and worked hard to achieve fair results. His calm demeanor and approach to the mediation process were cited as factors that made a difference in the outcome of the matter.
The comments regarding Mr. Wilk were uniformly positive. One attorney described Mr. Wilk as “solid” and another, “a sophisticated business lawyer, he is thorough and innovative”. Another noted, “I recommend him regularly – he is very capable and persistent – gets along well with people and gets the matter resolved.” “ Michael Wilk is very effective in getting people to the point that they see the benefits of resolving their differences.” Finally, one user summed him up as "The most diligent mediator I've met in 25 years."
All of the raters were satisfied to very satisfied with the mediation process and the costs of the mediation and there were no negative comments.
Yearly ACE courses presented by American Arbitration Association and CLE courses for the State Bar of Texas ADR Section. FINRA Dispute Resolution Arbitrator Training; Panel Member Course and Examination, Chicago; AAA Commercial Arbitration Training Workshop II, Dallas; Chartered Institute of Arbitrators, North American Branch, International Commercial Arbitrators Basic Training Course and Examination; AAA Commercial Arbitration Training Workshop I; American Arbitration Association Basic Arbitration Training.
“Mediation of Securities Fraud Disputes,” Houston Bar Association, Securities Litigation and Arbitration Section, Houston, Texas, January 2007.
“Delaying Tactics in Arbitration,” American Arbitration Association ACE Program, Houston, Texas August 2006.
“Arbitration Fundamentals,” State Bar of Texas CLE Web Cast, October, 2005.
“Delaying Tactics in Arbitration,” American Arbitration Association ACE Program, Houston, Texas July 2005.
“Mediation of a Bankruptcy Case,” Mediation for Litigators, South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, October 2002.
“Mediation of Bankruptcy Disputes,” Oklahoma State Bar Meeting, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, November 2001
Presentation of Mock Mediation,” National Association of Certified Valuation Analysts, Houston, Texas, September, 2000
“Helping Lawyers See Beyond the Case,” Texas Association of Mediators Annual Conference Training Course, Houston, Texas, February 26, 2000
“Ethical Considerations in Mediation,” 16th Annual Bankruptcy Conference, the University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas, November 1997.
“Consensual Settlement,” Association of Insolvency Accountants, 13th Annual Bankruptcy and Reorganization Conference, Dallas, Texas, May 1997.
“Advocacy In Mediation,” The CLE Institute, Houston, Texas, October 1996.
“The CPA's Role in Alternative Dispute Resolution,” AICPA National Advanced Litigation Services Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, October 1996.
“Evaluative Mediation: Why, When, and How to Manage the Merits,” American Bar Association Section of Dispute Resolution, Orlando, Florida, August 1996.
“Mediation — Five Years Later,” Houston Bar Association Institute, Houston, Texas, October 1994.
“Future ADR Trends and New Concepts: Resolving Disputes: Litigation vs. ADR,” South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, March 1993.
“ADR Basics,” Conflict Management, A Publication of the Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution – American Bar Association, p. 16 (Summer 2004 – Volume 8, Issue 3).
“Mediation of a Bankruptcy Case,” American Bankruptcy Institute Journal, (May 2003) at 12.
“Helping Attorneys See Beyond The Case: Return To Objectivity,” Alternative Resolutions No. 2, p. 13 (November 2002).
Alternative Dispute Resolution with the Resolution Trust Corporation and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation,” 9 The Practical Real Estate Lawyer (May 1993) at 27.