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Texas, Lufkin, Jeffrey Kilgore

Texas, Lufkin, Jeffrey Kilgore

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JEFF KILGORE has always been committed to helping others find a resolution to their problems and disputes. His ability to obtain results has been accomplished in his 26 years in the areas of civil trial law, family law, criminal defense, personal injury law and as a public defender, mediator, volunteer with C. 1. S. programs in Galveston Schools, HOST programs, debate coach, and father to 3 children. He has also worked as a real estate agent, with Federal Reserve Bank and in the construction industry prior to becoming a lawyer in 1973. Jeff graduated from North Texas State University with honors with a BBA degree in Finance in 1970. He then received his law degree from the University of Houston in June 1973 and was admitted to the Texas State Bar in April 1973. Since June of 1973, he has tried over 60 cases to a jury verdict. He is married to Mary Russell Kilgore and has 3 children, Chris, age 27, Adarn, age 25 and Kelsey, age 10. He shares interests with his family including photography, bicycling, scuba diving and offshore sailboat cruising and racing. He has a private pilot license and has an interest in sports car racing. He is active in his community, in his church and other nonprofit organizations and in the past has served on the Board of Directors of the Lion's Club, St. Vincent's House, Trinity Episcopal Church, as President of the Irving Bar Association and has served on other special committees with the State Bar of Texas, and the Galveston Bar Association. He is the 1999-2000 President of the Mediation Association of Galveston County and also serves on the Galveston Mediation Services Board. as Chairman in 2000. He has received his mediator training through a settlement week mediation course sponsored by the Galveston Bar Association in 1991 and the 40 hour course held at the A.A. Aute Dispute Resolution Institute located at the University of Houston, School of Business. He has also received Advanced training sponsored by the State Bar of Texas A.D.R. Section, family Mediation Training through South Texas College of Law., the Association of Attorney Mediators, NASD Regulation, Inc. and has taken special training to mediate CPS cases and criminal cases. In 1998 he received a Graduate Certificate in Dispute resolution completing five graduate courses in Conflict Resolution from the University of Houston School of Business and the Law Center. He currently helps train new mediators as a facilitator at the A.A. White. Dispute Resolution Institute located at the University of Houston, School of Business. He has spoken on mediation topics to local Bar Associations and business groups. Having participated in over 275 mediations as either an advocate or mediator, Jeff was so impressed with the process he decided to concentrate on his mediation practice. He will mediate at the Kilgore Mediation Center in Galveston or provide his mediation services in Houston, the Clear Lake Area, Beaumont, Angleton and any other location. What is Mediation. Mediation is a form of settlement conducted and assisted by an impartial attorney trained in the art of settling lawsuits. Unlike arbitration and other kinds of alternative dispute resolution, mediation is non- ad judicatory. The mediator makes no findings of fact or law, whether binding or non-binding. The mediation process, a private meeting, is comprised of several stages. First, all parties and their counsel meet with the mediator in general session. During this session, the mediator explains the process and sets forth the ground rules. Afterward, each attorney outlines his or her clients' theory of the case and the legal and factual issues. The clients are encouraged to speak, but are not required to do so. The mediator asks clarifying questions and determines areas of agreement. After the general session, the parties separate to different conference rooms for private meetings called caucuses or private conferences, the second stage of mediation. These caucuses are confidential. Anything said to the mediator during a caucus cannot be repeated outside the caucus except by permission of the party. This confidential meeting allows counsel and the parties to express matters that he or she would be unwilling to state in the presence of the other party and their counsel. At this stage, the mediator, the party and counsel undertake a candid discussion of risks, the party's interests sought to be protected, generate options and look at settlement flexibility, and strengths and weaknesses of the case. During the caucus stage, the mediator will facilitate negotiations between the parties, conveying settlement offers back and forth and also provide insight based on experience to help the parties evaluate their case and position. A reality check is sometimes necessary to help the parties clarify and narrow the issues of the complaint or dispute. When it appears that a consensus has been reached, the mediator assists the parties in memorializing the essential terms of the agreement, which is signed by each party. This signed agreement is binding on the parties. What is Family Mediation?. Mediation is a form of settlement conducted and assisted by an impartial attorney trained in the art of settling disputes. Unlike arbitration and other kinds of alternative dispute resolution, mediation is non-ad judicatory. The mediator makes no findings of fact or law, whether binding or non-binding. The mediation process, a private meeting, may have several stages. First, the parties meet with the mediator in general session. Usually this meeting is without the attorneys being present but on call if the party desires to discuss an issue with their attorney. During this session, the mediator explains the process and sets forth the ground rules. The parties have an opportunity to discuss their concerns and the issues that are present in the dispute. The parties are encouraged to speak openly to each other. The mediator asks clarifying questions and determines areas of agreement. After the first session, the parties may separate into different conference rooms for private meetings called caucuses or private conferences, The mediator will try to facilitate as much option building and communication as possible prior to entering into this the second stage of mediation. These caucuses, if held, are confidential. Anything said to the mediator during a caucus cannot be repeated outside the caucus except by permission of the party. This confidential meeting allows the parties to express matters that he or she would be unwilling to state in the presence of the other party and their counsel. At this stage, the mediator, the party and counsel, if present, undertake a candid discussion of risks, the party's interests sought to be protected, generate further a options and look at settlement flexibility, and strengths and weaknesses of the case. During the caucus stage and when the parties are together, the mediator will facilitate negotiations between the parties, allowing the parties and their council if present, to search for solutions sometimes not available in a trial or hearing . The mediation process is flexible and resolutions are sometimes reached outside the structure of the Family Code. The mediator may also provide insight based on experience to help the parties evaluate their case and positions, as well as facilitating the parties to look at the best interest of the children. A reality check is sometimes necessary to help the parties clarify and narrow the issues present in the complaint or dispute. The parties quite often must continue to communicate after their divorce or dispute is resolved and mediation is a good opportunity to continue or start this communication process.

2020 Broadway Street, Galveston, TX 77550-4636

Fax: (409) 765-6004

Telephone: (409) 762-1758

Texas, Lufkin

Website: http://kilgoremediation.com

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