Michael P. “Mike” Metcalf d/b/a Metcalf Mediation & Arbitration Services is engaged in the practice of law that centers on the mediation and arbitration of civil disputes. Judge Metcalf has more than 50 years of legal experience that includes service in the United States Army Judge Advocate General’s Corp, as a District Attorney, District Judge and trial lawyer. Mike, a trial lawyer, is board-certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law.
Judge Metcalf was a judicial pioneer who recognized the need for litigants to seek a resolution to their case before trial. As District Judge of a six county Judicial District Judge Metcalf instituted a system of settlement conferences in his Court. The settlement conferences, a precursor to mediation, were designed to give the parties an opportunity to discuss settlement of their dispute before going to trial.
From a diverse background of having served the legal profession for over fifty years as an Army JAG officer, a trial lawyer, District Attorney and District Judge, Mike now focuses his effort exclusively on the Arbitration and Mediation of civil disputes. His work as a mediator has resulted in a track record of having brought hundreds of disputes to an end by settlement.
A strong record of settling disputes springs from a unique mediation process Mike started. His mediation process is one which is calculated to encourage the parties to continue with the mediation process. In cases Mike mediates if the case does not settle at the first session, he recesses the mediation and proffers to the parties the opportunity to return for a free two hour round two “wrap up” session. For those parties choosing to take advantage of the wrap up session over 90% of the cases ultimately settle. It is this never say never attitude that has led to a remarkable record of resolving cases. Mike's a closer. He wants to settle every case he mediates.