Helping People Manage Conflict and Resolve Disputes Without Litigation
Larry Maxwell’s legal career spans over five decades. From 1962 to 2002, he was engaged in a trial and appellate practice in state and federal courts. His forty years of litigation experience were interesting and rewarding. However, over the years he has come to realize that in most situations, litigation should be the last choice for resolving disputes, after other alternative methods have been tried without success.
Beginning in 1985, he expanded his practice to serving as a third party neutral, and counseling clients in the use of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) processes, which can be tailored to a clients’ needs in the context of the unique characteristics of their dispute.
Crafting Creative Solutions to Meet the Client’s Needs
Conflicts occur everyday among individuals, in families, businesses and organizations. Larry’s method of working with clients to manage conflict and resolving disputes is very straightforward. He listens to your situation, helps you explore options and assists you in determining the form of dispute resolution procedure that is most appropriate for resolving your dispute. He gives practical legal advice, based on knowledge, wisdom and years of experience.
Most disputes can be resolved without litigation if the parties are willing to be truthful, be responsible for their own acts and proceed honestly and in good faith to seek a fair resolution. However, if you decide that litigation is your best option, Larry will provide you with the names of experienced trial counsel whom he has learned to respect over the years.
Dispute Settlement Counsel – ADR Professional
Larry has over twenty-five years of experience in helping clients resolve disputes using a variety of tools in the ADR toolbox. He has authored articles on mediation, collaborative law, the Uniform Collaborative Law Act and legal ethics, and is a guest lecturer at seminars and law schools on ADR subjects. He is widely recognized as an ADR professional having received appropriate recognitions and certifications.
Other Legal Services
In addition to his ADR practice, Larry advises and counsels clients on matters in various areas of law, including probate, wills and trusts, insurance, real estate and construction matters, and in forming business entities and drafting other legal documents.
Attorney ad litem and Guardian ad litem
In some court proceedings, the law requires that the judge appoint an attorney ad litem or guardian ad litem, such as for a minor, an incapacitated person, unknown heirs or if a conflict of interest exist among parties. Larry is trained and certified by the State Bar of Texas to serve in these capacities for the courts. When requested by judges, he regularly provides these important services for the Civil District Courts, County Courts at Law and Probate Courts of Dallas County.
Civic, Community and Church Involvement
Throughout Larry’s entire career, he has been actively involved in civil, community and church activities. For many years he has provided pro bono legal services through the Dallas Volunteer Attorney Program. In his community he is a trained Volunteer in Patrol for the Dallas Police Department. In years past he has served on the Board of the Texas Higher Education Authority, Youth for Tomorrow, and the SMU Mustang Club.
Larry is an active member of the Episcopal Church of the Incarnation and serves in various ministries of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas. He is a former member of the Executive Council of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, and serves as a mediator in the Diocese’s Ministry of Conflict Transformation. For many years, he has been active the the Dallas Assembly of the Brotherhood of St. Andrew.
For 25 years, with the Dallas Bar Association Home Project and the Habitat Ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Dallas, he worked with Dallas Area Habitat for Humanity to build a new home every Fall for purchase by deserving low-income families in Dallas.
Since 2011, he has been actively involved in raising funds for Patriot PAWS Service Dogs, a non-profit organization that trains and provides service dogs of the highest quality at no cost to disabled American Veterans and others with mobile disabilities and PTS, in order to help restore their physical and emotional independence. Larry serves of the Planning Committee for the Patriot PAWS Charity Golf tournament, sponsored by the Dallas Assembly of the Brothrhood of St. Andrew.
Recognitions and Certifications
Best Lawyers in America
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Collaborative Law: Civil
AV Peer Review Rated Preeminent, Martindale-Hubbell
Pepperdine University School of Law
- Straus Institute for Dispute Resolution Masters’ Forum Participant
Who’s Who in Texas Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Commemorating the 20th Anniversary of the Texas Alternative Dispute Procedures Act
College of the State Bar of Texas
Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
- Advanced Credentialed Mediator
Association of Attorney-Mediators
- Certified Advanced Mediator
Texas Board of Legal Specialization
- Board Certified: Civil Trial Law (1978-2014)
Guest Lecturer on Mediation, Collaborative Law, the Uniform Collaborative Law Act, and Legal Ethics at Seminars and Courses sponsored by:
- Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
- Texas A & M University School of Law
- South Texas College of Law
- American Bar Association
- United Kingdom ADR Group
- International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
- Global Collaborative Law Council
- State Bar of Texas
- Dallas Bar Association
- Association of Attorney-Mediators
- Texas Association of Mediators
- An Update – Uniform Collaborative Law Act – Uniform Collaborative Law Rules – Texas Uniform Collaborative Law Act, Alternative Resolutions (Winter 2011), the publication of the ADR Section of the State Bar of Texas
- Summary of Ethics Rules Governing Collaborative Practice, American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution, Collaborative Law Committee, Ethics Subcommittee (2009)
- The Uniform Collaborative Law Act: It’s Here, Alternative Resolutions (Fall 2009)
- Why a Uniform Collaborative Law Act? New York Dispute Resolution Lawyer, Vol. 2, No. 1 (2009) with Norman Solovay
- Collaborative Law: It’s Here and the ConsensusDocs Are, Too, Construction Law Journal (Winter 2008) with William B. Short, Jr., the publication of the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas
- The Development of Collaborative Law, Alternative Resolutions (Fall/Summer 2007)
- The Development of Ethical Guildelines and Mediator Credentialing in Texas, Alternative Resolutions (Special Edition, 2007)