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Phone: (713) 572-5000

3207 Mercer

Houston, TX 77027

Susan Perin


Attorney-Mediator and Arbitrator

Current Employer:

Attorney at Law

Areas of Expertise:

✔ ADA Disability ✔ Admiralty
✔ Appellate ✔ Arts (Fine, Performing)
✔ Automotive ✔ Banking & finance
✔ Class Actions ✔ Commercial/Business
✔ Condominiums ✔ Construction
✔ Contract Disputes ✔ Debt/Foreclosure
✔ Defamation (Libel & Slander) ✔ EEOC
✔ Eminent Domain ✔ Employment
✔ Energy including oil and gas ✔ Engineering
✔ Entertainment ✔ Environmental
✔ Executive Compensation ✔ Family Businesses
✔ Franchise ✔ Health Care
✔ Industrial ✔ Insurance
✔ International ✔ Internet
✔ Joint Ventures ✔ Labor/Unions
✔ Land Use/Planning ✔ Landlord/Tenant
✔ Legal Malpractice ✔ Media & Communications
✔ Medical Malpractice ✔ Mergers & Acquisitions
✔ Non-profit Organizations ✔ Nursing Homes
✔ Partnerships ✔ Personal Injury
✔ Premises Liability ✔ Probate
✔ Professional Fees ✔ Professional Liability
✔ Professional Malpractice ✔ Professional Negligence
✔ Real Estate ✔ Securities
✔ Shareholder Disputes ✔ Software
✔ Sports ✔ Taxation
✔ Technology ✔ Telecommunications
✔ Title Disputes ✔ Torts
✔ Trademarks ✔ Trade Secrets and Confidentiality Disputes
✔ Transportation ✔ Trusts/Estates
✔ Utilities ✔ Workers Compensation


Licensed in 1980. Civil trial lawyer for approximately 20 years. Arbitrator since 1990 in over 350 cases and mediator since 1991 in over 2300 cases. Full-time adr practice since 2003 in arbitration and mediation.

Work History:

1980-1981 - Briefing attorney for Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Houston 1981-1984 - Foreman & Dyess - associate in litigation 1984-1986 - Hirsch & Westheimer - associate in litigation 1986-present - Private practice in litigation, arbitrations since 1990 and mediations since 1991, and became a full-time neutral in 2003


Litigation Arbitration - over 350, often serving as Panel Chair Mediation - over 2300


AAA ADR and Emerging Technologies: The Future Has Arrived, 2017; AAA Clarity in Award Writing, 2016; Faculty/AAA Roundtable Arbitrator Disclosures and Disqualifications, 2016; AAA/ICDR/ Panel Conference, 2016; AAA Arbitration Awards-Safeguarding, Deciding and Writing Awards, 2015; Faculty, AAA Webinar, Recovery of Legal Fees and Costs in Arbitration: The What, When, Where, Why and How, 2011; AAA Regaining Speed and Economy in Dispute Resolution, 2011; AAA, The Ethics Regaining Speed and Economy in Dispute Resolution, 2011; AAA, Efficient ADR - Saving the Client's Money Through Technology and Common Sense, 2010; ABA; ADR in Labor and Employment Law, 2008; Houston Bar Association, Arbitration 2008: Developments in the Law, 2008; Houston Bar Association, Southern District Update: Employment and Litigation, 2008: ESGR, Employer Support for the Guard and Reserve, 2008; AAA Dealing with Delay Tactics in Arbitration (ACE004), 2006; AAM, Advanced Mediation Training, 2003, 2005; AAA Chairing an Arbitration Panel: Managing Procedures, Process & Dynamics, 2005; AAA Arbitration Awards: Safeguarding, Deciding & Writing Awards, 2004; AAA Employment Arbitrator II Training: Advanced Case Management Issues, 2002; AAA Arbitrator Update 2001; AAA/USATF Doping Grievance Arbitrator Training, 2000; AAA Mediator Retreat, 2000; Attorney-Mediators Institute, Advanced Mediation Training, 1999, 1998, 1997, 1996, 1995, 1991; AAA Construction Industry Arbitrator Training Workshop, 1997.


Texas, November 1980


Houston Top Lawyers 2017 2007 Houston's Top Lawyers, Mediation and Arbitration, H Texas Magazine Officer of organizations: State Bar of Texas, Treasurer, Alternative Dispute Resolution Section, 2011-2012; Council Member 2009-2011; President and Member of the Board of Directors of the Houston Chapter of the Association of Attorney-Mediators, 1996-1996; Treasurer, 1994-1995, Chairperson of the Construction Law Section of the Houston Bar Association, 1994-1995; Founding Member and four-year Council Member the Construction Law Section of the State Bar of Texas


American Arbitration Association - Large Complex Case, Commercial, Construction, Employment, Consumer International Mediation Institute (IMI) Certified Mediator USA&M Resolute Systems, LLC


Member, National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals American Arbitration Association Panel Member including Large, Complex Case Panel International Mediation Institute (IMI) Certified Mediator Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation and Houston Bar Foundation College of the State Bar of Texas Association of Attorney-Mediators State Bar of Texas Houston Bar Association


Legal: South Texas College of Law, J. D. 1980, summa cum laude, graduated first in class Undergraduate: Newcomb College of Tulane University, B. A., 1971, graduated cum laude


"Volunteer Mediation: Using Your Professional Skills to Give Back," Texas Bar Journal, July 2007 Co-author - "Mediating Construction Disputes: What Works and What Doesn't," Dispute Resolution Journal, American Arbitration Association, May-July 2003 "Nuts and Bolts of Arbitration," Houston Bar Association Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 2003 "Mediation of Construction Cases - What Works and What Doesn't," State Bar of Texas, 15th Annual Construction Law Conference, San Antonio, Texas, 2002 and State Bar of Texas Annual Meeting, 2002 "You've Been Selected as an Arbitrator -- Now What? Navigating the Murky Waters of Disclosure," Houston Bar Association Seminar, 2000 "Bringing Closure to the Wrongful Termination Claim," American Arbitration Association Seminar, 2000 "The View from the Jury Box," Association of Attorney-Mediators, 1996. Lead Article for South Texas Law Journal, co-authorship with Robert W. Calvert, former Justice of the Texas Supreme Court, Calvert and Perin, "Is the Castle Crumbling - Harmless Error Revisited?, 20 S.Tex.L.J. 1 (1979) Case Note, 19:2 S.Tex.L.J. 500 (1978), Common-law Arbitration


Speaker at Following Seminars: National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals Zoom Webinar Panel, September 2020; 'Arbitrator Disclosures and Disqualifications', American Arbitration Association Roundtable, 2016; "Employment Mediation", Houston Bar Association, 2015; "Best Practices in Employment Arbitration", Houston Bar Association, 2013; AAA Webinar: Recovery of Legal Fees and Costs in Arbitration, 2011; "Avoiding the Line in the Sand," Association of Attorney-Mediators Advanced Training, 2009; "Strategies for Employment Mediations," Houston Bar Association, 2009; "Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act," American Bar Association, 2008; "Understanding USERRA," Texas Association of Mediators, 2006; Arbitration of Securities, Construction, and Employment Cases, Houston Bar Association, 2005; "Mediator Ethics in Labor and Employment Law Disputes," Houston Bar Association, 2004; "Ethical Issues in Mediation of Labor and Employment Matters," Houston Bar Association, 2003, "Nuts and Bolts of Arbitration," Houston Bar Association, 2003, "Mediation and Arbitration of Employment Disputes," Texas Association of Business, 2002; "Mediation and Arbitration in Business Cases," Institute of Management Accountants, 2002; "Mediation of Construction Cases - What Works and What Doesn't," State Bar of Texas, 2002, Additional speaker topics from 1996-2001.

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