Houston Mediators Professional Biographies

Judge John T. Wooldridge

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    Senior District Judge | Attorney | Mediator | Arbitrator

     Judge Wooldridge is a Panelist with the American Arbitration Association (AAA), Judicial Workplace Arbitrations, Inc. (JWA) and has served as a Panelist with the International Chamber of Commerce (ICC).  He has been approved to provide ADR services in the U.S. District Courts, Southern District of Texas.  

         Judge Wooldridge has been inducted into the Texas Chapter of the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals (NADN) and has been named by Houstonia Magazine as a 2017 Top Lawyer in ADR.  He is available for Mediations, Arbitrations, Special Judge, Mini Trials, as an Umpire, or other forms of ADR, statewide and nationally.

    Eric G. Carter

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      Former Special Judge | Attorney | Mediator | Marine

      Eric G. Carter is the founding principal of The Carter Law Firm. After honorably serving in the United States Marine Corps, he attended and graduated from Memphis State University in 1975, and graduated from South Texas College of Law in 1979. He was licensed to practice law in Texas in 1980.

      Mr. Carter is an experienced trial and appellate lawyer who has been practicing for over 32 years. Most recently, he has counseled healthcare providers and organizations in a variety of healthcare legal matters and healthcare law topics. He has represented publicly traded corporations, franchised automobile dealerships, handled mergers and acquisitions of companies, prepared and finalized State and Federally chartered Bank formations, closely held corporations, partnerships, and estates. Throughout his career, Mr. Carter has successfully managed complicated litigation involving multiple parties and complex issues.

      Mr. Carter is a certified Mediator and Arbitrator and is licensed to practice before the Texas State and District Courts; United States of America Supreme Court; United States of America Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals; United States of America Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas. Through appointments, Mr. Carter has served as Special Judge in the Harris County Criminal Courts and as Receiver and Special Master in the State District Courts of Texas.

      Sylvia Mayer - Attorney, Mediator & Arbitrator

      Sylvia Mayer

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        Attorney | Mediator | Arbitrator

        Having served as neutral or counsel in hundreds of disputes, Sylvia Mayer with S. Mayer Law has nearly 30 years of legal experience in federal court, state court, bankruptcy court, and arbitration proceedings.  Since 2014, Sylvia has mediated and arbitrated over 400 disputes involving over $1 billion and a breadth of issues and industries, including commercial litigation, contract disputes, civil litigation, business separations, energy, employment, breach of fiduciary duty, healthcare, loan defaults, collections, insolvency and bankruptcy.

        ADR Panel Affiliations and Credentials:

        • American Arbitration Association – Commercial Arbitration Panel, Consumer Arbitration Panel, Commercial Mediation Panel, and Employment Mediation Panel
        • International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR) Panels of Distinguished Neutrals – General Commercial, Health Care and Life Sciences, and Municipal Bankruptcy Arbitrator and Mediator Panels
        • United States District Court, Southern District of Texas, Qualified Alternative Dispute Resolution Provider
        • Texas Department of Insurance – Arbitrator and Mediator Panels
        • Virginia Bureau of Insurance – Balanced Billing Arbitrator Panel
        • Washington Office of the Insurance Commissioner – Balanced Billing Arbitrator Panel
        • Texas Mediator Credentialing Association, Credentialed Advanced Mediator

        Work History:

        • S. Mayer Law PLLC                               2014  – Present
        • Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP             1993  – 2014

        Heather McFarlane

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          Attorney | Mediator

          Heather’s passion as a litigator has always been the search for creative solutions to disputes. In 1998, Heather began her practice at a large law firm, where she represented businesses in their complex commercial litigation (including first-party insurance coverage, intellectual property, business torts, corporate dissolutions, and personal injury cases). During that time, she was able to try a number of cases to verdict.

          In 2010, she opened her own boutique law firm, and became a professionally-trained mediator. She broadened her practice by representing individuals and companies. She has represented both plaintiffs and defendants, and understands how both sides of a case evaluate the value of their case. Since 2010, she has also mediated hundreds of civil disputes including personal injury, labor and employment, breach of contract, corporate dissolutions, real estate, professional liability, insurance coverage, construction, trade secret, premises liability, banking, and business torts. She now devotes her practice to mediation.

          Heather arrives to each mediation prepared and focused. Using active listening and probing questions, Heather works to assess and master the facts and law of the case. Importantly, Heather also recognizes the importance of the individual people who are involved and how their personalities, emotions, and interests affect the ability to settle the dispute. Using this information, she then guides the parties and their attorneys through the conflict to try to reach resolution.


          * 2019 – Harvard Law School’s Program on Negotiation, “Advanced Mediator Training: Mediating Complex Disputes”
          * 2010 – Manousso Mediation Training and ADR Services – Basic Mediation 40-hour Certificate
          * 1998 – University of Texas School of Law, J.D. with honors
          * Studied and/or taught over 100 hours of Continuing Legal Education in the field of Mediation


          * Association of Attorney Mediators
          * Credentialed Advanced Mediator – Texas Mediator Credentialing Association
          * American Bar Association, ADR Section Member
          * Houston Bar Association, ADR Section Member

          Marc A. Tice

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            Attorney | Mediator | Arbitrator

            Marc is a seasoned business leader and professionally trained mediator whose passion and skill is identifying the core elements in a negotiation or dispute and successfully facilitating mutually satisfying agreements.

            For over 30 years he has held senior positions at organizations including Valero Energy, Shell Oil Company and Siemens, Inc. In those roles, Marc’s primary focus has been identifying client needs and structuring innovative solutions to meet them. He has deep experience negotiating and drafting a range of short and long-term agreements, including MSA, MOU, RFQ, NDA, sales and service contracts. Marc has established and managed effective engineering, project and commercial teams both in the US and internationally.


            • Basic Mediation Certificate, 40 hours – Manousso Mediation Training and ADR Services
            • Arbitration Certificate, 9 hours – Manousso Mediation Training and ADR Services
            • Advanced: Family-Divorce-Child Custody Mediation Certificate, 30 hours – Manousso Mediation Training and ADR Services
            • Consultative Selling – Siemens, Inc.
            • Opportunity Confirmation Program – Shell Oil Company
            • Diagnostic Business Development, Trainer – Prime Resource Group
            • Win/Win Negotiation – Valero Energy Corporation
            • The University of Texas at Austin – Petroleum Land Management Studies


            • Association for Conflict Resolution – Houston Chapter
            • Texas Association of Mediators

            John Donovan

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              Retired Judge | Certified Mediator

              • Retired Appellate & District Court Judge
              • Certified Mediator, AA White Dispute Resolution Center
              • Certified Mediator, Attorney-Mediators Institute, Inc.
              • Board certified personal injury trial law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
              • College of the State Bar of Texas, 25 year Fellow Member

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