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Judge Gil Jones, Credentialed Advanced Mediator (TMCA1) & Retired District Judge

After 16 wonderful years serving the people of the 33rd Judicial District of Texas, I left the active bench on December 31, 2012. In January a new career began, one of dispute resolution through mediation
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combined with continuing to sit as an assigned (“visiting”) judge when asked.

When you are ready, the attorney taking the lead in booking a mediation session can go directly to the Schedule Now page. Clients should take a look at the For The Clients page.

Although my prior law practice and judicial tenure qualified me legally to conduct mediations, I recognized that mediation requires a different skill set than that of a trial court judge. Therefore, I have completed both the basic and advanced family mediation certification courses. I am Credentialed by the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association as an Advanced Mediator and adhere to its Code of Ethics. You can see what others are saying about my services on the reviews page.

Mediations are usually conducted at my new mediation suite at 1307 Second Street, Suite D, Marble Falls. (directions and maps)

It is my hope that this site will aid the process of dispute resolution in Texas through interesting articles, comments from astute readers and links to some of the excellent blogs by other mediators.

  1. Texas Mediator Credentialing Association

Recent Posts

2013 wrap-up

This has been an exciting and interesting year for me after leaving the district court bench just a year ago. Mediation has become a passion for me and I am so grateful for the many opportunities to have assisted many people, their attorneys, and the courts.

I did not always believe in mediation. “A party needs his/her day in court” was the cry of many lawyers in the early days of mediation. But I became convinced that it was not only more sensible way to resolve disputes but was indispensable to the system of justice. Of course, my 16 years on the bench would have been quite different with alternative methods of dispute resolution.

During the year I have balanced pretending to be retired while also mediating almost 50 cases consuming over 360 hours, with 93% of the cases settling. I know that percentage is bound to drop so I’m bragging about it now!

The other big change for the year came with setting up my own mediation suite with the necessary creature comforts and convenience establishing an environment in which resolution can be sought.

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