State Office of Administrative Hearings
State Office of Administrative Hearings

Mediation / Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR)

Mediation is a confidential form of Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) that offers parties an opportunity to resolve their disputes without having an administrative hearing.  In mediation, an impartial person, the mediator, facilitates communication between the parties and helps them explore settlement options.  Whereas litigation is, by its very nature, adversarial, mediation is a collaborative process.  The parties, not a third party, control whether or not the dispute is resolved.  If the parties to a contested case try mediation, but the mediation is not successful, they still have the right to an administrative hearing presided over by an Administrative Law Judge who was not the mediator.

SOAH has approximately 30 trained Administrative Law Judge mediators with a wide variety of backgrounds.  SOAH mediators conduct numerous mediations each year.

Parties considering mediation or involved in a dispute that has been referred to mediation are encouraged to familiarize themselves with SOAH’s procedural rule concerning mediation, 1 Tex. Admin. Code § 155.351.

Questions about mediation at SOAH may be forwarded to:

Howard Seitzman
Administrative Law Judge
Alternative Dispute Resolution Team Leader
Phone: 512.475.4993
Fax: 512.475.4994