Mel Wolovits

BURDIN Mediations
4514 Cole Avenue
Suite 1450
Dallas, TX  75205
  Phone:  214.528.1411
  Fax: 214.269.5945


                                Attorney - Mediator


Mel is pleased to offer a monthly newsletter available at no charge.  The publication focuses on topics of interest related to mediation and arbitration.  To subscribe please click the button below to be taken to the online signup form.  In addition he has provided a series of suggested readings and links to resources available on the internet.



CIANALDI, Robert B.,
, (HarperCollins, 2006).

COHEN, Herb,
NEGOTIATE THIS/: By Caring, But Not T-H-A-T Much
, (Josey-Bass, 2009).

THINKING FAST, THINKING SLOW, (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2011).

MAYER, Bernard S.,
STAYING WITH CONFLICT: A Strategic Approach to Ongoing Disputes
, (Josey-Bass, 2009).

MNOOKIN, Robert,
BARGAINING WITH THE DEVIL, When to Negotiate, When to Fight
, (Simon & Schuster, 2010)

Patterson, Greeny, McMillian and Switzer,
CRUCIAL CONVERSATIONS, Tools for Talking When Stakes are High
, (McGraw-Hill, 2002).

ABRAMSON, Harold I.,
Mediation Representation
(NITA 2004)

DIVORCE WITHOUT DISASTER: Collaborative Law in Texas
(PSG Books, 2004)

COHEN, Herb,
You Can Negotiate Anything

(Bantam Books, 1980)

COOLEY, John W. (Jack),
Creative Problem Solver's Handbook for Negotiators and Mediators, Vol. 1 & 2,
(American Bar Association, Section of Dispute Resolution, 2005)

DAWSON, Roger,
Secrets of Power Negotiating, 2nd Edition

(Career Press, 2001)

FISHER, Roger, William Ury, and Bruce Patton
Getting To Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In, 2nd Edition
(Penguin Books, 1991)

FISHER, Roger and Shapiro, Daniel,
Beyond Reason, Using Emotions As You Negotiate
(Viking, 2005)

JENKINS, Jon C., Maureen R.
The 9 Disciplines of a Facilitator,
(Jossey -Boss 2006)

LATZ, Martin E.,
Gain the Edge! Negotiating to Get What You Want,

(St. Martin's Press, 2004)

LAX, David A., SEBENIUS, James K.,
3D Negotiations
(Harvard Bus. School Press 2006)

MAYER, Bernard S.,
Beyond Neutrality
(Jossey-Bass, 2004)

MNOOKIN, Robert,
Beyond Winning
(Harvard University Press, 2000)

MOFFIT, Michael and Bodone, Robert,
The Handbook of Dispute Resolution

(Jossey-Bass, 2005)

ROSS, Dennis,
Statecraft and How to Restore America's Standing in the World,
(Farrer, Straus and Giroux 2007)

How, Why HOW We Do Anything Means Business (and in Life)
(John Wiley & Sons, Inc. 2007)

SHELL, G. Richard,
Bargaining for Advantage: Negotiation Strategies for Reasonable People
(Viking, 1999)

STONE, Douglas, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen,
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most
(Penguin Books, 2000)

TAYLOR, Alison,
The Handbook of Family Dispute Resolution: Mediation Theory and Practice
(Jossey-Bass. 2002)

URY, William,
Getting Past No: Negotiating Your Way From Confrontation to Cooperation
, (Bantam Books, 1991)



There are many professional associations devoted to the development of ADR practices, standards, and education, offering many training and conferencing opportunities. Links to the most prominent are listed below.


Harvard Law School: Program on Negotiation

Negotiation Resource Center,

Scotwork Negotiating Skills

The Center for Information Technology and
Dispute Resolution

United States Institute of Peace

Texas also has numerous dispute resolution centers, at both academic and community levels, offering a broad range of ADR services and education to lawyers and other professionals. There are three academic or professional institutes of note:

The A.A. White Dispute Resolution Center in Houston, affiliated with the University of Houston

The Center for Public Policy Dispute Resolution in Austin
, affiliated with the University of Texas Law School

The Frank Evans Center for Conflict Resolution in Houston, affiliated with the South Texas College of Law



"I never thought this 3 party construction case would get settled. Difficult parties, a lot of emotions, and competing interests. Mel, your, calm, cool, problem solving approach, and your persistence in making sure the settlement got completed, is among the best I have witnessed from a mediator. I greatly appreciated your effort, but most importantly, my client ended-up appreciating your effort and the outcome."
Cliff Couch, Esq. - Law Offices of Clifford Couch




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