Faculty Profile: Michael J. Schless
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Mike Schless is a Martindale-Hubbell A-V rated attorney whose practice is limited to Alternative Dispute Resolution. Since 1992 his practice has focused exclusively on ADR, especially mediation and arbitration. He has mediated or arbitrated over 2,000 cases covering a broad range of topics and degrees of complexity. Mike presently serves as the Chair of the Texas Mediator Credentialing Association board of Directors. He is a past president of the Association of Attorney-Mediators, and is AA-M's representative on the TMCA Board of Directors. Mike is a past Chair of the ADR Section of the State Bar of Texas, and has held every leadership position in that organization over a period of six years. In 2006, Mike received the ADR Section's Justice Frank G. Evans Award for outstanding efforts in promoting or furthering the use or research of alternative dispute resolution methods in Texas. He has also served as President of the Texas Association of Mediators, and received that organization's Susanne C. Adams Award in 2003 for his outstanding service and dedication to the mediation profession. Mike was named a "Texas Super Lawyer" in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011 by Reuters in Texas Monthly Magazine. In 2012, Texas Lawyer named Mike one of the five “Go-To” lawyers in Texas for Arbitration and Mediation. The 2017, 2016, and 2015 editions of Best Lawyers® in Texas each list Mike as a Best Lawyer in Mediation. He was a member of the Supreme Court of Texas Advisory Committee on Court-Annexed Mediation. Mike is also a Fellow of the Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution at the University of Texas School of Law; an Advisory Committee member for the Frank Evans Center for Dispute Resolution at the South Texas College of Law in Houston; a member of the arbitration and mediation panels of the American Arbitration Association; and a member of the International Academy of Mediators, and the Association for Conflict Resolution. Mike was for nine years a member of the faculty of the University of St. Gallen (Switzerland) Executive Masters of Business Law program where he taught mediation annually in Luxembourg. He also taught in the Masters in Mediation Program at the University of Human Science, Liechtenstein. Prior to his career in ADR, Mike served the people of Travis County, Texas, as Judge of the County Court at Law, No. 3 from 1982 to 1992, having been elected to that position three times. He was selected by his fellow judges to serve as their first presiding judge. Before his service on the bench, Mike had been a trial lawyer in Austin since he was licensed in 1973. Mike has served as President of the Austin Young Lawyers Association; as a member of the Board of Directors of the Travis County Bar Association; and as founder and first Chair of the ADR Section of the Travis County Bar Association. In 1982 Mike was selected as the Outstanding Young Lawyer of Travis County. He earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Texas (B.A. Philosophy) in 1970 and his law degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1973.