The Woodlands, Texas (PRWEB) November 29, 2013
Concerned about the potential “Chilling Effect” on mediation due to the newly revised Rule 169(d) of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure, Preston C. Goodwin has announced a special pricing structure for all “Expedited Actions.” He has offered one half-day mediation sessions for matters involving no more than two parties at a cost of twice the filing fee for District Court suits in Harris and Montgomery Counties. This means that if there are no counterclaims, the fee will be $494.00.
“I have been practicing law for almost forty years – since before alternative dispute resolution (ADR) rules were adopted in Texas,” said Goodwin. “I have seen how effective mediation can be in resolving matters - especially in cases involving commercial collections, open accounts, construction disputes, contract litigation and commercial real estate leasing matters.”
“I opposed the initial adoption of Rule 169, and the revision, because it restricts the authority of trial courts to order mediation. I have utilized mediation to arrive at settlements in many cases over the past two decades, the huge majority of which involved damage claims much less than the $100,000.00 cap specified in Rule 169 for cases designated as ‛expedited actions.”
“I believe that the adoption of this Rule will result in many cases that could be settled via mediation instead going to trial, thus increasing the cost of such cases. That’s why I’ve revised my pricing for Expedited Actions. It’s my hope that by making these procedures more affordable, more people will pursue mediation despite the new rule.”
Mr. Goodwin graduated the Bates College of Law in 1974 and has been a practicing attorney since that year. He formed Goodwin & Harrison in 1992. He is an active speaker on legal subjects, especially Mechanics' & Materialmans' law.