Carla Cotropia began mediating in 1999 when she received a mediation appointment from a federal judge. Since then she has mediated hundreds of cases. Carla mediates all types of cases with a specialization in employment law, non-competes, governmental, wage and hour collective actions, school law and commercial disputes. She has a unique ability to deal with emotional issues, using compassion and humor to bring the parties to resolution. Carla writes a monthly newsletter that can be found at her mediation website at www.cotropiaworkshops.com.
Maureen McCutchen began her mediation practice by mediating disputed probate and property law disputes. She mediated many probate and estate disputes and received appointments to mediate from the Galveston County Probate Court. Since that time, Maureen has mediated many different types of cases and has received training as a family law mediator. Maureen's board certification in estate planning and probate law is helpful when she mediates complex estate disputes. Her MBA degree also provides added assistance in mediating divorce property and business disputes.
Scott Lyford has been involved with construction mediation since 1993, when he began his construction law practice at Mills Shirley in Galveston. During the two decades since then, Scott has participated in cases involving everything from collapsing buildings in downtown San Antonio to poorly constructed schools in the Rio Grande Valley. Scott trained as a mediator at the A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center at the University of Houston in 2007 and has served as a mediator in construction disputes since that time. Certified in both Civil Trial and Appellate Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization from 1991 until 2014 when he retired from litigation, his long and varied experience with construction law issues helps him understand quickly the issues involved in a dispute and to assist the parties in reaching resolution.
Carla Cotropia is an arbitrator on the American Arbitration Association's (AAA) employment law employment panel. AAA is the nation's leading provider of alternative dispute resolution services. The qualification criteria for an AAA employment arbitrator are stringent, requiring an extensive expertise in employment law. Carla is board certified in employment law and has practiced employment law for the last 35 years.