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San Antonio Attorney-Mediator Don Philbin Elected 2014 Chair of the State Bar of Texas ADR Section

Creator of Picture It Settled also relisted in the International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation, Texas Super Lawyers, the Best Lawyers in America, and San Antonio’s “Best Lawyers”

SAN ANTONIO, June 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Attorney-Mediator Don Philbin was elected Chair of the State Bar of Texas ADR Section for the 2014–15 year at its Annual Meeting last week in Dallas. The State Bar of Texas is the fifth largest organization of lawyers in the United States. Its ADR Section is one of the oldest and largest groups of dispute resolution professionals. The Section educates its members and the public about the proper role of dispute resolution in our society. Don has been a member of the ADR Section Council since 2006, chaired the CLE, Communications, and Purpose Committees, and most recently served as treasurer.

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Philbin was also named one of seven Texas mediators in the 2013 International Who’s Who of Commercial Mediation. He has been included in the publication since its inception. Other peer review publications have relisted Don for the upcoming year. They include:

  • Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business, is a research-driven, peer influenced rating service of outstanding lawyers who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. No more than 5 percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers.
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, a Woodward/White business, has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence. Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers ”the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”
  • San Antonio’s “Best Lawyers”, a Scene in SA Monthly publication. Attorneys included in these rankings were nominated by their peers in a citywide survey of lawyers who have practiced in San Antonio for at least five years.

Don Philbin, J.D., M.B.A., LL.M., is an AV-rated attorney-mediator, adjunct professor of law, curator of, and president of Picture It Settled®. Picture It Settled® is Moneyball for negotiation. The behavioral software has learned negotiating patterns from parties to thousands of litigated cases in a wide variety of jurisdictions and claim types.

Picture It Settled® recently predicted the outcome of an IP dispute within 3.5% after just two rounds – and those predictions improved with additional offer data (17 total rounds). These probabilistic projections look like “hurricane tracks” coming from each side to form a zone of potential agreement in the overlapping areas. The predictions become actionable intelligence when parties calibrate their concession plans by dragging the target settlement dot to an advantageous, but still probable outcome. Using splines informed by settlement data, parties can then work toward settlement by making offers intended to induce cooperative reciprocation.

By constantly inputting offer data and updating realistic targets in the game-like interface, users are able to increase their settlement rates by using a data-informed negotiation strategy. Picture It Settled® doesn’t replace honed intuition; it puts a scope on the human controlled gun.

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