Lawrence R. (Larry) Maxwell, Jr. was born in 1937 in Dallas, Texas. He grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, where he attended McDonough No.14 public elementary school and graduated high school from St. Martin s Episcopal School. He returned to Dallas in 1955, and obtained his B.A degree in 1959 and L.L.B. in 1962 from Southern Methodist University. While in law school he served as Associate Editor of the Southwestern Law Journal (now SMU Law Review).
His law practice began with the Dallas law firm of Turner, White, Atwood, Meer and Francis. In 1968, he established his own law firm, and engaged for many years in a civil trial and appellate practice with a number of outstanding colleagues. With the passage of the Texas ADR Act in 1987, he expanded his practice to include mediation, arbitration and other alternate dispute resolution processes.
In 2000, with the encouragement of a colleague, he took training in a dispute resolution process know as Collaborative Law, which at the time was becoming widely used in family law. He became intrigued with the non-adversarial approach to resolving civil disputes, which is based on cooperation and teamwork, honesty and integrity, respect and civility, and parity of costs.
In 2004, with a small group of other like-minded lawyers in Dallas, he established the Texas Collaborative Law Council, a 501(c)(3) Texas non-profit corporation. In 2009 the Board recognized that the collaborative movement was international. The name was changed to Global Collaborative Law Council, and membership in the organization continues to grow, now counting members in Canada, Australia, India, France and the Czech Republic. Larry s current mission is to continue working with colleagues in this country and worldwide, to expand the use of the collaborative process as the first option for resolving many disputes.
Larry’s professional life’s journey to the present has been interesting, exciting and fulfilling, as has been his personal life’s journey. The best non-legal decision he ever made occurred in 1959, when he married Melanie Anne Heyerdale. They take the most pride in two wonderful daughters and sons-in-law, a lawyer son and daughter-in-law, and eight beautiful grandchildren. With the children long gone from their home, and fifty-three years together, they share a comfortable home in North Dallas with Molly, their five year old black Lab, who is still a puppy.