When parties have been unable to resolve a serious dispute they have traditionally asked a third party (judge or jury) to make the decision for them. Mediation provides an alternative approach for resolving serious disputes. In mediation, the parties ask the mediator to help them reach a settlement agreement in an informal private negotiation session. The parties benefit from the experience, hard work, patience and persistence of the mediator while retaining ultimate control over the outcome. The mediator should be a passionate advocate for settlement, yet respect the parties' right of self-determination. In all things the mediator must uphold the highest standards of impartiality and integrity.
Background, Training & Experience
Michael Curry earned a J.D. degree (with honors) from the UT School of Law in 1976. After working as a Briefing Attorney for the Texas Supreme Court, he served as an Assistant Attorney General in the Texas Attorney General's Office. Mr. Curry entered private practice in Austin, Texas in 1980, handling civil litigation. He has served as a member of the Pattern Jury Charges - Volume IV Committee (1995-96) and as an Adjunct Professor of Law at the UT Law School (1985-98). Mr Curry has authored or co-authored numerous articles and one book and has taught a graduate course on Alternative Dispute Resolution at Texas State University. When he practiced law he was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Northern and Western Districts of Texas and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and is a member of the Travis County and San Antonio Bar Associations. Mr. Curry is a Life Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation and the Austin Bar Foundation.
Mr. Curry is an AAM Certified Mediator.
A full time mediator since 1994, Mr. Curry has mediated about 3,500 cases, including complex personal injury, corporate, employment, partnership, construction, DTPA, malpractice, contract, insurance, real estate, zoning, appellate and regulatory disputes. He is on the approved mediator lists for the federal district courts in the Western District of Texas (Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, Waco) and for the state district courts in Austin and San Antonio. Mr. Curry is a member of the Association of Attorney-Mediators (President of the Central Texas Chapter, 1996-97). In the public policy dispute arena, he has served both as a mediator and facilitator, and is a Fellow of the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution. He served as co-moderator of a national on-line discussion forum dealing with alternative dispute resolution issues for two years and has spoken at seminars for lawyers and mediators on mediation, ethics and negotiation.
Mr. Curry's office is located at 700 Lavaca Street, 14th Floor. The building is two blocks west of Congress Ave. and is located between 7th and 8th Streets. Free parking is available in the parking garage on the north side of 8th Street. The entrance to the garage is on the east side of Guadalupe Street just north of the intersection of Guadalupe and 8th St. If you park in the garage, take the parking garage elevator to the Lower Level and a walkway will lead you to the building elevators. If you park on the street use the building entrance on Lavaca. The receptionist will validate your parking.
He is available to mediate at one of the lawyer's offices (or any other location) by agreement of the parties. There are no travel charges or additional fees for mediations outside of his office and within 100 miles of Austin.
High speed internet access is available in his office.
700 Lavaca St, Suite 1400
Austin, Texas 78701